Every serious golfer needs a serious golf jacket and the options out there are wide and varied.
Some manufacturers are on a mission to broaden our take on what constitutes a golf jacket with more casual-looking garments becoming increasingly popular.
While the major golf players like Galvin Green, Under Armour, Callaway and Footjoy are at the forefront of technological advancements, the likes of Nike, Puma, J Lindeberg and Ralph Lauren are pushing the styling boundaries.
However, the bottom line remains that you can’t play golf regularly in the UK without one, which is why we’ve pulled together this in-depth guide to the best golf jackets, including prices, colours, sizes and the best offers.
Our selection of jackets starts at just £59.99, meaning there’s something here for every budget.
BEST GOLF JACKETS: WATERPROOF
Galvin Green Armstrong Jacket
RRP £299 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Black + White + Sharkskin; Navy + White + Red; Cool grey + White + Sharkskin; Navy + White + Lime; Navy + White + Blue bell
Like all Galvin Green jackets, the Armstrong is packed with innovations and is the complete package.
It is 100% waterproof and windproof with GG’s Gore-Tex Paclite technology delivering market-leading breathability and protection while remaining incredibly lightweight
The jacket is also very stretchy, just what you need to ensure freedom of movement isn’t an issue. The chest, cuffs and hem are also adjustable while the materials are made with sustainable fabrics.
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Under Armour Men’s Golf Rain Jacket
RRP £130 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-3XL | Colours: Mod Gray + Black
Who doesn’t want a lightweight yet 100% waterproof jacket and Under Armour is another company who brings a lot to the table from that perspective.
The UA Storm technology allows you stay completely dry while not been weighed down while the fully taped seams and Hydropel zippers add security.
The snap closure collar is a nice touch and you also get that lock-down feeling is also utilised on the sleeve zippers.
Nike Storm-FIT ADV Rapid Adapt Men’s Golf Jacket
RRP £199.95 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-4XL | Colours: White; Black
Arch innovators Nike has created jacket which more than just that.
It can be worn as a waterproof but the Storm-FIT ADV Rapid also neatly converts into a gilet.
Nike clothing invariably is packed with clever little design ideas and the zip side pockets are bigger than normal so perfect to keep bulkier items locked away.
Nike’s HyperAdapt patented fabric is just about as stretchy as you get on a waterproof jacket.
Looks wise it is a bit ‘out there’ but if you don’t mind the styling, this is a great jacket/gillet that will do the job for pretty much any weather condition. Use our guide to pair it with some waterproof Nike golf shoes.
Abacus Links Waterproof Rain jacket
RRP £129.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Grey + Black; Red + Navy
The Abacus clothing company has a very good reputation and it is well deserved. There is a lot of quality and plenty of value for the money.
The Links jacket has a 10,000 waterproof rating so will keep you dry for a good few hours.
The drawstrings around the hem and neckline are helpful and offer plenty of reassurance when the weather turns nasty.
Galvin Green Arvin Gore-Tex Paclite Waterproof Jacket
RRP £229 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-3XL | Colours: Navy + White; White; Black + Sharkskin
Galvin Green has a formidable reputation in the golf jackets market and with good reason but it is also great to see the company is trying to move with the times and focus on sustainability.
This classy-looking jacket is free of PFCs and the fabric is BLUESIGN approved, which means no harmful chemicals were used during the production process.
On top of that peace of mind, you get the usual excellent array of GG features, including Gore-Tex Paclite so you get fantastic protection without being weighed down. So confident are Galvin Green in their waterproofing system, you get a lifetime guarantee.
Sunderland Vancouver Pro Waterproof Golf Jacket
RRP £120 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Black; Navy; Red + Navy + White; Black + White + Red; Black + Electric Blue + White; Gunmetal + Black + White; Navy; Storm Grey + Black + White
The Scottish-based golf jacket specialists don’t have to travel far to test their excellent jackets in ‘the worst of it’ and the Sunderland brand continues to be very popular.
It is easy to see why when you consider what you get for your money. The fleece-lined pockets come into their own when you are struggling to keep your hands warm.
