Nike SS17 Apparel Review - Technical Editor Joel Tadman gives his verdict on the Nike Spring/Summer 2017 apparel having tested it in a variety of weather conditions in Ireland
Tested by: Joel Tadman, Hcp 5
Nike Aeroreact half zip – RRP £59.99
Nike Zonal Cooling MM Fly Blade polo – RRP £44.99
Nike Flex pants – £54.99
Nike HyperAdapt Storm-Fit full zip jacket – £149.99
I was given some dark colours with a bright pink polo shirt – an unusual combination but it worked surprisingly well. The polo shirt’s design, with its unique metallic poppers and blade collar sitting smoothly against the neck to minimize distractions, won’t please traditionalists but it certainly did the job it was supposed to.
All the garments were fairly slim fitting but because of how thin, soft and stretchy the material was and while I didn’t feel restricted in any way during the swing, some people may feel to need to switch up a size. The jacket has drawstrings to customize the fit and the trousers weren’t baggy but also didn’t feel too tight, which was ideal. I enjoyed the elasticated waist and general stretchiness of the fabric.
The mid-layer offered a surprising amount of protection from the wind given how thin the material is. The polo shirt kept us cool and dry when the weather was bright on the first day and the trousers were comfortable and fitted well, not too baggy or loose. The waterproofs were tested to the max but held firm in the heaviest of downpours, keeping the layers underneath predominantly dry, but seemed to absorb the moisture rather than bead it off, seemingly adding weight that made swinging freely a more cumbersome task.
Nike’s golf apparel is undergoing a styling shift towards more modern lifestyle influences and while that may not appeal to the older audience, the majority of golfers will enjoy the balance and style and colour choice without catching the eye for the wrong reasons. There’s plenty of performance to combat various weather extremes and a host of designs and choices of garment in each layer available, all coming it at a very reasonable price point.