October 11, 2019
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- FootJoy is introducing a new line of rain gear is ready for any kind of weather. (Photos courtesy of FootJoy)
It is often said that the PGA TOUR chases the sun, but contrary to popular belief, not every round is met with warm and sunny weather. From light sprinkles to sideways rain showers, TOUR players have to perform at their very best in a variety of challenging conditions.
Keeping this in mind, FootJoy’s goal for its new collection of rain gear is to make every day playable for pros and amateurs alike. From insulated waterproof jackets designed for harsh weather to breathable and lightweight protection for warm conditions, FootJoy’s latest rainwear lineup is ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at it.
DryJoys® Select LS
Historically, waterproof fabrics have served the primary purpose of keeping players dry. This waterproof protection has often come with a compromise, though. A lack of breathability has trapped body heat causing players to feel hot and sticky, especially in warm conditions. As a result, many players have opted to get wet rather than slip-on waterproofs.
To address this, FootJoy has introduced the new DryJoys Select LS jackets, half-zips, and pants. Specially engineered from a cutting edge Japanese fabrication, the DryJoys Select LS products are the lightest, most breathable, and most waterproof garments FootJoy has ever created. Validated by world-class players like Webb Simpson, the DryJoys Select LS features a 2.5 layer construction that reduces weight while still providing a full range of motion.
“I played through some of the most challenging weather conditions of my career at this year’s Open Championship,” said Webb Simpson. “Blustery winds and rain coming from every direction, but the new Select LS delivered the protection I needed and kept me focused on my next shot.”
The fabric is perfect for early Fall rain showers. It weighs less than a typical golf shirt while still providing complete waterproof protection. It also offers a soft, quiet, and flexible feel with an abundance of stretch.
The function of a rain jacket fused with the feel of a mid-layer. That is the idea behind the innovative FJ HydroKnit. This is easily the most versatile outerwear piece FootJoy has created and it has fooled a few TOUR players along the way.
“When I first picked it up I thought it was a mid-layer,” said Rafa Cabrera Bello. “The stretch is incredible which allows me the full range of motion that I need, and it’s waterproof.”
In creating FJ HydroKnit, FootJoy combined a durable water repellent (DWR) face coating with breathable fabrics. This construction forces water to bead up and prevents the outer layer from becoming saturated. Beneath the outer shell, a 3-Layer Bonded Face Lamination eliminates any water going through the garment and is 100% windproof. The versatility of FJ HydroKnit means it is the only layering piece players need from the first tee to the eighteenth hole.
DryJoys® Tour LTS and FJ HydroLite™
Rounding out FootJoy’s comprehensive collection of rain gear is the DryJoys Tour LTS and FJ HydroLite. Both are breathable and offer 100% waterproof protection, but they were created for different conditions. Cool and rainy weather see players slipping on the insulated DryJoys Tour LTS while the feathery HydroLite is the perfect choice for Summer showers.