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In Hand – Nike Golf Apparel Engineered for the Masters

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 7th, 2014
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I poke a lot of fun at golf PR and apparel companies for their “apparel scripts.”  Here’s my 2013 Masters apparel script.   My 2014 Masters apparel script is coming soon.  I’m still finalizing some of the items.  I think Nike Golf got wind of that, and decided to send along some suggestions for my 2014 script.  Their suggestions are based on what some of their athletes will be wearing in the 2014 Masters.  Lets take a look, first at the incredible box the suggestions samples arrived in.

What’s in this beautiful box?

Amazing box…

What’s in this beautiful box?

What’s inside is even better…

What’s in this beautiful box?

Beauty…

What’s in this beautiful box?

There you have it. Looks like I may have my 2014 Masters apparel shoe selection done, and a couple of items for the upper bod as well.

Seriously though, this apparel is amazing. The engineering, design, and style are all fantastic.


Sunice Bollon Golf Jacket Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews

Sunice_Tornado_Bollon_JacketSunice is a Canadian company which has been making performance golf and winter outerwear since 1976. Those many decades of experience in conditions from the 18th green to 18 degrees below zero culminate in a fantastic jacket called the Bollon, part of their “Tornado” series. I think they use the name Tornado because the jacket is so comfortable and waterproof, you’d be fine in a tornado. Let us take a closer look at this great jacket.

Construction/Technology

The Tornado Collection features “FlexVent” fabric. This fabric is proprietary to Sunice and combines lightweight with performance in a waterproof, breathable package.

Along with the waterproof fabric, guaranteed for FOUR years, the zippers are also waterproof. Pull-strings in the pockets allow the golfer to tighten the garment around the lower portion of the body to keep drafts and moisture from entering on the bottom. Photo below:

Great drawstring to tighten up the fit and keep the wind out…

The sleeves feature a velcro tightening strap, as well as an elastic inner sleeve. This combination keeps the cold, wind, and weather from entering the sleeves.

Looks/Style

The cut of this jacket is very attractive. I particularly like how it accommodates sweaters, sweatshirts and inner layers yet still looks trim.

The lines of the zippers, pockets, and accents are classy and quiet.

On The Course

This past weekend the weather was a perfect test for the Tornado/Bollon. The winds were a solid 20mph, gusting up to 30+. There was some occasional rain to deal with, which due to the wind was falling sideways.

I tightened up the lining near the waist to keep the wind from creeping up the bottom of the jacket. A side benefit to that tightening was keeping the front of the jacket out of the way of my golf swing and especially my putting stroke. I use a short putter and bend over quite far. Sometimes bulky outerwear can snag the putter grip or get in the way of the putting stroke. This is not good, especially when you’re trying to bury your opponent and collect on a $2.00 nassau. Big pressure. Can’t have a garment messing that up.

I also tightened up the sleeves and zipped up the jacket all the way. Despite battening down the hatches I was still comfortable and able to swing freely.

Inside the left pocket I found a surprise. Included with the jacket is a small microfiber towel for cleaning golf balls. It is attached via a small buttoned strap. Very cool and convenient.  Picture:

Ball towel in pocket. Cool idea.

Bollon Sizes/Colors

The Bollon comes in two colors, black and white. Sizes range from small to XXXL.

Conclusion

Outerwear on the golf course is crucial. It needs to fit, keep you warm, keep out the elements, and most of all not interfere with the golf swing. The Sunice Bollon, part of the Tornado Collection, scores top marks across the board.


Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater

Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater

Since 2001 Dunning Golf has been a maker of very high quality, high performance golf apparel.  Ralph Dunning uses proprietary performance fabrics and combines them with very classy styles and designs.  The end result is the most comfortable, best looking, and highest performance golf apparel I’ve reviewed.  Today’s review of the new Tour Edition Players Sweater is no different.  Let us take a look.

Merino Wool

The Tour Edition Players Sweater is made from 100% Australian merino wool.  Before you start thinking you’d be too hot and too itchy, let me tell you that this type of wool is so soft and smooth you might mistake it for silk.

The wool seems to regulate the body temperature.  It breathes well and provides insulation and warmth when needed, but does not get too hot.

Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater - Click to zoom...

Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater – Click to zoom…

Style

“It’s slimming…”  That’s what the lady said to me the first time I put on the TEPS (Tour Edition Players Sweater).  Based on that comment alone I’m sold!  I’m not exactly on the radar for modeling in the next men’s apparel magazine or anything…

The style of this sweater is all class, great to wear on or off the course.

Colors/Sizes

No need for a myriad of colors.  Two is plenty, “Halo” (blue, pictured) and Charcoal gray.

Sizes range from small to double extra-large.

On The Course / Performance

I’m wearing a sweater on the course because I need a little bit of insulation to stay warm and keep the back loose.  Often times wearing these types of layers means a compromise in comfort and movement.  Those compromises mean bad golf swings.  Not the case with the TEPS.  The freedom of movement in the golf swing with this sweater is fantastic.

No restrictions. No binding.  No stretching anywhere.  Swing freely.

Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater - Charcoal

Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater – Charcoal

Conclusion

I was surprised to see the pricing on this sweater was only $125 retail.  I had it pegged for $199-$249 based on the quality, materials, and style.

When judging golf apparel there four criteria I use, in this order: performance, comfort, style, convenience.  The Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater earns the highest marks across the board.  That comes as no surprise.  That’s what I would expect from Dunning.


Cross Golf Pro Jacket Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, March 10th, 2014
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Cross Golf Pro Jacket

Cross Golf Pro Jacket – click to zoom

Finally winter is fading away and spring is coming. The snow has melted, for now, and I’m able to get back out on the course here. I’ve had quite a backlog of golf reviews to do, products which have been patiently waiting for the snow to melt and the courses to open. Time to get on it.

Cross Golf Pro Jacket

I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying a fabulous golf outerwear item from Cross Golf. Cross Golf is an industry leader in Sweden. The jacket I’ve been testing is called the “Pro Jacket.” I guess since I’m wearing it, I can now call myself a “pro.” Lets take a look at the Cross Golf Pro Jacket.

Technology

There are several layers in the Pro Jacket. The outer layer or shell is made of 100% polyester. An inner “membrane” for insulation is made of 100% polyurethane. The inner lining is 100% polyester. Pockets and crucial parts of the inner area of the jacket are lined with fleece for comfort and warmth.

Functionality

There are several well thought out and well implemented functions in the Pro Jacket. Obviously the jacket is great in terms of being weatherproof and wind resistant.

The collar is adjustable, great for times when it is raining or windy. Just tighten up the collar and keep the elements out. Keeping the neck warm and dry is very important. See photo:

cross golf jacket

Pro Jacket collar adjustment

The same adjustability applies to the bottom of the jacket. Keeping out the elements is easy when cinching down the bottom.

Velcro straps allow the wearer to seal out the elements from finding their way in through the end of the sleeves.

The front zipper has a coating on it which keeps the wind from blowing through the front of the garment as well as keeping water out.

The pockets, as mentioned, are fleece lined which is great for warming up the hands and protecting personal items.

There is also a “security” pocket in the inside chest area which is practically hidden and not easily seen. The security pocket is vertically aligned with the zipper. Photo:

pocket

Secret security pocket…

Style

The Swedes know their style and the Cross Golf Pro Jacket has plenty of it. This is a very classy and stylish jacket with a great cut and stylish design. Even my not- so-girlish figure is complemented by the Pro Jacket.

Comfort

The comfort of this jacket is amazing. The inner lining is extremely soft and smooth. The sleeves are very comfortable.

The jacket is luxurious and moves freely through the entire golf swing without binding or restricting any movement.

Cross_Golf_Apparel_01Colors/Sizes

The Pro Jacket is available in six colors: Scarlet Red (pictured), Dazzling Blue, Black, Flare Blue, Patriot Blue, Light Gray Melange.

Sizes range from small to triple extra-large.

Conclusion

At $285, this is not an inexpensive golf jacket. Many say “you get what you pay for” and nothing could be more true in the case of the Cross Golf Pro Jacket. The style, fit, performance, weatherproofing, and comfort are all best in class.  The comfort level is so high with this garment, I wear it whenever I can, not just on the golf course.


FootJoy D.N.A. Golf Shoe Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, March 7th, 2014
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FootJoy Mystery Box 1

FootJoy Mystery Box 1

Back on December 11, 2013 I received an interesting box from FootJoy. Inside was a strange, flexible, soft object with a odd shape, somewhat like a bat. This mystery item was a small part of a new shoe which would not be released to the public until mid January.