The 8,000 waterproof rating will cope with heavy rain while the mesh lining also works well to ensure you don’t overheat.
Styling-wise you also get plenty of colour options and all are very much in keeping with the traditional ‘look’, the Glenmuir brand has worked hard to cultivate.
Boss J Manfredi Water Resistant Golf Jacket
RRP £239 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-3XL | Colours: Dark Blue; Black
You always get some nice touches from Boss and the J Manfredi jacket certainly has plenty of appeal from a styling perspective. It looks and feels great although it is not the most water-resistant waterproof but how many of us play in storms?
Credit to Boss for bringing out a golf jacket that is made from 100% recycled material (polyester) and the Dobby patterning creates an appealing feel all of its own. It also gives the jacket a natural sense of give.
The cuffs and hem are elasticated for extra flexibility and the pipe detailing adds to the sense of style.
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J Lindeberg Hills Waterproof Golf Jacket
RRP £239 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Black; JL Navy
J Lindeberg provide you with a two-year waterproof warranty and the fully taped shell material is very effective in keeping you dry.
It is also a four-way stretch garment so a great option for those who don’t like playing in restrictive heavy-duty garments.
The cut of J Lindeberg clothing tends to be on the money but with this golf jacket, you get extra help tailoring the fit thanks to a drawcord adjuster and velcro chest and sleeve adjusters.
Mizuno Nexlite Flex Waterproof Jacket
RRP £129.95 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Blue; Black; White
The Nexlite Flex is outrageously light, it weighs almost nothing. Our small-sized sample tips the scales at less than 200g, which makes it the lightest wearable waterproof we’ve ever come across and you won’t fold a waterproof jacket down smaller.
It’s impressively breathable, really stretchable (ideal in the golf swing) and guaranteed waterproof for two years. If we had to find a criticism it could perhaps benefit from a drawstring at the waist, but it’s a small quibble. For £140 it’s a bargain and undoubtedly one of the best waterproof golf jackets.
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BEST GOLF JACKETS WINDPROOF
J Lindeberg Lux Printed Bomber Jacket
RRP £189 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: White + Green
Obviously it’s not a jacket for everybody but despite the bold pattern, the core of what J Lindeberg has created is pretty impressive.
It is Bluesign certified so no awful chemicals are used in the production of the windproof outer layer. It is also PFC-free.
To be fair it does look and feel like a baseball jacket but J Lindeberg is clearly targeting the U-30s with this jacket that is as lightweight as it is eye-catching and will do a decent job protecting you in the rain as well as the wind.
Oscar Jacobson Phoenix Zip Neck Windproof
RRP £109.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Grey + White; Navy + White; Teal + Lunar Grey
Oscar Jacobson’s jackets tend to be quite roomy and this is no exception. This windproof jacket gives you plenty of scope for layering underneath.
However, the neck, sleeve and waist binding provide plenty of security fit wise and the styling will have widespread appeal.
Callaway Heathered ¼ Zip Wind Jacket
RRP £74.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Moody Heather; Quarry Heather
A cosy-looking offering from Callaway and the golfing powerhouse put a lot of store by its Swing Tech technology which is designed to maximise the range of motion.
Callaway also tends to be pretty competitive on price while getting most of what its rivals can offer.
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TravisMathew Star Gazing Full Zip Windproof Jacket
RRP £109.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-2XL | Colours: Insignia
The combination of polyester and spandex ensures freedom of movement is never going to be an issue on this excellent windproof jacket.
I’m not sure where the Star Gazing comes from but fans of Travis Mathew equipment will really like it anyway. It looks sporty and looks and feels like a proper piece of golfing kit. And it has all been achieved with the minimum of fuss.
Mizuno Windlite Jacket
RRP £90 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Black, Bluebell, Deep Navy
No frills from Mizuno here but that itself will appeal in itself. It does what it says on the tin and the Japanese company’s wind protection technology is most welcome.
All modern wind jackets are lightweight. But this one is especially so.
