We take a closer look at the best golf waterproofs currently on the market.
Best Golf Waterproofs
Somewhere along the line, pulling on a set of waterproofs didn’t become such a pain. Years ago it was like wrapping yourself in a bin bag.
However, the best golf waterproofs these days don’t just keep you extremely dry, but they are designed to help you swing unhindered.
We wouldn’t quite say it’s ever a joy to reach for the waterproofs, but today’s technology-packed suits are not just more effective than ever at keeping us dry and comfortable while also looking the part on the fairways. Nowadays the research that goes into making garments built to withstand the harshest of conditions is truly mind-boggling.
It pays off too because golf waterproofs these days are lighter, keep you drier, remain breathable, and look great.
We’ve picked out a selection of the best golf waterproofs that are well worth checking out and we also recommend checking out our posts on the best golf tops, best golf wind jackets, and best golf base layers to truly complete your outfit and leave you best prepared for the wind and rain.
Best Golf Waterproofs
FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover
+ Soft, stretchy material allows complete freedom of movement.
+ Keeps water and wind at bay impressively well
– Lacks pockets. Collar could be softer on the neck at the front.
An all-in-one pullover made from a three-layer bonded knit fabric that is both stretchable and highly breathable. During our testing we loved the feel of it and how well it fits.
It is snug but this did not restrict the swing because the stretchy fabric, along with the elastic section on the back of the hem, helped provide extra movement.
Of course we have to mention the waterproofing which is top-notch. It is 100 per cent waterproof and also features a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on the surface of the fabric that beads water away.
It’s stylish too, with accents of color bolstering the modern look and four choices available to match your favourite outfit.
Galvin Green Action Jacket
+ Front pockets are a welcome addition
+ Excellent lightweight waterproof protection and breathability
+ Great styling, fit and range of motion.
– The premium price may be difficult for some golfers to justify
As far as the best golf waterproofs go, the Action from Galvin Green is right up there. It is lightweight, looks great, soft and comfortable, stretchy and the fit can be tailored nicely. The waterproofing and protection is also high-quality thanks to the GORE-TEX C-knit fabric.
Galvin Green has also implemented GORE-TEX ‘Super Stretch’ too which are a series of inserts on the jacket that provide extreme stretch in key areas like the back and elbows. The TECHSTEEL fabric also reinforces the shoulder and lower back areas too, making these sections more durable. This is particularly important for those bag carriers out there.
There are two colors available in black and grey.
Nike Hypershield Rapid Adapt Jacket
+ 2 jackets in 1
+ Very good range in sizes
– Flaps in the midrift don’t look the best
This jacket is basically two jackets in one because the traditional look can be transformed into a vest easily.
The removable upper/arms are held in place with snap button closure points and whilst that sounds cumbersome, the HyperAdapt technology combines a vent along the back of the shoulders for extra mobility through your swing. The Hypershield technology is also present to block wind, rain and anything else Mother Nature wants to throw at you. Water may not bead off as quickly as other models on this list, but the protection is still excellent.
The cuffs can be tightened with Velcro and the neck and zips are well designed so water can’t seep in. The flap around the middle of the body and along the back of the shoulders also offers good ventilation while keeping the damp out and allowing a little extra mobility.
Under Armour Stormproof Rain Jacket
+ Stylish and high-quality performance
+ Several nice details golfers will like
– Slightly coarse material could be fairly audible when swinging
As expected with Under Armour, the level of research and development in this jacket is right up there.
A stylish offering available in several colors it is one of the best performing waterproofs out there because of its Storm technology, which repels water nicely, the Hydropel zippers and the windproof construction. This is another jacket on this list that can be used on and off the golf course and we also included it in our guide on the best waterproof golf jackets.
Galvin Green Alpha Trousers
+ Top of the range option
+ Outstanding protection
– Premium price may deter some
If you want a pair of waterproof trousers that takes it to the next level, look no further than the Galvin Green Alpha’s.
They have been constructed with GORE-TEX C-knit fabric, which is on many of Galvin Green’s garments to provide the highest degree of protection from the weather.
