Written By: Chris Conley
Average Guy Golf has been asked by a lot of our readers, what our favorite golf outerwear is for the different elements to help keep you playing your best, in this edition we will review what we think our the 6 best Rain/Wind Jackets on the market. While I personally probably have 15 different Golf jackets that would fall into this category, I had to narrow it down to a top 5, and as hard as I tried I couldn’t cut another so I stuck with 6. The only characteristic a Jacket had to have to make this list was to A) Be a long sleeve jacket, no vests and B) Be able to use it in the rain. We have readers from all over the country and world, but as those who are close to us (Mid-Atlantic Region) know, even though it is colder out and gets dark earlier, the weather during the day is still nice enough to golf; the one thing November and the fall is notorious for around here is WIND, and all these jackets will help keep you warm on the windiest of days. While some of the below jackets are warmer than others, these jackets are designed to be worn in the Rain/Wind and we will be doing another review on Jackets to wear on the coldest of days when you just have to hit the course anyway.
As always if you have any Jackets you think should have made our list please add them in the comments below. The order below is no way a list of best to worst, just simply a review of the top jackets we think are on the market. Enjoy!
1) Nike – Full Zip Wind Jacket
I have had this jacket for two years, but the same style and model is still sold new in stores today. If you have ever watched the Haney Project on the golf channel, he wears this exact same Jacket in almost every episode. If one of the best teachers in the game think it is a great jacket, there must be something about it. This is a very light weight jacket, that fits semi-loosely, fit is important as I don’t want something overly snug or overly baggy, I want to feel comfortable in it and be able to make a full range of motion swing. The jacket is 100% polyester which makes it perfect for the wind, some jackets on the market will keep you warm but the first hint at wind and air is ripping through the jacket making your body tighten up, hurting your game. The jacket is a full zip jacket, with a high neck so you can fold the collars down or zip it up to your neck on the very windy days. The jacket does a decent job in the rain, it wicks the moisture away from your body but does stay on the surface of the jacket longer than others on this list, but your inner layers stay perfectly dry. This jacket has two key features that I love in a golf jacket. 1) There is a pull cord around the waist so you can tighten the jacket to your desired setting, allowing for a full range of motion and 2) the wrist cuffs are velcro so you can tighten or loosen them, some jackets don’t have this feature and the sleeves are to long and hinder your grip. The Jacket also has zippered side pockets so you can keep your score card and yardage book dry while playing in the rain.
2) Cross – Pro Jacket
This is my first season with the Cross Pro Jacket and I can see it staying in my rotation for a long time. Before I get into the review of this jacket I will let you know that you should order one size bigger than normal in this jacket as they tend to run small and fit snug. This Cross Pro is a full zip jacket, with a fleece line chin guard on the inside, this is a great feature as you can zip up the jacket on the windiest of days and instead of your chin and neck pushing against a zipper it is resting on comfortable soft and warm fleece, sounds simple but such a great little touch to the jacket. If you get hit with the random Fall shower, you can rest assured that with in a few minutes of the rain stopping the jacket and your inner layers will be dry, like it never rained. Another great feature of this jacket is the fleece lined full zipped pockets; even if you forget your winter gloves these pockets will warm your hands up in no time. The Jacket also has a pull cord around the waist, but I didn’t have to use it as the jacket was a little snug already on me. This jacket also has the adjustable wrists, which is a key feature in golf jackets in my opinion. Not many people know the Cross name but everyone should check them out they make some really quality golf apparel, I also love the color of this jacket and it received a lot of compliments on the course.
3) Ping – Full Zip Soft Shell Jacket
This ping jacket is light weight enough to wear while golfing with out hindering your swing, but is also the warmest of the jackets on this list. The Soft Shell is fully waterproof and wicks water away instantly, allowing you to play in any weather conditions. The Soft Shell is made of 100% Polyester with a tight mesh lining which is great at blocking the wind. The downfall to this jacket is the sleeves are not adjustable around the wrist area, so if the sleeves are slightly long on you, they may hinder your grip. That might not effect everyone, and luckily the sleeves were the perfect length for me on this jacket, but a longer sleeve bothers me if it is touching my palm. One other little thing about this jacket is it is cut a little short, the size itself fits perfectly but I feel like the jacket should have about two more inches in length around the waist. All that aside this jacket is the warmest of the golf jackets I wear, and allows me to play in the wind, rain and cold weather and doesn’t hinder my swing at all. In fact I wear this jacket to work on colder days as it is warm, but not so bulky that it makes driving uncomfortable like some jackets.
4) Antigua – Highland Jacket
This is the newest jacket in my line up but after 3 rounds in very windy conditions I was thoroughly impressed. This is a very stylistic jacket and another one I wear to work on a regular basis, as it looks professional yet casual which is exactly our dress code at work. Again like most of these jackets it is made of 100% polyester and wicks rain and moisture away very quickly making it ideal for wet conditions. The polyester outside teamed up with a very soft comfortable mesh lining makes this a great jacket for the high wind conditions, as the jacket will form fit to you even if it is slightly to big. The wrist cuffs are adjustable, which again is a big factor for me as I don’t mind if they hang while I am putting but on a full swing I need the sleeves tight and not flapping during my back swing. One of the better features on this jacket is the chest pocket, it is a vertical full zip pocket on the right chest, which is perfect for your scorecard or yardage book. I know around my waist where the front pockets of a jacket are, I don’t like anything throwing me off balance, and while it seems weird a scorecard could do that, it does to me sometimes. The chest pocket is perfect as it is pressed tightly against your body, and you won’t even notice it is there until you need it.
5) Sunice – Omaha Jacket
What do you get when you take a company who is known for building top of the line ski and snowboarding apparel and have them make golf apparel? You get what probably is my favorite jacket on this list, the Omaha by Sunice, they have their WxTech trademarked coating on the outside of this jacket, and I have been caught in the worst of rain storms on the course and while my rain pants my have failed my top half was completely dry. Adjustable wrist cuffs as well as adjust-ability of the waist make this jacket very easy to feel comfortable in. Next to the Ping Jacket this is the warmest of the jackets on the list, due to the stretch inserts that are form fitting; so while the jacket will fit loosely and allow you to have a full range of motion swing, the inserts form fit to keep the jacket snug to your body. A nice little touch, there is a ball washer in the jacket pocket that is attached via a cord and button, so you can take it off, clean and reattach it for your next round. While that seems like a simple thing, it is just one of the many simple touches that add up to great quality produced by Sunice.
6) Loudmouth Golf – Windshirts
Loudmouth needs no introduction they easily make that introduction themselves with their bold, bright and wacky colors and designs, however for the 2013 fall season they launched their line of windshirts and wind vests. While I know this is a review using the word jacket, the windshirt by Loudmouth is a wind jacket. The Windshirt easily fits over a golf polo, and is great at blocking the wind. The Windshirt is the only half zip on the list, and easily pulls over your golf polo, so not being a full zip is not an issue at all. The jacket has an adjustable waist and the wrist cuffs are bunched up to make the fit snuggle on your wrist and not fall down your hands. I absolutely love these jackets, and anyone who has read our reviews knows my favorite saying is Look Good Play Good, and how can you not do that in anything LoudMouth produces. These pull overs will get you noticed on the course, while doing a good job of wicking away the rain and keeping the chill of a cold Fall day off of you.
These are quick to the point reviews of the jackets that I love to wear on the course myself, look for the full reviews of each of these jackets to follow in the coming weeks. What are your thoughts, anything we left off that you think should be on the list?
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.