Nike’s golf apparel is undergoing a styling shift towards more modern lifestyle influences and while that may not appeal to the older audience, the majority of golfers will enjoy the balance and style and colour choice without catching the eye for the wrong reasons. There’s plenty of performance to combat various weather extremes and a host of designs and choices of garment in each layer available, all coming it at a very reasonable price point.
More lifestyle look makes the garments versatile for off-course wear with a wide variety of colours and styles available. Very good protection with soft, stretchy fabrics boosting comfort.
The material of the jacket, while not letting much water in, seemed to absorb it - making it heavy and cumbersome. Unique styling of polo won't please traditionalists.
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Nike SS17 Apparel Review - Technical Editor Joel Tadman gives his verdict on the Nike Spring/Summer 2017 apparel having tested it in a variety of weather conditions in Ireland
Nike SS17 Apparel Review
Tested by: Joel Tadman, Hcp 5
Garments tested: Nike Aeroreact half zip - RRP £59.99 Nike Zonal Cooling MM Fly Blade polo - RRP £44.99 Nike Flex pants - £54.99 Nike HyperAdapt Storm-Fit full zip jacket - £149.99
I was given some dark colours with a bright pink polo shirt – an unusual combination but it worked surprisingly well. The polo shirt’s design, with its unique metallic poppers and blade collar sitting smoothly against the neck to minimize distractions, won’t please traditionalists but it certainly did the job it was supposed to.
All the garments were fairly slim fitting but because of how thin, soft and stretchy the material was and while I didn’t feel restricted in any way during the swing, some people may feel to need to switch up a size. The jacket has drawstrings to customize the fit and the trousers weren’t baggy but also didn’t feel too tight, which was ideal. I enjoyed the elasticated waist and general stretchiness of the fabric.
The mid-layer offered a surprising amount of protection from the wind given how thin the material is. The polo shirt kept us cool and dry when the weather was bright on the first day and the trousers were comfortable and fitted well, not too baggy or loose. The waterproofs were tested to the max but held firm in the heaviest of downpours, keeping the layers underneath predominantly dry, but seemed to absorb the moisture rather than bead it off, seemingly adding weight that made swinging freely a more cumbersome task.
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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