Fall is officially here! With chillier temperatures comes a need for additional layering on the course. I'm always on the lookout for the interesting releases in the apparel category. So I've put together a little guide for all of you.
Here are some of my top fall golf apparel picks...
Cypress Bomber (State Apparel)
I first discovered State Apparel several years ago when I reviewed their Competition Pants, which are arguably the best cold-weather golf pants out there. All of their clothes are handmade in California, and they've added some nice pieces to their line this fall.
The Cypress Bomber is one of their new releases. It's a great full-zip jacket that can be worn when the weather starts to get a little chillier. Some unique features make it a little more compelling than most jackets I've worn. Two different fabrics separate the arms and chest/back area. Your torso is kept warmer with a thicker layer that is more resistant to the wind and elements. However, the sleeves are made of a more flexible, lighter material that allows for a greater range of motion. The combination keeps you warm but doesn't limit your range of movement when you swing.
Additionally, I like the casual look. I've worn this on and off the golf course with jeans or golf pants.
The Cypress Bomber is available in Pacific Blue or Stealth Grey on State Apparel's website.
The Smitty Quarter-Zip (Rhoback)
One of the cornerstones of any golfer's wardrobe is quarter zips. In the fall, they make an easy layer to add over your golf polos to give you a little warmth. Rhoback is one of my favorite brands for golf shirts because they have some of the best performance fabric in the industry. Their soft, flexible materials hold up incredibly well when temperatures rise.
They've been adding a ton of quarter-zips to their lineup lately, and I got a chance to try out their Smitty Q-Zip. Unsurprisingly, it's one of the best I've tried to date. It's soft, stretchy, breathable, and comfortable to swing a club in. I think it's worn best in milder fall temperatures since the fabric is thin. If the weather gets much colder, you'll likely want to add a vest or perhaps a light jacket layer. Overall, Rhoback nailed it again.
Kirkwall Down Vest (Linksoul)
Anyone who reads Practical Golf knows that I'm a bit of a Linksoul junkie. Their clothes have taken over my closet over the last few years. The main reason I love their line so much is that it's more of a lifestyle brand. While most of their clothes have top-notch fabrics that perform well and look great on the golf course, you can also wear them to work or in casual situations.
I've grown to love vests when I play golf because they keep my body warm without adding to much bulk to my arms. I can't stand swinging a club with outwear that doesn't fit my arms properly. The Kirkwall Down Vest is one of Linksoul's newest pieces from their fall line. It has a lot of warmth despite being very lightweight. You can easily layer up with it on the golf course, or combine it with just about any of your other clothes. As usual, Linksoul blends the line between golf and casual nicely with this vest.
You can purchase the Kirkwall Down Vest on Linksoul's website here (Practical Golf readers get 20% with code practicalgolf)
Highland Golf Pants (Bonobos)
One of my main frustrations with golf apparel is pants. It's difficult for me to find a pair that fit correctly. Bonobos started their company to solve this problem, and it's why they've become one of the most successful apparel brands in the world. They've built out an impressive golf line, and many players took notice of it when they signed Justin Rose to a sponsorship deal earlier this year.
The Highland Pants from Bonobos are an excellent option for all golfers. They're not too dressy or casual, so they can accommodate several different looks on the course. More importantly, they have tons of sizing and color options available. Bonobos golf pants have four different fits (tailored, athletic, slim, and straight. Also, they offer more waist and length combinations than pretty much any brand out there.
You can purchase Bonobos Highland Pants directly on their website here.