We take a closer look at the best golf waterproofs currently on the market.
Best Golf Waterproofs 2020
Somewhere along the line, pulling on a set of waterproofs didn’t become such a pain. Years ago it was like wrapping yourself in a bin bag. However, the best modern waterproofs don’t just keep you extremely dry, but they are designed to help you swing unhindered.
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We wouldn’t quite say it’s ever a joy to reach for the waterproofs, but today’s technology-packed suits are not just more effective than ever at keeping us dry and comfortable while also looking the part on the fairways.
We’ve picked out a selection of the best offerings that are well worth checking out and we also recommend checking out our posts on the best golf wind jackets, and best golf base layers to truly complete your outfit and leave you best prepared for the wind and rain.
Best Golf Waterproofs 2020
FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover
+ Soft, stretchy material allows complete freedom of movement.
+ Keeps water and wind at bay impressively well
– Lacks pockets. Collar could be softer on the neck at the front.
An all-in-one pullover made from a three-layer bonded knit fabric that is both stretchable and highly breathable. It is 100 per cent waterproof and also features a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on the surface of the fabric that beads water away as well as an elastic waistband, adjustable cuffs, an inside pocket for your phone or scorecard and a waterproof chest zipper.
Ping Downton Jacket
+ Simple yet modern design with several choices in colour and size
+ Excellent value considering protection on offer
– Lacks pockets at the waist
Ping’s Downton Jacket comes with SensorDry Technology that can help you deal with the most severe weather conditions Mother Nature creates. Not only that the stretchy fabric is lightweight and feels soft, comfortable and doesn’t hamper the swing either. An all-round top performer.
Galvin Green Apollo Jacket
+ Front pockets are a welcome addition
+ Excellent lightweight waterproof protection and breathability
+ Great styling, fit and range of motion.
– The premium price may be difficult for some golfers to justify
As far as all-round top perfmring waterproofs go, the Apollo from Galvin Green is right up there. It is lightweight, looks great, soft and comfortable, stretchy and the fit can be tailored nicely with the drawstring at the waist and Velcro cuffs. The waterproofing and protection is also top-notch.
Puma Ultradry Jacket
+ Competes with the best in terms of protection
+ Ventilated back is a nice touch
– Double zip can be a touch fiddly
A top choice from Puma, the Ultradry jacket has excellent waterproof and windproof protection as you would expect. What truly adds to the appeal though are the little details like the waist pockets and cuff adjustors which provide more usability and comfort. It is also a jacket that could be used anywhere.
Nike Hypershield Rapid Adapt Jacket
+ 2 jackets in 1
+ Very good range in sizes
– Flaps in the midrift don’t look the best
This jacket is basically two jackets in one because the traditional look can be transformed into a vest easily. The removable upper/arms are held in place with snap button closure points and whilst that sounds cumbersome, the HyperAdapt technology combines a vent along the back of the shoulders for extra mobility through your swing. The Hypershield technology is also present to block wind, rain and anything else Mother Nature wants to throw at you.
Under Armour Stormproof Rain Jacket
+ Stylish and high-quality performance
+ Several nice details golfers will like
– Slightly coarse material could be fairly audible when swinging
As expected with Under Armour, the level of research and development in this jacket is right up there. A stylish offering available in several colours it is one of the best performing waterproofs out there because of its Storm technology, which repels water nicely, the Hydropel zippers and the windproof construction. This is another jacket on this list that can be used on and off the golf course.
Galvin Green Andy Trousers
+ Top of the range option
+ Outstanding protection with breathability
– Premium price may deter some
The best-selling trousers Galvin Green makes, the Andy trousers provide excellent water and wind protection because of the seam-sealed construction and water repellent fabric. And yet somehow they find a way to be breathable and comfortable too.
Callaway StormGuard Waterproof Jacket
+ Moves freely
+ Warm yet breathable
– A little bulky in places
Featuring a seam sealed and 3-layer membrane construction, this Callaway StormGuard jacket is noticeably breathable and comfortable. More on that, the Swing Tech technology introduced here seeks to ensure less resistance throughout the swing too which is an excellent feature.
FootJoy HLV2 Rain Jacket
+ Top-quality waterproofing
+ Good selection of colours and sizes
– May require a warmer layer underneath on cold days
FootJoy’s HLV2 Rain Jacket builds on the performance and success of its predecessor and improves it with an all new fabric which is 15 per cent lighter, with 20% more stretch. Additionally it is 100% waterproof thanks to the DWR finish to bead water away.
