GOING THE EXTRA MILE
For decades, Galvin Green and W. L. Gore have been working closely together and sharing a common mission – to provide golfers with the best waterproof equipment possible. The partnership has progressed to the point where the two companies are constantly pushing each other to take high-performance weatherwear to the next level.
“CHOOSING TO WORK WITH GALVIN GREEN is easy, because we share the same fundamental view about quality and what it means to the end user – so ‘Never compromise’ is a common denominator between the two companies,” said Per Borgillen, Fabrics division / COF garments at W. L. Gore & Associates Scandinavia.
With an ambition to lead the market in rain gear for golf, Galvin Green has chosen to work with the best active waterproof technology available. In its opinion, GORE-TEX is the best and has always been. Based on the unique properties offered by the GORE-TEX membrane, Galvin Green meticulously transforms the GORE-TEX technology into design concepts that aim to give golfers the ability to perform in the most extreme weather conditions, without feeling restricted in any way.
THE EXPERIENCE OF
“Gaining access to professional golfers worldwide through Galvin Green’s diligent processes of documenting and cross-checking, provides us with rigorous feedback that we use in our engineering of technologies,” explained Per. “Having such a close partner who works on continuous improvements, allows Gore to develop ‘fitness for use’ technologies that can benefit all serious golfers.”
There is a constant exchange of information between the two companies designed to challenge existing concepts and develop new ideas that evolve and make better products. A consequence of Galvin Green’s quest to push the boundaries in golf wear, is that GORE-TEX technologies that were originally developed for completely different applications are being moved into the golf segment. As a result, Galvin Green is often the first company in the golfing world to gain access to and introduce products featuring the latest Gore technologies.
KEEP YOU DRY™
So, why is GORE-TEX a superior choice of rainwear technology? According to Per Borgillen, it comes down to 40 years of continous product development in various extremely demanding applications – from life sciences to heavy industry, military, aerospace, polar expeditions and many more. Over that time, Gore has refined and calibrated its GORE-TEX waterproof technologies and applied the same principles to other materials most suitable for golfers.
When it comes to waterproof outfits, there will be a proven technology made available that delivers on the GORE-TEX brand promise – Guaranteed to keep you dry™ – which remains valid throughout the life of the garment. To attach this brand promise to products, they have to undergo rigorous quality control analysis at the Gore test facility based on the Gore Quality Standard set for golf. And they also have to meet the extacting standards of Galvin Green, based on experience gained from how garments perform in different conditions around the world. Combining these two high standards ensures that the final product becomes even better.
The curiosity shown by Galvin Green in state-of-the-art technologies introduced by Gore is often translated into real applications. A good example is the new GORE-TEX Superstretch technology, originally developed for uniformed professionals like police officers and firefighters. The word ‘Superstretch’ was invented by Galvin Green, as the brand saw the potential of using the technology to increase the stretch effect in exposed areas on jackets to allow for a tighter fit. This exciting new technology was first introduced in the rainwear range developed for the winning European Ryder Cup Team in 2018 and is now available to every golfer in the form of the ARCHIE jacket.
“The patented ‘Superstretch’ fiber is made up of micro-stretch zones that require very little force to achieve the stretch effect – the so-called low torque stretch with fast full recovery. By using this material to a very limited extent exactly where needed, Galvin Green has managed to get maximum effect on its garments,” added Per.
Looking ahead, the next step in state-of-the-art rainwear technology for golfers will be the introduction of the GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ product technology with the 2019 Part Two collection. Once again, Galvin Green will be an early adopter in offering this streamlined, superlight waterproof technology featuring significantly improved breathability to golfers. The revolutionary construction without a conventional face fabric, ensures that water just beads up and rolls right off the surface. The result is minimal chilling effects, as well as a hugely reduced dry-off time.
This unrivalled product is proof of yet another successful collaboration between two passionate companies who share one serious mission.
The W. L Gore multi-million dollar testing facility can not only simulate different weather featuring extreme temperatures, wind, water and sun in combination, but actually create a complete environment in which real professionals, such as soldiers (or golfers), can perform their tasks under realistic conditions. To fully understand how the body is affected, the test person swallows a mini-capsule to keep track of the core temperature inside the body and everything is carefully monitored.