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JoFit Ladies Apparel: Review

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With a lot of golf apparel companies you can tell exactly what age group the apparel for is geared for, but Jofit isn’t like that. As long as you get a proper fit, JoFit apparel can work for any age group.

The company’s sizes range from XS through XL and sizes 0 through 16. A little insider information; next year they will be adding XXL’s in select styles. If you’re wondering how the clothes run, I’ve found that they are very true to size.

Jofit shirts are designed with darts in the back to give your waist shape. The tops also have a scooped bottom hem that lengthens your leg line so you can swing with confidence. The shirts I received were not overdone at all. The Gracie Sleeveless Top is simple with a subtle pop of color that can be paired with a matching belt that ties it all together. The Performance Polo in cobalt blue is so vibrant and has such a clean and cool feeling to it.

I’m cold all the time, so if I’m wearing a long-sleeved tops I’m constantly pulling the bottoms of my sleeves over my hands to try to get just a little warmer. The jackets Jofit offers have the thumbhole cutouts that are becoming increasingly popular. They eliminate my need to try to pull the sleeves down, so problem solved! I will warn you that you might not want to have the sleeves pulled all the way down when you’re actually swinging, however. You’ll likely lack some stability in your grip.

At first glance, the bottoms I received didn’t have that “Wow!” factor that I typically look for. I was actually a little nervous I wasn’t going to like them. However, when they were paired with the right tops everything came together perfectly. The fit of the bottoms was impeccable. With wide contoured waistbands designed to smooth and flatten your waistline and abdomen, the company’s bottoms are sure to be a real crowd pleaser.

The length of the Belted Golf Shorts is spot-on, measuring in at 16 inches — not too short and not too long. The rear patch pockets are not only the perfect size for a scorecard, they also give your toosh a lift. The Signature Golf Skort is along the same lines, measuring just a little longer at 17 inches in length. The skort is tight enough that it flatters you, but loose enough to be functional when bending to tee your ball up or crouching to read a putt.

Worth mentioning: if you are on the petite side, the company’s one-size-fits-all Jo Belt might not be for you. The end of the belt went all the way to the middle of my back.

Another nice thing about Jofit is that the items it offers can easily crossover to other sports or activities. I read on JoFit’s website that founder and CEO, Joanne Cloak, a.k.a. “Jo,” is a former physical education teacher and lifelong athlete. So she knows that when a woman feels her best, she can perform at her best. My thoughts exactly!

After close review of the items I received, I have decided that they make me feel trendy yet sophisticated at the same time and I want to stock my closet with more Jofit.

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Kimberly Baresel is a long-suffering golf aficionado. She began playing the game at age 16, married into it with her husband Greg, who is a teaching pro, and has worked on the business side of the industry in merchandise for the last 12 years. Working in a pro shop, doing the soft-goods buying has allowed her to examine apparel in an intimate way. Having a petite frame and being unable to find comfortable, stylish apparel is a motivating factor in her writing. Outside of golf, Kimberly loves being a mother to her two adorable little boys. For more apparel reviews, go to www.kbgolfstyle.com

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  1. Kimberly Baresel

    Aug 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    For 10% off your next purchase enter PROMO CODE AMBGWS at jofit.com. Happy shopping!

  2. Andy

    May 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Thanks Kimberly for going to such lengths to help, that’s all really good information.

    You are spot on with LoudMouth. I’m not sure that we can get the custom fit in the UK (will check) but my girlfriend does already own one pair (purchased last year) and they do fit reasonably well. So LoudMouth must be one of the few companies that do make a long leg option. I’m pretty sure that she purchased directly from the LM website in the UK.

    The only problem with LoudMouth is that they are aren’t the trousers for all occasions 🙂 and you might want something a little less offensive in the locker for those more “proper” occasions.

    I will pass all this information on. Thanks again.

  3. Andy

    May 24, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Morning Kimberly. This isn’t related to the article I’m afraid, but I hope you don’t mind.

    My girlfriend has real trouble in finding ladies golf trousers in longer sizes and I wondered if you might be able to help with any ideas of supplier / brands / etc.?

    She’s 5’11”, 9st 4lbs and trousers would need to have a 34″ Leg (minimum). Any recommendations would be appreciated. We live in the UK, but sure we can get any US stuff shipped over. So far all she’s found that fits are selected Chervo ranges (can be expensive) and Mens gear (with obvious disadvantages).

