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Review: Puma Tech Golf Pants

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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For years I’ve been known as “Tony no pants.”  Not by the ladies, but my golf buddies.  Even in the coldest winter conditions I wear shorts.  I have many reasons for wearing shorts.  The primary ones are that I tend to get very hot in long pants.  I often find long pants to be uncomfortable because I have thick, short legs.   Heat, comfort, fit… Good reasons to avoid long pants.  This summer I had to get my hands on some golf pants because a couple of the clubs I was going to play in Scotland required “trousers.”  “Trousers” is UK speak for pants.

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For a pant to work for me I figured it would need to have an athletic fit but be very flexible.  Plus it would need to be NOT cotton.  I’m not a cotton fan.  It would need to be a polyester or spandex.  Or perhaps a “poly-span” combo.  Enter the Puma Tech pants.  Just what the apparel scripter ordered.

Fit

My waist is a moving target depending on the time of year, and depending on how many people bring free donuts to the break room at work.  I was happy to find the fit on the Puma Tech pants is flexible.  A comfortable waist is a must and even with the ups and downs of the summer waistline the Tech Pants are always comfortable.   The spandex/poly fabric stretches and moves with me, instead of resisting.

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Sporting the black Tech pants at Panmure in Carnoustie, Scotland

Fabric

Speaking of spandex/polyester… The fabric on the Tech pants is 97% polyester and 3% spandex.  The Puma formulation results in very light and comfortable pants which don’t get me too hot.  As mentioned, heat and heat management is a real issue for me when it comes to pants.  I’ve been more comfortable in these pants than any other long pants I’ve ever worn.

One reason for that comfort and coolness is the airflow created by the Puma 3D Cell fabric. If you look closely at the fabric, you can see each individual little cell, with gaps between them.

dryCELL technology in the pants wicks moisture away from the wearer.  I need this.

Style

Naturally Puma is on the hip end of the style spectrum.  I know I’m sporting the latest in style and design with the Tech Pants.  But at the same time these classic and classy looking.  They work well on the course or at the office.  And sometimes those two are the same thing.

On the Course or at the Office

When I have to wear long pants at the office these are a big help between the comfort and heat management.  On the course, when I need to dress up a bit, I’m still comfortable.

I’ve got a black pair and a silver pair.  I really love the silver pair.  The color is great and the versatility is tremendous.  Really with the black or silver I can wear nearly any color shirts or tops.

Conclusion

I don’t like to wear long pants.  But when must wear long pants the Puma Golf Tech Golf Pants are my gamers.


Golf Cigar Aficionado: Macanudo Cru Royale Toro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 5th, 2016
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Macanudo_Cru_RoyaleTriumphant story to share today, and it involves the Macanudo Cru Royale cigar.

On the 10th hole in the weekly money game I gave my opponents the typical courtesy warning I always do when lighting up. It goes something like this:

“I’d like to kindly inform you that I’m about to light up a cigar. Before I light it I’m giving you the opportunity to surrender.”

They looked at me and chuckled it off a little bit. Then I hit a 330 yard drive. I hadn’t hit a good drive all day. Following two straight pars I came to the long par-3 of about 225 yards. I striped a 4-iron to the center of the green, then drained a 30 footer for a birdie two. Game on. Puff puff.

The rest of the back nine I was in the zone. For the seven holes I was smoking the Cru Royale I had six pars and a birdie. One under par. I made my first and only bogey on the back nine on the last hole. No cigar. But by then the match was over. My partner and I dominated.

What makes the Cru Royale so good? Here’s the description from my friends at Famous Smoke Shop, which has a large selection of macanudo cigars.

Macanudo Cru Royale cigars are a medium-bodied, full-flavored selection from one of the cigar world’s most highly-acclaimed brands. Crafted under the direction of the legendary Benji Menendez, each cigar has a core of Nicaraguan & Dominican Viso longfiller with Brazilian Mata Fina, plus a proprietary Dominican La Vega Especiale binder rolled in an Ecuadorian Habano seed wrapper. Expect a well-balanced, aromatic smoke brimming with rich, complex flavors on a savory finish.

Macanudo Cru Royale Toro

  • Strength: Medium
  • Size: 6 x 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper Color: Natural
  • Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
  • Wrapper Leaf Type: Habano
  • Price: $7.49 per cigar

The numbers don’t lie. I may have to be smoking a Cru Royale on every golf hole I play for the rest of my life.


