It has been cloudy and rainy here for a few days. In fact it snowed a bit yesterday. But today the sun is out. That means I can wear my lovely Maui Jim Hanalei sunglasses, which is always good. The blue sky reminded me I need to bust out this review on the Hanaleis so here we go.
Maui Jim Hanalei Sunglasses - click to zoom
The Maui Jim Hanalei is a lightweight and light footprint model.
The lightweight frame is made from Grilamid, a polymer which can be bent to extremes yet still retain its shape. This is great for those bad days when you get in your car and accidentally sit on your sunglasses. They’ll pop right back into shape.
The frame’s finish is a high gloss from being tumbled in teakwood and bamboo.
The nose piece and frame ends are tipped in rubber for a secure fit which won’t slip.
There are two lens options available for the $199 (retail) Hanalei model:
- Natural Grey – Great for bright and direct sunlight.
- HCL Bronze – Gives a bronze tint. Good for sunlight to overcast.
Frames for the Hanaleis are available in Gloss Black or Tortoise.
Maui Jim Sunglasses Case - click to zoom
Maui Jim’s glasses case is awesome. The case is rugged and has a clip which can allow you to hang the case on your golf bag, gym bag or your dog’s collar.
Also included in the case is the Maui Jim Hawaii style cleaning cloth.
On The Course
These shades have been great for every outdoor activity I’ve been able to throw at them. They’re light and comfortable.
I’ve logged several rounds of golf with the Hanaleis on my skull. The colors of the course are vibrant and clear. Reading the contours of the greens is easy.
I’ve driven and enjoyed many miles in the HOG Tour Van from course to course with the Hanaleis.
Another winner from Maui Jim. Well played. Very comfortable, clear, crisp and light on the cranium.
Hooked On Golf Blog Maui Jim Image Gallery (with more shots of the Hanaleis)
Maui Jim Longboard Review
Arnie Wear Limited Edition Sam Polo
A lot of golf apparel reviews this week! On the menu today is a really killer golf polo from the new Arnie clothing line.
Sam Saunders is Arnie’s grandson. The Sam polo line is named after him. Within the Sam line is a limited edition polo created for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the SAM-Limited. The Sam-Limited has a horizontal striped pattern in the colors of the Arnold Palmer Invitational (red, white, green and yellow).
This polo is a made from a blend of 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex with “Quick-dry” technology. Quick-dry is a moisture wicking technology which keeps you cool and dry in hot and humid conditions.
As I’ve said many times, I love non-cotton shirts like this simply because they don’t wrinkle easily and they’re easy to manage.
Availability of this special polo is limited and showing shipping around the 16th of April. (more…)
Fila Plaid Bermuda Golf Shorts - click to zoom
This one is a follow up to yesterdays review of the Fila Golf Trento Polo. These Fila plaid Bermuda shorts go perfectly with the polo from yesterday in my “ensemble” I wore at last week’s Monday Masters practice round.
The Fila Golf Plaid Bermuda shorts are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton. I’d prefer all poly really since I’m not a big cotton fan. But having worn and washed these shorts several times I’m not unhappy with them. The cotton is wrinkle resistant, which is important to me. I don’t want to spend half my life ironing golf apparel.
Two large welt pockets in the back are great for wallets, scorecards and yardage books. (more…)
Fila Trento Polo - Gray - click to zoom
I really like where the materials and technology in golf apparel have gone the past few years. I can’t stand cotton polos, the wrinkling, shrinking fading. Glad to have spandex and polyester these days. Those materials last forever and hardly wrinkle. Case in point, the new Fila Golf Trento Polo.
The Trento Polo has a couple of different makeups in its construction, in the body and the panels. The body is 90% Polyester and 10% Spandex, while the panels are 91% recycled Polyester and 9% Lycra.
In English we have a shirt which is going to be easy to clean, won’t shrink and won’t fade. It hardly requires ironing either. Perfect for travel.
There is an anti-bacterial finish in the fabric, which helps prevent odors and increases the durability.
Tech-Dry fabric wicks moisture and helps keep you dry. The moisture is transferred to the outer layer of the polo, where it can evaporate. Quite amazing.
The Polyester in the fabric is made from 100% soda pop bottles! Nice. You can have a great shirt and go green. (more…)
FJ Merino Tour Golf Socks - click for more
Where would you say the biggest advances in technology the last 1-2 years in the golf world have been? Adjustable drivers? Golf balls? Maybe. But I’d vote for golf sock technology. I’ve seen some very cool advances in the sock world from the materials to the way they are constructed with ventilation zones, support zones, moisture wicking etc.
FootJoy Merino Tour
FootJoy has joined the wool golf sock craze with their own line called “Merino Tour.” The FJ Merino Tour golf socks are made from fine, natural merino yarns. Specifically the sock is 64% Merino Wool, 34% Nylon and 2% Spandex.
The construction of these socks provides “moisture management” as well as special extra cushioning in high impact areas.
The socks are made with anatomically shaped left and right foot beds. In other words, each sock is specifically designed and shaped for the left and right feet.
- The wool of the sock regulates temperature and moisture, keeping the feet comfortable and dry
- Mesh inserts in key areas give the sock ventilation
- A special “comfort seam” toe enclosure provides a comfortable and smooth fit
- Heels are double reinforced, providing extra durability
- Individually constructed for right and left feet
- Targeted cushioning in the balls and heel of the feet for comfort and less impact
On The Course
I’ve just finished a test round with my pair of the Sport version (pictured below on my footsies) including 18 holes, a range session and a very sweaty workout at the gym after. The feel and fit is great. After so much physical activity in one day, my feet feel great. No stress or aches. After the sweaty gym session, my feet felt comfortable and noticeably dryer than standard cotton socks.
The longer crew version of the FJ Merino Tour is available in black or charcoal color.
The ankle high sport version is available in black or natural color. (more…)