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Review: Oakley Golf Apparel

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Pros: Oakley’s golf polos and Take 3.0 pants are engineered to keep sweat at a minimum, stretch enough to allow for freedom of movement and have enough style options no matter what you’re into. At $65 and $75 respectively, the price is far from a deal-breaker.

Cons: The Take 3.0 pants are made from a thin material that is great in warm climates, but they won’t do much to keep golfers warm when the temperatures drop. They’re also slimmer and have more stretch than other golf pants, so body-conscious golfers beware.

Bottom Line: Oakley’s latest line of golf apparel will appeal to golfers who value the performance of their golf garb above all else. The company’s shirts and pants are fantastic for golfers looking to stay cool in warm climates, and there’s enough styles and colors to suit the tastes of the sportiest dressers while still offering something for those who prefer a more understated look.

Overview

Oakley’s golf apparel is a fairly new arrival on the PGA Tour scene, but it’s catching on quickly. Those trusting the company’s apparel include Bubba Watson, Ricky Barnes, Derek Ernst and Zach Johnson — golfers who have different builds and tastes in fashion — showing the line’s versatility and variety. That’s the biggest strength of Oakley’s golf line; it provides both conventional designs and ones that feed the appetite of golfers looking for more flair.

The company has made inroads in the golf world thanks to its reputation as a provider as high-performing, sport-specific gear, particularly with its incredibly deep line of golf-specific sunglasses. With apparel, the company has focused on creating athlete-minded clothes that offers some of the best moisture-wicking performance on the market.

Oakley’s pants and polos are tremendously flexible, durable and available in a wide variety of styles and colors. See below for all of the technological designs that I tested for this review.

Pants

Performance

For this review I tested three pairs of Oakley’s Take 3.0 Pants: Jet Black (size 32 x 34), Wood Gray (32 x 34) and White (32 x 32), which are $75 each on Oakley’s website. The pants are made with the company’s O Hyrdolix fabric to manage moisture and UV protection to protect against the sun’s rays.

I also tested two shirts: The Warren Polo (size large) in Jet Black and the new Markus Polo (large) in light blue, which sell for $65 apiece. The shirts, as with all of Oakley’s golf polos, have an anti-bacterial material designed to battle odor from microbes. That means the shirts will smell good even when you don’t.

Pants

I usually opt for 34-length pants, but the 32’s were plenty long. As for the 32-inch waist, it was slightly slimmer than what I’m used to in that size. That makes sense, since the pants suit an athletic or trim build. If you’re between two waist sizes, go bigger. If you’re between two lengths, go shorter.

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The pants are made from 87 percent Polyester and 13 percent Spandex, so the texture isn’t cotton-soft, but it is comfortable and seriously flexible. The Take 3.0’s are great for on-course wear because they stretch enough during the swing and when bending over to tee up the ball or pick up the ball from the hole. They’re also very breathable and light, making them great for hot weather when sweat is unavoidable.

The light material doesn’t provide much warmth in cold climates, so winter warriors may want to wear a layer underneath. Also, nothing grinds my gears more than golf pants with no back pockets, or front pockets that aren’t deep enough. These pants have spacious front and back pockets with more than enough storage for golf balls, tees, gloves, quarters, scorecards, yardage books or whatever else you need to carry with you.

Shirts

Oakley Warren Polo
Above: The Jet Black Warren Polo (center) that I tested, which is also offered in “Illumination Blue” and “Wild Lime.” 

The Warren Polo, made with 91 percent Polyester and 9 percent Spandex, was expectedly stretchy and slightly loose-fitting. Since golfers tend to tuck in their shirts, having a little stretch works well throughout the swing so there isn’t too much resistance and the shirt stays tucked in. I found that the shirt allowed me to make a full turn and I didn’t feel any tug as I twisted.

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Above is Bubba Watson’s outfit script for Sunday at the 2014 PGA Championship, with White Take 3.0 pants and the Markus Polo that I reviewed.

