Levels of Protection
When you start shopping for the rain suit, you will notice the difference in prices and fabrics.
The lower-priced rain suits are often classified as water-resistant. These are usually a coated microfiber blend of material. They will bead water off the material until it becomes a driving rain. The pants stay pretty dry except for the bottom 5 to 6 inches that get soaked from walking. If you are riding a cart, the pants will get wet in the seat after sitting a few times. They are great for the price and provide adequate protection from moderate rain.
If you are looking for 100 percent protection from rain and wind, then look for labels saying waterproof or Gore-Tex fabric. They cost a bit more, but usually come with waterproof guarantees. Be sure to try on both the jacket and pants. Brands vary greatly in size. Also, make a couple of swings while wearing them. The jacket should provide enough range of motion to not disrupt your swing.
Nike Storm-FIT Rain Suit
The 100% polyester material and sealed seams provide an ultra-light, ultra-comfortable, waterproof and windproof design that is also breathable. The jacket features a full-length zipper and provide Velcro on the wrists to keep cuffs tight to avoid interference during your swing. The pants have lower leg zippers to easily slide over your golf shoes and an elastic drawstring on the waist. The market price of the full rain suit is about $140.
The Weather Company Breathable Unisex Rain Suit
The rain jacket combines a full zip jacket with Velcro and a front snap storm flap. Front and back vents provide breathability. Zippered front pockets and a 3-piece hood with visor and drawstring provide added convenience and protection. Cuffs are elasticized and have a Velcro closure. The pants have a snap front closure with a zipper and draw string waist and elastic back. Side leg zippers, pockets with storm flaps and hidden pockets make this a very convenient way to beat the wind and the rain. The market price of the rain suit is about $65.
Frogg Toggs Unisex Rain Suit
The non-woven fabric is lightweight, breathable and guaranteed waterproof. The jacket does not have pockets but it does feature a snap-on hood. The pants have an elastic waist and drawstring. They do not have pockets but they have Velcro around the pant cuffs so you can pull them tight. Both pieces fold easily to store in your golf bag. The market price of the rain suit is about $40.
FootJoy Hydrolite Rain Jacket and Pants
FootJoy Hydrolight jacket and pants have sealed seams and come with a two-year waterproof warranty. The jacket has zip-off sleeves and a storm flap on both sides of the zipper to provide extra protection from the weather. The pants have a four-way stretch fabric, a waterproof zipper, side pockets and adjustable waterproof cuffs. The market price for the jacket is about $170 and the pants are available for about $100.