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2017 RAIN GEAR BUYER'S GUIDE

Do you own rain gear?

No, we don't mean that $0.52 emergency rain poncho from Amazon. While that Amazon Special might keep you dry, these days you should expect much more from your rain gear. At these prices, you should demand it. We sure did in our testing. We got wet, so you don't have to.

Not only did we expect these rain suits to keep us dry, but they also had to fit well (not like a plastic poncho), be comfortable, have excellent breathability, provide great freedom of movement, reduce noise during the swing, be lightweight and much more. What we found was that consumers now have some incredible modern design options. You no longer have to wear a plastic bag with a logo.

The process of buying anything in today's time has become stressful and time-consuming. We feel the best reviews are those that help you make the right choices and help you get the most out of your time and money. This way you can buy with confidence and eliminate a lot of the guesswork. We are here to help show you how a product will perform before you buy.

One key to our testing protocols is that we test products head-to-head. We select the top products from each category and put them through extensive and detailed head-to-head testing. We test both in the lab and in the field. We score each product across a range of weighted categories. We then rank the products, explain why, and give awards to the best performing products in the category.

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THE METRICS

We're always fine-tuning the process to make sure we're collecting the best data possible. Continuing that trend we've updated and refined this year's analysis to bring you the best buying advice possible.

RAIN JACKET FEATURES CHART

NameMaterialCostSizesColor Options
CROSS SPORTSWEAR M EDGEFTX$403.69S-XXL4
PROQUIP PX5 STORM FORCESophisticated membrane technology$159.82S-XXXL4
NIKE HYPERADAPT STORM-FITStorm-FIT$179.95S-XXL1
SUN MOUNTAIN ELITE37.5 material$299.00M-XXL3
ZERO RESTRICTION GORE STEALTHGORE-TEX$199.99SML-XXL1
PROQUIP AQUASTORM PX1 JACKETDUPONT w/ teflon$74.98S-XXXL6
FOOTJOY HYDROLITEHydrolite$160.00S-XXL7
PEAK PERFORMANCE HERIOTGORE-TEX$300.31S-XXL2
ZERO RESTRICTION PACKABLESPLASH GEAR FABRIC$191.96M-L2
PUMA STORM PROstormCELL PROTECTION$173.33S-XXL1
PING ZERO GRAVITYPertex Shield+$220.95S-XXXL2
GALVIN GREEN PACLITE TOPGORE-TEX
GALVIN GREEN ARROWGORE-TEX$300.95S-XXXXL4
CROSS SPORTSWEAR M PROFTX$276.64S-XXXL3
ADIDAS CLIMAPROOFCLIMAPROOF POLYESTER$109.74S-XL2
NIKE STORM *Storm-FIT$149.99S-XXL2
CALLAWAY PERFORMANCEOpti-Repel$111.16S-XXXL3
LINKSOUL WEATHERMANWaterproof Membrane$176.00S-XXL3
ANTIGUA ANTECH *ANTECH$130.00M-XXL1

*Indicates that submission is sold only as a complete suit

 

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RAIN PANT FEATURES CHART

NameMaterialCostSizesLENGTH OPTIONSStyle Options
CROSS SPORTSWEAR M EDGEFTX$311.29S-XXLADJUSTS3
PROQUIP PX5 STORM FORCESophisticated membrane technology$106.19S-XXXL52
NIKE HYPERADAPT STORM-FITStorm-FIT$145.00S-XXLADJUSTS1
SUN MOUNTAIN ELITE37.5$259.00S-XXLADJUSTS1
ZERO RESTRICTION GORE STEALTHGORE-TEX¨$355.00SML-XXLADJUSTS1
PROQUIP TOURFLEX PX3 PANTSTEFLON$97.99S-XXXL51
FOOTJOY HYDROLITEHydrolite$99.95XS-XXL111
PEAK PERFORMANCE HERIOTGORE-TEX¨$231.02S-XXL22
ZERO RESTRICTION PACKABLESPLASH GEAR FABRIC$110.90SML-XXXL12
PUMA STORM PROstormCELL technology$157.45S-XXLADJUSTS1
PING TOURPertex Shield+$240.00S-XXL31
GALVIN GREEN AUGUSTGORE-TEX¨ Paclite¨Ê$210.00S-XXXL95
GALVIN GREEN ALFGORE-TEX¨$221.00S-XXXXL111
CROSS SPORTSWEAR M PROFTX$230.43S-XXXL33
ADIDAS CLIMAPROOFCLIMAPROOF$59.99S-XL11
NIKE STORM *Storm-FIT$149.99S-XXL12
CALLAWAY PERFORMANCEOpti-Repel/Opti-Dri$109.95S-XXL21
ANTIGUA ANTECH *Polyester$130.00M-XXL11
LINKSOUL WEATHERMANWATERPROOF MEMBRANE$150.00M-XL13

*Indicates that submission is sold only as a complete suit

We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols to test new metrics. The numbers are better than ever.

