RAIN GEAR FOR GOLF – BUYER’S GUIDE

How much would you pay for a rain suit? Some of the best rain gear for golf might cost more than you want to shell out but some come with a lifetime warranty.

As the old saying goes: You get what you pay for.

This year, once again, it was tough to pick our Best Rain Gear For Golf winner as the standard of rain gear keeps getting better. Every year, most rain gear has better flexibility, better waterproofing and, most importantly, better comfort. That said, there are a few secrets that made the best rain gear rise to the top.

Most of the rain suits, like waterproof bags, did a good job at keeping water out but not every one went the extra mile with breathability. The companies that did well made breathability a top priority so you don’t feel like you’re golfing inside a trash bag.

We have tested rain suits for the winter months and for those summer downpours. Whatever your preference, we have tested it.

Whether you’re looking to buy golf rain gear today, buying advice to get started or just want a closer look at what’s on the market, this guide will help you find the right golf rain gear to fit your needs.

Winner: KJUS Pro 3L 2.0

If you want the best of the best, look no further than the KJUS Pro 3L 2.0. It may be one of the more expensive rain suits tested but you will have it for life. Its stretchy but waterproof material does not interfere with your swing. The rain suit also has a muted sound so there’s no chance of you losing concentration when hitting a shot. Another interesting fact about the Pro 3L 2.0 is that they have a left-handed version of the jacket to ensure the flex points are perfect for your swing. These are just some of the reasons why KJUS Pro 3L 2.0 was crowned Most Wanted Rain Gear Winner of 2021.

  • 1st in waterproofing
  • 3rd in breathability
  • 3rd in comfort
  • 2nd in fit
MOST INNOVATIVE RAIN SUIT - KJUS Gemini

MOST INNOVATIVE RAIN SUIT - KJUS Gemini

If you're the guy that needs all the bells and whistles, you will like the KJUS Gemini. Its reversible jacket can keep you warmer on those colder days or repel the heat up-to 10 degrees fahrenheit. The Gemini's jacket material is also treated with DWR which make the jacket water-repellent.

Features That Matter

Breathability

There’s golf rain gear for every climate. Those made for cooler climates trap body heat to keep you warm while others employ vents to keep it breezy. It’s personal preference but keep your climate in mind. Do you find yourself in humidity or freezing rain? That distinction can make a difference when it comes to choosing the right golf rain gear.

Golfers who want a full rain jacket should consider Galvin Green ACTION and KJUS Dexter 2.5L. Linksoul Polartec is a good performer in this category also.

Fit

Golfers come in all shapes and sizes. Fit preferences and sizing differ from region to region. Some companies cater to golfers who like the tailored or European fit. Other brands provide a more generous fit. It’s a fine line between a suit that gives you a little extra room to move and one that crosses into baggy territory.

Cross-Sportswear Hurricane is the best for those who like a tailored fit. Those who like it narrow but don’t want to show your dinner belly should look into KJUS Pro 3L 2.0 and Galvin Green ACTION.

Comfort

Unrestricted movement is critical to the golf swing and that can be a fatal flaw with some designs. Our favorites are fitted (almost tailored) while providing enough stretch to create a second-skin feel while, at the same time, keeping you dry and warm. If a rain suit doesn’t allow you to swing normally, no matter how good the weather protection, it’s doing more harm than good.

During your swing, your back flexes along with your shoulders. KJUS Gemini, KJUS Pro 3l 2.0 and KJUS Dexter 2.5L all allow the right amount of feel during the swing.

Weather/Waterproofing

Staying dry when playing golf in wet conditions is pretty much the entire point of owning rain gear. For the most part, all of the rain suits we tested are water-resistant but only a few are truly waterproof. Others absorb water, allowing the underlayers (your clothes) to get wet. It should go without saying that the best rain suits are 100-percent waterproof.

There are rain suits that the water just beads off and that dry in seconds. Galvin Green ANGUS, KJUS Pro 3L 2.0 and Cross-Sportswear M Edge are examples of rain suits that performed well in the waterproofing category. FootJoy Hydro Tour is also great at repelling water. 

EXPERT TIP - Washing Your Rain Gear Makes A Difference

It's essential to wash your rain gear after a-round in the rain. Over time, the membrane that keeps the water out will begin to break down, and your rain suit will start taking on water. Regularly wash will help ensure 100% waterproof protection and extend the life of your gear.

