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Golf Shoe Review: Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews
Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes - click to see more

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes – click to see more

Ecco Golf is constantly impressing me with their great shoes and their new designs. Even more impressive is the comfort. Combining a traditional classic golf shoe design with a hybrid style platform is the uber-cool Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip golf shoe. Let’s take a look.

Tour Hybrid Wingtip Overview

The Tour Hybrid is the tale of two halves, the upper and the sole.

The upper is a classicly styled wingtip look with a rich, waterproof leather. Ecco’s treatment for waterproofing is called “Hydromax.” Despite being leather, the shoe is very breathable and soft. Inside the upper is a full leather lining.

The sole of the shoe is spikeless, making walking around feel like walking with a comfortable street shoe. The soft-spikes on the bottom of the shoe have 800 “traction angles” which give them a ton of surface area. More surface area on on the spikes means more traction. Simple physics.

Freedom Fit

Classicly designed golf shoes often have pointed toes. There’s nothing worse than squished toes while walking the five or more miles one might walk during a golf round. Ecco employs “Freedom Fit” to eliminate the squished toes. Freedom Fit allows the toes to spread naturally while walking, producing a much more comfortable walking experience and most importantly no toe friction!

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes – click to enlarge

Colors

The Tour Hybrid is available in two colors: Lion/Burnt Ochre (pictured in this review) and White/Brick.

On The Course – At The Office

Just like my experience with the fantastic Ecco BIOM golf shoes, the Tour Hybrids are extremely comfortable. Combined with a great golf sock, the comfort and feel of these golf shoes is unmatched.

With the 800 traction angles my spastic golf swing stays firmly planted. A solid base/stance is very important for the golf swing and for generating power. No slippage to date. Full power, Scotty!

My Hybrid Wingtips are possibly the nicest shoes I have, including my dress shoes which also happen to be Ecco. I’ve worn these babies on the course of course, at the office and around town, enjoying the comfort and very hip modern-retro styling.

Critiques

I have an issue with Ecco and their sizing. Ecco uses European sizes which don’t necessarily translate well to USA sizing. I’m a USA size nine on the noze. Ecco’s European sizing comes in either 42 or 43 for my range. 42 translates to 8-8.5 while 43 translates to 9-9.5. So the 43 may run too big while the 42 runs too small.

Ecco: I suggest changing sizes or coming out with half sizes such as 42.5. I’d be a 42.5!

Father’s Day

If you really LOVE dad, the $190 retail Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtips would be a fantastic Father’s Day golf gift, Christmas gift, birthday, Monday… any day.

Conclusion

Whether wearing the Ecco Tour Hybrids in your club championship or your clubhouse, the looks, comfort and performance are what one expects from Ecco: the BEST.

Related Links

Ecco Tour Hybrid Images

Hooked On Golf Blog Ecco BIOM golf shoe review


First Look: Puma Faas Lite Golf Shoes – New Lightest Shoe in Golf

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf Gear

I’m walking on air…  Can’t wait to put these Puma Faas Lite golf shoes into action.  They weigh in at 6.5 ounces, making them the reigning champion of lightness.

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Puma Golf Faas Lite Shoes – click for more images

Until I put these through the rigorous Hooked On Golf Blog test battery, you can enjoy the Puma Golf Faas Lite Image Gallery.


Golf Apparel Review: Ecco Leather Golf Belts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 10th, 2013
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews

Great news following my last round of golf, testing a nice new belt: My pants didn’t fall down!  That’s what belts do, right?  They keep your pants from falling down?  In today’s golf world they do more than that.  Belts are a statement about the player and his/her style.  Lets take a look at the latest leather belts from ECCO.  Yes ECCO, the maker of some of the best golf shoes on the planet.Ecco Leather Men's Belt

ECCO golf owns their own tanneries so they can be in control of every step of the shoe making process, and now belts.  Ecco’s belts are simple and very classy looking. The buckle is an enamel filled square with a modest “Ecco” logo.

Colors

There are three colors available: off-white, rich espresso and deep black. My model is the rich espresso. That’s fitting because I have about three rich espressos every morning.

Conclusion

At $100 retail, this may be a little outside the budget of some golfers.  That being said, this is a case of “you get what you pay for” at its best.  The new ECCO leather belts are super-stylish, made from high quality materials and best of all keep your pants from falling down.

Father’s Day alert!

This belt would be a perfect Father’s Day gift.  I’ll be adding the ECCO men’s leather belts to the annual HOG Father’s Day golf gift guide soon.

Related Links

More ECCO men’s leather belts photos.

Hooked On Golf Blog ECCO BIOM golf shoe review.


First Look: Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf Gear

I first saw these golf/street hybrid wingtips from Ecco at the PGA Show in January. It was love at first sight.   I’m a big fan of wingtip golf shoes and to have a pair that would work for golf, or the office… woa.  That way I can sneak out and hit some balls at lunch without even changing shoes…

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes - click to see more

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes – click to see more

Enjoy this first look and check out the HOG Ecco Tour Hybrid photo gallery until I’ve put these babies through the rigorous HOG review battery. Stay tuned…


First Look: GoBe Golf Prodigy-Black/Red Golf Shoes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf Gear

There’s a new golf shoe maker on the radar: GoBe Golf.  GoBe released its inaugural line of golf shoes in September of 2012.  I got my first glimpse of some of their shoes at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando this past January.

GoBe Golf Prodigy-Black/Red Golf Shoes - click for more images

GoBe Golf Prodigy-Black/Red Golf Shoes – click for more images

Now in the review queue here at Hooked On Golf Blog world headquarters are the Prodigy-Black/Red model in the GoBe line.  These are a golf/street hybrid, the big rage these days.  This pair is has a cool shiny look which I dig.  I’ll not only be testing these shiny treads on the course, but in the office too.

Stay tuned for my GoBe Golf Prodigy-Black/Red review, as soon as I’ve logged enough rounds with ’em.

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GoBe Image Gallery


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