July 11 2013
Nike's new jacket was designed for harsh conditions, including wind and rain. (Nike Golf)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
If there's one thing players must do when it comes to the British Open, it's adapt to the ever-changing weather. The forecast for the third major of the season at Muirfield calls for sun and pleasant temperatures during the week, but as we've seen in the past, that can change in a New York minute.
It seems fitting that Nike Golf's latest all-weather jacket offering has the word "adapt" in the name. Making its official debut next week at the British Open, the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket isn't your typical waterproof outerwear.
Designed with waterproof elements and flexible materials, the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket, according to Nike Golf, give its players the "comfort, mobility and protection" they demand against the ever-changing elements at the British Open.
Working closely with Paul Casey, who recently won the Irish Open in heavy rain and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour while wearing the jacket, and other staffers, Nike was able to create a jacket that has a sweater-like stretch for mobility during the swing, and a waterproof outer layer.
“Inspired by our athletes who demand the best in performance, our team set to work to create a jacket built to change the way golfers feel in unfavorable weather conditions,” said Merritt Richardson, Nike Golf's VP of Global Golf Apparel. “We are always working to minimize distractions. From reducing sound to enhancing stretch, the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket is the ultimate in protection and performance.”
Some of the jacket's notable features include no-sew technology throughout the inner layer, a four-way stretch system in the shoulders and arms that "maximizes mobility and eliminates restrictions during the swing," a woven, stretch knit laminate combination that actually makes the garment quieter during movement, and a sweater-like feel for comfort.
“Often, athletes will add a size to their rain jackets because they do not want to feel restricted by the fabric,” Richardson said. “This leads to a distracting, oversized jacket that is not optimal for competitive play. The Hyperadapt jacket eliminates this issue by providing athletes the protection they need without sacrificing the performance benefits of a stretch pullover.”
The jacket is also seam-sealed for 100 percent waterproof protection, and has adjustable cuffs that provide a custom fit.
Nike's Hyperadapt Storm-FIT is currently available at retail for $240 (half-zip) and $280 (full-zip).
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