Benross Hybrid Jacket
RRP £59.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Black + Light Grey
The quilted polyester panels make this stand out from the crowd and that extra warmth, which stretches across the shoulders and down the back, is always welcome on this windproof jacket.
Benross tends to punch above its weight in terms of value for money and the makers of this golf jacket have been careful to incorporate stretch elements just where you need them.
Ralph Lauren RLX Par Full Zip Windbreaker
RRP £195 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XL | Colours: Heritage Royal Multi
It looks like a tough cookie and on this occasion, looks are not deceiving. Ralph Lauren has created a golf jacket that is visually striking but also very practical and comfortable to wear.
It comes with a detachable hood and the four-way stretch ensures you can enjoy a snug fit without worrying about swings being restricted.
It is also made from recycled polyester so hats off for trying to improve in the sustainability stakes.
Castore Golf Vita ¼ Zip Jacket
RRP £105 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-2XL | Colours: Peacoat; Azure; Mist
You could almost imagine Phil Daniels wearing this in Quadrophenia but that retro styling is pretty timeless on this snug windproof jacket. The rounded collar is very 2020s and that hybrid of urban and sport is very much part of its appeal.
The fabric is designed to provide ample give while the water-resistant finish is much appreciated.
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Ellesse Lonzi Hybrid Jacket
RRP £64.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Black + Grey
Just a hint of orange from Ellesse on this golf jacket, which benefits from the thermal padding.
You also get a lot of protection around the neck and the full-zip opening is quite a feature of this competitively-priced garment.
Lyle & Scott Side & Back Stretch Quilted Jacket
RRP £139.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XL | Colours: True Black
Lyle & Scott has gone full Michelin Man with its windproof golf jacket and the quilted fleece protection, on every part of this outer layer will certainly appeal to many.
A good jacket for on and off the golf course from this famous brand which has become a big player in the mainstream fashion market in the last decade or so.
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BEST GOLF JACKETS: THERMAL
Galvin Green Damian Thermal Golf Jacket
RRP £169.96 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black, Navy
Another masterpiece of engineering from Galvin Green so when it’s very cold and dry this will never let you down. Its patented INSULA Fabric system critically keeps the jacket as light as possible and overall it is very stretchy considering all of its elements.
Aesthetically it does give off a bit of a superhero vibe and also pulls off the trick of making you look more of a golf athlete than you probably really are! Also as a Bluesign-approved product, the use of recycled polyester can only be good news as sustainability becomes a huge issue for clothing manufacturers.
Overall it’s difficult to imagine how a thermal golf jacket can get much better than this.
Ralph Lauren Reversible Insulated Golf Vest
RRP £199 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XL | Colours: Race The Sea/French Navy
Ok this is a bit left-field, and you might feel dressed for a weekend at Cowes, but this is a very effective performer. You feel about ten degrees warmer after putting it on.
It is reversible so if you don’t like the polo-yachting feel on one side, the plan navy side is probably for you.
It is very padded but won’t weigh you down but it is a lot of money for a gilet.
Castore Stretch Gilet
RRP £105 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-2XL | Colours: Peacoat; Mist
A gilet has a lot of fans in golf and it is easy to see why. You get protection without worrying too much about freedom of movement. The Castore Stretch Gilet has also been designed with extra give in the shoulder region so the makers have gone up and beyond in that respect.
The magnetic closing mechanism on the pockets is also very useful when you just want to do things quickly.
Under Armour Storm ColdGear Reactor Golf Hybrid Jacket
RRP £140 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXXL | Colours: Gray Wolf + Concrete; Academy + Black
Some bits of golf kit really look the part and the Under Armour Storm ColdGear Reactor Golf Hybrid Jacket fits into that category.
It also does the part too and the ColdGear innovation is designed to react to your environment so when it’s really cold extra heat is trapped
On top of that you have quilted chest and shoulders areas but Under Armour have also ensured the garment is super stretchy so playability is also good.
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Ping Norse S3 Primaloft Windproof
RRP £160 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Delph Blue; Black
We know how cold it can get playing winter golf and what every golfer is looking for is maximum protection with minimum impact on restricting freedom of movement and this is why Ping’s thermal golf jacket offering is so appealing.
