It might not be the first thing you think of with regards to your golfing outfit, but a golf jacket is an essential piece of clothing. Since golf is a game played outdoors, there will inevitably come a time when the heavens will open or the winds pick up, and, rather than finish your game, simply throw on a waterproof golf jacket and you can continue to play.
You’ll never know when the rain will hit, so having a waterproof golf jacket is like having a companion out there on the course. Thanks to the lightweight construction of modern golf jackets, they can easily be stored in your push cart or even your golf bag, giving quick access to shield yourself and keep playing. This is thanks in no small part to the development of polyester and cotton, which forces rain to bounce off the surface of the jacket and not build up in the fibres and weigh you down.
Brands like Nike and Callaway use technological fabrics that can maintain the look and feel of the jacket even after being used many times. Other companies like Fairway & Greene and Bogner maintain the classic style of golf’s traditions but with modern materials, and brands such as Original Penguin and Rhone, put the style back into function.
We’ve rounded up the best golf jackets for men that will give you a stylish, protective edge next time you’re out on the course.
Designing their outerwear to not only handle any tough conditions but to give you the confidence to embrace them as well, Rhone’s range of waterproof jackets were made for the extremes. All of their jackets come reinforced with ‘Primaloft Silver Insulation’, which is made from recycled materials and fibres that create millions of air-trapping pockets to keep you warm, even in the wet weather.
Be sure to check out their ‘Tundra Quilted’ jacket for the very best protection. While it isn't specifically designed for the game of golf, it is lightweight enough and rather adept at protecting you from the rain, making ideal for taking onto the golf course.
For one of the best ranges of jackets designed to promote freedom of movement and incredible quality, look no further than Lululemon. The Canadian company has a wide range of jackets that are breathable, lightweight, water-repellent and of course, stylish.
Lululemon actually has a small range of men's golf jackets, all of which are designed to sustain the rain and keep you warm and dry underneath the whole time. Their golf jackets benefit from a number of functional details such as their patented ‘Glyde’ fabric that is both water and wind-proof, along with strategically placed air vents to promote airflow to help keep you cool.
When the weather isn’t in your favour and a drizzle is dampening your shot, even if you are not feeling good, at least you could be looking good in a Hugo Boss golf jacket. The combination of style and performance reaches its peak with this range of outerwear that features waterproof jackets and even gilets. With their ‘Water-Repellent Zip-Up’ jacket, you’ll find effortless style covering a stretchy fabric that is lined with carbon-effect trims and zipped pockets for extra storage.
Wind and water are the enemies of every golfer, not just for the ball while in flight, and that's why Vice Golf have delivered a range of windbreakers that will keep you swinging comfortably even in those wet and gusty conditions. Designed to be worn walking on the golf course and even during play, the windbreaker is also water-repellant thanks to it’s ‘Aquasorb’ technology and can even withstand heavy rain for a full round.
Peter Millar’s ‘Crown Sport’ collection delivers on every golfer’s need for protection from the elements and backs it up in serious style. Offering fully waterproof, seam-sealed protection, you'll find no amount of drizzle gets through. A soft, comfortable two-way stretch further makes these golf jackets optimal for play at any time and in any condition. Be sure to check out the ‘Hyper Light Shield’ for a layered construction that has been tested by professional golfers on tour and will keep you dry in the rain and comfortable against the wind.
When designing their outerwear, Travis Mathew always strives for that perfect blend of comfortability and the superior style the brand is known for, and with their range of waterproof golf jackets they’ve achieved just that by keeping things functional. With their ‘June Gloom’ jacket you’ll find waterproof fabric that is ideal for protecting you on drizzly days on the course, seam-sealed 4-way stretch for full range of motion and lining that covers the front zipper to create a stylish minimalist look.
No list about sports outerwear would be complete without Nike’s contribution and their range of waterproof golf jackets shows why they are some of the most functional and modern stylings out there right now. From their ‘Packable Windrunner’ jacket with its multi-vented design made from a stretchy jersey fabric and elasticised cuffs for extra comfort to the ‘NSW Windrunner’ jacket that features a nylon-blend canvas fabric with a bungee-style cord fastening hood, Nike is one of the best brands to kit out golfers from amateur through to professional level.
Tame the elements and look fresh from the tee to the green with Oakley’s range of waterproof golf jackets that offer enhanced mobility and superior comfort. No matter the conditions you're facing out on the course, Oakley's jackets will not crumble under the pressure. Using fabrics such as merino wool, cotton and polyester that complements the water-repellent technology, seen in the ‘Oakley Golf’ jacket, you can rest assured you'll be kept warm and dry.
While everyone’s ducking for cover, you’ll be walking comfortably as you know that GFore has your back with a golf jacket that is built to stop those uncomfortable drips that slip through the cracks. Designed to be efficient and cover all the bases, their range of golf jackets – which includes the rather excellent ‘Repeller’ jacket – feature ‘Dry-Tex’ fabric, magnetic closure pockets for storage protection and heat bonded seams meaning that you’ll be smiling as the clouds roll over.
Designed to impress on and off the course, Fairway & Greene’s dedicated range of golf jackets have the kind of look and feel that is graceful without effort. With outer shells made from a polyester cire overlay and merino layered with spandex that will keep the jacket looking dry even as the rain is pouring down, Fairway & Greene's jackets are some of the best around. Their ‘Barnard Valley Long Sleeve’ jacket is the perfect piece for your next round that will keep you warm with its melange interior.
