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A little while back I received a package from SUNICE containing their Halifax FlexventTMFull Stretch 1/2 Zip Waterproof Pullover.  The jacket comes in three colour schemes and I was sent the midnight blue / charcoal / pure white version of the product to test out.  This pullover is part of the SUNICE Tornado Collection and, at first glance, it’s a great looking jacket which I couldn’t wait to put to use.

HALIFAX
I’ve owned several pullovers from other manufacturers, but when I put the Halifax on for the first time, it definitely felt different.  What I mean is that I didn’t feel restricted in my movement yet the jacket didn’t feel like it was moving around much when I raised my arms or attempted a golf swing.  Living in Vancouver, BC, Canada allows me to play golf pretty much all year round (if time permits), but it also means that it can be cold and wet at times.  I’ve never been a big fan of wearing a jacket when I golf as they always seem somewhat restrictive or the sleeves move up and down whenever I make a swing.  Instead, I layer my clothes and wear an outer shell (like a pullover) to keep me dry.  This can be a bit of a hassle sometimes when it gets warm during a round and I have to peel off layers in order to stay cool.  Also, depending on how cold it is, the increased number of layers can be a bit restrictive on the golf swing.  To date, I haven’t been able to find a jacket with the perfect balance between comfort, warmth and ‘playability’.

So it’s 6 degrees Celsius outside on a cloudy day and I’m at home getting ready for my round of golf that morning.  I decide to put the SUNICE Halifax pullover to the test and I put on a long sleeve t-shirt, a golf shirt and my new midnight blue pullover, courtesy of the folks at SUNICE.  I’m hoping that this will keep me warm enough through my round as it’s only supposed to get up to a high of 8 degrees throughout the day.  I head to the driving range at the Riverway Golf Course in order to warm up for my round.  Immediately, I notice some of the great features of this pullover such as the Pro Trim™ Waist Cinching System (which allows the jacket to hug your waist) and the adjustable velcro self fabric cuff tabs (which prevent the sleeves from moving up and down your arm when you swing).  I can tell the designers of this product over at SUNICE have done their best to pay extra attention to detail with the golfer in mind.  After my warm-up session at the driving range and practice green, I head over to the first tee, eager to get my round started.  When I put my hand in the right pocket of my pullover to put some tees in, I notice something in the pocket.  It’s a ball cleaner shammy…what a great idea!  Now I don’t have to use my pant leg to wipe any dirt off my ball when putting.

For the next 4 1/2 hours, I plugged my way through 18 holes and never once did I feel uncomfortable, restricted, too hot or too cold.  The temperature that day got to a whopping 8 degrees Celsius, but I never had to peel off any layers even though it can get warm (even on a cold day) since I always walk the course and carry my golf bag.  Another big plus…my pants didn’t have any dirt or grass stains from cleaning my golf ball since I had that handy little shammy tucked away in my jacket pocket!

The Halifax passed the test on a cold day, but how would it perform on  a warmer day when it’s windy outside, but not quite warm enough to just wear a golf shirt with no jacket?  Well, I had to find out so I waited until a nice spring day when it was sunny and the temperature was 12 degrees Celsius.  I was simply wearing a short-sleeve golf shirt and my SUNICE Halifax pullover that day as it was a bit windy and I would’ve been too cold just wearing a golf shirt.  As usual, I walked the course and carried my bag, but never had to peel off the jacket even though the temperature got up to 15 degrees Celsius during my round.  The wind blew pretty hard at times, but I wasn’t affected by flapping sleeves or the bottom of the jacket feeling like it’s blowing back and forth while I’m standing over the ball getting ready to take a shot.  You know how annoying that can be as you get in your stance as it adds another thing to throw off your concentration when making a swing.  This jacket really hugs your body well and is quite breathable so you don’t get overheated.

The only drawback I found with the Halifax pullover was with the main zipper.  For some reason, I can’t get the zipper to sit properly as the handle has a tendency to not stay down all the time.  I find this a bit frustrating as I have to keep pushing the handle down and it can be a bit annoying at times.  Not a big deal, as I’m guessing this isn’t always the case and not a dealbreaker for me.  All in all, I think that this is a great product and I would highly recommend this jacket to anyone who wants a high quality product which keeps you protected from the elements and still allows you to perform at your best.

The suggested retail price for the SUNICE Halifax pullover is $209.95 USD and can be found on Amazon.com.
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Here’s the details of the SUNICE Halifax pullover from the manufacturer’s website:

HALIFAX

TORNADO COLLECTION

SKU: S21000 – Color Code: 318504

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE
  • ULTRA-BREATHABLE LAMINATE ULTRA QUIET AND SOFT HAND FEEL
  • FULL STRETCH PULLOVER
  • STRETCH TRICOT LINING
  • PRO TRIM™ WAIST CINCHING SYSTEM
  • BALL CLEANER SHAMMY IN RIGHT SIDE POCKET
  • CLOSE-TO-THE-BODY FIT
  • EXPOSED WATERPROOF YKK VISLON ZIPPER WITH LOCK DOWN PULLER
  • SIDE ENTRY ZIPPER
  • LYCRA ACTION CUFF TABS
  • ADJUSTABLE VELCRO SELF FABRIC CUFF TABS
  • ADJUSTABLE BUNGEE AT HEM
  • CONTOURED TOP COLLAR FOR ULTIMATE COMFORT AND PROTECTION
  • SUNICE DOUBLE BAR PATENTED V COLLAR WITH NEOPRENE FINISH
  • SUPER WXTECHTM COATING
  • 20,000MM / 20,000MVT
  • 4  YEAR WATERPROOF WARRANTY
rahimMy blog is designed to provide my readers with golf tips and drills that will help you improve your game so you can get out on the golf course, enjoy the game more and, ultimately, shoot your best scores. I'll also be providing reviews of golf clubs, equipment, apparel and training aids so that you can make an informed decision when shopping around. Feel free to post comments and contact me directly if you have any questions about anything related to golf or my blog posts.
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