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Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 5th, 2015
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Today’s round was a perfect situation to put my Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip layer into play.  The temperatures were only in the 60’s with a steady wind about 10-15 miles per hour.  Not warm enough to go without some kind of protection, but not exactly winter golf.  That’s spring golf in Utah, or a round of golf just about anytime at Pebble Beach.

Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip

Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip

Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip Features

This outer layer is made up of 94% polyester and 6% spandex.  No cotton and no problem for me.  I love what is being done with these fabrics over the last few years.  They’re durable, machine washable, wrinkle resistant, and very sharp looking.  The fabric insulates the body well, but also helps it breath.

The sleeves are slimming, meaning they’ll stay out of the way in the golf swing.  There’s nothing worse than bad swings caused by irritating apparel issues.

Today I used the included drawstring around the bottom.  Once I tightened it a bit those cold drafts no longer crept up from below.

Sizes/Colors

This piece comes in small, medium, large, extra-large, and double extra-large.  I sport a large and the fit is great.

Mine (pictured) is the black/silver stripe version. The other color combinations are Dusk/Hastings (light bluish with yellow stripe), Halo/Dusk (dark blue with light blue stripe), Sequence/Light Grey (lighter blue with grey stripe).

On The Course

I need an outer layer to take the edge off of the wind and slight chill, but not too heavy.  My black Stretch Thermal is perfect in that situation, and soaks up some of the sun’s heat to help keep my back warm.  The garment doesn’t bind or pull during the swing, allowing me to swing freely and crack some massive drives.  It also does not impede my putting.  I bend over quite a bit and some poorer fitted outer layers can snag the putter grip.  That’s a quick way to miss putts.

True to Dunning’s reputation the comfort level is as good as it gets.  Style wise?  When I wear Dunning I know I’m at the top of the golf apparel food chain.

Conclusion

I’ve dealt with dozens of apparel companies and reviewed countless products over the last 10+ years.  Every Dunning product I’ve tested, the $105 Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip included, features the highest of quality, style, comfort, and performance.


2014 Product of the Year – Best Apparel Item – Bobby Jones 1/4 Zip Baby Alpaca Sweater

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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I’m wearing this tremendous 1/4 zip baby alpaca fur sweater by Bobby Jones at this very moment.  It is so comfortable that I may wear it even in the summer when it is 104 degrees.

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

This fantastic, stylish, sharp, classy, and mega-comfortable sweater is hands-down the best apparel item reviewed in 2014 at Hooked On Golf Blog.

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By being said best item, I send my congratulations to Bobby Jones for winning the Best Apparel Item award in the 2014 Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year Awards! I’m sure this is the most prestigious award collected by Bobby Jones to date.

Well played.


Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 24th, 2014
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This is one of my quicker review turnaround times.  I haven’t had the Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater for more than a few weeks, but after wearing it nearly every day since the temperatures dropped, I’ve logged more than enough miles to post my review.  I wanted to be sure to get this review done before Thanksgiving and all the hubbub with Black Friday later this week.  This is without a doubt the nicest, most comfortable, best looking sweater I’ve ever worn.  No comparison.  If you’re shopping for a golf sweater for yourself or for the golfer on your Christmas list, your search ends here.

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Highlights

  • Retail Price: $225.00
  • 100% Baby Alpaca
  • 12 gauge cable rib detail
  • Suede piping at front zip placket closure
  • 1×1 rib at neck, cuff and bottom trims
  • Super soft baby alpaca hand feel

Style

The cable rib pattern and charcoal color of this sweater exude style and class.  The suede piping around the front zipper is very sharp.  The fit, cut, and ribs on the trim are so sharp.

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Comfort

The baby alpaca fur is so soft.  I want an entire outfit, down to the undies, made from baby alpaca fur.  I want my bed sheets and comforter made from baby alpaca fur.  There is NO itching like one might expect from a wool sweater.  The sweater is mega-soft and the fit is perfect.

Performance

This is not a super-heavy sweater.  I’d recommend it for fall and spring.  Very cold temperatures in the winter might be too much for this piece, unless wearing a jacket or outer layer.

The smooth fur and great fit of this piece do not bind, stretch, or restrict the golf swing.  I can swing in full comfort.

Conclusion

No, the $225 price tag for this Bobby Jones Apparel piece is not cheap.  Neither is a Mercedes.


First Look: Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca Cable 1/4 Zip Sweater

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
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Baby alpaca. I’m posting this just to write that… The temperatures here in northern Utah are dropping fast. On the course yesterday the high was 40 degrees and this morning it is 28.  With wind-chill it is minus two million. Now is a perfect time to put the newly arrived Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca Cable 1/4 Zip to the test. Look at this beautiful piece:

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Highlights

  • Retail Price: $225.00
  • 100% Baby Alpaca
  • 12 gauge cable rib detail
  • Suede piping at front zip placket closure
  • 1×1 rib at neck, cuff and bottom trims
  • Super soft baby alpaca hand feel

I’ll be putting this sweater through the rigorous HOG review battery and posting my review and opinions soon. Initial impressions? For the first time in my life I may actually be hoping for cold weather.


Galvin Green Millard Polo

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Galvin Green Millard Polo

Galvin Green is a Swedish apparel company with some very stylish and high technology offerings.

Case in point is today’s review, the Millard Polo. This piece is the iPhone 6 of golf polos, but you don’t have to wait in line overnight to get one or sign a two year contract to wear it.

Body Mapping

The Millard polo uses “body-mapping” technology. The brainiacs at Galvin Green know all the crucial areas on the body which need ventilation and have increased ventilation in those areas to help the player remain comfortable and dry, even in extreme conditions.

Fabrics

The fabrics/fibers used to construct the Millard Polo wick the moisture away from the player’s body and disperse that moisture over a large area, where it evaporates. The fabric is very high strength and will not wash out or wear out. The fabric in the polo provides valuable UV protection to protect the wearer from the sun, and it also features antibacterial properties to keep the shirt, and its wearer fresh and odorless.

Style

The looks and style of this polo are as groundbreaking as its technology. I like the fact that the colored panels promote a fit and sporty look, even with my square torso.

Today’s shirt script…

Performance

During rounds of golf the polo flows with the golf swing. No binding, pulling or uncomfortable spots (see critiques below however).

I played a round of golf in 94 degree temperatures a few days ago. The sweat on my upper body was wicked away and I felt quite cool and try compared to the ambient temperature.

Critiques

I do have issues with the sizing. Many swedes may be skinny and like tight fitting clothes but in the USA we are a little bigger. I happen to dislike tight fitting apparel. I normally wear an extra-large but due to the swedish sizing I had to go with a double-extra-large.

Colors/Sizes

Sizing for the Millard runs from small to double-extra-large.  I’d recommend one size above what you normally wear.

There are four colors available: orange, white, gray, blue.

Conclusion

My Millard Polo is a gamer in a closet which has at least 50 competing polos.  I love the looks, style, and performance.  The maintenance (machine wash) is very convenient.


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