Ping has really got its house in order regarding its clothing options and this is another top drawer option. PrimaLoft fibres do the hard work in terms of keeping you warm yet it doesn’t feel overtly bulky so you can wear a base layer and a mid layer and you will still feel able to swing the club properly.
FootJoy FJ Hybrid Golf Jacket
RRP £119 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black, Navy
There is obviously a lot of personal taste when it comes to clothing – that’s just the nature of the beast – and this really ticks all the boxes for me in terms of fit and look as well as comfort.
FootJoy are getting so much right with their golf jackets and this thermal specialist just feels made to measure. Whether it’s the padded collar (but it’s not too bulky) or the cut of the arms, it just works.
It will also keep you dry in light rain and from a price perspective won’t break the bank, especially when you could wear it away from the course as well. It’s got a full-length zip for added practicality and the pockets are very accessible despite being well hidden. Some serious thought has gone into this from Footjoy.
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RRP £85 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Mid Grey Marl + Black; Navy + White; Black + Light Grey
This is a great cost-effective option. It may not be the most comfortable thermal golf jacket out there but it’s ok and more importantly Glenmuir’s Storm Bloc rain repellent system means this is a very versatile bit of kit. Whether its high winds, cold, wet weather or a combination of all three, this works well.
Again some might think it’s bit tight around the cuffs and the waist but I really like that extra assurance… keep out the cold everywhere you can! However some may struggle to wear it over two layers but if you’re not too bothered about that, this provides you with a lot of jacket for around £80.
Sunderland Zermatt Padded Thermal Full Zip Golf Jacket
RRP £84.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black + Electric Blue + White; Navy + White + Silver; Lightning Blue + Black + White; Gunmetal + Black + Ultraviolet; Navy + Silver + White
This famous golf brand apparently was inspired to make this thermal golf jacket by the Scottish weather so it better be hardy and it certainly looks the part. Protection wise there is a lot going on and it all comes together in a pretty stylish-looking package.
It might be a bit too Michelin Man-looking for some but it is very lightweight thanks to the advancements in technology.
Described as showerproof, you’d certainly struggle to play 18 holes in this in really wet weather, and it needs to be the outermost layer otherwise it would just feel too restrictive.
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BEST GOLF JACKETS: LIGHTWEIGHT
Kjus Dexter II 2.5L Zip Neck Golf Waterproof jacket
RRP £269 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Alloy Melange + Steel Grey; Steel Blue + Atlanta Blue; Steel Grey Melange + Steel Grey
Kjus make some fantastic golfing garments and this could be its best ever. We all want maximum protection with the minimum of fuss and the Dexter II just delivers in spades on that count.
It looks more like a jumper than a jacket at first glance but that is the beauty of the design. It is so light but incredibly resistant to the rain.
The four-way stretch material provides all the give you need. Even the most vigorous of swingers will have no problems giving it 100% wearing this.
The clever Y-tech cut – and the fact there are no underarm seams – add to the liberating freedom of movement you get.
Nike Storm-FIT Men’s Convertible Golf Jacket
RRP £89.95 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-XXL | Colours: Obsidian + Summit White
Could be the funkiest golf jacket out there. It comes with its own little bag and the Nike branding is just cool as.
The sleeves zip off so it can be worn as a t-shirt jacket-type outer layer ( I think that’s what you call it).
And while it’s not the hardiest of jackets, it’s certain to attract mass appeal because some things are just too cool.
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Stromberg Oceantee Waterproof Jacket
RRP £99.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XXL | Colours: Gray + Navy; Navy + Grey
Another very attractive collaboration between Stromberg and Oceantee, the leaders in sustainable golf clothes manufacturing.
It is also a very tough little nut and is 100% waterproof and windproof while being made from 100% recycled fabrics (plastic recovered from the sea to boot).
It is also designed to be a tailored fit so you need to buy one size larger than you normally would.
J Lindeberg Diamond Patch Bob Knitted Jacket
RRP £279 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XL| Colours: Black + Red
Some might argue this isn’t really a golf jacket but J Lindeberg are certainly one of the major golf apparel players blurring the lines between what is and isn’t golf clothing.
