Latest design features fewer seams, new fabric and increased flexibility
October 16, 2017
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- FootJoy's latest jacket features a new design and fabric to better protect against the elements, while still increasing flexibility. (Photos courtesy of FootJoy)
Create a lightweight, breathable all-weather jacket with improved flexibility. That was the challenge facing the design and development team at FootJoy. After exploring various options and consulting PGA TOUR players like Jimmy Walker, the team delivered the New DryJoys® TourLTS® jacket. This layering piece for Fall 2017 features a completely new design and fabric. It reduces weight and improves mobility while still providing complete waterproof protection in even the harshest conditions.
Realizing the number of panels and seams is an inhibitor to mobility, FootJoy’s team literally cut jackets into pieces. This allowed them to see how the number of panels and seams could be minimized. From there, they created the TourLTS jacket with only five panels and six seams. Other jackets on the fairways can have as many as 24 panels and more than 27 seams. In this unique and minimalist design, FootJoy even eliminated the shoulder panels and seams in an effort to increase the range of motion during the swing. In addition to the increased mobility, the new design also reduced the weight of the jacket and eliminated places for water to gather on the outer shell.
Keeping the swing in mind, FootJoy utilized a four-way stretch fabric on the TourLTS that further enhanced the mobility of the jacket. While the history of golf rain jackets tells us to expect a rigid and loud material, FootJoy’s new cutting-edge fabric is soft, quiet, and effortlessly moves with the body. The three bonded layers also provide waterproof protection from the lightest showers to the heaviest downpours.
The TourLTS packs in the warmth without the bulk thanks to a thin ThermoLite® bonded liner with temperature regulating properties. When temperatures drop, hollow core fibers trap body heat to keep the core warm. On the flip side, as the mercury rises, these same fibers quickly wick moisture away from the skin and expel heat.
To validate the performance of the TourLTS, FootJoy took a suitcase full of jackets and a group of amateur golfers to one of the most picturesque and coldest golf destinations. The group played three courses on the mainland of Iceland in the cool, wet, and windy weather before heading to the Vestman Island Golf Club (the location of the three images above) where conditions were even more extreme. Playing along the coast of the island and into an extinct volcano, players were greeted with temperatures in the 40s, winds between 20 and 40 mph, and a driving rain. In other words, the perfect conditions for testing the TourLTS jacket. Having stood up to these conditions, it can certainly stand up to the conditions on the PGA TOUR and at your local course.
From a style standpoint, the TourLTS is available in five colorways. The three solid colorways (charcoal, navy, and black) receive a splash of color in the form of contrasting front zippers and trim around the front pockets. Two multicolored styles (red/black/white and royal/heather grey) offer a modern and sporty take on a classic colorblocked design.