Over here in the Northeast, we have been dealing with Winter Storm Hercules, so I thought it would be appropriate to give a proper review of the Storm-Fit Hyperadapt Pants against this season’s toughest elements.
What I uncovered was that the Hyperadapt Pants were more than just a rain pant.
I suspect most of our readers have a pair of rain pants in their bags or maybe at home. I know I have a pair of simple rain pants from another manufacturer. I always keep it in my bag in case of an emergency. For my existing rain pants, putting them on was always a chore, they were always too long or baggy, they were totally not breathable which causes condensation IN the pants (thereby totally defeating the purpose), and in general they felt like I was wearing a garbage bag.
But good rain pants come at a cost – I get that. What I did not get is just how much functionality comes with a GREAT pair of rain pants.
This review will attempt to go over my favorite features of the Storm-FIT Hyperadapt pants, which surprisingly, are not all covered by Nike’s product description (perhaps there were just too many to list!). And admittedly, I will make many comparisons to my existing basic rain pants, made by a company that shall not be named, but any comparisons are just made to point out the type of features and innovations that seemingly only Nike product designers think to incorporate!
1) They fit great
I might as well start off with how they fit, and quite simply, they fit really well. These types of outerwear pants are typically put on hastily over a pair of regular golf pants so naturally they will accommodate the space for an extra layer, but I was glad that they did not look like a pair of clown pants.
Here’s me looking really surprised at how comfortable they are. Note that I generally wear my pants pretty low and in this instance they were slightly below the pants I had on underneath so there is a bit of bunching on the bottom. If you’re over 6 ft tall, these will fall perfectly on your figure. If I had worn these at the normal height I should be wearing them at and if I was wearing golf shoes, then the bunching would have been minimized as well.
Here’s another look at the fit. In this pic, I am wearing snow boots (I was going to walk the dog) and these boots have no real outsole. When worn with golf shoes, again, the fit will look more tailored. I also like how the Armory Slate color of these pants is a nice departure from the Black pants I have. Nothing against Black pants (in fact the Hyperadapt comes in Black too), but we always seen rain gear in Black, so I like the versatility and originality of these rain pants.
2. The flexibility and “give” of hyperadapt
These pants are not made from a rain-resistant fabric like my other rain pants, they use 100% Storm-FIT Polyester, the same ultrafine microfiber polyester material used in the jacket, which is coated with a highly breathable laminate to protect from both water and wind. From speaking to folks at Nike, the real cost lies in this exclusive waterproof fabric, and for what it’s worth, its the best rain protection fabric I’ve seen from any manufacturer, golf or otherwise. Did I mention that it also comes with a limited LIFETIME waterproof guarantee??
3. There is a textured panel to clean your clubs
Here’s one of the subtle features that I was mentioning that wasn’t included in the product description. How many people have golfed in tough conditions, taken a practice swing, and then got your club face all wet, or worse, muddy or grass-covered? To combat this, you probably thought about wiping the club face on the bottom of your pants as you’ve seen the pros do. Well, the folks at Nike got you covered here. At the bottom of each pant leg is a reinforced panel, built into the pants, that is textured so that you can clean your clubs after your practice swing. Seriously, they thought of this and it is that type of attention to detail that exists throughout the whole pant.
Here’s a shot of the panel, enhanced to show you the level of detail. It is actually more subtle than it looks here:
Here’s a close-up of the panel. What golf pant has this feature?
4. Want to adjust the length of your pants? No problem!
Ok, I’m not the tallest guy in the world. And while my height is comparable to Rory or AK, I also don’t have the luxury of getting custom-made garments from Nike. So have a look here at Rory wearing the Hyperadapt pants during the Korea Open. They fit him perfectly. But for the masses, Nike needed to make a rain pant that will fit most people, so they came up with this innovation to provide a range of fits for most heights. Firstly, not only is there a zip enclosure to help get the pants on and off, there is a button system to adjust the length of the pant. In Nike’s product description, it states that button closure provides a snug fit to block out the elements, but you can see that Rory had his unbuttoned. Instead, what I did was button the bottom to the second button which reduced the length by an inch or two. This helped not only with blocking out the elements but also with providing me a fit that didn’t have the bottom of my pants drag and potentially get damaged.
Here is the unaltered bottom of the pants. You can see the v-notch as well as the functional buttons to bring the bottom up.
By simply buttoning one of the two buttons to the top button I was able to raise the bottom of the hem. Adjustable hems…who would have thought?
5. Comfort (and Style!)
The most comfortable thing about the Hyperadapt is the waist band which has a split construction. The front half fits like a regular pair of pants, giving it style, and the back half has an elastic waist band to provide maximum comfort and flexibility.
Not only will it fit like a pair of elastic-waisted pants, it also has 1) a double button closure, 2) a drawstring waist band, AND 3) belt loops so you can make sure they will stay in place. That’s three total ways to make sure they fit well.
1) Double Button closure + internal draw string
2) Belt loop (shown here with a new 2014 perforated Nike Golf Belt)
3) Elastic waist band in the back with belt loops
6. Waterproof pockets
Here is a subtle touch that I thought was nice. In order to get to the zip pockets (perhaps adopted from snowboard pants), there is a waterproof flap that goes over the zipper for added protection. So when I say that water can’t get in, I mean that they really went through all the possibilities and covered them. Here’s a look at the front pocket:
7. They held up great in the snow
My final comment is simple. If they can withstand Winter Storm Hercules, then they will outperform your needs on the golf course.
The Nike Storm-FIT Hyperadapt Men’s Golf Pants feature fabric that blocks out wind and rain to help keep you dry and comfortable on the course. With a clean finish and stretch fabric at the knees, these pants are stylish and offer plenty of room to move.
- Storm-FIT fabric to repel wind, rain and snow so you stay dry and comfortable
- Articulated knees for enhanced range of motion
- Zip hem with button closure for a snug fit that blocks out the elements
- Zip front with button closure for a snug fit and clean finish
- Fabric: Body: Storm-FIT 100% polyester. Panels: 100% nylon.
- Machine wash
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.