Golf Cigar Aficionado: Davidoff Golf Scorecard Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, August 21st, 2016
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For a golf blogger some days are great and some days are awesome. The awesome ones are when unexpected packages show up for review, and they’re not another bent piece of metal known as a “golf club stand.” Oh no. The awesome days are when those unexpected boxes of joy contain really useful, tasty, enjoyable, relaxing, score-improving…. Davidoff limited edition golf cigars.

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The Davidoff Golf Scorecard Edition 2016 cigar is a Gran Toro format. This is about a six inch cigar which is fairly thick with a ring gage of 55. “Enjoyment time” (love that) is about an hour. During that our I offer my golf opponents the opportunity to surrender, because I’m deadly with the cigar as my 15th club. Today they declined the offer and paid the price. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This Dominican based cigar is wrapped in a veinless leaf. I didn’t know how much I would like that until I had one. The strength is medium to strong by my experience, but Davidoff’s rating is medium.

A box of five hours of enjoyment time will run about $120 but don’t fret. That’s the same cost as a couple of boxes of Titleist ProV1’s, but you won’t find any great cigars in the bushes.


Golf Cigar Aficionado – Lobotomy by Asylum

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
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The weekend grudge match today started out rough, pun intended.  I had a new partner and he pretty much carried me the whole front nine.  Despite his heroic efforts we were two-down starting the back.  I knew I had to pull out the big guns for us to have a chance at coming back.

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The latest in the cigar review queue is the Lobotomy by Asylum, courtesy of Famous Smoke shop.  I was playing so bad I felt like I’d had a lobotomy.  Could this stogie help bring my game back?  After analysis of the Lobotomy slogan I was liking my chances:

“With a strength profile that will shock your receptors back to normal, and a flavor as complex as a Rorshach Test, these cigars will ease your stress and help you relax like never before. Get your Lobotomy now. Er… Asylum Lobotomy that is.”

Lobotomy Info

Strength: Medium-full
Filler: Aged cuban seed tobaccos
Wrapper: Nicaraguan

As usual, I gave my opponents the opportunity to surrender before I powered up the Lobotomy.  Their mistake was not accepting the offer.  Upon my enjoyment of the Lobotomy, my game improved greatly and my partner and I scratched out a tie when it had looked like we were dead and buried.

Lobotomy isn’t one for the weak.  It’s a bold cigar.

Bold is what just what the neurosurgeon ordered.


Proper Threads – Devereux Andrew Polo Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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“Proper Threads”

I love that statement. It seems many golf apparel makers are going for shock value, and becoming less and less classy and sophisticated. Those flashy products may be hot for short period, but become passe quickly. Conversely, a product like Devereux with it’s simple and elegant styles, stands the test of time.
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The simple and stylish Andrew polo, part of the “72 Collection,” is certainly not one where the user needs to know where the replacement batteries go.  The $75 Andrew is sharp, classy, elegant, and easy to put together in all sorts of apparel scripts.

“A closet filled with big bright in-your-face colors and dizzying patterns that SCREAM will not transform you from dud to stud. Oftentimes, the reverse is true.” ~Devereux

Colors/Sizes

The Andrew comes in four colors: steel (pictured above), aqua, coral, navy.  Each color easily pairs up with numerous short/pant combinations.  I recommend pairing the Andrew up with the Devereux Martin Shorts (review coming soon).

Sizes for the Andrew polo: small, medium, large, extra large, double extra large.

Specs

  • Oxford Performance Knit
  • Swing Free Tailoring
  • Spread Collar
  • Grosgrain Detail
  • Heather Effect
  • 60% Pima Cotton // 40% Polyester

On The Course

I’ve had the Andrew in play for many rounds this golf season, in some very different conditions.  Earlier in the spring I put the Andrew through the colder temps here in northern Utah.  Then a trip to Indiana had me testing out the polo in high humidity and 97 degrees.  And just this week I wore the polo for a round in which the air was extremely dry and the temperature at the end of the round was 104.  In those varying conditions the polo performed well and stayed comfortable.

During the golf swing some poorly designed polos can bunch up, pull, tug, and come untucked.  The Andrew’s cut keeps me comfortable.  Even with my violently spastic golf swings the polo stays in place.

The Andrew is great to wear while writing golf blog posts at HOG world headquarters, or when out on the town.  It can work great in business casual situations.

Conclusion

The Andrew polo by Devereux is a solid performer on and off the course.  It exceeds my strict requirements for golf polos: performance, comfort, style, and easy care.  Set your apparel script up with some proper threads.

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