The best of the best! We roundup the Best Waterproof Jackets for 2023
Golf doesn’t stop just because the weather turns chilly or wet. To keep you on the course year-round, you’ll need the right gear. That’s where waterproof jackets come in. Designed to protect you from rain and wind without hindering your swing, these jackets are an essential part of any golfer’s wardrobe.
In this golf rain jackets for men guide, we review top-of-the-line options from established brands like Stromberg, Callaway, and Ping, as well as stylish offerings from Original Penguin and Oscar Jacobson. Stay dry, keep warm, and play your best game yet.
Waterproof Golf Jackets
Stromberg Men’s Weather Tech Waterproof Golf Jacket
The Stromberg Men’s Weather Tech waterproof jacket was a joy to wear. I tested the dark blue version, which I really like the look of. It has a really clean aesthetic with some tidily placed Stromberg branding that sits parallel to the zip.
Usefully, the jacket comes equipped with two front pockets which have zips so you can easily store your valuables and keep them dry. Playing in the jacket was really easy, with no restriction on my swing, and it was incredibly lightweight, meaning it can go on over jumpers or be used as a thinner layer in summer.
It was really easy to slide on and off in time for the start and end of an unexpected shower, and due to the lightweight nature and flexibility, it was easy to pack the jacket away into my bag. It rolls up really easily and fits into the medium-sized pocket of your bag with no issues.
Overall, I really like Stromberg’s latest Weather Tech waterproof jacket, it looks really smart, it is practical for all year around golf, and it sits at a really good price point for golf apparel.
- Really good fit
- Good pocket space
- Great price point
- Fits slightly on the large side
Sizes: 30’’- 46’’ waist
The Pitch sits at the top of the range of waterproofs from Abacus and is an unashamedly premium product. It has a high waterproof rating of 20,000 and an industry-leading breathability score of 50,000. That means it is very waterproof and extremely breathable. The material is lightweight and offers 4-way stretch.
Further features of the jacket include a rubber anti-slip print on the shoulders to aid bag carrying, adjustable drawcord closure at the neck and extra elastic at the sleeves to enhance the fit.
I tend to size up in Abacus outerwear, and the Large fitted my 74kg, 173cm frame comfortably. On the course, the Pitch performs admirably. The technology of the fabric aims to optimize the body temperature (at 37.5’c), and I have to say it works. The apparel is waterproof, comfortable, easy to swing in and quiet. It’s worked well over a base and midlayer and on occasions, over a gilet as well. Furthermore, it packs away nice and compactly, which is an important consideration for those who carry their bag.
It’s no surprise that the Pitch 37.5 has won several awards, and it comes highly recommended.
- Premium Construction
- Stretchy and breathable
- Fabric may be a little thin for some
Colour: Midnight navy, Skydive, Black, Grey, Red
Callaway StormGuard III Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof jackets are a must if you are looking to play golf throughout the entirety of the winter season, especially in the UK. The Callaway Golf Stormguard III Waterproof Jacket allows you to do just that with its comfort and waterproof material, providing the perfect outer jacket for a game of golf in the cold, wind and rain.
The Stormguard III is waterproof to 15,000mm, perfect for playing in persistent rain. It also has a three-year waterproof warranty through Callaway themselves, proving how much they believe in its waterproof qualities.
The fabric is breathable, and the Swing Tech technology, as used in other outer jackets in the Callaway range, allows for a full range of motion.
The inner sleeves of this jacket are made from polyurethane, and provide a more baselayer feel to them, as they wrap around your arms snugly.
At £139, this is a cracking piece of kit for your winter golf, and it also lends itself to being worn in other walks of life, any time you need a waterproof jacket.
Sizes: S – 3XL
Colours: Blue, Black, Silver / Navy & Silver / Black & Grey
Original Penguin Earl Full Zip Waterproof Jacket
The Original Penguin Golf Earl Full Zip Waterproof Jacket is constructed from polyester and polyurethane to create a moisture-wicking fabric.
The jacket is waterproof to 15,000mm, and thanks to OPG’s moisture management system, you should easily be able to spend four hours in constant rain out on the golf course without getting wet.
The jacket has two warm pockets so that you can keep your hands warm and dry throughout. It is also adjustable in two ways. The waist hem can be adjusted with toggles inside the jacket to make it tighter to the body. The wrist cuffs can then also be adjusted via a Velcro strap, to make it tighter.
The only slight issue I have with this waterproof jacket is that there is no hood. Admittedly, hoods are not often worn on the golf course, but if you’re not a hat-wearer, then wanting to put a hood up whilst in the rain is a must.
Due to the fabric and the sizing, the OPG Earl Full Zip Waterproof Jacket is very comfortable must-have, though, being tight but not restrictive to the golf swing.
- No Hood
Sizes: S – XL
Colour: Black / Dark Grey
Puma Drylbl Rain Jacket
The Puma Drylbl Rain Jacket is roomy and comfortable and will help you survive the tough winter months with no bother.