On December 20th another box arrived with a somewhat oval shaped item, mystery #2. It had a cool texture and a soft yet strong rubber frame.

On December 26th a more obvious item arrived, the sole of a new golf shoe. I can’t imagine how many CAD and research & development hours were spent on the sole alone. It was obvious at this point that these new FJ shoes would have some serious traction. The featured material in the sole, “NitroThin TUP thermoplastic urethane.” That was going to be my first guess.

FootJoy DNA FitBed

FootJoy DNA FitBed

On January 7th (this is getting fun) a new mystery box contained the “Xtra-Thick FTF FitBed.” In plain english, the bed of this new golf shoe. FTF is short for Fine Tuned Foam. On this day I learned that FootJoy has led the shoe count on the PGA Tour since they started counting shoes in 1945. I also learned that the PGA Tour started counting shoes in… 1945.

The last and final box was no mystery. Inside was a pair of stunning FootJoy D.N.A. golf shoes. Since a picture is worth 1000 words, here are 1000 words below.

FootJoy D.N.A. Golf Shoes – click for more

There’s one problem with receiving a stunning pair of golf shoes on January 15th in northern Utah. That problem is snow. Courses can be closed here anytime ranging from late October to earlyk April depending on how heavy a winter it has been. As much as I wanted to get on my FootJoy D.N.A. review right away. It would take a trip south to get the first rounds in.

Fast forward nearly two months later and the snow has melted. I’ve had the chance to put in a sufficient number of rounds to formulate my conclusions about the FootJoy D.N.A. golf shoes. Lets do it.

Technology

From the ground up…

The NitroThin TPU outsole provides a great amount of traction. The platform is not too stiff, which is a big deal. The model I tested has real spikes, real traction thanks to the outsole design.

FootJoy D.N.A. traction! click for more

Next is the “Nitro Last” full rounded toe. Not all golf shoe makers can pull this toe design off. FootJoy does it magnificently.

Some cheap and poorly designed golf shoes do not provide enough arch support, or improper support which could even be worse. The Xtra-Thick FTF FitBed supports the foot perfectly.
The real “ChromoSkin” leather upper of the shoe is beautiful as you should see in the photos I’ve shot. The leather is soft but durable. It comes with a two year waterproof protection.

FootJoy D.N.A. sole and upper – click for more

The “SnugFit” tongue with “MicroVent” technology molds to the foot and helps the foot breathe. I sweat most from the knees down, so breathability down there is a big deal.

The 3D FoamCollar (ahem), also mystery item #1, molds to the ankle for comfort and fit. This particular piece, along with the tongue, have a very soft and silky surface.

Looks/Style

If by now the photos haven’t translated the fantastic looks and style of this shoe, go back and look at them again and pay attention this time!

Seriously, these are very sharp and classy golf shoes.

On The Course

The most important part of a golf shoe is the performance in my opinion. All the sharp looks and technology don’t mean a thing if the player is not supported with a solid base which includes great traction from the sole and no movement from the foot inside. The traction and performance of the D.N.A.’s is as good as any shoe I’ve tested.

I have put the D.N.A. shoes into play in countless situations, from dry desert sand to muddy courses still partly covered in snow. In all temperatures, ground conditions, and environments, the shoes perform fantastically.

Critiques

The FootJoy M:Project golf shoes I reviewed last year were possibly the most comfortable golf shoe I’ve ever worn right out of the box. No break-in period.

I can’t say the same about my D.N.A. shoes. The first couple of rounds caused some irritation in my right foot on top of the right three toes. There was a bit of soreness there.

That bit of friction disappeared as the shoes broke in, so no worries at this point.

Colors/Sizes

The FootJoy D.N.A. model is available in sizes ranging from 7-15, depending on shoe width. There are seven colors available, the primary color scheme being the sole of the shoe though a couple of the uppers come in different colors than white.

FootJoy DNA Golf Shoes

FootJoy DNA Golf Shoes

Conclusion

The process of seeing all the elements which go into a golf shoe before it is assembled was quite educational and very fun to participate in. There is much more R&D in golf shoes than most people realize I’m sure. That R&D and FootJoy’s dedication to quality, performance, and traditional style, comes together to produce a fantastic golf shoe.


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