Here’s a new apparel brand I’ve yet to check out, Bradley Allan. They’re new to me at least. I have a polo from them to review called the Melange Men’s Polo Cadet.
Bradley Allan Melange Polo Cadet
I’ve taken this polo for one ride around the apparel scripting block so far. It’s quite comfortable and stylish. I suspected it was “euro” sizing and not fat American sizing and ordered an XXL instead of an XL. That was wise. If you get one, order one size up.
This is a pima cotton and polyester blend with some cool buttons snaps on the front.
I need to give this golf polo the full HOG test battery and will post a review soon. So far so good though!
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.
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.
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.
Sporting the black Tech pants at Panmure in Carnoustie, Scotland
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.
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.
I don’t like to wear long pants. But when must wear long pants the Puma Golf Tech Golf Pants are my gamers.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
Devereux Welch Polo Review – 2014
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!
Summer is coming fast and I have a perfect pair of golf shorts at the ready in the Antigua Men’s Performance Paradise Golf Shorts, part of Antigua’s “Men’s Performance – 72 Spring 16” collection.
The Paradise golf shorts are made from 95% polyester and 5% spandex. These are the core fabrics in golf apparel these days and in most cases I think far better than cotton. These materials are far more durable, easier to care for, don’t shrink, resist wrinkling, and breathe much better than cotton.
One other great benefit to the materials in these shorts is the Antigua “Desert Dry” moisture wicking system. The fabric helps lift moisture off the body to the garment, where it then can evaporate. Great for summer.
This is a seasonal offering and therefore has some limited availability. These shorts are available in six different colors. I recommend one of each.
The size range for these shorts ranges from 30-42 inches on the waist. The inseam is 10 inches.
On and Off the Course
These shorts are very light, soft, and extremely comfortable. In fact, they’re the ones I chose to wear when flying to Singapore last week. When you know you’re going to be on airplanes and in airports for 35 straight hours, you must wear comfortable clothing. It tells a lot that these are what I chose for that ordeal!
On the golf course I’ve really loved these shorts. I’m doing a lot more walking this year and need not only comfort, but the moisture wicking. During the swing and while walking the shorts are very comfortable and move with my body, rather than resisting it.
The look and style of these shorts is classy, and matches up well with a huge portion of my gigantic selection of golf shirts and outerwear.
Antigua has been one of golf’s best apparel brands for years. The Paradise golf shorts are another fine example of Antigua’s quality, style, fabrics, comfort, and performance. I strongly recommend adding these shorts to your next apparel script.