Over the course of the test, testers hit balls wearing each set of rain gear both in wet and dry conditions. For each suit testers hit shots and gave some scores during and some after the test. We were particularly interested in the phrasing of the testing questions, so prompt words were discussed before testing to ensure objectivity. By choosing when particular questions were asked, we were able to limit bias.

There were opportunities for breaks in the test both in an attempt to limit sweat and tester fatigue.

We also examined the stitching and zippers without our testers present. This was done to see where the suits may leak over time.

Waterproofing (35 points) - Does even the slightest amount of water seep through the suit or does it bead off? Does the tapering around the wrists, ankles, and neck keep water out of the suit? Since the goal of a rain suit is to keep out water, we deemed waterproofing to be the most important metric. Suits that didn't perform well in this category had both flaws in design and material. Some top finishers were made of impervious Gore-Tex while others were made of similar alternative materials.

Breathability (20 points) - Does the heat created between the suit and the body have any means of escaping? Can the heat escape through vent-like technology? Does the suit breath through the fabric itself? The worst suits in terms of breathability felt like literal black trash bags. Some top finishers featured material that repels water on the outside while attracting it on the inside. This means that not only does the suit keep you dry, but it also removes your sweat from your skin to keep you cool. According to industry experts, breathability is far more important than most realize.

Comfort (25 points) -Score is given based on whether there are any flaws in the suit's design or construction. Questioning for this category was done while the tester was hitting, as comfort is especially important during a shot. Comfort while walking was also considered. While playing in the rain, your suit cannot hurt your ability to play. Top performers felt as though nothing was there.

Fit (20 points) - How well do the pants taper around the ankle, legs, arms, and midsection? How much adjustability is provided in the waist? Can the jacket's midsection be tapered? Can the neck opening be tightened? This is important because rain gear is worn over other clothes it's important to have adjustability. One must be able to ensure that the suit does not impede the swing, and a poorly fitting suit does just that.

Final grades were awarded based on total scores. Best Overall is our highest overall scoring rain suit, and awards are given to the top five suits. Also, more specific Best in Class recognitions are awarded to gear in certain categories (like pants, jacket, waterproofing, or fit) that push the industry's design envelope.

We also give an "Editor's Choice" and a "Best Buy" award to those products that provide value products that compete with the bigger names on performance.

THE BEST RAIN GEAR OF 2017

CROSS SPORTSWEAR EDGE

CROSS SPORTSWEAR EDGE

Price
$714.98
Comfort
1st
Breathability
9th
Waterproofing
7th
Fit
1st
Score
92.7
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What We Liked

Cross Sportswear may not be as well known as some of the others on this list, but their Edge suit is one of a kind. Numerous adjustability options from neck to ankle give the golfer a perfect fit. The tapering around the neck, wrist, and ankle guarantee that you stay dry. The erect collar also keeps out driving wind and rain. A tighter fit makes the rain suit feel less like a garbage bag, and more like your everyday apparel. For those looking to stay stylish without losing performance, look no further than the Cross Edge. Based on the performance of the Cross Edge in our test, it is the Best Rain Gear in 2017.

Pros

  • “Best Rain Suit” in 2017
  • “Best Rain Pant” in 2017
  • “Best in Class” Comfort
  • “Best in Class” Fit
  • Tapered euro fit
  • Amazingly adjustable
  • Offers both relaxed fit and slim fit pants
  • Variety of color options

Cons

  • Lacks best in class breathability
  • Euro fit runs small
  • Priced at the top of the category
PROQUIP PX5 STORMFORCE

PROQUIP PX5 STORMFORCE

"Best Buy"

Price
$266.01
Comfort
1st
Breathability
7th
Waterproofing
5th
Fit
3rd
Score
92.1
#2

What We Liked

ProQuip has done a nice job of modernizing the classic rain suit. While the suit is slightly baggy, there are options for adjustability in the jacket and pants. The net fabric on the inside of the jacket limits the noise of the suit during the swing. The elastic in the pants stretches the perfect amount. Did you know that ProQuip has provided rain suits to over 20 Ryder Cup teams?

