Got my first shipment from ThreadLab today. It’s a mail order clothier for people like me that don’t know how to match a white shirt with navy pants.
Recently I received a call from a very good friend of mine (one who all of you know as well…) Tony Korologos from Hooked on Golf Blog telling me that a company by the name of Aveo Big and Tall Golf Apparel had contacted him to review some clothes on his web site from their “Big and Tall” line. If you know Tony, he is neither big, nor tall so the first person he thought of to review these clothes was me! Great, now how do I take this???? Ok, so I am 6’5″ and I guess I do weigh 290 pounds, so as usual Tony is right.
I have written a review once for Hooked on Golf Blog in the past but this is a bit closer home for me. I recently retired from River Oaks which is where I first met Tony, and did so not because I wanted to, but because I could not come back after my last surgery. I have been sidelined from golf for the past few years, but am now trying to play for enjoyment, and find a way to be with my friends and sport I have loved for the past 54 years.
I really did not think that I would get a chance to do this review, as a few weeks went by and I never heard from Tony. But last week on my doorstep was a package from Aveo Big and Tall.
I looked at the website aveogolf.com and really fell in love with their company slogan “Play Fearlessly.” If you have a second, check out their web site. Darius Hicks and Randy Peaches were interviewed on the Golf Channel about their golf and fashion lines and why Darius brought this line into being.
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package to see a pair of white golf shorts and a very attractive deep blue polo shirt. The Polo and Shorts were packaged very well. When opened, the creases were nice and tight. I have purchased some online products that were packaged so poorly I had to press them before I wore them! Not the case here!
Like I said, I liked the fact that the company motto was embroidered on their shirt. If anything, I think they can use it more and have it larger under their logo, or even on the collar. Darius, this motto would really would make a great hat logo as well. I liked the A logo, but I love the motto “PLAY FEARLESSLY.” Use it more!
I am not generally a tucked in shirt kind of guy, as most shirt tails are not long enough for my body type. With this polo I had no problem. As you can see by the last photo my shirt tail stayed tucked in the entire round! While I appreciated the extra length of the polo, add a couple of inches to the tail, and some of us guys will never wear anything else!
The polo features a light Polyester with 10% bamboo fiber. In the 80+ degree weather it kept me very comfortable! I also appreciated the way the collar fit. Being a golf pro for the last 19 years I have had a lot of golf shirts. Many polo’s while the fit me well in the body but the neck was made for a man twice my size, and have felt very awkward. Not so with this polo from Aveo. The fit felt good, and I liked how the collar laid nicely without flipping up.
I was so impressed with the lightness of the short fabric, and also that the inside short was lined. In the online video Darius talked about the expanding waist, but for me I have never liked them, but this one was sewed in such a way it was invisible to see unless you tried to make them increase in size…. Still I am not a fan of the expanding waist and generally do not buy pants or shorts with them. Please I know already I have a large enough waist, give me a true size to wear in a well cut short. But my true test was to play in them.
The shorts are 100% Polyester, and also lined in Polyester. They are incredibly light, and were very comfortable all day. Being white I was a bit concerned, but my wife said that they will wash without problem. I would really like to have a pair of full length pants that are this lightweight. Darius explained in the video that the pants are a fuller cut in the legs and calves. That has always been a problem for me to get a nice looking pair of golf pants that also are comfortable to wear. I am not the kind of guy that would ever want t o have my picture included here, but I have come to terms with my being a big and tall kind of guy. And truly, I am the kind of customer that Aveo is looking for who benefits from wearing their clothing.
Overall my experience with these shorts and polo from Aveo were positive. You can see me from behind on the 18th hole my shirt kept tucked in for the entire round! I think that Aveo could push the fashion even a bit further. While there are a lot of polo shirts I have and wear, I cannot find shorts and pants that are like the ones that the “flat bellies” wear. A small side pocket and split seam on the cuff so the pants fit well over a golf shoe would be nice touches. I agree with Darius that we big guys deserve more than just an ill fitting cargo short. We bigger than life guys deserve this, and I think this company could provide this and even make it better. Think about losing the expanding waist band (maybe not on every pant or short as I know some larger guys might need them and would like them) but to me the pants without a belt feel like they would fall off.
After my round I spent the rest of the day in the shorts with the shirt untucked and liked them even more!
Just got back from a Memorial Day family barbeque. We toasted and expressed our appreciation for our love ones lost, and for our lost military who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could, well, have a family barbeque. In that spirit I thought it would be a good time to bust out my stars and stripes golf apparel from Royal & Awesome. I’ve got a great pair of USA shorts and a USA cap, seen below. These are called “Pars and Stripes.”
Also with the ensemble is a white Royal & Awesome belt, below.
The american flag golf shorts are very comfortable and I love the style of the cap. I believe the Scottish might call the cap a bunnet.
