Living in Canada as we do we know that the golf season will come to an end at some point. Our mission, then, is to extend it as long as possible. In order to do so we must deal with the outside elements like wind, cold, and rain, in order to squeeze out as many rounds in possible while still maintaining some level of comfort.
Long gone are the days of rubber rain suits that were hot, uncomfortable, and restricted the motion of your golf swing.
Today’s weather related fashions are well thought out, look sharp, and provide all the protection you need without hampering your golf swing. That is applicable whether we’re talking about wind shorts, rain jackets, wet-weather gloves, and even caps.
Don’t hesitate if the weather is less than perfect. Don’t let that keep you from playing another round of golf. Investigate and invest in some of the latest weather gear and get out on to the links in both comfort and style.
We’ve noted and tested a few products that you might want to considering adding to your arsenal.
adidas ClimaWarm+ Jacket
Many lightweight golf jackets are short on the warmth factor but that’s not the case with the ClimaWarm+ jacket. Weigh less than a half-kilogram you hardly know when it is draped over your body save for the polar-fleece level temperatures it provides. It’s build for golfers with lots of room in the shoulders while tapering near the waist to keep extra material out of the way. www.adidasgolf.ca
adidas ClimaLite 3 Stripes Jacket
For days when you just need enough protection to keep the chill away (while still looking good doing it) the ClimaLite 3 Stripes Jacket is a perfect solution. Limited bucket and flexible materials allow you to swing freely. Tow front pockets have enough room for tees or an extra ball and proper tailoring keeps the entire piece from being a distraction from your game. www.adidasgolf.ca
adidas Gore-Tex 2L Rain Jacket
This is a piece of outerwear without compromises. For golfers who choose to play on the harshest conditions. If you have a Fall trip to Ireland or Scotland lined up this could be an essential part of your trip. While lightweight it has dual layers of GORE-TEX material keep rain out while venting excessive body heat and moisture. www.adidasgolf.ca
Nike Golf Hyper-Adapt Golf Wind Jacket
This may be the lightest wind jacket we’ve ever tested. The transparent nylon construction seems fragile at first look but once you give it a try you’ll note good protection against the elements, a nice free range of movement and all the comfort you could ask for. It takes up almost no space in your golf bag and the adjustable hem allows for a more customized fit. www.nikegolf.ca
Nike Golf Storm-FIT Half Zip
Built to meet the most rigorous demands of poor weather golf. This machine-washable jacket is seam-sealed for 100 percent waterproof protection. No-sew technology has been used in the interior to minimize chafing and increase comfort levels. Four-way stretch panels are incorporated in the shoulders and arms to specifically address the needs of a golfer, even those with the widest range of motion in their swing. www.nikegolf.ca
SunIce Edge Triberg Jacket
We tested this jacket over a two week period that included a week and a half of cool, windy weather in Scotland. Lightweight, it proved to be an invaluable outerwear piece for early mornings and evenings when the temperature dropped and during the day when the wind provided a chill. The big plus is the flexibility of the fabric that creates a nice undulating fit against the body. That was a big help as well when golfing in it – making the extra layer nothing more than afterthought. www.sunice.com
One of the most stylish pieces for women in the vast SunIce collection is the Christine. This high performance, full stretch jacket has a great silhouette that keeps it tight to the body and avoids hindering your swing. As part of the Tornado collection it is backed by a four year waterproof guarantee allowing you to have faith in it in even the wettest conditions. www.sunice.com
Galvin Green Aron Jacket
Wildly popular in Europe and the United Kingdom, Galvin Green products are rapidly gaining traction in Canada for their style and performance attributes. Available in sizes Small to Triple Extra Large the Aron is a comfortable, light jacket with all the advantages of GORE-TEX Paclite technology. Adjustability is a great advantage of this jacket with customization available in the chest width, waist, and sleeve ends. www.galvingreen.com
FootJoy DryJoys Tour XP Rain Jacket
On the pro tours FootJoy staffers depend on the protection of the DryJoys Tour XP Rain Jacket to keep them dry and warm in inclement weather. The three-layer fabric is bonded to eliminate weight and improve the mobility of the material . The full seam-sealed jacket is backed by a two year waterproof warranty. It will endure up to 20,000mm of water column pressure ensuring it will withstand even the most intense torrents of rain. www.footjoy.ca
FootJoy FJ HydroLite Rain Jacket
In the heat of the summer many rain jackets are hot to the point of being annoying. Not so for the FJ HydroLite Rain Jacket that uses lighter weight fabrics with four-way stretch technology for a higher level of comfort Detachable sleeves easily convert it into a rain vest, allowing you to adapt to changing conditions and improve the range of motion if desired. It is seam-sealed for complete waterproofing. www.footjoy.ca
FootJoy Short Sleeve Sport Windshirt
On days when the wind or light rain makes life on the course a little more complicated the range of FootJoy Sport wind shirts is a good solution. The pullover model is easy to slip on and off quickly and takes up little space in your golf bag. The durable nylon ripstop shell provides ample resistance to both wind and water. A the smooth lining and raglan sleeves add extra levels of comfort and dampen the “rustling” you find in many wind shirts. www.footjoy.ca
Puma Golf 1/4 Zip Golf Storm Jacket
This super-flexible design has a traditional PUMA style with enough protection to get you through all but the worst weather conditions. It’s engineered for rainy conditions with smooth, waterproof construction. Accented by a half zip opening and a stand collar and you have at-the-ready protection for those unexpected rains and winds. Hook and loop closures on the cuffs provides a better fit and reduces rain seepage around the wrists. www.cobrapumagolf.com