Putting side the aesthetics and style for one second… it feels fantastic and that is down to the composition mainly being merino wool, which is normally used to make top-end jumpers.
However, there is no getting away from the fact it’s a bit niche. The hood, the bomber jacket vibe and the colouring mean only a few will fall in love with it.
Castore Lightweight Anorak
RRP £135 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-2XL | Colours: Peacoat
Castore are not afraid to go their own way and the unusual use of the word anorak for a piece of clothing is interesting in itself. Whether it’s a jacket or anorak, the key with this piece of clothing is it is as lightweight as the name suggests.
It’s perfect to slip on during a spring or summer shower and we know how many of those we get in the UK. It is also another piece of Castore golf clothing where the emphasis is heavily on its stretchiness and you have no concerns here regarding freedom of movement.
BEST GOLF JACKETS: LADIES
Footjoy Hydroknit Ladies Golf Waterproof Jacket
RRP £164.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-XL | Colours: Grey + Hot Pink; Navy + Aquamarine
Golf jackets don’t get much more waterproof than this. With a 15,000mm waterproof protection rating – 10,000 is considered full proof – FootJoy has made is giving you more than enough protection.
The shoe specialist is so confident about its effectiveness in the wet, it also comes with a three-year waterproof guarantee when most won’t even stretch to two years.
The DWR finish keeps out the moisture but it is also highly breathable and lightweight so no concerns about being weighed down.
Nike Repel Women’s Golf Jacket
RRP £104.95 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-XXL | Colours: Obsidian + Black; Bright Spruce
It looks bulky but Nike has designed this to be loose fitting and again the iconic American sportswear giant has ‘pushed the boundaries’ regarding what is considered golf attire.
There looks like there is a lot going on and that’s because there is.
And while the hood looks a bit obtrusive, it manages to not get in the way pretty effectively.
The raglan sleeves afford more freedom of movement and the back vent is an interesting idea, designed to keep you dry without overheating.
Stromberg Ciganda Ladies Waterproof Jacket
RRP £79.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): 8-16 | Colours: Castlerock + Tapshoe; Tapshoe + Desert Flower
Carlota Ciganda has been a mainstay on the LET for the last ten years and her signature range of jackets was Stromberg’s first specifically for ladies.
Thompson and Korda have followed but the Ciganda perfectly illustrates why Stromberg is such a popular option. Again you get a lot of jacket for your money.
It is heavily waterproof (the 10,000 rating is the benchmark for extreme protection) and highly stretchy and breathable. The cut might not be for everyone for more slender ladies, it will certainly appeal.
Galvin Green Anya Gore-Tex Ladies Waterproof Golf Jacket
RRP £289 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): S-XL | Colours: Cool Grey + Reflex; Navy + Reflex
Again Galvin Green has ticked all the boxes when it comes to quality, look and the increasingly important ethical production factor.
The fabric is made with non-toxic materials – hence it is Bluesign approved – and the water repellent treatment is done without the use of PFCs.
Galvin Green offers a lifetime waterproof guarantee, such is the company’s confidence in the market-leading Gore-Tex technology.
Ellesse Brera Waterproof Ladies Jacket
RRP £74.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): 8-16 | Colours: White + Black
Unmistakeably Ellesse and another excellent option for those who don’t want to spend hundreds on a golf jacket.
Style-wise you have to hand it to Ellesse. It keeps delivering and in Europe, its popularity seems guaranteed, especially in the tennis market.
Golf is more of a struggle but, while it is not packed with technological advancements, like some of its rivals, it is very lightweight and breathable and will do a good job for the majority of the year.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Flanagan has been a golf journalist since 2008 having worked at a number of daily newspapers before that as part of the sports teams.
He’s been playing golf since the age of 11, starting out at Olton in the West Midlands and has also been a member at Hull, Waterton Park near Wakefield and Hollins Hall in Baildon. He currently plays off a nine handicap.
You can get in touch with Mark, here.