I can’t wait for the 4th of July golf tournament to bust this apparel script out again.
One note on the shorts. I’ve found that Royal & Awesomes sizes are “skinny UK sizing” as opposed to “fat American sizing.” Knowing this I ordered one size larger on the shorts and they actually fit perfect.
The 4th of July is coming. Just sayin’.
It is spring here in northern Utah. What that usually means periods of rain, cold, wind, hail, with the occasional jump up to 95 degrees. The last couple of weeks the temperatures have been in the 50’s and 60’s on average. That’s perfect for the Puma Golf PWRWARM 1/4 Zip Popover, which I’ve been sporting on and off the course for several weeks. Here’s a shot from Valley View GC last week.
Puma Golf 1/4 Zip Popover
In the round above there was just enough of a chill that I needed to take the edge off my core, but not enough to wear long pants. Then again, my nickname is “no-pants” so it has to be pretty cold to go that route.
First things first. What on earth is “PWRWARM?” This is some amazing technology actually. It is a ceramic print that helps recycle and redirect the golfer’s body heat. Here’s how Puma describes it:
A CERAMIC PRINT THAT REFLECTS MORE OF YOUR BODY HEAT BACK TO YOU, SO YOU CAN KEEP PLAYING.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
High-performance golf apparel that keeps you warm in cold conditions; it’s a simple idea. Here’s how it works:
1. Heat is absorbed by the PWRWARM ceramic coating from the body.
2. Excess heat is stored by PWRWARM away from the body.
3. Stored heat is released back to your body if it gets too cold.
So basically a ceramic material stores and releases the golfer’s heat back to him as needed.
The color shown above is one of seven color combinations, “white / gray medium heather.” Other combos include gray and black bases with the color orange, purple, and a couple of blue shades.
Sizes run from small to double XL. The size I’m wearing is an XL and it fits great, not too loose.
On The Course
As I mentioned, I’ve had this fantastic Puma Golf outerwear piece in action on the course for a few weeks. It has served me very well, taking the edge off the sometimes cold spring air here.
During the golf swing the 1/4 Zip Popover is extremely comfortable. There is no binding. No tight areas. No restriction when the body is coiled up or releasing a massive drive down the fairway. I particularly like that the fit is slimming but not loose. I need all the slimming I can get.
Off the course I’ll wear this piece in the office when it is chilly, or when I’m out on the town. It’s so sharp and comfortable it can work well for many situations off the course.
I love the style, performance, and comfort of the PWRWARM 1/4 Zip Popover. The white/gray matches up well with just about any apparel scripting I’m sporting. I especially dig how the gray matches up with my HOG hat.
Some golf outerwear can get into the crazy zone price-wise. Based on all the great properties and style of the 1/4 Zip Popover I wouldn’t have been surprised if it was in the $200+ range, but this piece is an extremely reasonable $75.00 retail price.
I’m stoked to take this piece as one of my scripting choices for my upcoming Scotland golf trip in July. Even in the summer the temps in Scotland can be a bit chilly if the sun goes behind the clouds. The 1/4 Zip Popover will be a perfect solution. Can’t wait.
In northern Utah we have four seasons: The beginning of winter, winter, the end of winter, and summer. Right now we are in the end of winter. It will be cold until summer, at which time it will top 100 degrees. When summer ends it will be back to winter shortly after that. I think you get the concept.
I’ve been taking advantage of the layering and warmth I get from my Carnoustie Sportswear Quarter Zip Suede Vest this end of winter. It has allowed me to keep warm but still be flexible and not restricted in my golf swing.
- 100% cotton, lining 100% polyester
- Lining for extra warmth
- Covered zipper treatment
- Classic fit
- Hand or machine wash, cold water, gentle cycle
My color pictured is “Bordeaux,” which is a good match for my evening adult beverage scripting. The other color available in this product is Grape. Obviously someone at Carnoustie loves certain grape based beverages as much as I do. I like it.
On The Course – On The Town
This vest is super good looking. The suede is classy and comfortable. I’m happy to wear this vest not only on the golf course, but at work, around town and wherever else I go when I need to keep my core warmer but give my arms some freedom.
During my golf swing the vest does its job, providing insulation and warmth. It does not hamper my swing, bind, or pull at any point. I also like the fact that it doesn’t interfere with my putter. I bend over quite far with a short putter and some apparel items which hang loosely can catch the top of the putter grip.
A golf apparel piece has to meet a few requirements for me. First is functionality. This vest shines at doing its job, keeping the core warm and insulated. Next is comfort. As I mentioned, this vest is super comfortable. Of course style is a factor, though not the #1 priority for me. No worries though. This vest is super stylish.
I look forward to summer, when I don’t need to wear layering like the Carnoustie sportswear Quarter Zip Suede Vest. Until then I’ll be enjoying its great benefits.