The StormCell extreme weather technology comes with a water-repellent finish, and it is designed to keep you protected from the wind and the rain on the golf course, as well as out and about in social settings.
This jacket comes with a full zip closure, which is beneficial for all golfers who want to adjust their fit at the top of the jacket. I thoroughly enjoyed wearing this jacket and I have full trust that I’ll be fully protected and covered when braving harsh weather conditions.
The pocket bag and the shell is 100% polyester and this jacket isn’t as heavy or as much of a burden as other jackets. It is light and thin, and it won’t feel like you’re wearing a waterproof garment as you play in the wind and the rain.
- Light, doesn’t feel like a waterproof jacket
- Nice smart colourway
- Snug, comfortable fit
Sizes: S – XXL
Colour: Black Slate Sky
The PDX jacket is part of the premium X-series rage from Abacus and offers both waterproof and insulating properties. Features include heat-pressed quilt at the front (for insulation), 4-way stretch fabric to the sleeves, back and sides, a drawcord adjustable stand-up collar, drawstring at the body bottom and two roomy front pockets with waterproof zippers. All this adds up to a seriously practical and useful piece of apparel. It has a waterproof rating of 15,000 and the same score for breathability. Those figures aren’t quite up there with the Pitch but they are pretty reasonable.
I tend to size up in Abacus outerwear and the Large fitted my 74kg, 173cm frame comfortably. On the course the PDX works well in appropriate conditions, namely the cooler and showery conditions so common for golfers in the UK. It is really comfortable to wear and works well over a base and midlayer. Due to the nature of the PDX, it’s very much an outer garment, so I don’t think it would work so well in heavy, persistent rain. That said, it’s another strong offering from Abacus and will get plenty of use on and off the course.
- Premium construction
- Warm and waterproof
- Stretchy and breathable
- Bulky to stow away
Colours: Navy & Black
The first thing I noticed when putting on the PING SensorDry S2 Pro Jacket was the brushed tricot inner lining which provides both additional comfort and warmth. The only issue I did have with the lining, albeit a minor one, was it meant having to take my glove off to put the jacket on which is not ideal when it is raining.
A feature I did like was the adjustable nature of the collars, neck and the shock cord on the hem, all of which felt like they were all contributing to minimising the opportunity for water to encroach.
The jacket has a classic aesthetic and comes in a choice of colours meaning there should be something to suit everyone. Most importantly the PING SensorDry S2 Pro Jacket performed well in wet weather and allowed a freedom of movement that meant the golf swing was completely unrestricted, something I have not always found in other waterpoof jackets.
- Freedom of movement
- Inner lining makes it hard to put on while wearing a glove
Sizes: S – XXXL
Colour: Black/Asphalt, Classic Blue/Black, Oxford Blue/Black, Poppy/Asphalt
Sunderland Matterhorn waterproof jacket
Sunderland of Scotland has a long and proud history dating back over a hundred years. The Matterhorn jacket is described as ultra-lightweight yet high performing, constructed from a fabric that is breathable and windproof as well as waterproof.
It has a waterproof rating of 8,000 and a breathability score of 5,000. At first glance, these scores seem somewhat modest compared with the competition, but Sunderland’s helpful waterproof guide suggests that these numbers are more than sufficient for golf activities. Features include two large fleece-lined pockets with zip closure, elastic storm cuffs with additional velcro closure and drawstring-adjustable waist and hem. There is also an inner chest pocket with velcro closure.
The medium size fitted my 74kg, 173cm frame comfortably. Initially, I felt it was a little big, but with all the adjustability on offer, I was able to get it to fit neatly. On the course the Matterhorn works well. It feels to be at the warmer end of the waterproof range but is smart-looking and comfortable to wear and swing in. You can wear it over a couple of layers without any restrictions. It’s perhaps a little bulky to stow away and lacks a drawcord closure at the neck, but those are minor quibbles.
Given the lifetime waterproof guarantee and reasonable price, this is a jacket well worth considering.
- Adjustable fit
- Lots of colour options
- Lifetime guarantee
- Bulky to stow away
Sizes: S – XXXL
Colours: Navy, Black, Navy/red, Navy/silver, Black/airforce, Black/electric blue, Black/evergreen, Gunmetal/black, Tahiti/white.
FootJoy HydroKnit Waterproof
The HydroKnit jacket is part of the FootJoy Hydroseries range, and this model is badged as offering fully waterproof, breathable protection for golfers in cool, windy and rainy conditions.
In terms of waterproofness, it sits below the HydroTour and HydroLite, but it still offers a perfectly reasonable rating of 15,000 which means it will keep you dry in most conditions. It has sealed seams, DWR coating, two useful zippered side pockets and really comfortable elasticated cuffs. There is also a rarely seen feature in golf gear, namely a zippered inner chest pocket. I would have liked to see a drawcord closure at the neck and hem so you can really keep out the elements if the going gets tough but that’s a minor point.
