5 golf vests perfect for playing in the winter months

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In truth, there are a few key factors to strong winter weather attire. One is flexibility. The other is protectiveness.

Ah, winter, the best season of the year for golf. The fairways are empty, the conditions are firm and god-willing, there’s no snow on the ground.

Of course, in order to play a proper winter round, you must also prove yourself impervious to the weather. But here’s the secret: imperviousness to the cold and blustery is not a requirement of one’s character. Rather, it is a requirement of one’s wardrobe.

And how does one build a wardrobe capable of taking on the worst the winter months have to offer? By purchasing wisely.

In truth, there are a few key factors to strong winter weather attire. One is flexibility — your clothes must be capable of moving with your body throughout the motions of the swing and must NOT be restrictive (that’s how bad swing habits are born). Another is protectiveness — your clothes must be capable of cutting down the wind and keeping your midsection warm.

Now, you might be wondering how those two qualities intersect in clothing that doesn’t leave you looking like you recently landed at the International Space Station. In most cases, you’d be right, there aren’t many clothing items that fall in the center of this peculiar, cold-weather Venn diagram. But there is one: the vest.

Here are our five favorites.

5 amazing golf vests perfect for the cold

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RLX Golf Water-Repellent

Ralph Lauren’s Water-Repellent vest is designed with stretch properties and breathable mesh panels to keep you comfortable on or off the course. The vest is partially lined and filled to offer additional warmth on cool days. It features full zip closure for easy on and off wear, a mock collar for added coverage, elasticized armholes to enhance movement, and zip pockets for daily essentials.
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TravisMathew Off The Dock

The Travis Mathew Off The Dock vest is designed and created with full zip closure so you can easily slip it on and off as needed. It is also made with front pockets for daily essentials and a mock neck for additional warmth. Off The Deck sports LifeStyle Performance fabric that is machine washable, resistant to wrinkles, and extremely comfortable with stretch capabilities.
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Patagonia Men’s Nano-Puff Vest

This vest, plain and simple, is an absolute staple of a smart golfer’s wardrobe. Patagonia’s impeccable is matched only by this sweater’s warmth and comfortable fit. An easy choice for any cold-weather round.
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Dunning Iona

Keep your core warm and comfortable in the Dunning Iona vest. This stylish vest is designed to be your go-to when it’s too warm on the course for a full sleeve jacket. The proprietary blend of performance fabrics offers an extremely comfortable and functional layering option. The four-way stretch keeps you comfortable, flexible, and moving with ease. Its insulation keeps you warm, and the moisture-wicking fabric evaporates sweat at a quick rate to keep your skin dry. Design details include player-specific arm openings and waistband for added mobility, ½ zip closure for easy on and off wear, a raised collar for additional warmth, and a contrasting vision zipper.
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Linksoul Kirkwall Down

Get ready for the cool days with the Linksoul Kirkwall Down vest. The vest is quilted and down filled to provide warmth. It is designed with full zip closure, a raised collar, a bungee cord waist, and front pocket for accessories.
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James Colgan

Golf.com Editor

James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow, during which time he cut his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News and Fox Sports. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from.