Kentwool makes the best golf socks in the world. I can say that without hesitation. There’s simply no competition. I have a drawer full of cotton socks from major manufacturers which I can’t bring myself to wear because I keep going with my Kentwools. I should just chuck all those other brands.
Kentwool Graduate Compression Socks
Recently I’ve been evaluating Kentwool Graduate Compression socks. If you’ve never tried compression socks or other compression apparel items, they’re fantastic. By compression they mean the item is very tight, in a therapeutic way. The compression helps to increase blood flow as well as reduce muscle and tendon soreness which can occur during athletic activities.
The Graduate Socks are large. They go above my knee, which is great.
The socks are made of 18.5 micron super-fine Merino wool, which makes them very soft. The wool has “thermoregulatory” properties which help cool the body in the summer and heat it in the winter. The fabric also naturally wicks moisture away, keeping the wearer dry.
There are two colors available for the Graduate, Black (pictured) and Natural.
Sizes available are medium, large and extra-large.
On And Off The Course
Increased blood flow is great for athletic activities but also very good for times of inactivity, like sitting at the office or on a plane. In my case the Graduates have helped me weather the arctic cold of the west stands at Rice Eccles Stadium when I’m watching a Pac-12 Football game in the wee hours of the evening. The last two Utah Utes home games have been very cold, but with the help of my Graduates, my legs have been very warm. Not only that, I haven’t experienced any stiffness or soreness from sitting still in cold temperatures for 4-5 hours.
Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. We are now experiencing frost in the mornings. I have yet to put the Graduates into play on the course, but I’m looking forward to the benefits of the increased blood flow as well as staying a little warmer.
Once again Kentwool has produced a fantastic product. At $40 for a pair of socks, you get what you pay for. In fact, I’d say $40 is a great deal when considering the comfort and benefits.
A very elaborate mystery box came to the doorstep yesterday. The magnetically sealed box had a fabric top which a Nike logo sort of embossed through it.
Mystery Box from Nike Golf
The fabric was a sample of materials used in the new Nike Golf Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket pictured below. Oh to have Nike’s marketing budget!
Nike Hyperadapt Storm-FIT Jacket
The Storm Fit jacket first appeared on the scene at the British Open Championship. It is a 100% waterproof piece which also blocks wind, yet stays comfortable and breathable without hampering the golf swing.
I’m not a big fan of cold, wet and wind on the golf course, but I might just be hoping for a little of that so I can put this baby on through the rigorous Hooked On Golf Blog test battery!
Stay tuned for my Nike Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket review soon.
OGIO Groove Shorts – click to zoom
This past January at the PGA Merchandise Show I got my first look at the new OGIO apparel. I was surprised and excited that they had decided to dive into such a saturated market. This fall I’ve had the chance to test some of the first pieces out and I’m very impressed. I’m glad OGIO decided to take on the apparel market. Today I’m covering the OGIO Groove Shorts. Letst take a look.
OGIO Groove Shorts Overview
First, the fabric in the Groove shorts is not cotton. Good. I’m not a cotton fan. The Groove is made of a polyester spandex combination, 94% and 6% respectively. This means easy care, wrinkle resistant, no shrinking and best of all no ironing.
The fabric is also very lightweight and stretches because of the way it is weaved. Great for the golf swing, bending down to read putts, and reaching to collect bets from losing golf opponents.
The pockets have a custom lining which is easy on the contents. In my case a cell phone and small camera.
Style-wise, these are very cool shorts. The belt loops accommodate thick belts. The rear loop sports a cool looking OGIO logo.
The shorts I tested are the Black Plaid model. There are two other colors, White/Slate and Black.
Sizes for these golf shorts from OGIO range from 30-40.
OGIO Groove Shorts White – click to zoom
On The Course
These shorts are extremely comfortable and fit perfectly. There are no tight areas or places where the shorts don’t stretch or adapt perfectly to all the nutty contortions my body goes through during its spastic granny over the top dual chicken wing golf swing.
The Groove shorts match up perfectly with one of my favorite new shirts, the OGIO Roller golf polo.
