Sunderland Technical Quilted Jacket Review
One of the advantages of golf is that it can be played all year round. One minute we’re wearing shorts and a polo shirt and the next there aren’t enough layers in the world to keep the cold at bay. As for the latter, enter the Sunderland Technical Quilted Jacket.
Golfers are often forced to choose between warmth and comfort when playing in cold weather. Fewer layers means more mobility, but it can also give a cold and miserable ride. Luckily Sunderland have got us covered with this jacket.
I tested this jacket no less than ten times and each time it exceeded my expectations. This is a quilted jacket with a heat-insulating quilted inner layer that provides exceptional warmth; so much so that I had to remove the layers underneath (which I never did when playing in colder temperatures). It also has a high collar and a chin guard to keep the cold breeze out.
The weather in the UK at this time of year meant I didn’t quite manage to test it in freezing temperatures, but I did wear it for early morning and late evening walks when the temperatures are the coolest and I can confidently say that it works. The temperatures at which I tested this jacket fluctuate between 3 and 6 degrees Celsius.
Although warm, the jacket remains remarkably light, making swinging a golf club effortless. It’s rain and rain resistant too, so you have more confidence knowing you don’t have to worry about changing it out for another jacket when the downpours hit. I would be hesitant to wear it in persistent and heavy rain as it is not fully waterproof but does provide adequate protection.
The practicality doesn’t stop there as the jacket also has three useful pockets; one on each side towards the hip and another on the chest. These are very practical for storage without impairing freedom of movement and also offer the same protection against rain; meaning you can keep your glove dry between shots if you wish.
As we have established, this jacket is extremely practical and will be an essential for me in the winter, but it is also stylish. Gone are the days when you had to choose between the two!
There are six different color options to choose from, each offering something unique. Not only is it suitable for the golf course, but it wouldn’t look out of place during outdoor activity (within reason, of course). Like I said, I’ve worn it on early morning and late evening walks and would expect others to do the same.
One thing I always appreciate about Sunderland clothing is branding and this is no different. There is only one logo on this jacket and it is located on the back of the collar. For me, it’s a sophisticated look.
Cost is something subjective so I hesitate to speak too bluntly, but I consider the price to be fine at £80. Throughout the winter months when the temperature can drop significantly, this would be a worthwhile investment both on and off the golf course.
My only issue with this jacket is the fit. I usually wear a size large, but in this jacket I went a size larger (XL) and still found it a bit snug, so I highly recommend keeping that in mind when of your selection. Ideally, and if you have the possibility, I strongly advise you to try it before you buy.