Importantly this fabric also has a super smooth feel and as such it easily slides over the garments underneath. For those of us who have struggled with putting waterproof trousers on over trousers, this is a welcome design feature.
There are also a number of nice features like the rubber tabs, front and back pockets, and we also like the smart overall look too.
Ping Downton Jacket
+ Simple yet modern design with several choices in color and size
+ Excellent value considering protection on offer
– Lacks pockets at the waist
Ping’s Downton Jacket comes with SensorDry Technology that can help you deal with the most severe weather conditions Mother Nature creates.
Not only that the stretchy fabric is lightweight and feels soft, comfortable and doesn’t hamper the swing either.
Add in a three-year waterproof warranty and you have an all-round top performer that looks great in all of the four colors.
Puma Ultradry Jacket
+ Competes with the best in terms of protection
+ Ventilated back is a nice touch
– Double zip can be a touch fiddly
A top choice from Puma, the Ultradry jacket has excellent waterproof and windproof protection as you would expect. This is thanks to the Storm Cell fabric which we found to offer good durability as well as waterproofing.
What truly adds to the appeal though are the little details like the bungee cord hem, waist pockets and cuff adjustors which provide more usability and comfort. The neck guard is also a nice touch.
It is also a jacket that could be used anywhere with the three different colors offering something a little different..
Callaway StormGuard Waterproof Jacket
+ Moves freely
+ Warm yet breathable
– A little bulky in places
Featuring a seam sealed and 3-layer membrane construction, this Callaway StormGuard jacket is noticeably breathable and comfortable.
Given the name of this model, it should come as no surprise it has StormGuard technology built in which aims to deliver in extreme weather conditions. As a result this jacket is a fully taped seam design with over 10,000mm waterproof protection, and it also offers a full 3 year maximum waterproof warranty.
Callaway has also implemented Swing Tech technology to help golfers swing in it without any restriction too, which can be very limiting.
More on that, the Swing Tech technology introduced here seeks to ensure less resistance throughout the swing too which is an excellent feature.
FootJoy HLV2 Rain Jacket
+ Top-quality waterproofing
+ Good selection of colors and sizes
– May require a warmer layer underneath on cold days
Another FootJoy model to make our list is the HLV2. It builds on the performance and success of its predecessor and improves it with an all new fabric which is 15 per cent lighter, with 20% more stretch. Additionally it is 100% waterproof thanks to the DWR finish to bead water away.
Also there were a couple of smaller details we really liked too.The collar is shaped in such a way that you are offered maximum protection, the cuffs are easy to adjust and the variety of color choice means there is a design for everyone out there.
Adidas Rain .Rdy Jacket
+ Has everything a golf waterproof jacket should have
+ Use on and off the course
– Only one color choice
A jacket you will undoubtedly have seen players like Dustin Johnson wear whilst playing on the PGA Tour, the Rain.Rdy jacket from adidas is ready for all kinds of bad weather.
Built with adidas Rain .Rdy fabrics and materials which have been specifically designed to deal with the wind and rain, this jacket looks great, performs well and one of its biggest appeals is its versatility.
More so than any other jacket on this list, this model would look well at home in any situation you find yourself in both on and off the golf course.
Mizuno Nexlite 2.0
+ Incredibly light
+ Two-year waterproof warranty
– Slim fit means you may need to go up a size
Featuring some of the lightest fabric on the market, Mizuno has attempted to build on the successful Nexlite range with the Nexlite 2.0 jacket above.
That being said it will still perform in terms of protection as that light fabric delivers in bad weather and you also get a 2-year waterproof warranty.
Inesis Mens Waterproof Rain Jacket
+ Versatile waterproof protection
+ Excellent value for money
– Lacks shelf appeal
The best golf waterproofs can be expensive but once again Inesis has hit it out of the park when it comes to a golf product that offers incredible value.
Constructed with a laminated 3-layer waterproof stretch fabric, this will help you deal with most types of weather as will the sealed seams and zips. In short if you want solid performance without breaking the bank, this is definitely a model to consider.
