Hot Stuff for Cold Weather

By: James A. Frank

The weather is turning chilly, the wind is picking up, and golfers are thinking about putting away their sticks for the winter. But they might not have to, instead donning some new offerings in warming golf wear that can extend the season a few more weeks.

From AHEAD comes a choice of tops incorporating what the company calls “Thermal Regulation technology,” a polymer yarn that controls the production of moisture before it begins, absorbing heat from the body and releasing it when the air gets cool. This helps keep body temperatures optimal in both hot and cold climates.

“Think of it as moisture going from liquid to solid, then back to liquid, but being contained in a hollow core yarn,” explains Bill Godden, the company’s director of apparel. It’s especially effective as weather changes, which it is apt to do at this time of year.

The Thermal Regulation Collection debuts with three polo shirts (a solid and two stripes, in a choice of colors, shown above and at top), a full-zipper soft-shell vest, and a half-zip, long-sleeve mock. Prices begin at $69.

If it’s just the cold that’s keeping you from playing, adidas Golf debuts a new collection of outerwear it calls climawarm+, designed to keep the golfer toasty without restricting the swing. The inspiration behind jackets and vests for men and women is the polar bear: The proprietary fabric emulates the unique structure of the bear’s fur, keeping heat generated by the body trapped within hollow fibers for warmth.

“We’re able to pack all the warmth of a typical heavyweight layering piece into a streamlined, technically advanced piece of equipment that is lighter in weight and also allows a full range of motion, whatever the temperature,” says Davide Mattucci, adidas Golf’s director of global product marketing.

For men, the climawear+ collection includes a full-zip jacket, a half-zip jacket (right), and a vest. For women, there’s a quarter-zip jacket and a vest. There are lots of color options. Prices begin at $70.


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