Water repellent gear


Rain was the big story at last months U.S. Open on Long Island, and figures to make its presence felt this week at the Open Championship as well. But it wont be the dominant story as it was at Bethpage. The last rain delay at golfs oldest championship came in 2004 at Royal Troon, and that lasted for only 30 minutes.
Players can expect no mercy from the bad weather, not even from the harshest of conditions. Just ask Tiger Woods, who fired a third-round 81 ' his worst score as a professional golfer ' in windswept rain during the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield. Woods said afterwards that his score could have been much higher.
Whether youre watching the players this weekend at Turnberry or planning to buy some raingear for your next big golf trip to Ireland or Scotland ' or Seattle ' heres a look at a few popular golf outerwear brands, all sure to keep you dry.
SUN MOUNTAIN (www.sunmountain.com) Rainflex Long- and Short-Sleeve Pullovers (LS: $165; SS: $145)
Sun Mountain Rain Shirts
Rainflex long-sleeve jacket (left) and short-sleeve pullover (right) from Sun Mountain
With all due respect to Rosie, this is the real quicker picker upper. Sun Mountains RainShield fabric protector repels water off the surface of the garment, keeping you dry and stain-free. (After being doused several times with water by my co-workers, there was no evidence of any liquid ever hitting my sleeves.) Each pullover features waterproof side pockets and zippers and a stand-up Rentex collar which blocks wind and rain. Rainflex is extremely lightweight and breathable, making it suitable for warmer climates like here in Florida. The pullover stretches where you need it most, in the shoulders and at the bottom, allowing you to make a full, comfortable swing with no feeling of resistance.
Rainflex Full-Zip Long-Sleeve Jacket ($185)
The jacket features an internal chest pocket with plenty of room to store your scorecard or gloves, along with two waterproof side pockets. Adjustable Velcro straps allow you to adjust the width of the cuffs and the waist.
Rainflex Pants ($165)
An elastic waist with cinch adjustments allows you to tighten or loosen the waistband for a comfortable fit. Lower leg zippers make it easy to slip the pants on and off. A short pant (three inches shorter than regular length) is available in black only.
ZERO RESTRICTION (www.zerorestriction.com)
Tour-Lite Travelers Jacket ($420)

A long list of players, including two-time defending British Open champion Padraig Harrington, U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood purchased ZR outerwear in anticipation of bad weather at Turnberry. The Tour-Lite Travelers jacket is a three-in-one jacket which allows you to convert from jacket to half-sleeve to vest, depending on the conditions. Theres a back pocket to store the sleeves, two chest pockets and several loops under the logoed left chest flap to securely house your tees. All ZR jackets are made of Gore-Tex fabric to provide waterproof and windproof protection. Available in black and navy.
Zero Restriction Rain Jackets
Tour-Lite Traveler's Jacket (left) and Featherweight Qualifier Jacket (right) from Zero Restriction
Featherweight Qualifier Jacket ($280)
This ultralight jacket allows you to play comfortably in all conditions. The glued-in waterproof zip pocket is a neat feature which is extremely easy to find, and the comfort collar works well with ZRs Gore-Tex bucket cap ($42) to prevent water from seeping down your neck. Patented Expansion Back Pleats provide you with the freedom you need in your shoulders and upper back to make a full, uninhibited swing. Available in black and steel grey.
Tour-Lite Pants ($270)
These are the pants for you if youre looking for protection from the rain and cold. Made of soft, durable Gore-Tex, the Tour-Lite pants are breathable, warm and cozy. The leg zippers at the ankles allow you to slide your pants on and off with ease while the ankle hugger snap system creates an umbrella over your shoes to help keep your feet dry. Available in black and navy.
Featherweight Pants ($190)
These pants travel light and are easy to store in your golf bag. The two-way waterproof side zippers run from your ankle to your hip, making it easy to access your shorts or pants pockets. Available in black and navy.
FOOTJOY (www.footjoy.com)
DryJoys Performance Light Jacket ($170)

FootJoy, a division of Acushnet Co., is known for producing shoes which keep your feet warm and dry, but theyve got a wide selection of outerwear geared toward keeping the rest of you dry. The Performance Light Jacket is a flyweight by most rain jacket standards and is guaranteed to be 100 percent waterproof under normal use for two years. Among its cool features: a scoreboard pocket located on the inside of the jacket adjacent to the full-length zipper; adjustable Velcro sleeve cuffs; and storm collar. Available in black, navy, sunburst, slate, and taupe.
Footjoy rain Jackets
DryJoys Extreme Pants from FootJoy
DryJoys Tour Collection Rain Jacket ($240)
Cinch cords located in the lower side pockets allow you to adjust the fullness of the jacket through each pocket. Adjustable waterproof stretch panels running from the armpits to the collar create a greater range of motion in the swing. Available in black, navy, light blue ripstop/black piping; black ripstop/red piping; and sandstone ripstop/black piping.
DryJoys Tour Long- and Short-Sleeve Rainshirts ($180 LS; $160 SS)
A protected chest pocket located just inside the front zipper allows for easy access to your wallet, scorecard, ball marker, etc. The front zipper does not zip all the way down but helps the shirt lay down flat so your putting stroke is unimpeded. Available in a wide variety of colors: black, black ripstop/red piping, white/red piping, light blue ripstop/black piping, navy ripstop/white piping, orange ripstop/black piping, and red ripstop/black piping.
DryJoys Extreme Pants ($180)
Ever wonder how those NBA players shed their warm-ups so quickly? Well, look no further: A full-length, two-way zipper with buttons on the side of each pant leg will help you slip these off just as quickly as the NBAs best sixth man. A five-inch Velco strap at the end of each pant leg also allows you to adjust the length of the pants so youre not tripping over them. DryJoys Sta-Dry Extreme System is completely waterproof and windproof, and when combined with the rain jacket, has you well-prepared to face the harshest of elements. Available in black only.