Last season while training for my Scotland trip by walking many golf rounds on some very hilly courses, I learned more about foot support than I’d ever hoped. The combination of my likely overdoing the walking with shoes which had minimal arch support caused an arch injury in my right foot. After consulting some foot specialists I found out I’d given myself Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, which supports the arch of the foot. I had to change out my shoe inserts and replace them with expensive replacements which provided better arch support. Fortunately the inserts helped, and I was able to walk the entire 125 miles in Scotland without hurting my arches, or even irritating them.
I’ve found now that my feet seem to be more susceptible to Plantar fasciitis, and walking even short distances in shoes which don’t have enough arch support causes me instant pain. Thankfully I’ll be putting the Aline foot suspension system into play to help with this.
Aline makes many different models of shoe inserts which aid in support and body alignment for athletes, including these specially designed for golf. The golf model’s technology is designed to help support the golfer and put him/her in the best position athletically to make a golf swing.
Do they work? Stay tuned for my full report after I’ve had a few weeks of testing. I have high hopes. I need to walk a lot this season for my health, since about the only other exercise I get right now is clicking a mouse button.
Last fall and this spring here in northern Utah has been the perfect environment for testing out top-of-the-line wind/rain apparel. I’ve been using my Galvin Green Bart Jacket and absolutely loving it. This jacket is tremendous. Let’s take a look.
Galvin Green is one of the world’s best in terms of outerwear and weather resistant fabrics. The Bart jacket is a prime example. This stretchable, breathable Gore-Tex jacket is completely wind proof. Windchill is eliminated. Do you hear that my friends in Scotland? The key is the “windstopper membrane” which is a protective layer laminated to another light textile layer. The membrane is made of the versatile polymer polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). The PTFE is expanded to create a “microporous structure.” This sounds like Klingon, but in English it means a breathable material which protects against wind and moisture but allows the wearer’s body to breathe and stay comfortable.
The user benefits from the jacket’s “thermoregulatory function,” which keeps regulates the body temperature for optimal performance.
The fit is tapered in the sleeves and aided by flexible material, as well as a draw string in the waist area to keep the wind and weather out.
I’ve been enjoying how great this jacket feels and performs (not to mention the fantastic looks), not knowing how incredible the technology that makes it happen really is. Researching this jacket has matched the high expectations from Galvin Greena; confirmation in what I already knew, Galvin Green rules.
Here I am enjoying my jacket’s thermoregulatory function, provided by the expanded microporous structure of the polymer polytetrafluorethylene…
Colors include: steel white/gray/borolo red, navy/blue/white, black/deep ocean(blue)/white, iron grey/black/white (pictured in this article), black/iron grey/apple (light green).
Sizes: sizes run from small to XXXL.
I dislike high maintenance golf apparel. I need to be able to throw a garment in the washer and dryer and expect no wrinkles, shrinkage, or fading. No problem here. The Windstopper is cleaned with washer and dryer, and can even be ironed! I’m curious about their recommendation to keep the piece away from fire. Those who like to burn their golf apparel may want to stay away from this one.
The Windstopper ($275) is my current go-to jacket for wind and rain. On the course the Windstopper lets me swing free with no restrictions. It’s also the go-to at the office, where I sit right below an air conditioning vent. I wish I’d hat this beauty for that last trip to Scotland. It’s looking like Ireland and Scotland are coming up and the Bart Windstopper will be definitely making the trips.
Galvin Green Ventil8 Polo Review
Galvin Green Millard Polo
Some reviews take a wee bit longer than others because there are specific applications for the products, like travel. Case in point is the Sun Mountain TravelGlider Suitcase (below).
The TravelGlider Suitcase is a companion to the Club Glider Journey, which I reviewed here a long time ago. The TravelGlider works on the same basic engineering as the Journey, four wheels are better than two, or none.
The TravelGlider Suitcase is H 30” X W 13” X D 13” and weighs 17 lbs. There are multiple internal pockets and a main compartment that expands 2.5” for added capacity. There are numerous handles for easy loading, carrying and of course the baggage handlers to throw the thing around.
The inside is spacious and hold plenty of golf apparel items for golf trips of several days to more than a week, depending on how much you sweat or spill marinara on your golf shirt.
