Best golf rain jackets: The best performing, most stylish rain jackets for golfers
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Sure, your driver, irons and putter all seem important to your golf game, but perhaps no item is more necessary in crucial moments than the rain jacket. It needs to perform. Without a quality jacket, you’ll struggle to get a grip, to stay warm and/or dry, and eventually, you’ll might even slog off the course unfulfilled, to the gentle laughter of Mother Nature.
Thankfully, apparel companies have raised the bar for rain gear in recent years. Gone are the days of a jacket sticking to your skin or hindering your swing. Everything about the modern jacket is made with the swing (and golfer’s comfort) in mind. Look no further than the $900 jacket Rory McIlroy wore at the Open Championship at Portrush. While he may have struggled in that opening round 79, boy, did he look warm and cozy while doing it.
When choosing a jacket, make sure to pick one that works for you. Many of them are splurges that’ll last you for years, so choosing the correct one is imperative. Are we dealing with Florida rain or Seattle rain? They are often not the same. Are you trying to improve at playing in bad conditions? Choose wisely, with our help, of course! Here are the best rain jackets to stick in your bag.
Best golf rain jacket for never needing another jacket
Kjus Men’s Pro 3L 2.0
When spending half a grand on a jacket (the same price as a new driver!), you’d expect an exceptional product in return. Kjus delivers — in fact, this may be the last golf jacket you ever own. This model has three layers, so you’ll be warm, even in dry, cold conditions, and stretches in all the right place for max mobility. Kjus even has designed a jacket for left-handers, with technology made specifically for southpaws. Reminder: choose your color appropriately, because it might be your forever rain-gear look.
Best golf rain jacket for traveling golfers
686 Men’s Multi Gore-Tex Paclite
Taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest or the British Isles, where weather conditions change minute-to-minute? You’ll want the lightest traveling companion, and this offering has few peers. The Paclite is quite literally one of the easiest ways to … pack light! It was designed to be folded and rolled up into a tiny carrying case that you can slip into your carry bag. For rounds where it’s sunny on the 1st tee and howling as you make the turn, this is the accessory you’ll want at the ready.
Best golf rain jacket for looking like the pros
FootJoy DryJoys Tour LTS
Unlike most of us, when it starts pouring on the PGA Tour, the pros generally have to gut it out. There’s no quitting in the pro game, so the likes of Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker and a host of other elite pros turn to this stylish FJ model when Mother Nature makes life difficult on them. The jacket’s lightweight design makes it seem like it isn’t even there, while sturdy fibers create an all but impenetrable weather shield.
Best golf rain jacket for value
Adidas Climastorm Provisional
Most rain jackets that serve all purposes don’t come cheap. This jacket won’t rock your wallet, yet still offers most of what you’re looking for. Though light, the Climastorm will help protect your upper body from the elements. Will it stand up against an extreme storm like the others in its category? Probably not quite as well, but its affordable price makes it worth serious consideration. The variety of colors is another bonus.
Best golf rain jacket for light rain
Galvin Green Ashton
This jacket incorporates what GG calls ShakeDry technology, which is exactly what it sounds like — you can literally shake raindrops off the material. The light construction allows for a free-flowing swing, with fabric that doesn’t clump up. The jacket is made to be breathable, so uncomfortable heat — which occurs during a round, no matter the temperature — is ushered away. A gentle summer rain is no match for the GG Ashton.
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