This article appeared in the 2012 Spring issue of LINKS.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING...soggy golfers. Unless they’re wearing serious rain protection. Playing in the spring, in Britain, or while on that long-planned buddy trip (when the clouds are guaranteed to open up), a good rain suit is a necessity. The best suits—like the six featured here—share many of the same qualities, including a snug yet adjustable fit, freedom of movement, and fabric that breathes while repelling the raindrops. All prices are suggested retail.
Zero Restriction Tour Lite 2
Gore-Tex fabric and patented technology offer comfort, while pleats on the back and elbows
allow freedom of motion. Two-way zipper lets jacket lay flat when putting. Pants have an adjustable waist plus belt loops and besides coming in six lengths cuffs can be hemmed without losing quick open-and-close. Jacket (navy or black): $395; pants (navy or black): $295 zerorestriction.com
Galvin Green Arch Jacket/Alf Pants
This Swedish brand is Europe’s best-seller, especially popular in Britain—but not sold in the U.S. Both the abrasion-resistant outer fabric and inner membrane are Gore-Tex. The jacket has reinforcement patches (for carrying a bag) and rain channels at the cuffs. Pants are available in 26 sizes. Limited-edition jacket (white with black/gunmetal/green): approx. $775; pants (black only): approx. $475 galvingreen.com
Nike Storm-FIT Elite
Promising total coverage from both water and wind, the company’s top-of-the-line suit uses its proprietary Dri-FIT material that wicks moisture from the body. Seams are bonded instead of sewn to reduce weight and bulk and provide a sleek look. Fabric stretches for extended range of motion. Jacket (binary blue or black): $300; pants (black only): $200 nikegolf.com
Adidas ClimaProof Storm
Both the new Storm SuperFast jacket and Storm pants are made of four-way stretchable polyester with a three-year waterproof warranty. The favorite of the company’s Tour pros, both garments are seam-sealed and feature a lightweight waterproof membrane. Jacket (black/ash, aquatic/ black, white/zone): $220; pants (black or white): $170 adidasgolf.com
Sun Mountain Torrent
Worn by the U.S. team at the last Presidents Cup, both pieces are constructed from a woven fabric over a waterproof membrane and protective liner. The jacket has expansion pleats in the back and adjustable hem and cuffs; elastic-waist pants can be shortened up to 2–1/2 inches with snaps. Jacket (black, titanium, or navy): $165; pants (navy or black): $150 sunmountain.com
FootJoy Tour Collection
The “It’s a Cinch” system allows easy adjustment through the pockets so there’s no getting wet while getting it to fit right. The four-way stretch polyester fabric allows full range of motion and has sealed seams, a waterproof front zipper, adjustable cuffs, and smooth inside liner. Jacket (black, black/white, white/black, navy, or charcoal): $250; pants (black): $180 footjoy.com