The best golfing waterproofs for golf in the winter and, indeed, the British summer

A roundup of the best waterproofs for golfers, putting style to the fore whatever the weather

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In Britain, golf is not always for the faint-hearted. Come spring, summer, autumn, winter, there's always a chance of rain, wind or some foul combination of both. But with a good golfing waterproof you can keep calm and carry on (playing golf).

Cheap, generic waterproofs won't won’t offer the same level of protection as premium golfing gear and the fit may hinder your swing, too. 

How to buy the best golfing waterproofs

As well as rain jackets, there’s trousers and hats. These are all available in different grades: there’s waterproof, which does exactly as it says - keeps water out, no matter the length of your game: there’s rainproof/showerproof, which note, isn’t as hefty as waterproof: then there’s windproof wear, which unless specified, won’t protect you from the wet but will protect you from bitter winds in the winter.

Ideally, you should try them on and do a few practice swings, if buying from a shop. It's probably easier to buy online and send them back if you're not convinced by they fit or look, though.

We’ve gathered up a selection of the best golfing waterproofs on the net, combining a mix of jackets, trousers and hats. So read on to find out which item will best prepare you for the guaranteed wet round next week. 

1. Under Armour GORE-TEX Paclite Jacket

Never mind waterproof, weatherproof is the way to go

Specifications
Best for: Weather proof
Material: Gore-Tex
Type of clothing: Jacket
Features: Zipped hand pockets, internal media pocket, adjustable hem and cuffs
Reasons to buy
+Water and windproof+Folds into the smallest pocket
Reasons to avoid
-Long zip may bulge 

When it comes to weatherproofing, you can’t get better than Gore-Tex. Thanks to the fabric and the UA Storm technology, this jacket won’t let in a bite of wind or a drop of rain. Despite this, it’s miraculously breathable, which will keep you relatively sweat free underneath. 

The Paclite technology does what it says on the tin - that’s conveniently folding up in the tightest of balls so it can be put in a pocket ‘just in case’. The only downside to the product is the long zip, which may bulge when you bend over to take a shot. Available in red or black, choose to stand out from the crowd or blend into the background of a cold and gloomy day. 

2. Ping Collection Mens Osbourne Waterproof Trouser

A masterful waterproof trouser from golfing masters, Ping

Specifications
Best for: All-year round trouser
Material: SensorDry
Type of clothing: Trouser
Features: Noiseless, lightweight
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof yet lightweight+Wearable all year round
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in black 

Ping don’t shout about what constitutes their SensorDry fabric, but they guarantee that it produces a waterproof, breathable all-year round trouser - and who are we not to trust these golfing giants? 100% stretch polyester lining means you shouldn’t feel restricted by the material, which should mean you’ll be able to maintain your stance when poised at the tee. 

With a luxury soft touch finish and promising complete breathability, these trousers are a definite for any wet weather golfing wardrobe. 

3. FootJoy Dryjoys Tour LTS Waterproof Jacket

A high quality jacket that delivers superior waterproof performance

Specifications
Best for: Maximum mobility
Material: 92% Polyester 8% Elastane
Type of clothing: Jacket
Features: Zipped waist pocket and chest pocket
Reasons to buy
+Built for mobility+Regulates your body temperature
Reasons to avoid
-Not windproof 

Rivalling our top pick is this jacket from FootJoy. Combining their own waterproof fabric with three layer bonded fabric technology, the designers have produced a lightweight, breathable jacket that allows you to keep your mobility and swing just so. 

The core fibres in the material trap your natural body heat to keep you warm in the wet while the raised collar will prevent you from catching any persistent draft. Available in a vibrant blue or red, it’s up to you to bring some colour to a dull day. 

4. Callaway Waterproof Hat 2018

A waterproof hat that keeps your head dry from rain and your forehead free from sweat

Specifications
Best for: Head protection
Material: Polyester
Type of clothing: Hat
Features: Reflective branding, sweatband
Reasons to buy
+Keeps your head dry+Integrated sweat band to stop moisture from dripping
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in black 

Callaway promise that this hat is comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time, and it may have to be if the British weather remains on top form. Made using a waterproof construction, it’ll keep you head dry from the rain. 

On showery summer days, the sweat band will wick moisture from your forehead to prevent it from dripping into your eyes. To add to the image, the branding is reflective, which means you should remain seen during dusky or particularly grim rounds on the course. 

5. Under Armour Mens Gore-Tex Paclite Trouser

Paclite weatherproof trousers to pair with an Under Armour jacket… or not

Specifications
Best for: Leg protection
Material: Polyester
Type of clothing: Trousers
Features: Breathable, 5 pocket design
Reasons to buy
+Weatherproof yet breathable+Also available in short 
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in black 

Investing in a pair of weatherproof trousers is just as important as investing in a weatherproof jacket. After all, nothing is worse than facing the onslaught of angled rain in a pair of jeans. Weatherproof and windproof yet highly breathable, these trousers are faithful year-round course companions that, thanks to the Paclite technology, can be crammed into the tightest pocket. 

They feature a flat front, five pockets and an adjustable waistband for unrestricted comfort, while the smart black exterior pairs them perfectly with the Under Armour jacket - our number one product. Yes, the total price of this outfit isn’t what you’d pay for a Peter Storm set, but you’ll be laughing when you’re the driest, most comfortable player on the course. 

6. Sunderland Mens Vancouver Waterproof Golf Jacket

A cheaper, but not as weatherproof alternative to the Under Armour range

Specifications
Best for: Cheaper alternative
Material: 100% Polyester
Type of clothing: Jacket
Features: High collar, velcro cuffs
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof and windproof+Available in a range of colours
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t offer the same reliability as Gore-Tex

The price of the Under Armour products may put you off - we’re not gonna lie. And while they’re expensive for a reason, for those struggling to justify the expenditure, this waterproof golf jacket from Vancouver may seem more reasonable. We can’t guarantee that it’s going to offer the same amount of protection as the Under Armour gear - as it’s waterproof, not weatherproof - but the brand say it’s windproof and breathable, so you’re still gonna benefit from some of the qualities of Gore-Tex without actually purchasing Gore-Tex. 

Available in a huge range of colours, you can go to town and pick one that matches your golf club set or club colours. 

7. Under Armour Gore-Tex Waterproof Bucket Hat

Complete your Under Armour collection with this Gore-Tex hat

Specifications
Best for: Completing the look
Material: Gore-Tex
Type of clothing: Hat
Features: Bucket-style for ultimate protection
Reasons to buy
+Bucket style prevents rain from dripping down your neck+Remain dry and comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in black 

While a cap may offer you protection from the odd shower, it won’t keep you dry during a rainstorm. Golfing jackets don’t tend to come with hoods either, as they can impair your vision. A bucket hat, while not the trendiest garment on the course, will do a grand job of keeping the rain off of your head. 

This one from Under Armour is made from Gore-Tex, making it naturally weatherproof, and its bucket design flares out to guide rainwater away from your skin. Complete the look with this hat or purchase it as a separate item - its black design is fairly universal.