"Rain, rain, go away, come back another day," is the chant heard from most golfers as soon as the rain clouds roll in.
For those wearing the new Nike Hyperadapt Storm-FIT Jacket, "Let's play through," may become the new mantra.
Nike Golf has always been known to push the envelope with technology, fashion-forward designs and performance-enhancing materials. With the Hyperadapt Jacket, Nike follows suit with a product meant to blend functionality and style.
When it comes to purchasing rain jackets, there are typically only two choices -- bad and worse.
Golfers can remember the heavy, stiff, noisy jacket. Sure it might keep you dry, but it will feel as if you are in a sauna. The other option is a light-weight jacket that might fit you a little better but will really restrict your swing and may not keep you as dry as intended.
And of course, let's not forget the limited color options of either black or blue.
Nike’s designers worked closely with their elite athletes, including Paul Casey, to test and tweak the Hyperadapt jacket technology. Through comprehensive athlete feedback from on-course testing, Nike designers started the design process from the inside out, making the appropriate adjustments along the way.
The innovative Hyperadapt jacket improves flexibility and waterproof protection. The heart of the success of this jacket is its stretch material. It combines a sweater-like stretch, and fit, with a truly water-proof outer layer to keep you comfortable, dry and mobile which enables you to focus on your game - and not the elements.
The four-way stretch system, added to the shoulders and arms, doesn't restrict mobility and produces very little sound during a swing. And while it is labeled a jacket, it has a sweater-like feel to it-quite a successful combination.
The jacket was also created with no-sew technology throughout the inner layer which minimizes chaffing, pulling and otherwise, un-natural tightness during the swing.
The Hyperadapt jacket is breathable -- it even has a vent on the back -- and seam-sealed forwhat Nike says is “100-percent waterproof protection.” For me, so far that claim has held up-even in the toughest of conditions. On top of that, it does a great job of keeping the wind out.
Other hidden, details are the side zipper pockets that have a flap over them to keep your hands, and or contents, dry. The two cinches on the inside of the jacket not only gives you the option to ‘custom-fit’ your jacket but you don’t have to worry about getting them caught on anything. The adjustable cuffs stay closed and the jacket comes with a two-way zipper so you can make adjustments from top down or bottom up.
Most rain jackets come in either black or dark blue. Why? Not sure. Nike has added to this standard with Game Royal and Cool Grey colors. The Cool Grey jacket has lime green colored details on the Swoosh and zipper along with contrasting black panels on the shoulders and elbows.
Additionally, sizing a rain jacket has always been an issue. I have always purchased a jacket one size up to accommodate the shirt, a vest or sweater. This has often led to an ill-fitting garment with excessive, noisy material. What Nike has done is fit the Hyperadapt jacket to its true sizes.
Wear a size large shirt, then wear a size large jacket. The Hyperactive jacket I tested is true to its size and fits like a sweater yet has all the benefits of a rain jacket.
The Nike Storm-FIT Hyperadapt is available now and retails at $280.