2013 Hottest New Stuff

Great Gear For The New Year

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STORM-PROOF JACKETS

Golf outerwear has always been designed to keep you as dry and warm as possible. Just don't ask for the endorsement of last year's U.S. Ryder Cup team, which was decked out in what turned out to be leaky Sun Mountain uniforms. Okay, so that was a hiccup. Sun Mountain has since redeemed itself, joining other major manufacturers in coming out with garments that truly protect golfers from inclement weather. The jackets, in particular, are extremely lightweight, quiet when you swing and incredibly protective of your body. To punctuate the point, several garments incorporate the word "storm" right into their name for 2013.

1 | Adidas Golf's Climaproof Storm Superfast jacket ($220) boasts waterproof zippers, fully sealed seams and a 100% polyester waterproof laminate shell. Its sleek silhouette and hydrophilic mesh lining add comfort, as do four-way-stretch inserts.

2 | nike's lightweight Storm-FIT full-zip jacket ($180) is seam-sealed, waterproof, windproof and breathable. Made of 100% polyester composite, it's engineered to be ultralight and comfortable. Four-way stretch extends the range of motion.

3 | sun Mountain's 2013 Stormtight full-zip rain jacket ($229) offers guaranteed waterproof protection via a new four-way-stretch woven fabric that shields against wind and rain while remaining breathable and stretching to allow a free golf swing. It also features high-quality YKK waterproof zippers, plus an adjustable hem and cuffs.

LIGHTWEIGHT CARRY BAGS

Bags are continually getting lighter and lighter. A few years ago, golfers were stoked to find full-sized carry bags that approached seven pounds. Now that seems archaic. The latest weigh substantially less, and they're structurally every bit as solid as older models.

Ogio's Nimbus ($215) weighs just 3.6 pounds, making it a lightweight champion among the competitors. Its nine-inch-wide mouth, seven-way performance top with side putter pit, full-length club dividers and integrated handle complete the package. Six zippered pockets are a nice touch.

At just 4.5 pounds, Callaway's Hyper-Lite 4.5 ($169) barely tips the scale. It features a nine-inch, six-way top with an integrated handle and five full-length dividers. A new base has 100% contact with the ground for stability, while extra shoulder strap padding adds comfort.

Titleist's Lightweight stand bag ($195) weighs just 5.6 pounds and sports a stacked pocket on
the apparel pocket face. It includes seven zippered pockets plus a water-bottle sleeve, adjust-able double strap and wide foot-stand mechanism.




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