Pros

  • “Best in Class” Comfort
  • Price
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Variety of style options
  • Comparatively lighter

Cons

  • Lacks best in class breathability
  • Could improve overall fit
NIKE HYDERADAPT STORM-FIT

NIKE HYDERADAPT STORM-FIT

"Editor's Choice"

Price
$324.95
Comfort
3rd
Breathability
9th
Waterproofing
5th
Fit
5th
Score
90.7
#3

What We Liked

Nike’s Storm-Fit technology makes playing in the rain a breeze. Any place where water could get in the suit Nike has provided tapering to insure it does not. Even without a Gore-Tex material, water beads off the suit. The thicker material provides some warmth and wind resistance. The Hyperadapt technology  along the back shoulder, allows heat to escape throughout the round. A well designed and well tapered suit makes for great fit and comfort.

Pros

  • Provides warmth
  • Extremely effective wind proofing
  • Simply Stylish
  • Very comfortable
  • Storm-Fit Technology

Cons

  • Comparatively heavier
  • Black color attracts heat
SUN MOUNTAIN ELITE

SUN MOUNTAIN ELITE

"Most Waterproof Suit"

Price
$558.00
Comfort
13th
Breathability
16th
Waterproofing
1st
Fit
2nd
Score
89.6
#4

What We Liked

Sun Mountain’s  37.5 technology provides exceptional waterproofing. The waterproofing is helped by outstanding tapering in the midsection and wrist. Tapering effectively leads to no pulling throughout the swing. In addition, the pants are unbelievably adjustable in the waist and length. Not only are the pockets waterproof, but also provide the ability to access the inside the suit through zippers. Suit as a whole keeps out wind and rain unbelievably well.

Pros

  • “Best in Class” Waterproofing
  • Nearly Perfect Fit
  • Style options that play to the middle
  • 37.5 Material

Cons

  • Comparatively heavier
  • Jacket pocket placement
ZERO RESTRICTION STEALTH

ZERO RESTRICTION STEALTH

Price
$554.00
Comfort
6th
Breathability
8th
Waterproofing
2nd
Fit
5th
Score
88.1
#5

What We Liked

Featuring quick pull adjustability the Stealth is the fastest suit to adjust in our test.  The thicker material makes the suit warmer while still remaining breathable. By providing so much adjustability, fit and comfort are ensured throughout the life of the suit. The Gore-Tex material allows no water to seep through.  Additionally, it is well tapered at every entry to ensure water can’t get in.

Pros

  • Gore-Tex Fabric
  • Fantastic waterproofing
  • Pants have dual clasp instead of buttons
  • “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” Promise

Cons

  • Comparatively heavier
  • Slightly noisy during swing
  • Poorly tapered pants
  • Baggy around the midsection

 

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2017 RAIN GEAR BUYERS GUIDE

NameComfortBreathabilityWaterproofingFitScore
CROSS SPORTSWEAR EDGE1st9th7th1st92.7
PROQUIP PX5 STORMFORCE1st7th5th3rd92.1
NIKE HYDERADAPT STORM-FIT3rd9th5th5th90.7
SUN MOUNTAIN ELITE13th16th1st2nd89.6
ZERO RESTRICTION STEALTH6th8th2nd5th88.1
PROQUIP TEFLON14th4th2nd14th82.5
FOOTJOY HYDROLITE12th11th9th10th82.25
PEAK PERFORMANCE HERIOT15th17th4th7th82
ZERO RESTRICTION PACKABLE4th3rd11th11th81.5
PUMA STORM PRO7th2nd12th12th81.25
PING ZERO GRAVITY9th12th8th13th80.75
GALVIN GREEN AUGUST/PACLITE7th13th13th8th79.75
GALVIN GREEN ALF/ARROW10th13th10th16th79.5
CROSS SPORTSWEAR PRO4th1st16th4th79.25
ADIDAS CLIMAPROOF10th4th15th9th79
NIKE STORM15th18th14th17th71.5
CALLAWAY PERFORMANCE17th6th18th15th67
LINKSOUL RAIN GEAR18th15th17th19th61
ANTIGUIA ANTECH19th19th19th18th59.5