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.
This fantastic, stylish, sharp, classy, and mega-comfortable sweater is hands-down the best apparel item reviewed in 2014 at Hooked On Golf Blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, the $225 price tag for this Bobby Jones Apparel piece is not cheap. Neither is a Mercedes.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These days it is hard to tell where golf shoes end and street shoes begin. There are many “hybrid” models which work well in both places, some even better off the course. Case in point is the new FootJoy “City” shoe. This is a hybrid golf/street shoe which may find more time in the office than on the course. I’m not referring to the tread/bottom of the shoe when using the term hybrid, or speaking to the tread’s versatility on and off the course. I’m talking about its style.
The FJ City is a full grained leather shoe, guaranteed to be waterproof for two years. The leather is very soft, sharp looking, breathable, and comfortable.
The footbed of the shoe provides great comfort and features vibration and shock absorption, making walking around the cubicles or the cart paths enjoyable.
There are spiked and spikeless models available. The City pictured in this article obviously is the spikeless version, and gets more wearing time from me off the course than on.
There are two styles available currently, regular and wingtip. Photos in this article are the black mocha wingtip model. Each style has three colors available. The wingtip colors are black mocha, tobacco, and off-white. The non-wingtip model colors are gray, tan, and white.
Sizing for men ranges from 7-15, while women’s models range from 7.5-13.
On The Course / At The Office
I’ve been quite surprised at the traction and performance I get with the spikeless version of the FJ City on the golf course. On appearance alone, the spikes don’t look like they would be close to as effective as they are. From a comfort standpoint I’ve really loved the City model, and it gets more comfortable the more I wear it.
Stylewise I feel a little silly in the summertime wearing wingtip shoes and shorts, but that’s how I roll.
I really dig wearing the FJ City shoes, well, in the city. Even after long days at the office or post-long walks around town, my feet, lower joints, and back are fresh.
I do have a small critique/beef. My City model is black/mocha in color. I’ve been finding that these don’t match many “black” items in my massive golf apparel collection. When comparing the City’s black to other blacks, they appear like a very dark blue.
The versatility and style of the city shoe is matched by its great performance and comfort, whether on the course or out on the town. Great shoes.
Check out the HOG FJ City image gallery.
Other Hooked on Golf Blog FootJoy reviews.