The key and best part of the bag is the ease in which it is huffed and transported through airports, train stations, parking lots, hotels, and wherever else one may shlep a suitcase. Just like the Club Glider, I can move my suitcase around an airport with one finger. Even my pinkie. It’s so easy. The wheels retract for storage and to check the bag.
Getting around airports with a Club Glider and TravelGlider is so easy it almost makes airports fun. Almost.
This is an extremely cool idea. Check out these plantable scorecards and pencils by a company called Sprout in the photo below. The paper and pencils contain seeds. When done with them, the golfer simply plants them in the ground and later reaps what he/she sowed.
For now I will be using the cards and then planting them in the front yard of my house. We’ll see what grows. So this is part one of a 3-part series. Part-2 will be a quick post showing the planting and marking the date. Part-3 will be seeing what grows!
I don’t normally post press releases here. I reserve that for my golf newswire HogWire.biz. But in this case their explanation warrants some airtime here.
SPROUT PRESS RELEASE
The Original Startup Wants To Make The Golf Industry Greener!
The green company Sprout wants to rescue millions of golf pencils and scorecards each year from ending up in the trash. By equipping them with seeds, they can be planted after use and grown into flowers or herbs.
Sustainability and golf is not a combination you normally associate with each other. Although the high water consumption is a challenge, think of the thousands of golf pencils and cards, which are typically thrown out after each round.
This is a problem that Sprout wants to solve. Sprout has achieved international success with the world’s first sustainable and patented pencil that can be planted after use and grown into herbs, flowers and vegetables.
Last fall they launched the plantable Sprout paper, which makes it possible to transform everything from business cards, gift cards, hotel key cards, coffee cards, and now scorecards, into flowers.
“The Sprout pencil has become a symbol of sustainability because it gets a new life when it has become too short to write with. And this function becomes even more relevant in a golf pencil, which is half the size of a traditional pencil and because it typically doesn´t last longer than a single day on the golf course,” says founder and CEO of Sprout, Michael Stausholm.
Along with a plantable score card, Sprout is offering golf clubs, proshops, associations and companies a sustainable golf writing kit that invites players to plant instead of throw away. And this is exactly what is important.
“We would like to inspire to a more sustainable mindset. We want people who come across our products to ask themselves: if I can plant a pencil and a card, what else can I do for a greener everyday life?” says Stausholm.
There are approximately 60 million golfers in the world and 35,000 golf courses – 15,000 courses are located in the US alone. According to Michael Stausholm the golf industry is a large and potentially untapped market that needs a boost of innovation towards a more sustainable direction. He sees a wealth of opportunity to sell Sprouts’ golfkits to this industry. Business and networking play an important role in golf, and the idea is also to reach more potential business customers.
“Sustainability is trending in the USA and we have already experienced great interest for our products from both American retailers, the promotional industry, businesses, organizations and the press, said Michael. “Golf is a popular sport in the US and we expect great success from this new industry.”
Sprout sells over 450,000 pencils monthly to more than 60 countries. Sales are primarily to companies and organizations that get their logo on the pencils, and use them for green giveaways. Disney, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Marriott, Bacardi, Toyota, Save the Children and Bank of America are among the customers.
I’m in charge now. No, really. Thanks to my new myCharge Power-Base 3 I’m charging lots of toys at the same time. The most important toys of the moment include a golf GPS, bluetooth speaker, and of course a mini-drone about the size of a 50 cent piece. One wall socket, multiple items charging. Brilliant.
myCharge Power-Base 3 Details
The myCharge Power-Base 3 is a 3-USB outlet charger for mobile phones, GPS’s, games, bluetooth devices; anything that uses USB for power or charging. The wall prongs conveniently fold in for easy storage when on the run.
The unit puts out four amps of shared power. Plenty to charge most devices.
From a golf standpoint the Power-Base three is great. I can keep one handy when I’m on the road because my camera, phone, and GPS devices all need USB power to charge. And when I know I’m not going to be by any outlets, I use a myCharge HubMax portable battery, or a new myCharge unit I’ll be reviewing very soon, the myCharge AllTerrain portable USB charger.
I’d write more about the awesome myCharge Power-Base USB charging station, but it’s time to go listen to some heavy metal and fly my little copter around the Mrs. HOG’s head. Now I’ve got the power to do it. The question is if I have the power to deal with the consequences.