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High-tech weather gear for the truly dedicated Canadian golfer

As the 2008 Canadian golf season hurtles inexorably towards its frosty, snow-covered conclusion, the truly (should-be) committed among Gear Head’s loyal readership will no doubt be contemplating the best all-weather gear with which to eke out those frigid November rounds.
Zero Restriction’s FW2 Contender rain jacket, with its articulated sleeves, pleated shoulders, “Rain Drain” cuffs and whisper-soft Gore-Tex material, is among the best choices for a frequent inclement-weather golfer _ an investment well worth the cash.
You may know it as the jacket worn by members of the 2007 U.S. Presidents Cup team _ the very same Woody Austin was wearing when he went for his infamous Aquaman swim in the waters at Royal Montreal Golf Club.
Indeed, rumours have long persisted that the rain gear worn by one Tiger Woods was at one time little more than a ZR jacket with that ubiquitous Nike swoosh sewn over the breast.
However, high-quality rain gear has come a long way in the last couple of years. Gear Head is in the process of field testing an impressive new Gore-Tex offering from Sunice, and we’ll have a full review of the Byron Paclite jacket _ part of the outerwear lineup in Sunice’s “Hurricane” category _ in coming days.
But the garment that’s catching my eye at the moment is this snazzy new offering from adidas, officially introduced in a news release last week.
The ClimaProof Storm offers a host of intriguing features, including high-tech stretch material that makes it more streamlined and less bulky; zippered sleeves that convert to either a short-sleeve windshirt or a vest; and grabby silicone strips on the shoulders to prevent your golf bag from sliding off in the rain.
It sounds sharp, and looks even better. Here’s the party line from the fellows at TMAG:
adidas Golf Introduces ClimaProof® Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket
Exceptionally Versatile Garment Easily Converts from Long Sleeve to Short Sleeve to Vest
CARLSBAD, Calif. (October 15, 2008) – adidas Golf has introduced the ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket, a versatile piece of equipment that can be worn three ways “ long-sleeve, short-sleeve or vest “ depending on the weather. Its unique combination of construction, modern materials and intelligent features make it a must-have for serious golfers who want to perform their best in the elements while enjoying the best possible protection against wind, rain and cold.
“Our ambition was to reinvent the rain jacket to make it more versatile, so it can be worn in a variety of conditions, and to make it less restrictive, so that every type of shot can be executed with absolute freedom,” said Tiss Dahan, adidas Golf’s senior director of apparel. “Judging by the positive feedback we’ve received from our Tour Staff professionals and the many other players we worked with to develop this jacket, we succeeded.”
The ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket unites advanced structural design and modern four-way stretch properties to eliminate excess material that would otherwise get in the way of the swing. That includes a thin-yet-warm removable 360° compression wrap inner layer that also delivers increased support and precludes the need for a liner, eliminating bulk. An athlete can make a full swing with complete freedom while wearing this jacket, and can also chip and putt without the distraction of excess material impeding the motion of the arms and hands.
“What I love about the jacket is that when I bend down to putt or chip it’s not bulky, so it doesn’t bother my stroke,” said Dustin Johnson, winner of the 2008 Turning Stone Classic.
Converting from long-sleeve to short-sleeve, and from short-sleeve to vest and vice-versa, is easy and quick.
“This jacket gives you so much versatility, you can take the sleeves off and turn it into a vest, you can tailor your jacket to how severe the weather is, said European Ryder Cup player and 2007 European Tour Order of Merit winner Justin Rose. It’s by far the most technologically advanced jacket I’ve ever seen.”
Critical jacket features developed to increase comfort and convenience while eliminating distraction include:
¢ Convertible sleeves with stretch-elbow articulation for easy movement
¢ Shaped and adjustable cuffs for snug, comfortable fit
¢ Inner collar that flips up for added protection from the elements
¢ Bonded paneling in critical comfort zones to eliminate seams that can rub, chafe and irritate
¢ Waterproof zipper that makes a storm flap unnecessary
¢ Innovative silicone grippers on each shoulder that prevent bag-strap slippage
¢ Concealed venting for excellent breathability
¢ Concealed internal right pocket
¢ Waterproof to 20,000 mm
¢ Breathable to 15,000g/m2/24hrs
The ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket was introduced on tour at this year’s Open Championship, where it was worn by adidas Golf Tour Staff professionals including Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Sean O’Hair. Colors: black, zinc-black and Barez. Sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL. Includes a three-year waterproof warranty. Available in stores now. The MSRP is $275. To learn more, visit the ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket website.
Also new is adidas Golf’s ClimaProof Storm Pants, which were created to match the Convertible Jacket and make for a complete rainsuit. Features include hidden stretch waist tabs, ergonomic back-pocket entry, back-knee articulation, three-way adjustable length, four-way stretch material. Colors: black, zinc-black. Sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL. Includes a three-year waterproof warranty. Available in stores now. The MSRP for the ClimaProof Storm Pants is $170.

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James McCarten

When James McCarten isn't at the Ottawa offices of The Canadian Press, where he works as parliamentary news editor, he's either on the golf course or putting off his latest freelance golf-writing gig to spend time with wife Lisa and school-age kids Claire and Lucas. With 20 years of experience in Canadian journalism, James also suffers from a financially crippling addiction to all things Scotty Cameron.

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