If you’ve ever been worried about your phone or any other belongings getting wet, and you don’t want to keep them in your golf bag, Golfino has the jacket for you. With the ‘Pro-Look’ jacket, you’ll get everything you expect from a waterproof piece, including lightweight comfort and ultimate stretch for full range of motion, but the finer details are what separates it, with a special pocket for your phone and a stand up collar to shield you from the wind.
A jacket for every occasion, Uniqlo may not have designed their range of jackets specifically for the game of golf, but they are adaptable for any outdoor activity. This makes them one of the most reliable as well, and it’s proven as their range includes parkas to block the rain and wind to zip-up active jackets that are resilient against any weather condition, but be sure to check out the ‘Blocktech’ jacket for the very best (looking) in durability.
Staying true to the name, Under Armour have delivered one of the best golf jackets to defend yourself from the grey clouds that darken the green. When everyone else heads to the clubhouse when the rain starts to fall, you’ll stick it out because you have the ‘Storm Windstrike’ jacket that is wind and water-resistant, and that is fueled by the company's patented ‘UA Storm’ technology and durable stretch-woven fabric that is soft and quiet, giving every shot you take zero distractions.
Whether you are stepping up to the tee or walking to your next flag, do so with the confidence that a luxury sports brand like Bogner can provide. Even when the weather isn’t in your favour, you’ll have nothing to worry about with their range of water-proof jackets that look as well as they perform. The range encompasses a range of styles, with many taking their fair share of inspiration from the brand's ski wear, but you can find technical shell jackets too that offer movement and protection from the elements.
Golf can be played anytime, but when the weather changes with the months, you have to be ready and Lyle & Scott have one of the widest range of jackets to prepare you for the coming cold. Made to be versatile against any weather condition, their golf jackets feature practical functions like extra pockets and fastening on the cuffs to give you an extra layer of security against brisk winds. Be sure to check out the ‘Lightweight Sheer’ jacket for the very best in style and function.
The first major celebrity in golf history, Walter Hagen just had to have a brand that could live up to the legend and this range of golf jackets is suitable for every kind of player that loves a swing, no matter the conditions. The great man would never let a bit of drizzle get in the way and the ‘Mock Rain’ jacket is one of many that features waterproof fabric across a two-way colour scheme and an incredibly capable technical construction.
Another brand that has a name to live up to, Peak Performance is not shy about letting you know they have the best range of waterproof golf jackets. And, given their extensive and passionate history of innovation for outerwear, we believe them. Their ‘Helium Hybrid’ jacket is the very best in protection from the elements with its repellent panels, and in comfort during play with stretchy fabrics and insulation, meaning you’ll be moving without restriction even when the degrees drop.
For cool looks in cool weather, you can do no wrong with golf’s favourite birdie, Original Penguin. Their collection of jackets has you covered for any unpredictable condition that might turn your game sour, with thick layering on the inside, and thin but durable shells on the outside as seen in the ‘Polar Fleece’ jacket. This jacket is water-resistant and comes with a plain weave fabrication in a criss-cross pattern for extra durability.
Golf outerwear is just another area that Callaway have lended their expertise to, and their range of waterproof jackets help to prepare you for the unexpected and keep you playing at your best, no matter what the weather brings. With a massive collection of different styles that come reinforced with breathable fabric that allows you to move comfortably. Check out the ‘StormGuard Waterproof’ that features the very best in quality and performance.
When Ogio were designing their range of men's golf jackets, they were definitely using their noggins. This is especially true with regard to the development of the ‘All Elements Rain Jacket’, which provides the very best in waterproofing. But when the weather gets bad and the sky turns dark, the All Elements reveals a neat trick, in that you are able to turn it inside out for a fully reflective shell that remains completely impenetrable against the rain and will keep you comfortable and visible at all times.
For performance wear with no limits, look no further than Kjus, pronounced shu-uss. The Swiss-based golfing brand has an incredible range of waterproof jackets that are layered with repellant technology and innovative constructions to deliver a well-rounded style that stays true to the brand's roots. Their ‘Locarno Golf’ jacket provides a lightweight feel with sealed seams, a toggle adjustable hem coupled with fastened wrist cuffs for that extra layer of protection that can be customised to your liking.
Since launching their golf brand in 2007, and putting functionality back into fashion, Calvin Klein has used the latest technologies to craft some of the highest-quality and best-looking waterproof golf jackets. With their ‘Golf 365’ jacket, you get a stylish, minimalist design that allows you to play anytime, under any condition thanks to a water-repellent coating to ensure you stay dry if you find yourself caught in a drizzle of rain. Front pockets are on hand to keep your hands warm too, and, as far as colouring goes, we think this one is a real looker.
While protection from the rain is the point, and an important one, FootJoy has not forgotten about the moisture that comes from within the jacket as well, and their range protects you from all angles. Even when it is raining outside, that doesn’t mean you’re going to stop playing and that means extra sweat, so the ‘HydroLite Rain’ jacket does both, wicks moisture away from the inside and repels from the outside thanks to their patented ‘HydroLite’ fabrics.