FootJoy HydroTour Jacket

We give our verdict on the all-new FootJoy HydroTour jacket

FootJoy HydroTour Jacket
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Golf Monthly Verdict

One of the best jackets we’ve tested. Not only does it provide complete protection from the elements, but it’s also a really stylish offering that gives the wearer total confidence to swing unrestricted thanks to the four-way stretch material.

Reasons to buy
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    Extremely comfortable and warm and able to withstand the worst of the winter weather.

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    Fits really well while allowing for total swing freedom.

Reasons to avoid
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    The only downside is that it might get too hot inside when the weather is wet and warm.

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FootJoy HydroTour Jacket Review

For golfers who like to get their golfing fix all year round, having a waterproof jacket that’s able to withstand the winter weather is imperative. And they don’t come much better than the new FootJoy HydroTour.

The headline garment in FJ’s new HydroSeries range for 2021, this jacket ticks all the boxes, making it easily one of the best golf waterproofs on the market.

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The HydroTour Jacket has plenty of style to go with the substance
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We tested the HydroTour in navy with black and bright red and were immediately taken by the style on offer. In particular, the red detail contrasts really nicely with the navy blue as well as the black chest panel for those who like to look the part on the course. 

And an added benefit of the black chest panel means mixing this predominantly navy blue product with a pair of black trousers is no longer a big fashion faux pas. 

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On-off is really easy thanks to the full zip and premium material

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Onto the all-important performance and it didn’t disappoint here either. It comes with a full zip so getting on and taking off is easy and it feels supremely comfortable on.

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We wore the medium which offered a nice, snug fit without restricting the swing, while it also kept us warm at all times. Truth be told, that is probably the only drawback in that when the weather is warm and wet, something a little more lightweight would be more suitable. 

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Andrew Wright testing the FootJoy HydroTour Jacket

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We found the material to deliver a premium feel as well as provide golfers with no shortage of confidence to swing with total freedom. This key performance component is achieved thanks to the four-way stretch material used in construction.

An innovative feature worth mentioning is the DrySeal double collar system, which has a cinch cord on the inner layer to keep the rain out and two small holes on the outer layer that help the water run down the back of the jacket, thereby keeping the neck dry. 

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The two holes on the outer layer of the DrySeal collar system allow water to escape and keep the neck dry
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It’s a subtle detail but it definitely makes a difference, especially when the heavens really open. As mentioned, we put the navy with black and bright red version of this jacket through its paces but it also comes in black with charcoal and lime, which we also expect to be popular.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1