I’m my previous life I was a professional rock & roll drummer and recording studio owner. I know just a tiny bit about audio. I don’t get to “mix” that world and the golf world often (did you catch that one?), so I find it a fun opportunity to review Trekz Titanium “Bone Conduction” headphones. Bone conduction, you ask? Yeah. That’s what I asked too.
You’ll notice in the photo of my beautiful ear above that the headphones are not over my ear canal. No that’s not because I need to keep it open for the creatures living in my head to have a pathway. The phones actually conduct the audio through the bones in the jaw/skull.
I’ve been listening to these phones each day while writing code at work. Can these phones unseat my Sony MDR-7506’s as my go-to cans? Stay tuned for the full Hooked on Golf Blog review soon.
How many golf equipment reviewers test out a product for an entire summer and dozens of rounds from Utah to Michigan before posting their review? My guess is one. Case in point is this review of the Ecco Cage Pro Golf Shoes. I’ve been gaming these treads for almost a YEAR. A YEAR. I’ve walked 100’s of miles in them and hit thousands of shots, good and bad.
Cage Pro Overview
Ecco is renowned for their stylish and comfortable shoes, whether they be golf shoes or street shoes. The Cage Pro follows that mold. I wouldn’t wear them for a year if they weren’t comfortable.
The Cage Pro is a “hybrid” golf shoe, meaning it can be worn on and off the course. I’ve done both with great performance and satisfaction.
This super-lightweight shoe has soft “Dritton” leather which is water resistant via “HYDROMAX” treated leather. Despite being water resistant, the leather remains breathable to help keep the feet free of moisture.
The outsole features “SPYDR-GRIP” technology (I know… who thinks of this stuff?). This technology provides “pivot points” which boost the shoe’s stability.
Available sizes run from men’s 5 to 13.5, but be aware that all Ecco shoes are “euro” sizes and they go full sizes, not halves. This means that if you are a 9 or a 9.5, there’s only one shoe size. This is why I recommend trying them on before picking up a pair. Despite being a US 9, I often find myself going with a “42” euro in Eccos, which they say is about an 8.5. If I went with the next size up, that could be as large as a 9.5 and too big for me.
Available colors include white with blue trim, white with gray trim, white with red trim, gray with yellow trim, black with gray trim, and a brown/orange combo. My choice, the white with gray trim, matches the widest variance of apparel, which is why I went that route.
On The Course
As I mentioned in the opening, I’ve gamed these treads for nearly a year with great results. The “SPYDR-GRIP” looks like it might slip, especially on wet ground, but the traction is fantastic. I kept a mental note on those treads in particular and I think I’ve slipped perhaps twice in thousands of swings.
While walking the hard ground of my hilly home course, the Cage Pros performed great. I’ve benefitted from a stable platform for my swing gives me great traction. The shoes don’t beat up my bones either, meaning my back, knees, ankles etc. Some shoes “walk hard.” These don’t.
And of course I’m happy with the style of the Cage Pros. Unique, sharp looking, classy, and not overstated.
At $210 there are certainly less expensive golf shoes on the market. The Cage Pros are still a great value because of their performance, style, and especially their durability. Highly recommended.
I’m totally digging the deep powder skiing we have here in northern Utah this winter, though the snow has hit a bit late in the season. It is causing my golf review queue to stack up since I’m not able to do a ton of product evaluation at this time. New to the ever-growing stack are two nice pieces from Chase54, a company new to HOG reviews.
First off is the Frequency Golf Polo:
Next is a nice pairing for the Frequency Polo, the Chase54 Trekker golf shorts, shown with the Frequency below:
I have worn these threads a few times to the office and about town, but have yet to give them the full treatment on the golf course. The weather forecast is positive though, and I’m hoping to get back to the links in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for my review of these Chase54 threads soon.
I’m stoked to let you know I’ll be reviewing TWO hats from Wallaroo Hat Company, the Shelton and the Jasper, both below.
Wallaroo Jasper Hat
Wallaroo Shelton Hat
These hats will be very heavily used by me this year as I know I’ve been letting my face and neck get pounded by the sun for years and I need better protection.
The Shelton has a neck flap which will come in handy not only golfing, but hiking, camping, fishing, and doing all sorts of other outdoor activities.
Winter is still in full force here, but the review stockpile keeps growing. I’ll bust out my reviews as soon as time, and the weather allow. Stay tuned.
This one has been a nice review to work on. Though it has been a moderately mild winter in terms of snow here, it has still been plenty cold. I’ve been enjoying my new Coast Apparel French Terry Crew Neck Sweater.
This is a cotton blend sweater, 55% cotton and 45% polyester. Thanks to the poly portion it keeps its shape, is easy care, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and doesn’t shrink.
The cuff and collar are rib knitted with spandex, which helps them flex and keep their shape.
The chest features an embroidered crab logo.
The sleeves are raglan style. They continue in one piece up to the neck without a shoulder seam.
On The Course – On The Town
I’ve only logged three golf rounds this calendar year. It’s early. I had this sweater in play in the last rough, walking on a very hilly course in 46 degree temperatures. It kept me so warm that a couple of times I had to take it off. I was generating a lot of heat walking. One reason to walk and not ride golf carts in cold temperatures.
During the golf swing the sweater stays comfortable and doesn’t stretch or pull, or resist my golf swing. That’s a big deal.
I really dig the looks and style of this sweater, and wear it regularly at the office as well as on the course. Below you can see it paired with the Coast Apparel Khaki Beach Pants (review coming soon).
The fit does run a bit small, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of getting one.
This is my first Coast Apparel review of hopefully many to come in the future. I love the quality, style and comfort.
Golf sweaters can run up to several hundred dollars. The French Terry Crew Neck Sweater, at a mere $39, is a tap-in birdie.
Update: I mentioned that winter has been mild… but in the course of the day today we just got hammered with about 10 inches of snow. Glad I have this sweater to keep warm while waiting for the snow to melt.