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Review: Volt Fleece Heated Gloves

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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I’ll admit this review is a stretch in relation to golf. It’s almost better for skiing, so maybe I should post it on my ski blog as well. Yes, I have a ski blog. It’s winter here in northern Utah, so we aren’t golfing much. We are skiing. But some crazies (like I used to be) will still play golf if the course is open, no matter what the temperature. I’ve played in single digit temps before, back in the crazy days. Even played in snow and hail storms. The first problem I would have in those conditions would be cold hands. One thin long iron shot with cold hands and it’s over.

Volt heated gloves

These Volt Resistance Heated Gloves would be a great solution for keeping the hands warm between cold golf shots, or using them for more practical winter activities which we are deep in right now here, shoveling snow and skiing. Let’s take a look.

Volt Fleece Heated Gloves Overview

The Volt Fleece Heated Gloves are battery powered. Each glove has its own 7.4-volt 2200mAh battery which slides into a zippered compartment to shield it from the elements. On the top of the glove, over the wrist area, you can see a clear bit of plastic (photo). Through that clear part the wearer can see the battery lights, which indicate what heat level the gloves are operating at. There are four heat levels.

Heating is distributed through the hand and fingers.

Volt Heated Gloves

The set comes with a battery charger which plugs into the way and has a “Y” connector to charge both batteries. I’m not sure how long the charge lasts. The amount of time the batteries last depends on how high the level you set. I took them skiing last weekend in brutally cold temperatures. Even without the heating the gloves were great. As the day wore on I turned on the heaters and had a whole afternoon of warm hands.

According to Volt here are the rough times the batteries will last based on heat level:
100% High – 2 hours
75% Med/High – 3 hours
50% Medium – 5 hours
25% Low – 8 hours

Their website says low is 8 hours but the packaging says they will last over 10 hours.

Check out the conditions I was in last week in the video below. Unbelievably my hands were never cold!

Comfort

The gloves are very comfortable. I’m a big fleece fan so they’re great for me. They fit well and with the wrist coverage they help keep the pow pow out when I’m carving fresh tracks, or shoveling the driveway.

Conclusion

At a retail of $149, these gloves aren’t cheap. But warm hands can make the difference between enjoying your time outside doing whatever activity you may be doing, and being miserable. Whether walking the dog, skiing, or playing golf in the winter, warm hands are essential!


OUUL Super Light Python Series Golf Stand Bag Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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The 2017 PGA Merchandise Show is coming up in a couple of weeks.  One new company which will be showing there for the first time is OUUL.  OUUL is a maker of “fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories.”  I have been testing out a couple of great bags from OUUL this summer and fall.  Today’s review is the extremely light and easy to carry Super Light Stand Bag, part of the Python Series.  Let’s take a test drive.

OUUL Super Light Stand Bag Overview

The goal of this bag is to provide the golfer with a light, easy to carry, convenient, and stylish stand bag.  Goal achieved.  The Super Light clocks in at only 2.7 pounds.  Of course that is a starting weight.  Many more pounds may be necessary depending on how many golf balls one must carry to “have enough” to finish a round.

The opening (photo below) of the bag is 9.5 inches, not huge, but the engineering and design of the 5-way top makes club removal and insertion super-easy.  The 5-way top also helps with club organization.  I have my long clubs like driver and fairway in the top, long irons middle left, mid-irons middle right, wedges and putter on the bottom.

One of the best features of the bag is on top of the bag’s opening. There’s a plastic handle which goes around 3/4 of the bag, with some pretty good clearance to the top. That clearance allows for easy grabbing, carrying, controlling the bag. It also helps protect the clubs inside as well as giving the golfer a good place to hang a towel.

The Super Light features three pockets.  First is a large, bag-height pocket for clothes and larger items.  Then there’s a smaller bag toward the bottom, about 1/4-1/3 the height of the bag, and then there’s the ball pocket.  The ball pocket could hold several dozen balls.  I never carry that many but it could.  Inside the ball pocket is a 4th “pocket” they don’t mention which can hold some small items like maybe a GPS watch.  One critique, the missing soft and fuzzy valuables pocket for a camera or phone.   There’s also an insulated beverage sleeve.

I like the large ring on the side.  It has plenty of space for hanging various golf accessories like towels, GPS units, golf lasers, and club brushes.  Just below the handle is a place for a sharpie type pen.  Nice touch.

The dual shoulder strap attaches to the bag in four places and adjusts well.  It should result in a comfortable and balanced carry when set correctly.

The base of the bag is flexible and adjusts when the bag is on the ground.  Hard to explain this, but it’s a popular design of late in carry/stand bags.  The legs are very solid and the base of the bag when set down is very broad and sturdy.

The rain cover is nice and big, with easy velcro straps and four buttons to attach it.  See the “snow” photo below.

On The Course

I’ve traveled extensively with this bag in play, even all the way to Morocco.  The bag is easy to carry, light, and provides a sharp and classy look.  The pockets have plenty of space for all my rain gear and accessories.  I really like the top section’s fantastic design and especially the protective handle.

Conclusion

This bag has been a joy to use in many different conditions and environments, even the Christmas Classic (photo below).

The OUUL Super Light Python Series delivers solid quality, very sharp looks, and super smart design.

One last thing to mention is the lack of branding.  Notice how the big brand names these days are plastering their logos all over the place on their golf bags? No obnoxious branding on OUUL bags.  I dig that.


Review: Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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On my recent golf trip to Morocco I had the fabulous opportunity to stay at the 5-Star Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco. Mazagan Beach & Golf is a very large resort with hotel, casino, spa, huge pool, beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and a Gary Player design golf course.

