I didn’t think anything could compare with last year’s Hooked On Golf Blog Golf Apparel Product of the Year, the 1/4 zip Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca sweater, but here’s one that might. I just opened up the packaging on this Donegal Cable Button Mock. Not baby alpaca, but 90% merino wool and 10% cashmere. 100% Bobby Jones.
I will put this fine piece through the usual HOG review battery and post my final review soon. There’s not much doubt how highly this one will score.
Bobby Jones 1/4 Zip Baby Alpaca Sweater
Bobby Jones XH20 Aero Golf Polo Review
One of the cool things about being one of the world’s leading golf bloggers, probably even one of the leading golf bloggers in the universe, is checking out newest of the new golf equipment, golf apparel, and accessories. That brings us into today’s Sunday golf apparel script which features a new polo from Carnoustie Performance. This is part of the 2016 Carnousite Performance polo line. I’m hoping the polo below will help my short game, and help me make a few birdies in my weekly money game.
Don’t let the name scare you. Yes, Carnoustie is the name of one of the world’s most difficult golf courses. But this polo is not difficult to put on or to wear.
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.