I’ll be honest: I can’t remember when I last held, let alone swung, a golf club. But the brutal winter hasn’t kept me from testing golf equipment, in this case some terrific apparel from two companies—one you’ve heard of, one that may be new to you.
Leave it to Nike to bring “hybrid” technology to outerwear. Its new Innovation Woven Cover-Up (above, left) combines the best features of a jacket and a sweater to create the perfect early/late-season top. The arms are 3D knit and feel like a snug sweater as they hold in warmth up to the shoulders. The “body” is made of Nike’s Dri-FIT stretch material, which feels like a light windbreaker and is both wind and water resistant. I’ve worn the Cover-Up both indoors and out over the last few weeks (including under a heavier jacket when necessary, with the traditional-length collar zipped all the way up) and found it warm and dry. It retails for $120, and comes in two color schemes of gray/silver/black. nike.com/golf
Cross Golf is an apparel company out of Sweden that’s been in the ski business since 1986 but in golf for just the past few years. Its designs are both fashionable and functional, made for athletic pursuits while looking good and handling any kind of weather. Its Edge jacket (above, right) is handsomely tapered, has three pockets and a minimum number of sealed seams for natural movement, can be worn with the collar up to protect the chin, is adjustable both at the cuffs and bottom, and is ventilated across the back. It’s also water resistant and extremely comfortable thanks to some built-in stretch. Cross Golf offers a full line of golf wear for men and women, including a number of jackets and vests that channel the company’s cold-weather beginnings. The cost is $349, in blue/black. crossgolfapparel.com/