FootJoy HydroKnit Trousers
+ Tapered fit looks great
+ Three-year waterproof warranty
+ Some might prefer a more roomy fit
A new design for this season, FootJoy has introduced these HydroKnit trousers which are versatile and designed to help you play in the worst weather. The tapered fit looks great and feels comfortable whilst the waterproof protection, which takes the form of the Xtreme durable water repellent finish, looks after itself as you play. Before you know it you will have finished your round dry as a bone because of these trousers.
If you want to see more waterproof trouser models, also take a look at our guide on the best waterproof golf trousers.
Galvin Green Angus Shakedry Jacket
+ Thin and lightweight yet provides exceptional protection from the elements
+ Cutting-edge styling
– Lacks side pockets
Galvin Green has been pushing the boundaries of waterproof design for a while now and with the Angus it appears the next leap has been made in terms of making a garment that can protect from the elements, but is also super-lightweight. All in all it weighs just 220 grams thanks to the membrane being placed on the outside for the first time.
It has innovative Shakedry technology which means the garment is constructed with a fabric which makes the water bead up and roll off the surface. Other features include GORE-TEX super-stretch along the shoulders, shaped sleeves for easy movement, elastic binding on the cuffs, drawstring at the hem, water-repellent zippers and a chest pocket. Unquestionably one of the best golf waterproofs currently on the market.
KJUS Pro 3L 2.0 Jacket
+ Freedom of movement
+ Waterproof and breathable
– Premium priced
This stylish waterproof jacket features body-zoned panels built into the key zones of the shoulder points, shoulder blades and lower back to allow for even greater freedom of movement during the swing.
Thanks to the Dermizax membrane, this jacket with water-repellent zipper is not only highly waterproof but also highly breathable.
Peter Millar Crown Sport Hyperlight Shield Half Zip Jacket
+ Solid weather protection
+ Easy to store
– Lacks significant shelf appeal
Engineered from a highly technical 2.5 layer performance fabric, the Hyperlight Shield Half-Zip is a go-to security piece offering fully waterproof, seam-sealed protection and optimal coverage in inclement weather.
The innovative Tour-tested fabric is supremely soft and comfortable with two-way mechanical stretch and easy-care benefits. A separate stow pouch allows it to be packed down tight and easily stashed in a golf bag.
Sunderland of Scotland Valberg Jacket
+ Well respected brand in terms of waterproofing
+ Clever design features
– Perhaps lacks versatility
We all hate garments that hinder our ability to swing properly especially when it is raining and we have to don the waterproofs. Thankfully this Valberg doesn’t hinder anything because of its 4-way stretch panels, giving you all the freedom in the shoulders and arms that you need to achieve a consistent end-to-end swing path.
The two-layer jacket has excellent waterproof protection along with a mesh lining for breathability. A couple of really cool features are the fleece lined side pockets for those extra gold days, and the corded groove cleaner secured on the inside too.
Ping SensorDry 2.5 Jacket
+ Simple but high-quality
+ Nice storage options with different pockets
– Only one color choice
This lightweight, windproof jacket is fully seam-sealed throughout, the suit offers advanced levels of waterproof protection and breathability. It also includes a two-way centre front zip, two front zipped pockets, an inner security pocket and adjustable hem and cuffs.
There may be only one color choice available in this Ping jacket but the blue looks great so should appeal to most.
Galvin Green Andy Trousers
+ High-quality protective fabric
– Premium price may deter some
The best-selling trousers Galvin Green makes, the Andy trousers provide excellent water and wind protection because of the seam-sealed construction and water repellent fabric. And yet somehow they find a way to be breathable and comfortable too.
With an elasticated buttoned waist for a perfect fit, the Andy trouser features front pockets along with a back pocket. The base of the legs have also received a lot of attention as they can often take a lot of punishment as we go searching for balls in bushes, heather and such.
As a result the legs have easy to use fasteners to adjust the width of the leg, and they are also made from an abrasion resistant fabric at the hem for top durability.
We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best golf waterproofs, and for more advice check the Golf Monthly website.