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Review: Kikkor Selects Golf Shoes

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Pros: Lightweight, stylish and durable, the Kikkor Selects are an excellent casual golf shoe for the money at $120 MSRP. Color schemes range from straightforward white or black to some more adventurous blue, black-and yellow and red patterns.

Cons: If you’re not into “street” style golf shoes, nothing about Kikkor’s offerings will sway you. Also, the shoe is well constructed, but the leather doesn’t feel as supple as others in the market.

Bottom Line: The secondary market of golf shoes is rapidly growing, but Kikkor’s Selects easily provides one of the best values. Even when taking price out of the equation, they are worth consideration for your wardrobe.

Overview

Playing golf professionally can seem like an all-or-nothing, feast-or-famine sort of life at times. For every famous, fully-exempt and entrenched PGA Tour player, there are a few hundred who toil in the relative obscurity of the mini-tours, scrapping together a living for a time before bowing out and pursuing other work.

Canadian James Lepp won the 2005 NCAA Championship while at the University of Washington and seemed destined to become part of the former group. But aside from a Canadian Tour victory in 2007, he never found enough success between the ropes to reach the game’s biggest stage with any regularity, save for an impressive run on “Big Break: Greenbrier” a couple years ago.

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The Kikkor Selects series reflect founder James Lepp’s relaxed sense of style.

But whereas many struggling professional golfers turn away from the game — to insurance sales or a job with one of their corporate sponsors — Lepp stayed in the golf industry, founding Kikkor Golf in 2008. Lepp’s decision to make golf shoes was a great one for the feet of style-conscious golfers.

“I always wondered why my golf shoes had to be so different than what I wore off the course,” said Lepp. “I always knew there was a market for it. We came out with our first model early in 2010, a few months before Fred Couples wore his infamous ‘sneakers’ while playing the Masters. That let everybody know that such a shoe exists. Now everybody seems to have a pair, whether they’re made by us, ECCO, FootJoy, Nike, Adidas, and on and on.”

The Selects are the newest of seven lines of shoes offered by Kikkor, which range from the fairly traditional Player line to the throwback Airstrip line, which more resemble Chuck Taylors than anything else. The Selects are more toward the Player end of the spectrum, but with the wider and more flat-bottomed look that has come to mark most entrants into the casual-looking golf shoe field.

Click here to browse Kikkor Select’s men’s golf shoes.

Looks

I chose the “Black Indy” model, with a black full-grain leather upper, white outer sole and electric baby blue bottom and permanent spikes. Although flashier color schemes are available, a slightly conservative approach suited my liking. The Kikkor Selects line provides enough selection to appease attention-getters who want to make a statement with their footwear, but also those like me who prefer a more understated look.

Golfers with classic tastes aren’t left out of the Kikkor club either. “Saddle” type shoes are offered in the yellow-black-gray color scheme, which provide a little extra flair in color scheme to the old-school style.

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Feel and Performance

The interior features of the shoe, from the tongue to the two sets of insoles—meant to optimize fit since the Selects only come in whole sizes—are soft and comfortable without feeling mushy. They are also wider than most, appealing to players that complain about the typically narrow fit of golf shoes. The delightful lightness of the shoes also helps cut down on foot fatigue throughout a round of golf or long practice session.

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The biggest concern when wearing sneaker-like golf shoes is protection and performance in inclement or overly dry weather, but Kikkor puts those concerns at ease with great support and traction. The level of comfort allows them to be worn off the golf course as well. Hygiene issues aside, you could walk 18 holes wearing the Kikkor Selects, then catch dinner afterwards without feeling the need to change into more comfortable shoes.

Note: It is important to avoid walking on too much rough pavement, as it will wear down the mini-spikes and shorten the life of any “spikeless” golf shoe.

Bottomline

Dollar-for-dollar, the Kikkor Selects are excellent all-around casual golf shoes. Many golfers have paid $200 or more for shoes that deliver no better performance than the Selects. James Lepp and Kikkor have made a strong case for you not to have to with a comfortable yet street-smart golf shoe, for $120 or less.

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Tim grew up outside of Hartford, Conn., playing most of his formative golf at Hop Meadow Country Club in the town of Simsbury. He played golf for four years at Washington & Lee University (Division-III) and now lives in Pawleys Island, S.C., and works in nearby Myrtle Beach in advertising. He's not too bad on Bermuda greens, for a Yankee. A lifelong golf addict, he cares about all facets of the game of golf, from equipment to course architecture to PGA Tour news to his own streaky short game.

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  2. Carlos Danger

    Jul 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I wear a 45 in Ecco’s…anyone have these and Eccos to compare what sizes you have?

