I’m happy to announce the long awaited Hooked on Golf Blog 2017 Golf Apparel Product of the Year. After hundreds of hours of testing, wearing, washing, evaluating countless apparel items in the calendar year of 2017, one item has triumphed and is clearly the best of the best. Drumroll please…
Galvin Green Dash Insula Pullover
The Insula Dash pullover is a 1/4 zip golf outerwear piece that exudes style and provides great comfort and performance. “Body mapping” was used to assist in the design of this tremendous looking and high performance pullover, helping to determine areas which need optimization for breathability. Extra padding on the shoulders and arms not only looks cool, but provides extra insulation and warming in crucial areas.
Innovation, style, and performance have really set Galvin Green apart from other golf apparel companies. For more details on this fantastic apparel piece, check out the HOG Galvin Green Dash Insula Pullover review.
Hats off to Galvin Green for claiming the 2017 HOG Apparel Product of the Year. I look forward to seeing what Galvin Green comes up with in 2018.
In for review are some very nice trousers from The Savile Row Company, a family run business in the heart of London’s Savile Row, where some of the world’s finest tailors are based. I’m thrilled to put the Savile Row Men’s Grey Classic Fit Chinos through the HOG test battery. Check them out.
My photo doesn’t do them justice. I’ve tried them on and they’re super comfortable and the fit is just right.
- Classic fit, pleat front, zip fly
- 98% cotton; 2% elastane
- Improved fabric giving more comfort
- 2 pleats at front, fits through thigh with a slightly tapered leg
- Slanted pockets; jetted buttoned back pockets
- Machine washable at 40°C (Hey, they’re from London. That’s 104 Fahrenheit)
I’ll be testing these trousers out on and off the course and posting my full findings soon. Stay tuned.
I’m about 750 miles from the beach on the west coast. Now I have a reason to get myself there, to wear my COAST Apparel Beach Pants and French Terry Crew Neck sweater.
These threads just came in for review. I just tried them on and boy are they comfy. The sweater is going to come in handy right now, as golf rounds are a wee bit cold at the moment. Plus I like having some warmth even indoors because it can be hard to shake the chill.
The pants fit very well and they’re super soft. Can’t wait to put them through a full HOG apparel review battery.
Stay tuned for my full review of these COAST Apparel threads soon.
Below is the Hooked on Golf Blog Christmas Golf Apparel gift guide for 2017. For you politically correct folks out there, think of it as a “holiday golf apparel gift guide.” Below are some great golf gift ideas for that someone special in your life who golfs, or just likes to dress well. Click the link in the description or the image to go to the full review and get more information.
Nicklaus Apparel Men’s Staydri Polo and Shorts – $54.99 For the Pair
This is a great, affordable short and golf polo shirt combination with breathable, easy-care fabric which won’t wrinkle and won’t shrink.
Bermuda Sands Woodland Golf Polo – $75
Bermuda Sands Woodland Polo
In any conditions (hot, cold, wet, dry) this polo is super comfortable and the deep colors look fantastic. Class up your golf gift recipient with this great polo from Bermuda Sands.
Ecco S-Drive Golf Shoes – $160MSRP
I received these Ecco S-Drive golf shoes late in the season and have been using them for a few rounds but haven’t posted my full review yet. Unlike other golf sites and blogs, I actually really test everything I review for many weeks, not just a 3-ball range session. In short, they’re very comfortable right out of the box, and great for wearing on and off the course. Highly recommended.
Tattoo Golf Lucky 13 Golf Shorts – $59.99
Golf, skulls, and a bit of attitude make a great gift. Shake it up and get the golfer on your gift list this terrific pair of golf shorts from Tattoo Golf!
Antigua Vista Pullover – $59 Street
Antigua Vista at the train station
Spring, fall, Scotland… Take the edge of the wee cold with this super 1/4 zip pullover from Antigua. It’s stylish, comfortable and comes at a very reasonable price point.
Devereux Cameron Polo – $85
Devereux Cameron polo
A higher-end polo for the discriminating golfer on your gift list. Super classy and stylish and high performance.
aahSoles Green Coral Flip Flops – $30
The funny name isn’t the only selling point for aahSoles. The flip flops are actually extremely comfortable and practically give the bottoms of your feet a tingly massage with every step.
Galvin Green Bart Windstopper Jacket – $275
Do you really really really love someone who golfs, or just loves or needs the most awesome and fantastic outerwear on this planet? Then cash in your 401K and pick up your lucky gift receipient the Bart Windstopper from Galvin Green. There is nothing better. Nothing.
It’s getting cold here and I’m fully prepared and stylish in my new Galvin Green Dash Insula Pullover jacket.
Galvin Green makes some of the most amazing golf apparel and outerwear on the planet. It’s really several steps above just about anything else out there.
Dash Insula Pullover Overview
The 1/4 zip Dash Insula pullover features a warming layer which helps keep the player (me) warm, which keeps me loose and especially helps prevent muscle strains and injury. The primary insulation/warming of the Dash is provided by Galvin Green’s INSULA material.
The shoulders and elbows have a thicker padded area which provides more warming effect on crucial, exposed areas. “Body-mapping” technology was used to determine the areas to pad, and what areas need more optimized breathability to prevent moisture buildup.
The dash is easy to wash and care for, made from 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane.
One very interesting design feature and technology is the front pocket. It’s good for a cell phone, or smaller, thin item. The pocket is actually “welded” to the body of the garment.
On The Course
The comfort and fit of the Dash Insula Pullover is perfect. Not too baggy and not too tight. Somehow the shaping of the garment can give me a more chiseled look, which I’m happy about.
During the golf swing there is no binding, pulling or stiff areas. The pullover flows with my swing, which isn’t easy to do. It has to bend in multiple bizarre and odd directions!
The performance of the jacket is tremendous. The warmth it provides helps keep me loose and with a bad back which stiffens easily in the cold, that’s a very important quality.
On days where the weather is a wee bit worse or more wet, I’ll use the Dash as a middle layer with another outer layer on top of it.
Galvin Green products are of the highest quality and most innovative design in the golf apparel world. Their performance is unsurpassed. The Dash Insula Pullover enhances the already tremendous Galvin Green lineup as a go-to outerwear piece, or as a middle layer. If used as a middle layer, it matches up perfectly with the Galvin Green Bart Windstopper Jacket as the outer layer. Pricing for the Dash Insula is commensurate with it’s quality and performance, about $250 on the street.