BEST RAIN GEAR 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductMaterialSizesColorFit
Cross Hurricane

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Polyester + PolyurethaneS-XXXL4Narrow
Cross M Edge

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Polyester + PolyurethaneS-XXL2Narrow
FootJoy DryJoys Select LS

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NylonS-XXL5Medium
FootJoy Hydro Knit

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PolyesterS-XXL5Medium
FootJoy Hydro Lite

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PolyesterS-XXXL12Medium
FootJoy Hydro Tour

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Polyester + SpandexS-XXXL5Medium
Galvin Green ACTION

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Gore-Tex C KnitS-XXXL2Narrow
Galvin Green ANGUS

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Gore-Tex ShakeDryS-XXXL1Narrow
Galvin Green APOLLO

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Gore-TexS-XXXL12Narrow
Galway Bay All Weather Long Sleeve

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Hydro-Flex 32S-XXXL1Medium
Inesis Waterproof

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Polyester CationicS-XXL1Medium
KJUS Dexter 2.5L

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PolyamideS-XXL10Narrow
KJUS Gemini

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Polyamide + ElastaneS-XXL2Narrow
KJUS Pro 3L 2.0

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Polyamide + ElastaneS-XXL4Narrow
LinkSoul Polartec

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Polyester + Nylon + PolyurethaneS-XXL2Medium
Sun Mountain Elite

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Ulitmate KnitM-XXL3Medium
Under Armour Infrared

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PolyesterS-XXL2Narrow

EXPERT TIP - Avoid Material Bunching Up

When considering your new rain suit, make sure the jacket doesn't bunch up with excess material as it can interfere with your putting grip/stroke.

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More Tips

  • Golf rain gear sizing varies from brand to brand. We recommend trying on the product before buying to get the fit you want. If shopping online, look for retailers that offer free returns.
  • Look for products that offer a waterproof warranty. This could save you money in the long run.
  • The best golf rain gear offers pockets similar to what you’d find in regular pants. Look for golf rain gear with a sensible number of pockets.
  • If you play in conditions that are both wet and cold, consider rain gear that’s lined with Gore-Tex or similar material that will keep you warm as well as dry.
  • Those who play in warm and wet conditions should look for a lightweight and well-vented rain suit with plenty of ventilation.
  • Choose a rain suit that doesn’t make much noise when swinging. It makes a big difference in keeping your concentration throughout your round.

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How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect rain suit to fit your needs.

To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked, and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

Rain suits are tested head to head using rigorous protocols.

The metrics we consider when rating Rain Gear include Waterproofing, Comfort, Fit, and Breathability.

BEST RAIN GEAR 2021 - RESULTS

 ProductWaterproofingBreathabilityComfortFitTotal
KJUS Pro 3L 2.0

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1st3rd3rd2nd95
Galvin Green ACTION

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2nd3rd8th2nd94
KJUS Dexter 2.5L

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9th1st2nd4th93.5
Cross M Edge

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2nd8th3rd7th93
KJUS Gemini

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12th3rd1st4th93
Cross Hurricane

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12th3rd8th1st92
Galvin Green ANGUS

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2nd8th10th7th92
Galway Bay All Weather Long Sleeve

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7th12th3rd13th90.5
FootJoy HydroKnit

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12th12th3rd7th90
Galvin Green APOLLO

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2nd12th12th12th90
FootJoy DryJoys Select LS

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12th3rd3rd14th89
FootJoy HydroTour

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2nd15th10th16th88.5
Sun Mountain Elite

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12th17th12th4th88
Inesis Waterproof

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17th8th14th7th87.5
Under Armour Infrared

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8th8th17th11th87.5
LinkSoul Polartec

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10th1st15th14th87
FootJoy HydroLite

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10th15th15th17th82.5

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What do I need to know about rain gear for golf?

Q: How do I wash my rain gear?

A: Materials vary from manufacturer to manufacturer which means washing instructions can differ. Take the time to read the label to ensure you’re properly caring for your suit.

Q: Can I wear different layers underneath the rain gear for golf?

A: Most golfers wear their rain gear as an additional layer. To keep your swing as free as possible, minimal layering is best. Galway Bay’s offerings are designed to be worn as standalone pants, eliminating the need for more layers. If you can’t stand the cold and rely on layers to stay warm, consider moving up a size or purchasing a suit that runs a bit large.

Q: Why does my golf rain gear absorb water after a year of use?

A: As most golfers are probably aware, over time, most golf rain gear will stop repelling water and start absorbing it. That pretty much defeats the point of wearing it. In some cases, the rain gear just needs to be washed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If that does not work, check the warranty on the product. When all else fails, it’s time for a new rain suit.