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Review: Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc – Golf Shoes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, May 19th, 2018
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What’s the minimum miles walked before posting a legit golf shoe review? I’m going with 125+. I figure I’ve put that many miles (still going) on these Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc – golf shoes:

They don’t look as clean and pristine now, but they’re still in fantastic shape.  Let’s take a look at the Ignite PWRADAPT Disc golf shoes.

Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc Golf Shoes Features

The PWRADAPT technology provides traction and stability in the bottom of the shoe, along with “tornado” cleats.

IGNITE foam in the sole, “adapts” to the terrain and all the flexing and turning of the golfer’s feet. The foam provides cushion and insulation to help reduce fatigue and aches/pains in the lower body.

The “performance mesh” of the upper in the shoe looks sort of like wet suit material. The mesh is very flexible but supports the feet comfortably.  The shoe does boast a 2-year waterproof guarantee, so perhaps there’s something to the wet suit comment.  The upper is also supported by the PWRFRAME. I know. I know. PWRTHIS and PWRTHAT.  My spell checker is going nuts.

The disc system is for lacing/tightening the shoe.  The “laces” are a coated metal wire which is tightened by the disc when rotated clockwise.  To loosen just pop the disc counter-clockwise and it pops open.

Colors/Sizes

The Ignite PWRADAPT Disc golf shoes are available currently in three colors.  Black (shown here), as well as a tan and a light gray. I hope to snag a pair of the light grays for “scripting purposes.”

Sizes range from 7-14.

The fit of the shoe is accurate. If you wear a 10, order a 10. This cannot be said for some other golf shoe makers where it is a bit of a crap shoot.

On The Course

I wore these at the office for a few hours before my first round, just in case there were any issues or quick breaking in needed.  No issues. After a short time I knew I could walk the course in them fine, and that same day I walked one of the most hilly courses in town, comfortably.

Since then I’ve confidently gamed the Ignite PWRADAPT Disc golf shoes with great results. I find the shoes to be very comfortable.  I have never encountered a traction problem. My feet have never slipped in the 125+ miles I’ve used them.

The disc/lace system is very cool.  The disc opens very wide, allowing easy entry of the foot into the shoe. Since I’m using in a parking lot sitting on my rear bumper, this is a welcome benefit.  Same goes for removing the shoes. Pop the disc and open wide for easy exit.

Once my feet are in before my round, I’ll tighten the disc system just slightly for walking around, to/from the parking lot and such.  Once I hit the range or get ready to start making real golf swings, I’ll crank the discs down and tighten up the shoes for best fit, adaptability and traction.

I have worn these in very light rain but have not had the chance to fully experience how well they perform in heavier rain and wet conditions.  I have no reason not to believe they’ll perform very well.

Video

A quick video review:

Final Thoughts

The Ignite PWRADAPT Disc golf shoes perform highly in three most important HOG golf shoe criteria: performance, comfort, and style.  High marks across the board. #winning


First Look: Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc Golf Shoes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 9th, 2018
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Recently in for review is a pair of Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc Golf Shoes.  I’ve already started the rigorous Hooked on Golf Blog test battery.

I walked two rounds in the Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc Golf Shoes last week and several more walking rounds will be coming for the next few weeks.   I don’t wear golf shoes for five minutes in my office and then post a review. I test them for weeks and even months, on real golf courses, playing real golf!

These golf shoes feature a “Disc” lacing system.  That’s the funky looking dial (disc) you see at the top of the tongue of the shoe. The single lace on each shoe is metal, and twisting the disc one way tightens and the other way pops it open. Check out the quick video demonstration below.

Check back in a few weeks for the full detailed review of the Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc Golf Shoes

 


Hooked on Golf Blog 2016 Awards – Best Golf Apparel Item: Puma 1/4 Zip Popover

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, December 30th, 2016
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The number of apparel items I get in to HOG World Headquarters for review is quite staggering.  Bride of golf blogger is being slowly forced out of the walk-in closet. No really.  That’s happening.  I’ve gone through a lot of apparel reviews this past year so I had to establish my criteria for awarding the 2016 Product of the Year in Golf Apparel.  I decided that I’d go with the item I wore the most throughout the last year.  With all the items I have to choose from, the one I choose most is obviously something special.

The envelope please….

After a very short analysis it was easy to determine my most-worn item, the Puma Golf 1/4 Zip Popover.  This is something I was able to enjoy wearing on the course and off.  It was a great option for those days where there’s just a wee-bit of a chill in the air, or days when I needed a full cover layer underneath a rain or wind jacket.

Puma Golf 1/4 Zip Popover In Action!

Puma Golf 1/4 Zip Popover

The color I had with it’s great, neutral white/gray combo matched with just about everything else in my massive golf wardrobe.  It’s stylish and very sharp looking.  Last but not least the Puma Golf 1/4 Zip Popover is extremely comfortable.

Hats off to Puma for this great 1/4 zip.  I’m sure Puma has been dying with anticipation to see if they won any HOG awards for 2016.  They finally broke the ice.


Review: Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 18th, 2016
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Puma_Superlite_Golf_Stand_Bag_02What’s a great test for a golf bag?  How about walking 122.7 miles with it, after schlepping it thousands of miles across the pond from Utah, USA to the Home of Golf, St Andrews, Scotland!  The bag I chose for that test is the Puma Superlite Stand Bag.  Let’s look at the bag’s features and then talk about how it fared on my grueling and fantastic testing.

Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag Features

The Superlite is, of course, super-light.  It weighs in at a mere 3.8 pounds.  Every ounce counts, especially over time.

The bag has a 4-way top with four dividers which go all the way to the bottom.  This is great because it helps keep clubs from tangling up and becoming hard to put in our take out.  At the top of the bag is a grab-handle with comes in very handy.  I use it every time I put the bag down to stand the bag straight up for getting clubs in and out. I also use that handle when putting the bag in the trunk of the car.

There are five zippered pockets on the Superlite.  These are one reason I went with this bag for Scotland.  I thought of using a smaller bag, but needed room for rain gear and sweaters and such.  There’s a large apparel pocket which fits an amazing amount, plus two small item pockets, a ball pocket, tee pocket, and insulated beverage pocket.  The small pocket at the top with the white zipper is waterproof and has padding inside.  That’s where I put my phone and small camera to protect them.  Each pocket has a large rubberized loop which makes them easy to grab and open.  Nice touch.  The ball bag has room for a lot of golf balls. So many, that I barely even fill it up 1/5 of the way.  I use that extra space for other necessities like extra beverages or apparel items.

Puma_Superlite_Golf_Stand_BagThe stand portion of the bag is very solid.  Some cheap-o stand bag’s stand mechanisms work poorly and the bag has to be set down just right or in a strong fashion to get the legs to deploy.  This bag’s legs open and close with ease.  Plus, they open to a nice wide and solid base.  Once again, the cheap-o bags may not open wide enough and as a result the bag’s base isn’t wide enough for a solid stance.

The bag has padded dual shoulder straps to help the bag stay balanced on the player’s back.  More on the straps later in the critique section.

The Superlite is made from 100% polyester.  It protects the contents from water and moisture extremely well.  A couple of the rounds in Scotland were very wet.  I deployed the included rain-hood and with that in play the bag kept everything dry.  In the image below you can see how well the bag deals with water.

Puma Superlite in the rain

Looks

Style is part of the overall package and this bag has it.  I love the solid, bold looks and colors of this bag line.

Critique

My critique of this bag, and an area I think it could be improved, is with the straps.  I have a bad back so carrying the bag isn’t typically going to happen.  But I do it sometimes.  In Scotland I carried a few times, one in particular at the extremely hilly Cruden Bay.  Since my back problems are in the lower area of my spine, I like to wear the bag up high.  I don’t want the weight of the bag in my lower back or buttock area.  I need it laying in the middle of the back or higher.   With the bag very high the X part of the straps ended up right on my shoulders.  So the weight of the bag was not on the padding of the strap, rather it was on the gap between the padding and the frame of the strap.  Also, with that setup, often the strap would flip over as I put it on, resulting in the non padded side being the one against my body.  Then I would have to mess with it for a bit to flip the strap over.

On The Course

I’ve used this bag for dozens of rounds at home in the desert heat of Utah. I’ve also logged rounds in French Lick, Indiana, Philadelphia, and over a dozen rounds in Scotland.  The performance and ease of use has been great.  The variance in conditions has been large and the bag has performed brilliantly in all of them.

At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland

At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland

My favorite highlights about the bag is the large pockets, for such a small footprint of a bag.  The bag’s design makes great use of space.  Getting the clubs in and out is super easy.

Conclusion

With it’s brilliant design and engineering the Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag seems to defy the laws of physics.  It has the space of a larger carry bag or cart bag, but is light and easy to carry.   Golfers looking for a solid carry bag, or any bag to just lighten the load for travel or other reasons, should check out the Puma Superlite.


Puma D_Vent Golf Polo

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
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If the lovely bride isn’t there to do my apparel scripting for me (set my day’s outfit out on the bed), I like to go the Gary Player route.  Black.  Black matches black. I can remember that. So this black Puma D_Vent golf polo is perfect for those days.  It’s also perfect for golf, even in the summer.  Here’s why.

This polo features Puma’s dryCELL technology with moisture wicking properties.  Moisture wicking is a process where the garment actually pulls moisture away from the wearer’s body.  This technology helps keep the player more dry, cool and comfortable.  The D_Vent also provides the wearer UV protection from the sun’s radiation.

The 100% polyester fabric is so much more flexible and comfortable than cotton.  This fabric feels great in the golf swing and doesn’t restrict, pull, or bind.  There’s even a slit or “vent” in the upper back which aids in comfort and provides a place for heat to exit, especially good when one needs to cool down after a 3-putt.
Puma_D_Vent_Golf_Polo

This polo is so comfortable I love wearing it for daily use, off the golf course.  Whether I’m at the office crafting incredible golf blog posts or out chasing little Seve around the neighborhood, I’m comfortable, cool, and stylish.

Sizes/Colors

Available colors: black, red, white, orange, “peacot” and blue.

Available sizes: small, medium, large, extra-large, double extra-large

I normally wear an XL and like a comfortable loose fit and Puma’s sizing is right on with that.   Accurate.  Not “skinny euro” sizing.

Final Thoughts

It’s hard to crank out a 2000 word review on a shirt.  But since I picture is worth 1000 words, I came pretty close.  Seriously though, this very stylish and affordable ($65) Puma Golf shirt scores perfectly in all the areas I consider important for a golf polo: comfort, style, performance, durability, easy care.

And my color selection, black, matches everything in my wardrobe. No failed apparel scripts.


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