Times have changed...
It’s that time of year again. The weather’s starting to turn, Christmas is on the horizon, and we’re all starting to delve into our winter golf gear.
Possibly the most important piece of kit to keep you playing through the winter months is a decent set of waterproofs.
They need to keep you dry, be easy to swing in, circulate air, and come off and on with little issue.
These are the products that tick all the boxes.
Galvin Green Addison jacket + Alf trousers
The Addison jacket is a half-zip, streamlined jacket, with GORE-TEX Stretch fabric and mesh lining for breathability. Rain Channels at the cuffs and adjustable bottom edges are added features.
Paired with the Alf trousers, and golfers have the ultimate package. Galvin Green’s top selling trousers are GORE-TEX, and have fleece-lined front and back pockets. The inner seam is strengthened by reinforced fabric, and long zip openings make it easy to put on and take off.
Price: £259.95 (jacket) £189.95 (trousers)
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FootJoy DryJoys Select
Employing Xtreme DWR Finish for top-rate waterproof cover, the DryJoys Select jacket also uses a waterproof zipper that allows golfers to remove and put on the garment quickly, while being protecting them from the elements. A patented collar stops rain creeping into the jacket around the neck.
The DryJoys trousers also use the same finish and zipper, while also boasting an adjustable gripper waistband for a comfortable, non-slip fit.
Price: £295 (jacket) £200 (trousers)
Under Armour GORE-TEX Rain Suit
The suit features a three-layer bonded fabric and soft, brushed interior that keeps the garment 100% waterproof, but also breathable.
Under Armour has also applied a new 10% stretch fabrication to the suit to provide golfers with "25% more stretch than other GORE-TEX rainwear".
Under Armour's GORE-TEX Tips Pant is designed to fit like a regular trouser and features a soft waistband, hip adjusters, secure side and back pockets, and 12 inch leg zips.
Price: £250 (jacket) £215 (trousers)
Adidas Golf GORE-TEX two layer jacket and Climastorm softshell pant
Mixing tradition and innovation, the jacket offers GORE-TEX in two layer options alongside PACLITE, with stretch and fully sealed seams. It also has a lifetime waterproof guarantee.
The trousers offer a full-seam seal, and a woven material to stop moisture entering the trouser. Has an elasticated waistband with belt loops and two front pockets.
PING Sensor Dry Frontier suit
Available as a full or half-zip jacket with accompanying waterproof bottoms, the Frontier utilises a high perfomance three-layer stretch fabric.
Fully seam-sealed, the Frontier combines superior waterproof protection, which PING guarantees for three years, with breathabiliy and stretch performance, creating a protective but playable waterproof suit.
Price: £150 (jacket)
Nike Hyperadapt Storm Fit jacket + Hyper Storm Fit trousers
The jacket’s fabric repels wind, rain and snow, and the mock neck zips up to the chin for added warmth. Ergonomic side and shoulder seams allow a wide range of motion, while the mesh sleeve panels allow for airflow.
The trousers boast the same fabric, and also have articulated knees for a natural range of motion.
Price: £210 (jacket and trousers)
Sunice Albany Jacket + Edisson trousers
Employing GORE-TEX and stretch inserts, the Albany jacket repels water while also conforming to the movements made in the golf swing.
The GORE-TEX Edisson trousers are lightweight and supremely comfortable.
Price: £220 (jacket) £135.99 (trousers)
Sunderland Performance lightweight jacket + Vancouver Resort trousers
The lightweight jacket is made from a performance laminated fabric with contrast four-way stretch panels. An inner mesh lining combines with hand-warming pockets and a chin guard.
The trousers have much of the same tech, while also using anti-snag cuffs and internal waist adjusters.
Price: £119.95 (jacket) £64.95 (trousers)
Mizuno Pro Rain suit
The jacket and trousers incorporate a three-way stretch, wipe dry 10,000mm water proof fabric with an intelligent membrane that adjusts heat retention based on conditions.
Price: £179 (jacket) £169 (trousers)
Oscar Jacobson Hartmann jacket + Mickey trousers
Made from a four-way stretch fabric, the jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable. With fully taped seams and waterproof zippers, it also has a soft inner for added warmth.
The trousers have the same tech as the jacket, while also offering articulated leg construction and an inner rubber-feel gripper tape.
Price: £170 (jacket) £129 (trousers)
Chervo Manner jacket and Sungbis trousers
Italian brand Chervo set out to design a fashionable rain suit that offers comfort and ease of movement.
Employing Chervo-Tex and Aqua-Block technology, players are completely protected from the elements. A hydrophilic film allows for breathability.
Price: £205 (jacket) £175 (trousers)