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Review: Devereux Golf Shirts

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Pros: Stylish shirts that easily make the transition from the office to the course. They’re 65 percent Pima cotton, which makes them plenty soft, but also 35 percent polyester, which keeps them looking good.

Cons: At between $80 and $90 a shirt, they’re not inexpensive. Some golfers will love their hip vibe; others won’t. They’re also not the best at wicking moisture.

The Bottom Line: Even if they’re not on the course, golfers won’t feel out of place in a Devereux golf shirt. They’ll fit most golfers, look very sharp, wash well and are available in enough styles and colors to please even the pickiest fashionistas.

What’s Devereux?

The Devereux brand was created out of desperation. Brothers Robert and William Brunner were avid golfers looking for shirts they could confidently wear both on and off the course. When they came back empty handed, they decided to start their own brand.

Robert Brunner, the company’s creative director, said that he and his brother did their homework before they started their company in 2013. That meant looking through the styles of some of the best-dressed golfers of all time — Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer are their favorites — as well as modern-day golf fashion heroes such as Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and Ryo Ishikawa.

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Devereux’s “William” shirt ($85) in white/claret. The company’s fall line also includes pants. 

It also meant finding the right materials and manufacturing. Each of Devereux’s shirts are made from 65 percent Pima cotton and 35 percent polyester, and the company knits all its shirts itself. That gives the company control over the tiny details that Brunner said sets his shirts apart from other brands.

Looking for more information on the company’s products and pricing? You can check out its fall collection here. Otherwise, read on.

The Review

For this review, I was sent five shirts from Devereux’s Spring and Fall collections, which I’ve spent the summer wearing to the office, to the course… well, just about everywhere.

I was quite worried about the fit of the shirts before I received them. Devereux seemed like a fashion-first brand, and phrases such as “fashionable hip” that I found on the company’s website are often synonymous with “for skinny guys only.” I was relieved to find, however, that Brunner’s promise that the shirts were “a tad bit bigger in the shoulders, a little longer from top to bottom and not too form fitting” was on point.

I usually take an XL in my golf shirts, and each of the Devereux shirts fit well in that size. What I liked most about the shirts I was sent — the Windsor (white/sea green/steel), the Brunner (sea green), the Welch (white/steel/coral), the Matthew (navy/white/coral) and the Oliver (navy/white) — was that they were different looking enough to be worn on back-to-back days, yet they each maintained the high-end look, feel and drape that I anticipate will become synonymous with the Devereux brand.

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Devereux’s “Joseph” shirt ($85) in white/navy/claret. 

Golfers, by nature, are into the details of things, and each Deverux shirt offers something special in the way of its design. My favorite shirt, the Welch, has a subtle steel-colored stripe that’s accented with a coral-colored pocket. That pocket is cut at an angle that gives the shirt a special character, as well. It also has a button collar, which gives it a trim, sophisticated feel.

Brunner told me that a lot of stitching goes into the pockets and other parts of the shirt, and I have to believe him. After several washes, the pockets and collars have held their shape, which is a testament to the company’s materials and manufacturing techniques.

Devereux’s fall collection, which was recently released, moves from the brighter colors of the spring collection to more subdued fall tones such as navy, evergreen, caviar and claret, to name a few. Golfers should expect the same fit, feel and durability with looks that keeps better with the coming fall season.

But how are they on the course?

Performance-minded golfers shouldn’t fret the way Devereux shirts will play on the course, although on extremely hot days they might want to opt for a shirt that has a moisture-wicking system in place. These shirts will shine in perfect golf weather — 65-to-80 degrees — giving golfers all of the range of motion they need and a plush feel that I swear makes my swing feel more connected. Maybe that’s just me, though.

I’m 6-feet tall, and had no problems with the Devereux shirts untucking, even while machine-gunning balls on the range. That’s what I love about good cotton/polyester blends; unless it’s really, really hot outside, they do an excellent job of staying in place on the course and looking neat off it.

The Takeaway

Not every golfer is interested in spending $80-to-$90 on a shirt that’s not endorsed by a top-10 professional, but if that’s what you’re after Devereux’s probably not for you.

Golf fashion has moved very far away from the clothes that were worn by golf greats such as Snead, Hogan and Palmer, and for good reason. Those clothes were heavy, uncomfortable and a nightmare to keep wrinkle-free, which is why they’ve been replaced with today’s athlete-inspired apparel.

Devereux did an excellent job of creating shirts that emit much of the class of golf’s past with materials that help its clothes perform significantly better.

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  1. Billy

    Feb 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Great write up! Here is another great review with some goof pictures.

    http://www.golfreviewguy.com/devereux-golf-shirt-review.html

  2. TXGLF

    Aug 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I own 4 of these shirts and they are awesome. I wear them to the office and then straight to the course. I have yet to find another shirt that combines feel, style, and performance as well as Devereux does. It is well worth the price tag.

  3. J

    Aug 11, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Overpriced hipster nonsense.

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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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