Sunice 2015 Outerwear Collection: Staff Review
27 Feb 2015
by Rusty Cage

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Sunice performance outerwear handles <br />a variety of weather conditions.
Sunice performance outerwear handles
a variety of weather conditions.

No one looks forward to a round of golf when it’s cold, breezy or wet. Well, perhaps Tom Watson does, but most everyone just sucks it up as best as they can and marches on.

Sunice knows a thing or two about inclement weather. The Canadian brand specializing in technical outwear for skiers began making golf apparel in 1992. Their new Spring / Summer collection made up of lightweight outwear pieces addresses the needs of all golfers who tackle the elements without impinging on one’s style or comfort.


The new pieces from Sunice are made from modern wicking fabrics that allow your skin to breathe while repelling the elements. Made for athletes, the clothes are designed with a fitted look in mind but incorporate stretch material to allow golfers to execute their swings effortlessly. Additionally, they have a soft hand feel that you wouldn’t expect from clothes designed to withstand whatever the weather dishes out.

I had an opportunity to try out three distinct pieces from Sunice, each one fulfilling a specific objective. The Burbank Windstopper sweater is a great item to wear on top of a short sleeve shirt or a long sleeve base layer. Although it may look like a traditional lightweight sweater you might wear on a mild summer evening, the Burbank manages to suppress the wind like a traditional wind breaker. Much like the Burbank, the Gilroy vest also offers excellent wind protection, plus a little more warmth. It’s a great alternative to wearing a full-sleeve jacket, especially for golfers who get antsy wearing too many layers. Of course for situations that require a true waterproof top, the Halifax jacket will keep you dry without making you feel like you’re enclosed in a layer of Saran wrap.

Normally this time of year I’d be wearing a golf shirt on top of a base layer, but the weather on the East Coast has been colder than normal, giving me ample opportunity to wear these outerwear pieces in less than pristine conditions. Below is a detailed review of each item from the various collections that make up the Spring / Summer catalogue.

Burbank Windstopper Sweater, part of the Pro-Sport Collection

On those days where a rain jacket seems like overkill, the Burbank sweater ($180.95 MSRP) is a must-have item for blocking out the wind. It’s made from a combination of extra- fine 12 gauge T.E.C. merino wool and acrylic. The Windstopper active shell by Gore allows the garment to maintain its breathability while wind-proofing your upper body.

The Sunice Burbank 
sweater features a soft outer shell and a wind-
stopping inner liner.
The Sunice Burbank sweater features a soft outer shell and a wind-stopping inner liner.

By all accounts the Burbank looks and feels just like a sweater, but is loose enough that you can actually wear it over a couple of additional layers without feeling restricted. On really cold days, I’ve worn the Burbank on top of a compression shirt and lightweight Dunning sweater which still allowed me to make a full swing.

As much as I love the merino wool blend of the outer shell, I’m not all that enthusiastic about the polyester liner. It aids directly in protecting your body against the wind but it’s not the quietest material. You can certainly hear a crinkly sound wearing the sweater indoors but on the course it’s just about quiet enough to not be a distraction for all but most golfers, unless your name is Bubba Watson.

While most golfers would expect an outerwear garment to be long on performance and short on style, the Burbank actually looks like a great piece to wear over a dress shirt on the weekend. Even though I smartly sized up, the sweater refrains from bunching up maintaing what looks like a tailored fit. I also like the modern design accents such as the contrast elbow patch inserts and the chest pocket patch that brands like AG Green Label have featured extensively in their latest collections.

Key features include:

  • 100 percent wind protection and breathability
  • Windstopper liner
  • Silicone chest pocket patch
  • Contrast colored knit elbow patch inserts
  • Rib knit color, cuffs and hem

Gilroy Vest, part of the Sports Layers Collection

As someone who prefers not to wear a long-sleeve jacket when golfing, a vest is a must-have option. The Gilroy ($139.95 MSRP) is a terrific utility piece you can easily throw on first thing in the morning when it’s cool out or at the end of a late afternoon round. The ultra lightweight construction made with duck down keeps you warm without adding bulk.

In the past I’ve worn some outerwear pieces, particularly vests, that are too closely fitted. Sunice avoids that pitfall by sowing in side panels that stretch. If there’s a knock on the Gilroy, it’s that it might be too large for shorter men, or for those of us with compact frames. This is one instance where I recommend sizing down even if you intend to wear the vest over a couple of layers of clothing.

The Gilroy vest features duck 
down to keep you warm when the temperature 
The Gilroy vest features duck down to keep you warm when the temperature drops.

Aside from a slightly loose fit that doesn’t exactly work for my build, the Gilroy is a well- designed, good-looking outwear piece that easily transitions from the course to the clubhouse. The fact that it folds up compactly without wrinkling makes it a great item to stash in your golf bag and carry year round.

Key features include:

  • High density shell fabric
  • Excellent wind protection
  • 90 percent duck down / 10 percent feathers
  • Full stretch side inserts for freedom of movement
  • Overlay tape chest pocket frame with reverse coil zipper

Halifax FlexVent Waterproof Jacket, part of the Tornado Collection

If you’re going to have a collection called the Tornado, the pieces better live up the moniker. The Halifax jacket ($240.95 MSRP) certainly does. It looks and feels like a performance garment Sunice spared no expense in making.

The Halifax jacket from Sunice 
keeps you dry even in the pouring rain.
The Halifax jacket from Sunice keeps you dry even in the pouring rain.

I wore the Halifax jacket in the pouring rain and remained completely dry. Rain drops collect on the jacket’s material like beads that aren’t allowed to seep through the material. This allows the jacket to air dry within minutes of being indoors. If that isn’t enough reason to love this jacket, how about the soft hand feel of the material or the minimum weight and maximum breathability?

Sunice has made, in my estimation, the only rain jacket a golfer will ever need. The fact that they included some seriously awesome design features like the waist cinching system, lycra cuff tabs that let you adjust the end of the sleeves so that they fit snug against your wrists and the detachable ball cleaner shammy is an added bonus. Even without these features, the jacket is worth every bit it’s premium price tag.

Key features include:

  • Ultra-breathable and quiet soft hand feel material
  • Super WXTECHTM coating 20,000MM / 20,000MVT - 4 Year Waterproof Warranty
  • Close-to-the-body fit
  • Pro-Trim waist cinching system
  • Lycra action cuff tabs that adjust to fit
  • Contoured top collar for comfort and protection
  • Detachable ball cleaner shammy in side pocket


Sunice may not be the most recognized brand when it comes to golf performance outerwear, but the company’s gear is tour- proven. In addition to the handful of brand ambassadors that participate on all the major professional tours, Sunice has a very strong presence on the LPGA circuit where it seems like half the field shows up sporting a mid layer or wind jacket when the conditions call it.

Seems to me that any outerwear gear trusted by players who can’t afford to lose strokes to lousy weather is more than adequate for the rest of us who don’t let a cold breeze or rain drops ruin our weekends.

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