    Thanks.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Hi Andy, I’ve done a pretty good amount of research and I can’t seem to find anything. I actually have the same issue and I’m only 5’7″ so I feel for your girlfriend! I’m only 110 pounds so when companies actually do make pants long enough to fit me they usually don’t have them for more petite frames like mine. I actually don’t own one pair of golf pants! I have a couple suggestions. I’m sure they aren’t what you’re looking for but at this time they’re the best I have.

      I think these serve the purpose of keeping her warm on a chilly morning and they’re also cute. And with this length she doesn’t have to worry about them being too short: http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=46813&vid=2&pid=870455032.

      I also sent out an email to all of my current clothing apparel company contacts and the people at Jofit were kind enough to get back to me quickly. Tina with Jofit says “Our pants are 32” inseam length. But I’ll tell you something – I’m 5’9” and I ADORE our cropped pant. We have them in navy and heather charcoal right now. They look like their supposed to….cropped and not just “too short” because we made them long enough to be hemmed if you’re not that tall. https://www.jofit.com/product.aspx?zpid=7236”

      I really hope this information helps, Andy. Again, I know it isn’t exactly the answer you were hoping for but I assure you I will keep my eyes and ears open and let you know if I find anything else out.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Also, the people at Nivo just got back to me and apparently their inseam is 33″ and the pants fit their models who are 5’10”. If they were still too short she could look at having the hem let out a little. They don’t have an online store so they might be a little more hard to track down. Here is their store locator: http://www.nivosport.com/where-to-buy/

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I just got word from Loudmouth that they offer up to a 36″ inseam in their Made-to-Order section on their website: http://us.loudmouthgolf.com/index.php/women/women-mto/women-s-pants.html

      I hope all this information helps!

  4. Kimberly Baresel

    May 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    UPDATE: The belts are adjustable, military style. You unbuckle it, pull it to your size, and cut the canvas. Then it fits all!

    Oops!… I’ve never owned this style belt before so I didn’t realize that.

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WRX Spotlight: Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa Golf Shoe

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The Product

The new Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, available in North America now, selling for $250 at adidas.com (only available on Adidas’ website, this shoe will not be at retail).

The Pitch

From Adidas: “The adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa® is the epitome of performance golf footwear, designed to offer micro-adjustability in two separate zones. The first is the independent main dial with high strength Boa lace that when combined with the forged 360 wrap creates unparalleled power for your swing by locking the area between your midfoot and forefoot. The second provides micro-adjustability from the middle to bottom instep for a customized fit, feel, and support. The Boa Fit System activates both zones to deliver the ultimate in power, stability, and performance.”

Our take on Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa

BOA technology, a ratcheting cable system that replaces laces for securing the shoe, has been around for a while now. It was a radical departure when it first hit the market and traditionalists viewed it with some skepticism, but those who tried shoes using the system became hooked on the ease of use, secure feel, and reliability of the system. I have had to replace shoelaces, but I have never had a cable fail in a pair of shoes with Boa technology.

With the TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, Adidas has introduced the next step on Boa technology (pun intended). The shoe has a sleek, technology-forward look that is associated with Adidas products. It even looks good in the size 13 that I sport. The color selection is limited, to say the least. You can choose from white with green trim or white without green trim. But the star of the show is the Boa technology, which is implemented in two dials located on the outside of each shoe, replacing the one dial on previous iterations.

Each dial controls the fit for a different part of the shoe, and the ratcheting dial gives the wearer the most precise fit available. The real advantage over laces is that the Boa system stays secure longer and is easier to tighten than re-tying shoelaces. It’s so easy to reach down and give a couple of clicks that it became routine for me to check on each tee box to make sure I had a good fit before teeing off. Equally pleasing is the quick release on each dial that gets you out of your shoes at the end of a round without the terror of facing a wet double-knot.

The shoe is waterproof leather, and it is light and comfortable enough to walk 18 on hilly tracks. I personally would have preferred a slightly wider toe box, but that is nit-picking.

Overall, the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is a performance shoe that promises, fit, comfort and stability, and it delivers on all fronts. Not everyone has $250 to drop on a pair of golf shoes, but if you want the tech on your feet to match the tech in your bag, then the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is perfect for you.

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WRX Spotlight: Linksoul golf apparel

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Product: Linksoul golf apparel

Pitch: From Linksoul “Linksoul is more a philosophy than a brand. More of an experience than a clothing company. Linksoul is the collective life’s work of people who care about each other and enjoy collaborating. We believe in creating products we value, with the people we love, for the good of our families and our community. Our roots are in golf. We descend from a long line of golfers, craftsmen and artists. But now we fill our time with many interests, including surfing, skiing, hiking, yoga, travel, cooking, parenting, dog walking…We believe that these everyday practices teach us the most about ourselves.”

