The quest for the perfect rain gear
A few weeks ago, prior to that messy Ryder Cup / Sun Mountain 'situation', Chapeau Noir sent out a tweet asking his followers for recommendations on the best outerwear currently on the market -- after all, with the weather taking a decidedly damper and cooler turn in these parts, squeezing in as many rounds as one can before the snow flies is paramount.
It's no never mind (as my mother used to say) that not a word was heard back on the matter from the twitterverse, but it does leave Chapeau Noir to wonder about the motivation that lies behind the purchase of high end rain gear.
Did the lack of response signal that most people don't put to much thought into their options, or is it that the short list of candidates is so short that the options are self evident?
Among the list of obvious candidates:
Chapeau Noir doesn't imagine that the majority of those who pay full go for a fancy watertight golfing unitard made of space age material are doing so to merely squeeze a few extra rounds out of the quickly fading Canadian golf season. It is far more likely that consumers of high end golf outerwear make such a purchase such as this as they are about to embark on a golf to Scotland or Ireland, and don't want to miss a single day on the links due to the invariably wet weather they are sure to encounter.
As sojourns such as this only occur once or twice in the average golfer's lifetime -- not all of us are invited to participate in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, at least not annually -- it's with little wonder that vintage rain gear of high quality still appears with regularity at both private and public venues. As unfashionable as some of the cuts may be, it's all about functionality when the weather takes a turn for the worse. After all, protection from the elements never goes out of style.
So, what keeps you warm and dry at this time of year? Surely it's more than a crackling fire and a snifter of cognac. But if it is, do tell.