I’m 74kg and 173 cm tall. The medium size fitted nicely, and I could use the Hydroknit as a third layer. It looks good, is a pleasure to swing in due to the lightweight stretch fabric, and should you need to take it off, it stows away nice and compactly.
So, this is a jacket for all but the most challenging conditions. It comes in a decent range of colours, has a 3-year waterproof warranty and offers good value.
- Lightweight construction
- Stretchy and comfortable
- Easy to stow away
- Lacks drawcord closure at neck and hem
Colours: Navy, Black, Red, Black/grey, Navy/denim
Stuburt Evolution-PCT waterproof jacket
The Stuburt Evolution PCT Waterproof jacket was very impressive both in colour and performance. The Slate Grey colour is one of three you can choose from in this set. It offers excellent waterproof and breathable qualities and I found it to be very protective on the golf course. Having worn the jacket in both dry and wet conditions, I’ve had the benefit of both conditions and I was pleased with the freedom I found in this top.
Despite the jacket being a medium, having opted for a smaller size than usual, this didn’t prove to be detrimental. I had maximum freedom of movement and I felt safe and secure when swinging in both dry and rainy, off-putting conditions. This jacket is made with DRI-Back membrane technology and has a 4000MM waterproof rating.
The jacket comes with elasticated cuffs and a waistband with zipped waist pockets. The waist pockets were very useful. They were tight to my body and this increased the insulation of this product when I put it on. My hands felt safe and secure when I slipped them into the pockets. All in all, this is a very solid jacket, with the only downside being its baggy make-up. The baggy sleeves, when worn with the baggy bottoms, made for a slightly noisy experience at times.
- Slate Grey colour is very smart
- Great fit despite opting for a size shorter
- Waist pockets were very useful
- Fit it slightly baggy
Colours: Black, Midnight, Slate Grey
Oscar Jacobson Greylands waterproof jacket
After trying multiple waterproof jackets for the season ahead, the Oscar Jacobson Greylands option is by far my favourite. Lightweight, highly breathable and has an excellent design.
I tested the jacket over a couple of rounds, and whilst I don’t particularly enjoy playing golf in the rain, for round one, it did make for suitable testing conditions for the Greyland jacket! The garment performed excellently, and the taped seams and waterproof zipper kept me perfectly dry. Performance when playing wasn’t affected, despite being so water-tight there is ample mobility from the top to bottom of my swing.
Personally, I am a fan of plainer colours on the golf course, so this black and grey option was very easy on the eye. Additionally, the subtle OJ branding on the front and back, and hidden zipped pockets give the product a very premium and clean finish. Another helpful addition is the velcro straps on either side of the jacket are great for adjusting the tightness of the jacket around your stomach area.
- Extremely water resistant
- Wearable for golf and day-to-day life
- No inside pocket
Colours: Black/ Pewter & Blue / Cobalt
Under Armour Stormproof 3.0 jacket
Firstly, the Under Armour Stormproof 3.0 jacket looks great and performs great. These are two main keys when looking for a waterproof jacket. I much prefer this bright colour option compared to the usual “tradtional” all-black look.
The breathable 2.5-layer bonded fabric offers 100% waterproofness in those particular lasting storms without sacrificing any breathability.
I’m a big fan of the adjustable wrist strap and being able to tighten the waterproof up around your lower arm area, particularly being someone who prefers the end of their jacket arms away from their glove so it is not in the way of my grip.
My only personal drawback to this was that, as much as it helps keep you dry, I didn’t like the feel of the interior lining when not layered up. However, during the winter months, this wouldn’t be an issue if you’re wearing a jumper over your polo shirt.
- The colour is much better than the traditional black waterproof
- Keeps you dry
- Great fit
- Adjustable wrist straps
- Interior isn’t softest against skin without midlayer underneath
Colours: Downpour Grey/Harbour Blue/Wasp Yellow
Adidas Rain.RDY full zip jacket
This is the waterproof jacket you have been looking for. Available in both black and hemp colour options, it is light, breathable and extremely waterproof. As a bonus, it is made from 100% recycled materials!
I love wearing this jacket as it’s so light and nice to wear that I often wear it when it isn’t raining, as it offers great protection from all the elements.
I really like the adjustable sleeve cuffs that help keep water and the jacket off my grip, and it’s stretchy enough to be able to wear the correct fitted size. I love how it fits with the draw cord around the hem.
This is one of the best waterproof jackets I’ve ever tested. You will not regret buying this waterproof jacket for winter.
- It can be worn as a warm jacket and not just a waterproof
- Brilliant sleeve cuffs
- Great value for money
You’ve seen our top picks for waterproof golf jackets that will serve you well in autumn-winter and through wet conditions. Whether you’re looking for advanced weather technology, a comfortable fit, or simply a jacket that looks as good as it performs, there’s golf rain gear here for every player. With one of these jackets in your golf bag, the elements won’t stand a chance at spoiling your game. So go ahead, book that tee time—rain or shine.
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