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  4. Adam

    Jul 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I own 7 pairs of Kikkor shoes about 9 shrits some shorts and more, i LOVE everything they make

  5. Jaxson

    Jul 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Some spikeless shoes just don’t provide sufficient traction. I haven’t tried these but they look pretty full of the mill on the botton.

    The new Adidas gripmore system is really good as is the Nike Lunar Cypress. Hard to tell they’re spikeless. This is where the real innovation is taking place.

    • DolphLundgrenade

      Jul 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      The hard spikes on these are angled and super grippy- even in full wet weather. They are uber light and 100% waterproof (a great choice for Florida summers). I like mine a lot and wouldn’t hesitate to buy a second pair. I bet you’ll be a fan if you buy a pair of these.

  6. jeff

    Jul 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    i thought the sketchers were ugly, but these are even worse

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app

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An 18-hole round of golf averages out to just under five miles of walking, which on its own is a good workout. Once you throw in some potential uphill trekking you get some serious cardio too, but if you all looking for a quick workout between rounds of golf look no further than Crossrope.

Crossrope – The details

Crossrope is a system of the weighted jump rope that allows you to quickly switch the weight of the ropes you are using to boost your workout—they range from 1/4 lbs all the way up to 2 lbs depending on the kit you start out with. There is an accompanying app that helps you go through multiple workout routines and is available free, or you can upgrade to the entire library of workout routines along with more workout tracking options.

This is NOT your middle school jump rope

The handles are heavy duty and feature precision bearings to allow the rope to move smoothly around as you go through a routine. They are also ergonomic and fit into your hand naturally, which making gripping easy, something that is really nice when you’re swinging a 2 lbs coated steel cable around. The handles also come with a fast clip system to make changing cables depending on your selected workout easier too.

The ropes themselves are made from braided steel and are almost impossible to tangle, allowing them to be easily transported and stored when not in use. All in you are getting a premium piece of workout equipment that is effective and easy to store—hard to same the same thing about a treadmill.

When it comes to a workout, skipping rope is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do, and with Crossrope, you can get both cardio and low impact weight training when using the heaviest ropes, and follow along with the guided workouts.

As someone that hadn’t used a jump rope in over a decade, starting out lighter was a nice way to ease in before moving up, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and fun some of the workouts in the app were. If you are looking for a fun way to add something to your workouts, or you just want to try something new to get you into golf course walking shape, this could be right up your alley. To learn more check out crossrope.com

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WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of

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One of the coolest parts of being in this part of the golfing world is being able to shed light on smaller companies that typically get overshadowed by their bigger corporate brothers.

So, this post is about one of those products that is definitely competitive against top golf shoe companies, and it’s made by a company called Athalonz, which is based out west in Arizona. Typically known for its innovative baseball cleats and insole packages, Athlonz newest addition takes the patented design to the world of golf with the EnVe golf shoe.

These have started appearing on the world long drive circuit due to the amount of traction they get, allowing players to swing harder. So for the last few months, I have gotten to wear them and see if they are as good as the company claims.

Athalonz EnVe: Living up to claims

The main selling points of these shoes are focused on two things

  1. Design that delivers more power and stability
  2. Custom comfort that lasts all day

These are somewhat difficult to combine into one shoe, and though they are on the heavier side, Athlonz are completely worth it for the benefits. It is obvious that they made strides to hit each box on the list for a great shoe. The patented design has been adapted from their baseball cleat and introduces a spikeless golf shoe with a circular design that allows the player to gain traction through the golf swing. This gives a player the chance to swing harder and faster without losing their footing. They also offer insole packages that help with correct bodyweight placement to help add an extra layer of consistency.

Secondly, it’s very noticeable that there was plenty of thought given to comfort with a roomy toe and custom insoles to fit your style. Additionally, ankle padding helps to provide more stability and comfort.

On another note, they have a good sense of style with a more classic, casual take. In addition to the pictured white/brown color, there’s a black/grey colorway as well.

After multiple months of wear in all types of conditions, these shoes have performed great for me with all the traction I need and while feeling great throughout the round.

Verdict

I am a person who tends to support smaller companies when I can if they make good products. Any support for them goes a long way—especially in the golf business. Since these shoes will set you back about $150, I wanted to be sure they are worth it for the money and they absolutely are. Seriously, for anyone looking to boost their shoe game and help alleviate aching feet and ankles, give these a shot.

 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII

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Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.

Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII ( slope adjusted version ), you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.

Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII

First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.

In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.

Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.

Slope-Adjusting ID Technology: With the 20i GII you have the option to get the slope-adjusted distance for any shot thanks to Nikon’s ID Technology. The mode can be turned on and off by the user to comply with USGA rules to make it legal for tournament rounds. Having tested it out on hilly terrain it’s easy to see why so many golfers mis-club going into greens when elevation changes become a lot more dramatic.

Review

The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.

The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.

Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.

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