By: Josh Herder
Sunice, Silver Collection Spring & Summer 2012
Women’s Sports Writer Apryl Delancey had great things to say about Sunice’s Spring/Summer 2012 Silver Collection, Read the full review on Women Like Sports.
Review: Sunice Hurricane Ultimate V4 Golf Jacket
By James McCarten for CanadianGolfer.com
Even if it’s still a tad brisk outside, the courses are open (at least in this part of the world) and spring is upon us. In those parts of the world where heat and humidity make the summer almost too oppressive to play, the shoulder seasons offer the best times of the year to get on the golf course. Green fees are discounted, the fair-weather crowd is still staying away and the Sunday roars from the Masters are still ringing in your ears.
All it takes is a bit of preparation, a touch of commitment and the right gear.
Sunice has revamped its flagship Hurricane Ultimate V4 jacket for 2012, with a softer, quieter fabric, a more form-fitting design that eliminates unnecessary bulges, and stretch panels that better accommodate the full-body movements of a golf swing without restricting motion. It’s light enough to feel like little more than another layer, allowing the wearer to customize the fit to such an extent that you forget you’re wearing it.
The best new feature of the Hurricane Ultimate is the fabric, which while still Gore-Tex-impervious to the elements, is softer to the touch and more flexible than ever before — something more akin to cotton or polyester than the harder, plastic-y outer shell of previous versions. The lining is stretchier and less inclined to snag on rings or wristwatches, with super-snug wrist collars to keep the sleeves in place throughout the swing.
Indeed, the sleeve lining is so tight on the wrist that big, meaty pairs of hands are liable to struggle a little bit when first putting on the jacket, but once they’re in place, they’re not going anywhere, which is what you want on the course. Velcro straps on the outer layer allow the player to customize the cuffs, but they’re somewhat superfluous considering the snug fit of the lining.
The jacket fits bigger than it used to, which gives the player a lot more mobility. But try it on before choosing a size; cinching up the elastic rope that stretches across the lower back and emerges inside the pockets will create a fanny-pack bulge in the back if you’re wearing one that’s too big. Having tried a number of Sunice jackets over the years, my advice is to err on the big side — the sleeves get too short in the follow-through if it’s too small.
If the player needs to tighten up the fit, the cinch system can be trimmed to size once you find a tightness you like, and that’s recommended — between the red elastics, the finicky tethered (but removable) microfibre ball cleaner and a simple fabric divider, the pockets are already brimming with content before you add a ball or two, a handful of tees, a pencil and a divot repair tool.
When it’s zipped up all the way, for protection in a gale or a driving rain, the Hurricane Ultimate really lives up to its name. It fits like a turtleneck, providing ample neck warmth and protection, with a soft padded chin guard to prevent chafing and protect those stray beard hairs from getting snagged. The primary zipper is guarded with flaps that close up nicely to ensure there’s no leakage, and even the stretch back insert remains impenetrable to moisture.
The Hurricane Ultimate is an excellent shoulder-season garment the simple reason that when conditions turn on a dime, it remains comfortable and cool even after the sun comes out, offering terrific protection against chill wind gusts and sudden drops in temperature — a constant problem in the fickle months of April and May, to say nothing of the unpredictable fall.
Sunice also carries with it the added bonus of carrying a heavy dose of Canadian DNA.
Founded in 1976 in Alberta as a skiwear brand, Sunice added golf to its repertoire in the 1990s to capitalize on an expanding market for high-tech, weather-friendly garments on the fairways. These days, it’s owned and operated by Montreal-based Fletcher Leisure Group Inc., and includes an impressive stable of PGA and LPGA Tour players, including Mark Wilson and J.B. Holmes.
Radio: Sunice President Mark Fletcher interviewed on Danielle Tucker’s Golf Club Radio Show (Hawaii)
Sunice President, Mark Fletcher, discusses the Sunice Silver Collection with host Danielle Tucker of The Golf Club Radio Show on May 19th, 2012. The show is broadcasted in Hawaii.
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The name “Sunice” embodies the challenges of shoulder season
Written by: Kiel Christianson, for TravelGolf.com.
Yesterday in my neck of the woods, the temperature was in the low- to mid-forties, and the wind was a brisk 15-20 mph. On my way to my home course, charcoal-gray, irascible clouds began to spit at my windshield.
But a 9 a.m. tee time awaited, and I hadn’t been out to play in nearly three weeks.
Luckily, the day before, my new Sunice Bollon wind jacket ($200) had arrived, and I had had the foresight to put on a couple of relatively thin layers underneath it, to boot, so I was feeling pretty snug.
Long story short, I stayed warm and dry – both inside and out – the entire round; no wind came in, and any perspiration vented out. Moreover, the long list of complaints I normally have about golf outerwear was whittled down by the Sunice Bollon to a nearly non-existent couple of minor bullet points.
The Sunice Bollon is constructed from breathable laminate fabric that stretches, so it is completely silent – no crinkling on my backswing to distract me from the cracking and popping of my own joints and spine.
The cuffs are adjustable and snug, but not so tight that they pulled during the swing. The adjustability makes a huge difference on this count.
The pocket zippers were smooth, and the pockets deep enough to keep things from falling out even if I left them unzipped. A nice touch is a ball-cleaning cloth attached inside one of the front pockets.
Finally, the fabric was soft enough, especially around the neck, to eliminate irritation from rubbing on my oft-stubbly neck and chin.
My only complaints are relatively petty, and based more on my own personal biases rather than anything I would consider to be wider trends among golfers. The soft fabric has a tendency to catch on my sometimes rough, weather-worn fingers, which I find sort of irritating. And the front zipper is on the left side, rather than the right (which is where they usually are, right?). I’ll just chalk that up to Sunice’s European roots.
These quibbles aside, the Sunice Bollon is ideal for “shoulder seasons” – spring and fall, when the weather changes practically from hole to hole, but the true stalwart golfers are still playing. I for one will be wearing the Bollon until snow not only falls, but sticks on the greens.
The Sunice Bollon is a high-performance shield against changeable shoulder-season weather.
2012 Sunice Golf Wear:
The Sunice Golf 2012 men’s color palette offers updated blues and orange to brighten collections of basic black, charcoal and navy. Product embossing details allows for a new take on traditional colors like grey and adds visual interest to exciting new colors like regatta. A classic American combination of red, white and blue is evident throughout the collection and takes a nod to Sunice’s involvement as Official supplier of outerwear for the 2011 / 2013 Solheim Cup USA Team.read more…
The name “Sunice” embodies the challenges of shoulder season
by: Kiel Christianson
Yesterday in my neck of the woods, the temperature was in the low- to mid-forties, and the wind was a brisk 15-20 mph. On my way to my home course, charcoal-gray, irascible clouds began to spit at my windshield. read more…
Sunice Golf Rain Gear Review
by: Pete Wlodkowski
A good rain suit should, without a doubt, be looked at as nothing less than a 15th club. I’ve long ago given up on umbrellas — without a caddie to hold and manage them against the wind they are completely worthless for links golf. But a good rain suit, well, it can be the difference between being completely miserable and being comfortable enough to swing the club, stay dry, and actually play some decent golf. read more…