Our Take on Linksoul’s golf apparel

Linksoul, whose mantra is “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies), primarily provides golf clothing made to be just as appropriate and comfortable to wear on the course as off of it. The company has a range of different types of polos, tee-shirts, shorts, and pants available, but it was a button-down shirt from the company which I was most intrigued to check out.

Right off the bat, the brand’s Anza Heathered Button-Down shirt impressed with its ultra-soft fabric. To complement that softness, the shirt is wonderfully light and boasts an excellent fit. The length of the shirt sleeves is ideal, so you won’t need to keep fidgeting before and after each shot, and the comfort and fit combined gives you that added flexibility in your swing. The collar fits naturally the moment you put the shirt on and marks the clear quality that went into its creation.

It seems many are on the fence about whether button-down shirts on the course are for them (I was one of those!), but my take now is that they are the ideal summer shirt on the course. In the heat, comfort has to be the number one priority, and the button-down structure gives you so much more air. With Linksoul’s Anza button-down you’ll experience maximum breathability.

Linksoul offers the shirt in six color codes (White, Black Heather, Tidepool Heather, Ink Heather, Dark Gray Heather, and Dawn Heather). For $80, considering the caliber of the shirt, the only gripe I could make is that there aren’t more exotic colors available!

The brand’s Boardwalker Shorts are another piece of apparel that I found to contain the perfect blend of comfort and quality, as well as looking great. The shorts contain a four-way stretch fabric which gives you a plethora of flexibility during your swing, while the weight of the shorts I also found to be on point. The shorts are lightweight but not so much as to take away from the durability and quality of the shorts.

 

There is plenty of mobility on offer with the Boardwalker Shorts, while I also enjoyed that the shorts are a classic style length and sit right at the knee.

You can choose from eight different color codes (Black, Chalk, Khaki, Dark Gray, True Black, Bronze, Navy, Army, and River), and the shorts retail at $76. With their no-fuss look, high quality, and a clear focus on comfort, Linksoul’s Boardwalker shorts offer everything you’d want in a pair of golf shorts.

For those that prefer to play solely in trousers, you’ll be glad to hear that the company provide the same product in a pant style—the BoardWalker Pant.

There’s a huge amount to like about the apparel Linksoul is offering up, and at prices which are extremely reasonable considering the quality provided. Their site Linksoul.com offers a multitude of polos, button-downs (in both short and long sleeve), shorts, pants, and tee-shirts. If high-quality adaptable golf apparel is your thing, then it’s a company well worth checking out.

 

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WRX Spotlight: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

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Product: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes (available at Dick’s and Golf Galaxy). 

Pitch: Via Jordan: “Jump up the leaderboard in the Nike Men’s Air Jordan ADG Golf Shoes. Famed for its incredible comfort and lightweight feel, the ADG features a Zoom Air unit for responsive cushioning and an integrated lacing system for a secure, supportive fit. The Integrated Traction pattern offers you enhanced grip on every terrain and the signature Jumpman logos give you extra style on the course.”

Our take on Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

Confined to the feet of Keegan Bradley for years, the iconic sneaker brand seems to have proof of concept in the golf space, as evidenced by the growing roster of tour players (Pat Perez, Harold Varner III), and numerous retail offerings.

We got to test one of said retail offerings: the just-released spikeless Air Jordan ADG. Now, the Jordan style may not be for every golfer (can’t imagine them catching on in Tuesday morning senior leagues across the nation), but if you like the look of Js on the court or street, you’ll love the look of these. Indeed, you’ll probably love the look of all Jordan offerings for the fairway, as the company has done an excellent job of bringing its aesthetic to golf, rather than the opposite (if that makes sense…tacking the Jumpman logo on a pair of saddle shoes was never going to work).

So, appearance wise, the elephant print leather upper and other signature brand elements look great (and the translucent sole is an awesome touch). However, when it comes to golf shoes, particularly of the spikeless variety, we’re always concerned about stability during the swing (both in terms of contact with the ground and within the shoe internally) and appropriate support/comfort for the five-plus mile trek that is a round of golf.

On both of the aforementioned fronts, these shoes are superb. You can feel the comfort and support the instant your heel hits the Jumpan Golf logo on the insole, and the shoes do everything you’d ask a spikeless shoe to do on course. Highly recommended; we look forward to seeing what his Airness’ cordwainers come up with next.

A look at the white colorway, via Jordan, below. 

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