Mazagan Location

Location Location Location

What a tremendous location Mazagan Beach & Golf occupies. It’s basically and oceanside paradise lined with palm trees. The huge grounds are immaculately maintained and full of fantastic designs and creative landscapes.

The resort’s architecture reflects traditional Moroccan traditions but still has a modern and clean look and feel.

Accommodations

Below notice the open door?  That’s my room.

My room, lower right

Below is the view from inside the room, looking out to the pool area.

Nice patio

Turning around from the view out to the pool, this is the room.

The room…

Bath/Shower


Food and Beverage

My group enjoyed some traditional Moroccan food in the MORJANA Restaurant. The Lebanese/Moroccan food and Moroccan wine was fantastic.

Lamb, chicken, beef kebobs

Triangles with filo dough on the outside. Inside is either meat or cheese

The restaurant featured a musician playing a stringed instrument I’m not familiar with. Looked like a bouzouki but it wasn’t. Then after that we were treated to a belly dancer who was fantastic.

John (GolfBlogger.com) enjoys the show

John (above) enjoyed watching the belly dancer, but yours truly was the one she picked to dance. Never before have such awful dance moves (mine, not the belly dancer’s) been on display in the content of Africa. I guarantee it.

Spa

I had NO idea how many knots I had in my back.  It was a great thing that I was able to get a massage while at Mazagan.  The masseuse was incredible.  She found, and resolved knots in places I didn’t know existed.  It really helped out my endurance and flexibility for the rest of the golf trip.

While working out some knots the masseuse, who spoke nearly zero english asked, “you work on computer?”  She could tell. I responded, “world famous golf blogger. If I’m not on the golf course I’m at the computer penning Blogitzer Prize winning golf blog posts.”  Actually, I just said yes.

Casino

I did not test my luck at the casino, though I did take a quick look in. Very nice. My bank account thanked me for my self-control.

Golf

I’ll be posting a review of the Gary Player designed Mazagan Golf Club soon. The course runs along Mazagan beach. Huge breakers crash in on the shore. Huge. Now I know why some friends of mine take the trip to Morocco to surf.

The course is very fun to play, and not so difficult that it demoralizes you.

Final Thoughts

Think outside of North America.

Casablanca, Morocco is a 6.5 hour flight from JFK Airport in New York. From there it’s not a long drive to Mazagan. Rather than traveling in the USA or to Mexico for your next golf trip, you could be in fabulous Morocco enjoying a 5-Star resort, great food, beach, surfing, gaming, lodging, and golf at Mazagan.


HOG World Tour Morocco

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Greetings from Rabat, Morocco. The HOG World Tour is here discovering what a great place to visit Morocco is, and to show the world that there is some great golf to be played here. For those who aren’t quite sure where Morocco is (I wasn’t sure either), the country is located in the north west corner of the African continent.

One highlight from today was my first visit ever to a mosque.
barat_morocco_02
It has been an extremely long 2.5 days. I’ve had two red-eye flights and a 13 hour layover in NYC. I’m super tired. Today was a settle in day, and touring day for the city of Rabat. Tomorrow is the first round of golf. This is a quick check-in. I will be posting much more here and on Twitter and Facebook about this Morocco trip, so tune in.

Cemetary

Cemetary


myCharge HubMax Portable Charger

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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Man do I have a lot of portable USB/Lightning devices: Two iPads, a 7-inch Android Tablet, a 10 inch Galaxy Tablet, iPhone, Samsung Phone.  That’s not to mention all of the portable golf devices I have which charge via USB: Portable golf GPS units, GPS Watches, GameGolf, Arccos, Mobitee PIQ, TLink GPS.  Woa wait a minute.  I have even more devices that charge off of USB.  I have two portable Sony cameras which rely on micro USB charging.

HubMax in action, charging my phone and a Golf Buddy GPS

HubMax in action, charging my phone and a Golf Buddy GPS

When I’m out and about or traveling, invariably one of my zillions of devices’ battery dies.  That’s where my new myCharge HubMax Portable Charger comes into play.  HubMax is a great USB/Lightning charger.  Let me tell you this, myCharge is in charge!

HubMax Features

HubMax is a portable charging device which has a Lightning cable for Apple devices like iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads.  It also has a built in micro-USB for standard devices like smartphones, fitness devices, tablets and so on. And in case those two cables don’t cover it, there’s a standard USB port on the side.  This is perfect for some of my golf GPS watches which have a standard USB plug on one end and a bizarre proprietary charging setup on the unit.

The HubMax is one of a series of four Hub units.  The HubMax is the 2nd to the top of the list in terms of the amount of power it holds, at 10,050mAh.  The biggest unit, the HubUltra has a capacity of 12,000mAh while the smallest unit, the HubMini, clocks in at 3,000mAh.

The Max provides me about 6x the battery life of my phone.  When I’m out on the HOG World Tour I can use a lot of battery power between GPSing golf holes, shooting pictures, and sharing photos and content from the course with my phone.  Now I need not worry about having enough battery life.

The unit’s Lithium ion battery and technology allows it to charge very fast, up to 50% faster than comparable units.  It also charges devices up to 65% faster.  Great to plug it in during lunch, between two rounds of 18.

The footprint is about 2x as thick as a smartphone, but not as tall or wide.

The unit plugs into the wall (photo below).  The charging prongs conveniently fold in for transport.

mycharg_hubmax

Conclusion

The myCharge Hub series runs in price from $49 for the Mini to $149 for the Ultra.  My unit, the HubMax, runs $99.  On and off the course this is a fantastic accessory for the golfer or the golf spectator.  A portable charger like this would make a great gift for the golfer who has lots of electronic golf gadgets.


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