Adidas Rain .Rdy Jacket
+ Has everything a golf waterproof jacket should have
+ Use on and off the course
– Only one colour choice
Built with adidas Rain .rdy fabrics and materials which have been specifically designed to deal with the wind and rain, this jacket looks great, performs well and one of its biggest appeals is its versatility. More so than any other jacket on this list, this model would look well at home in any situation you find yourself in both on and off the golf course.
Mizuno Nexlite 2.0
+ Incredibly light
+ Two-year waterproof warranty
– Slim fit means you may need to go up a size
Featuring some of the lightest fabric on the market, Mizuno has attempted to build on the successful Nexlite range with the Nexlite 2.0 jacket above. That being said it will still perform in terms of protection as that light fabric delivers in bad weather and you also get a 2-year waterproof warranty.
Inesis Mens Waterproof Rain Jacket
+ Versatile waterproof protection
+ Excellent value for money
– Lacks shelf appeal
Once again Inesis has hit it out of the park when it comes to a golf product that offers incredible value. Constructed with a laminated 3-layer waterproof stretch fabric, this will help you deal with most types of weather as will the sealed seams and zips. In short if you want solid performance without breaking the bank, this is definitely a model to consider.
FootJoy HydroKnit Trousers
+ Tapered fit looks great
+ Three-year waterproof warranty
+ Some might prefer a more roomy fit
A new design for this season, FootJoy has introduced these HydroKnit trousers which are versatile and designed to help you play in the worst weather. The tapered fit looks great and feels comfortable whilst the waterproof protection, which takes the form of the Xtreme durable water repellent finish, looks after itself as you play. Before you know it you will have finished your round dry as a bone because of these trousers.
Galvin Green Ashton
+ Thin and lightweight yet provides exceptional protection from the elements
+ Cutting-edge styling
– Lacks side pockets
Weighing just 174g, it is Galvin Green’s lightest Gore-Tex jacket, thanks to the membrane being placed on the outside for the first time. It has innovative Shakedry technology which means the garment is constructed with a fabric which makes the water bead up and roll off the surface. Other features include shaped sleeves for easy movement, elastic binding on the cuffs, drawstring at the hem, water-repellent zippers and a chest pocket.
+ Good value for money
+ Versatile, modern styling
– Shiny finish won’t be to everyone’s taste
Built with Glenmuir’s Storm Bloc fabric, this garment not only repels water and wind nicely but the four way stretch means the golf swing can be performed totally unhampered.
KJUS Pro 3L 2.0 Jacket
+ Freedom of movement
+ Waterproof and breathable
– Premium priced
This stylish waterproof jacket features body-zoned panels built into the key zones of the shoulder points, shoulder blades and lower back to allow for even greater freedom of movement during the swing. Thanks to the Dermizax membrane, this jacket with water-repellent zipper is not only highly waterproof but also highly breathable.
Sunderland of Scotland Whisperdry Pro-Lite
+ Good adjustability to ensure comfort
+ Lots of choice in colour and size
– Water doesn’t bead off as quickly as we’d have liked
Designed specifically for the golf course, the Whisperdry Pro-Lite is made from a four-way stretch fabric that is soft to touch, breathable. It also has Sunderland’s Never Weather Beaten protection which means it has guaranteed protection for its lifetime against heavy, prolonged rain. The adjustable waist and cuffs are two excellent touches.
Ping SensorDry 2.5 Jacket
+ Simple but high-quality
+ Nice storage options with different pockets
– Only one colour choice
This lightweight, windproof jacket is fully seam-sealed throughout, the suit offers advanced levels of waterproof protection and breathability. It also includes a two-way centre front zip, two front zipped pockets, an inner security pocket and adjustable hem and cuffs.
ProQuip TourFlex Elite
+ Three-year waterproof guarantee
+ Good value on offer
– Water doesn’t bead off especially quickly
Available with a three-year waterproof guarantee, that tells you all you need to know about how confident ProQuip is regarding the waterproof protection of the TourFlex Elite jacket. Maybe it is the Teflon coating and four-way stretch fabric that creates such a comfortable and usable jacket with protection and breathability.
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