The latest belt script I’ve been proudly featuring is a very cool and unique custom milled Hooked on Golf Blog belt from NXT18 Golf Belts. Let’s take a look.
Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt – A Work of Art
NXT18 Golf custom mills the buckles out of a block of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. And we are not talking about milling in China either. These are done in Massachusetts.
While one could simply purchase the original artwork of the NXT18 belts, custom artwork is where it is at. Just look at the beauty of the HOG logo and you’ll see what I mean.
The milling effect alone makes most artwork look very cool. Add that to the different color/paint possibilities and the buckles look out of this world awesome. The buckles are hand painted, adding to the fine attention to detail and quality of the product.
The belt tightens through a tension lock system. In the HOG photo above you can see left of the H a loop in the belt which is where it is tightened. This is cool because the tightness of the belt can be perfectly set to the wearer’s preference and comfort level. Belts which have holes and pins to lock them seem to never have the right setting for me, they’re either too tight or too loose. With the tension lock system one can loosen the belt up a little for comfort while sitting in the office after a large lunch which includes an Italian Stromboli. Trust me on that one.
The belts themselves are a nylon webbing material which is very strong and light. These belts come in about 13 colors/designs. I chose black, being a former rock & roll musician. If they had skulls, I’d be all over it like John Daly over a cigarette.
There are a large number of colors available for the bucles, somewhere around 10-15 is my guess.
Since the belt is a tension system, sizing is easy. You just let them know your waist size and they’ll hook you up with the proper length, which is once again, completely adjustable.
My only critique and suggestion for this belt is for NXT18 to consider a different system than the Tension Lock. While it is cool, the system results in the buckle not sitting on the wearer’s body very flat. The tightening side sticks out farther than the other side (photo below).
A different system with the lock on the back of the buckle would solve that issue, and also free up about another inch of space for artwork/milling.
Love my custom milled aluminum HOG belt. I wear it proudly and love the quality and uniqueness it showcases, thanks to NXT18 Golf Belts!
Pop quiz: What college football team is currently ranked #5 in the AP poll and is still undefeated?
Answer: My University of Utah Utes.
Such a great color…
In the festive spirit of college football and college sports in general, Kentwool is now making a new rainbow of colors for their Tour Profile golf socks called the Gameday Collection. The Gameday Collection features color schemes from most colleges out there, including my Utah Utes. Kentwools are the ONLY socks I wear. Period. That’s it. These wool socks are unbelievable and by far the best socks I’ve ever worn, bar none.
For info on the new product line see the HogWire press release from Kentwool.
And below are some links to other Kentwool reviews I’ve done.
Kentwool Tour review.
Kentwool Graduate Compression Socks.
Kentwool Men’s Sport Socks.
While settling up and collecting my winnings last Sunday over a celebratory frosty beverage, I couldn’t help admiring my Hooked On Golf Blog hat, made by Imperial Headwear.
Best Golf Hat EVER Made? I Think So
This hat is Imperial’s “Coolcore” line, even in black and 95 degrees my head was nice and cool and the sweat seemed to evaporate away nicely. Even better, the brilliant logo and precise embroidery on the black background made my apparel script the best on the course, and the best across several counties.
I’ve already posted my Imperial Headwear Coolcore Golf Hat review, but she’s such a beauty I had to show her off again.
I’ve had the pleasure of testing out some great polos from Galvin Green recently. Today’s feature is the Ventil8 (yes, I know) short sleeve golf polo.
Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Ventil8.
- Breathability via special fabric which keeps the player dry and wicks moisture away from the body
- Comfort comes from the fabric being very light and flexible
- The fabric also helps dissipate excess heat from the player’s body
- Anti-bacterial technology keeps the shirt fresh and helps prevent bad odors
- Easy to care for via regular machine wash and hang-dry
The Ventil8 is very simple, yet very classy, athletic, and stylish. The cut and trim lines of the polo make a non-physical specimen like me even look decent.
The polo looks athletic and allows for athletic movements and flexibility without binding, pulling, tightening, or restricting the body movement of the golfer.
The Ventil8 is available in seven colors. Pictured here is midnight blue with white trim.
Galvin Green is based in Växjö, central Sweden. As such, the sizing tends to be what I call “euro” fit, which means “does not fit fat American.” I normally wear an extra-large but need to wear a double extra-large in Galvin Green’s shirts.
Entertaining Care Instructions
I’m mildly entertained by the care instructions:
“Machine wash warm, with similar colours. Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Do not tumble dry – hang to dry. Iron at low temperature 110°/230F. Do not dry clean. Do not iron on print. Keep away from fire.”
Keep away from fire? Dang. I was going to do some fire dancing and juggle flaming golf balls while wearing this polo. Glad I read that part.
Galvin Green’s Ventil8 is a very stylish and super-high performance golf polo. Even in the hottest parts of summer with temperatures in excess of 105F here, the polo performed tremendously. It kept me dry and allowed me free movement to swing away.
Make sure you buy one extra size up if you like a more loose fit.
I present to you what I believe is the coolest belt buckle on this planet, and likely many other planets as well.
Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt – A Work of Art
These NXT18GOLF belt buckles are made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, individually milled and crafted, as well as hand-painted for each customer. 100% crafted in Massachusetts USA.
I just got the buckle/belt yesterday and will definitely put it through the rigorous HOG review battery, but on first impressions I really dig it. If you can’t wait to make your own design and have one made before I post my full review, hit NXT18GOLF.com and get it going. It’s super easy. Send them a logo, a few bucks, and a few days later you have an awesome custom belt.