Ping Norse Jacket Review - We wore the new Ping Norse Jacket for a round at West Hill Golf Club. Here is our verdict on its styling and performance

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Ping Norse Jacket

Pros:

  • Very good at keeping you warm on cooler days without overheating or restricting the swing. Surprisingly lightweight and fits well.

Cons:

  • A touch bulky and the styling is a little uninspiring.

Product:

Ping Norse Jacket

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£140.00

Ping Norse Jacket Review

Aimed At
This is aimed at golfers who want a jacket that will keep them warm and don’t want to add an extra layer during a quick rain shower.

Key Technology
Made from PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active, which delivers lightweight, high-performance thermal insulation with water resistance. This is combined with a breathable, stretch and water resistant outer fabric for optimum comfort in different playing conditions. Also features two front pockets. A water resistant outer fabric provides light protection from a passing shower.

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How we tested
We wore the Norse jacket for a number of rounds in different temperatures and weather conditions to really put it through its paces.

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Styling
While the all-black colouring is a tad on the plain side, the quilted front design is very much on trend and you could easily wear it away from the golf course. We also like the lower collar at the front which stops it rubbing on your neck during the swing, the double-zip that makes it easier to remove and the classy Ping logo on the arm.

Playability
The jacket seems to fill with air when you put it on, which makes it seem bulky at first, but this soon settles down once zipped up and its actually surprisingly lightweight. While it’s probably marginally thicker than other jackets similar in style, it’s not to the detriment of the range of motion, which remains unimpaired.

If you do need to take it off to store in your bag, beware it doesn’t fold down particularly small, but once on the elastic cuffs and adjustable waist help it fit nicely to your body shape.

Verdict

The Norse is a very versatile jacket ideal for the changeable winter weather. It’s primary benefit is unquestionably warmth – it’s thicker than many other mid layers you’ll find – so you might find it overkill on especially mild winter days but it barely restricts the swing and the water resistant outer fabric means it’ll be the only outer layer you need for all but the worst weather. Some excellent value for money.