First Look: 2021 Galway Bay Raingear Line

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
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Let’s hope that the arrival of the 2021 Galway Bay Raingear Line to HOG World Headquarters signals a change in the weather for the better here in northern Utah.  We are in a severe drought.  We are breaking high temp records faster than Bryson DeChambeau’s ball speed. Some rain, and lots of it, would be welcomed and is sorely needed here. And now I have some gear to test out, so it is even more important!

All-Weather Unlined Pant

Front

I have a gray pair of the 2020 version of these pants and they are fantastic. In the spring, when the snow was melting and temps not super high, I used these as mountain biking pants. They were awesome until I caught them in the chain and sliced off a chunk of them.

Back

These pants use a proprietary “Hydro-Flex 32” fabric – a breathable stretch fabric that’s waterproof and windproof.

All-Weather Long Sleeve Jacket

Front

The All-Weather Long Sleeve Jacket also features the Hydro-Flex 32 fabric, which keeps the rain and wind out, but allows the golfer to move freely and comfortably.

Back

The collar of the jacket is smartly designed with a high back to keep rain out, and lower in the front where it isn’t needed as much.

Stay Tuned and Pray for Rain

I’ll be testing these items out as soon as we get some rain! Hopefully that’s very soon. I’ll post my full review following testing.


First Look: Callaway Apparel Weather Series

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, November 1st, 2019
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Fall has arrived in grand fashion here in northern Utah.  In a heartbeat we went from unbelievably hot to needing fall gear.  I’m happy to have some styling new fall gear from Callaway Apparel to fight off the cold, wind and rain (soon to be snow). Let’s take a quick first look at the 2019 Men’s Weather Series from Callaway Apparel.

Men’s Swing Tech 1/4 Zip Waffle Fleece

Mens Swing Tech Outlast Midlayer 1/4 Zip Pullover

1/4 Zip Jacket

I’ll be posting my full review of the Men’s Weather Series very soon, pre-Black Friday so stay tuned!


Callaway Apparel Men’s Dual Action 1/4 Zip Pullover Sweater Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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I’ve been gaming the Callaway Apparel Men’s Dual Action 1/4 Zip Pullover Sweater on and off the course for a few months now.  This is a terrific sweater which is extremely comfortable. Let’s take a look.

Key Features

  • 100% Polyester
  • Insulated thermal fabric creates a barrier between you and cold weather
  • Weather-repellent fabric creates a barrier of lightweight protection to resist wind and water
  • UV Block UPF 50 protects you against the sun’s ultraviolet rays
  • Callaway Tour Logo on chest
  • Callaway Chevron Logo on center back
  • Fleece Fabrication Machine Washable Imported
  •  Available in BIG & TALL

Standard Sizes/Colors

Colors available include Caviar (dark gray), Medium Gray Heather (lighter gray), Peacoat Heather (dark blue), Blue Coral Heather (light blue), Castlerock Heather (medium gray).  I’m sure you’ll appreciate my translation on the colors…

Sizes available range from small to XXL.  I find the sizing to be accurate.  My XL fits as it should.

Retail pricing for standard sizes and colors is $75.

Big and Tall

There sweater is also available in “big and tall” sizes which range from LT to 5XLT.  Colors in the B&T line are Caviar, Blue Coral Heather, Castlerock Heather (see color english translations above).

Retail pricing for B&T sizes and colors runs $90.

In Action

I’m a big fan of polyester and spandex in apparel, but not the 80’s metal band kind.  The fabrics and technology over the past several years make for super high performance and comfort.  On the golf course the sweater helps keep me warm and loose.  I’m especially fond of the way the garment moves with me, even though my swing moves might not be terribly… natural.  Whether it is cold and/or wind I’m thrilled with the performance and style of the Callaway Apparel Men’s Dual Action 1/4 Zip Pullover Sweater.

I’ve even gamed this sweater in northern Utah weather conditions, as in snow.  It’s a great layer to put under my parka, and to wear indoors.  I’ve even worn it up on the slopes with great results.  Perhaps Callaway should make ski apparel.

Final Thoughts

I’m happy to have put the Callaway Apparel Men’s Dual Action 1/4 Zip Pullover Sweater into my starting lineup. The style, performance, and mostly comfort are terrific.  I’m also glad to have finally logged my first Callaway Apparel review in this humble golf blog’s history. It only took 15 years.  Hopefully my next Callaway Apparel review will hit sooner than 2034.

 


First Look: London’s Savile Row Chinos

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
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In for review are some very nice trousers from The Savile Row Company, a family run business in the heart of London’s Savile Row, where some of the world’s finest tailors are based. I’m thrilled to put the Savile Row Men’s Grey Classic Fit Chinos through the HOG test battery. Check them out.

My photo doesn’t do them justice. I’ve tried them on and they’re super comfortable and the fit is just right.

Features

  • Classic fit, pleat front, zip fly
  • 98% cotton; 2% elastane
  • Improved fabric giving more comfort
  • 2 pleats at front, fits through thigh with a slightly tapered leg
  • Slanted pockets; jetted buttoned back pockets
  • Machine washable at 40°C (Hey, they’re from London. That’s 104 Fahrenheit)


I’ll be testing these trousers out on and off the course and posting my full findings soon. Stay tuned.


Review: Nicklaus Apparel Men’s Staydri Polo and Shorts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, September 24th, 2017
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From Utah to Michigan I’ve had this pair of men’s golf shorts and golf polo in play, both on and off the course, and in the air.

Retail price on these two is extremely affordable. The polo is at $24.99 and the shorts $29.99.

Polo

I’ve quite enjoyed sporting the Staydri Polo.  I’ve worn it in temps above 100F and down to as low as the 50’s.  Still comfortable all the way.  During the golf swing there is no binding, pulling or any restriction.  Plus it’s long enough that it won’t untuck after being pulled in a full rotation.

In the high temps the Staydri fabric helped keep me cool and dry with its moisture wicking properties.  If only it provided natural bug repellant too. That would have come in handy in northern Michigan a few weeks ago.

Golf Shorts

The shorts are very comfortable and fit true to size with a nice loose fit. They too flex during the swing.  Nothing worse than tightness at the belt line, causing restriction in the body’s rotation.

The fabric in these shorts is very light and smooth to the touch, but still durable and wrinkle resistant.  The pockets and buttons do their job nicely.

Finishing Holes

In a wide variety of conditions on and off the course, the Nicklaus Staydri polo and golf shorts are very comfortable, stylish, and high performance.  Nothing beats them for the very reasonable pricing.


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