Original Penguin Full Zip Waterproof Jacket Review

We review the Penguin waterproof jacket ahead of the winter golf season

Penguin Waterproof jacket
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A waterproof jacket that does exactly what you need it to. A great addition to any golfers winter wardrobe.

Reasons to buy
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    Durable and can handle adverse weather conditions

Reasons to avoid
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    The fit may not be to everyones liking

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Unlike the rest of the Penguin golf gear the waterproof jacket is quite tame in design with a standard block black colour. The only hint of colour is the white seem running throughout the jacket, but i guess you could say it gives it that black and white penguin vibe. 

The jacket itself does what it needs to do, it keeps you dry. Let’s delve into the looks a little bit more. Now Waterproof jackets may only come out a handful number of times a year buy you want to look when it does. The Penguin Waterproof jacket sits quite long in the body and is quite square to look at; suitable for putting on over many layers of clothing. This in turn allows for an unrestricted golf swing. For me the look of this jacket doesn’t stand out, it’s a bit too boxy for me but for some golfers this look may appeal to them. 

Penguin Waterproof Jacket from the back

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As a winter jacket, it delivered where you would want it to - it gives protection from wind and rain and its lightweight material doesn’t cause you to overheat. Water beaded off nicely and I felt protected despite getting caught in some downpours, something to get used to if you play golf in the UK over the winter months. The jacket comes without a hood which for me is good as I could still swing properly but for those who are worried about getting a wet head, this may be one flaw. The waterproof jacket folds up neatly, not taking up too much space in your golf bag. This is thanks to its lightweight and thin material. However, because of the thinner material you may find yourself wanting to wear an extra layer underneath.

All in all a very practical waterproof jacket, the comfort is up there and the extra details like the adjustable velcro wrist straps and elastic waist strap make for a more personal touch. The zip up waterproof pockets elevate the design of the jacket. It feels durable and well made. I will definitely be adding it to my golf bag.

Monty McPhee

Monty is an upcoming golf journalist having completed his Multimedia Journalism degree at Bournemouth University; where he was also apart of the University’s well renowned golf team. He has had a passion for golf ever since he picked up a club at 12 years old and this love for the sport only grew stronger over time as his game developed and he pursued golf through different avenues. His game took him over to the United States on a golf scholarship and has had him travelling the UK to take part in competitions like the Nick Faldo series and general club scratch matches. Monty worked on ‘The Open’ radio team when it was hosted at Royal St George’s getting to walk inside the ropes with some of the top players like Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and of course that year's winner - Collin Morikawa. Monty has been lucky enough to have three holes-in-one in his short golfing career and he looks to continue growing that number. Monty believes the ability to continue playing golf well lies in his dedication to keeping fit through his other passion, which is CrossFit.

What’s in the bag:

Driver: Srixon Z 765

3 wood: Taylormade AreoBurner

2 iron: Srixon Z U65

Irons: Srixon Z765

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (50°,54°,58°)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Nano 7