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.


Review: Puma Tech Golf Pants

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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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.

Puma_Tech_Golf_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.

Fit

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.

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Sporting the black Tech pants at Panmure in Carnoustie, Scotland

Fabric

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.

Style

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.

Conclusion

I don’t like to wear long pants.  But when must wear long pants the Puma Golf Tech Golf Pants are my gamers.


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