One small issue I found was with the inner pocket design. The angle that the pocket is cut can lend to coins and ball markers falling out of if I’m sitting on a golf cart. Don’t use the gold coin ball markers when wearing these shorts!
The pricing may be a tad high on these at $90.
I really love the OGIO Groove shorts. Yes they’re $90, which isn’t cheap. But they’ll last forever. The performance and style is well worth the investment.
OGIO Roller Golf Polo Review
Other Hooked On Golf Blog OGIO Reviews
GoBe is a new company I found at this last year’s PGA Merchandise Show. They have a cool new golf shoe line with some unique styles which run in the hybrid/casual genre. No dress shoes with spikes. These are stylish golf treads players could wear on or off the course.
GoBe Prodigy Golf Shoes – click for more
Though they’re hybrids (shoes which cross between golf and casual use), performance is the most important feature for GoBe. Do they perform? Read on to find out.
GoBe Prodigy Golf Shoe
My first GoBe shoe is the Prodigy in Black/Red (pictured through this review). This is a very unique looking golf shoe with its semi glossy black finish and cool black/red color scheme, accented with silver.
The semi-gloss black upper I mentioned previously is made of a material GoBe calls “PurTEC.” PurTEC is 20x more water resistant than treated leather. Despite the high water resistance, the upper is very breathable.
The platform the shoe provides is nice and roomy, with plenty of space for the toes to spread when the player walks.
Star atTRACTION – click for more
The treads on the Prodigy feature GoBe’s “Talon” traction system. Looks like simple stars to me, but there’s much more to those hybrid treads. The star shapes increase the surface area of the hybrid spikes, giving the shoe amazing traction. The sole material is a very durable Grade A material so the traction should last long time.
Colors – Sizes
The $159.99 retail Prodigy comes in two color schemes: The first is the black/red pictured in this article. The second is white version with black and orange accents.
Sizes range from USA 7.5 to 12.5, 41-46 UK.
On The Course – On The Town
Sadly, I took my time getting to this review. The shoes sat in my garage for quite a while. The primary reason was that I doubted the soles would have enough traction for my spastic swing, especially with all the rain which has hit my area recently. That was a mistake.
GoBe Prodigy Golf Shoes – click for more
I quickly noticed that I was mistaken about the traction. My feet felt like they were glued to the ground, even in wet conditions. The Talon system works brilliantly. With that better traction came more accuracy and more power. What golfer doesn’t want that?
The looks and style of the Prodigy are great. The color scheme is perfect for my college team, the Utah Utes. I’ll be sporting these babies tomorrow night with when I watch the football game in forecasted rain. I’ll be taking advantage of that water resistance.
The Prodigy is very comfortable too. Walking the course is a joy. The feet don’t ache and the knees feel great. The support is just right.
I do have a strong critique for the GoBe shoe brand, and it is the same I’ve had for Ecco golf shoes. The sizing selection needs work. GoBe uses a european sizing scheme. So the sizes come in ranges of full USA halves. For instance, my shoe size is a 9. GoBe’s selection is either a 9 to 9.5 or an 8 to 8.5. I don’t understand how a size 9 shoe can also be a size 9.5 shoe. Why not just make a size 15 shoe and say it’s any size between 1 and 15?
Being a 9, a shoe which sizes “up to” a 9.5 is too big for me. I felt like I was wearing clown shoes when I first tried on the 9.5’s. I had to send them back try out the 8 to 8.5 size, in hopes that the 8.5 ran larger than 8.5. Fortunately for me the 8.5 did run larger and fits just right.
Sizing issues aside, the GoBe look is really unique yet classy enough to wear to the office in business casual style.
My three top requirements for golf shoes, in order of importance are: performance, comfort, style. In all three areas the GoBe Prodigy does a fantastic job.
Well played GoBe. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this new company.
Hooked On Golf Blog GoBe photos
I’ve got some new fall golf apparel items in the HOG review queue from Cross Golf. This is some nice looking stuff. Here are a couple of photos. I’ll be putting these pieces through the regular stringent battery of tests and posting my review soon.
Stay tuned for my reviews coming soon…