The Markus Polo, made from all polyester, had a tighter fit with shorter sleeves, which I found to hug my body more. The material was slightly stiffer than the Warren, probably due to the Markus’ lack of spandex. This didn’t cause any problem, but it behaved like a normal polyester golf shirt. I also liked the shirt’s side vents, which gave me some sweat relief. I’d go with the bigger size if you’re between two options.

Neither shirt was terribly soft, but both were light and comfortable. The Warren Polo will appeal to golfers looking for more stretch, while the Markus Polo will appease those looking for a slimmer fit.

Look and Style

The Take 3.0 pants really suit the look that I go for on a golf course: a blend between classy and athletic. I’ve never owned a pair of pants with slits in the bottom, but I find them to allow the pants to hang comfortably without bunching near the tops of my shoes. It’s my understanding that slits are not for everyone’s taste, but those who enjoy them will be quite pleased.

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The Take 3.0 comes in five different color options (Jet Black, Navy Blue, Stone Gray, White and Wood Gray), so matching with any golf shirt within Oakley’s golf line is no problem. If you find that the pants fit your build, I’d suggest a pair or two. They’ve got a “cool factor” you don’t often see from golf pants, with subtle designs that put them over the top.

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The Ellipse logo seen on the front left pocket adds name recognition and a spark to the overall design. Also, if the small things in life matter — which for a review like this they certainly do — then I have to mention the awesome front button above the zipper. It’s round and heavy with a rustic metal look, branded with the company name. As far as buttons go, it’s a really nice touch.

Shirts

Take a quick browse through Oakley’s line of golf apparel and you’ll notice a wide variety of styles and designs, each with different color options. If you can’t find something you like, then the website probably hasn’t fully loaded.

Personally, my favorite design combination was the Warren Polo that had black, gray and white stripes, which I wore with the White Take 3.0’s, a white hat, black belt and black shoes. I looked pretty official, I say humbly.

The Markus Polo had a futuristic design pattern, which creatively combined blue and white sphere shapes to look like stripes. I wore that with the Stone Gray Take 3.0’s, also with a black belt and black shoes. Both outfits looked great, so picking one out truly depends on preference.

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If you’re looking for options to complete your outfit, Oakley also has a slew of accessories including belt buckles, belt straps, hats, shoes and watches in its golf line.

The Takeaway

The Oakley golf line provides high-quality, high-performing shirts and pants that can be mixed and matched to develop endless outfit options. The slim fit of the pants aren’t for all builds, but they’re seriously flexible and will work well for golfers with trim or athletic builds. They’ll keep you dry in the heat, but won’t offer much warmth in the cold. At any temperature, they still look great.

The shirts are also tremendously flexible, and you can assuredly find multiple designs that suit your liking. At $65 dollars a shirt and $75 dollars per pair of pants, the price is fair for the level of quality and performance.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. TS

    Aug 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I found it odd that you don’t like pants with no back pockets since that would only be an issue if you accidentally purchased ladies’ pants.

  2. Max Evans

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    These golf pants are great! lightweight, at home washable, and stylish. On the other hand they are cheaply made. I have a pair and a co worker has 2. The seams have loosened from who knows what. The pants fit fine and i am not big enough for them to rip if i bend over. My co workers two pair are both trashed after a couple months. This is the same time period mine wore out.

    If you can afford a new pair each month then these are great for you. if not, go to Koals and purchase the cheapest pair of paints and see how many YEARS you will be able to get out of them.

  3. mekender

    Aug 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    New mega outlet mall just opened near me and they have an Oakley outlet… I cant wait to go shopping!

  4. MO

    Aug 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    The best part of Oakley apparel is that you can wash them at HOME. Saves big dollars from having to send to the cleaners. Some shirts just don’t wash/hang well without dry cleaning.

    I now have my sport casual shirts (Masters, etc), and the shirts I wear to play (Oakley).

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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.

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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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