Review – Loudmouth Golf StretchTech

Over the past several years I’ve had the pleasure to test and review some exciting golf apparel brands. While some of the brands could be defined as a bit more mainstream others have not. One of the brands that I’ve really enjoyed testing and reviewing has been none other than Loudmouth Golf. These fashions are not a part of your grandfather’s wardrobe collection. Then again… maybe they are as I’m a grandfather.

Every year that I’ve attended the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida I always look forward to swinging by their booth to see what new patterns Woody (Owner Scott “Woody” Woodworth) and the crew have come up with. This year was a total surprise and it wasn’t for the patterns that the brand released for 2018. Don’t get me wrong there is a stunning array of new patterns like Castaway, Midnight Lagoon and Flamingo Bay just to name a few. However, what really caught my attention was the development of a new fabric. As much as I loved pants and shorts collections of the past I always felt that there was one flaw. The weight of the fabric. On hot summer days in particular when it came to pants I felt they wore… too hot. This issue has been addressed by Loudmouth Golf with the introduction of a new fabric called StretchTech.

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I had the privilege of discussing the new fabric with Brooke WIndatt (Global Public Relations and Social Media for Loudmouth Golf) at the Loudmouth Golf booth this past January. What I learned about their new fabric was quite significant. Below is a rundown of what I learned about this blend of fabric.

Fabric

The fabric is made from 100% StretchTech Polyester. This blend features great qualities such as being wrinkle free (100%), shrink free and fade free which means that the bold colours used by Loudmouth Golf will not fade. There is a degree of moisture control which ultimately means that the pants won’t cling to you during the dog days of summer thus taking away from your enjoyment on the golf course.

Product Highlights

As most might expect the waistline is detailed by several belt loops ensuring a clean look. The enclosure itself is that of a 2 button-tabbed front closure with zip fly design. Two front pockets and two back pockets make it convenient for sliding a golf glove and scorecard into your back pockets. The right pocket features a “pocket in a pocket” to hold your tee and/or ball marker in between holes. Adding to the comfort is the “Tour Slit” at the bottom hem. Just over the left rear pocket on the hip is the trademark “LM” just for added pop and branding recognition.

I should add that the fit is described as being “modern” and washing in cold water and hanging to dry is highly recommended.

Testing

When I was talking to Brooke at the booth we arranged a review opportunity. I was asked to select any of the new designs. After careful deliberation and narrowing it down to two patterns I opted to go with the new Tahiti StretchTech pants. These pants are bright, bold and 100%… ME! When these pants arrived during the winter I could not wait to put them on. They feature amazing and varying shades of blue, green, pink, orange (coral) and yellow. Flowers and palm fronds are abound. If you want to feel tropical… then these pants are quite simply for you. One thing that I have to add is the ease of scripting an outfit together for your morning round. Because there are so many colours there are always options for a polo to wear just make sure to wear a solid colour with any pants from Loudmouth Golf (or any patterned bottom for that matter).

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The trademarked “LM”.

 

I wore these pants early in the year (first day of Spring) to an appointment with one of my specialists. The nurses loved these pants and they said and I quote “You make it feel like spring”. These pants are eye-catching and the comments that I’ve received about them have been extremely positive. Whether it’s been the GM at the course, the ladies that play in the Scenic Woods Golf Course Ladies league or in one case while shopping at a local grocery store. As a matter of fact, I’ve been asked on several occasions where I got the pants from. Always with a toothy grin I tell people Loudmouth Golf. unfortunately, when you wear fashions from Loudmouth Golf comes pressure. Pressure from a group od ladies that peer over the counter every Monday looking to see what you’re wearing. This week, I wasn’t wearing any Loudmouth Golf and the women walked away disappointed. Apparently, I’ve set the bar too high… too soon. Thanks Woody!!!

Alright so the pants are eye-catching and “aesthetically amazeballs” but how do they perform. Right off of the bat I can tell all of you that these StretchTech Poly pants wear way better than their earlier iterations. This fabric wears “light” and when you get sweaty the new StretchTech fabric does not cling to your body like its predecessor. I think this speaks highly of their moisture management characteristics and I’ve worn these pants in some pretty oppressive heat already this year (33*C or 91*F) plus humidity. Not only are they comfortable to wear but they are also very comfortable to play golf in. Basically, whether you’re going to a social function or the golf course you have a pair of pants that looks great, feels better and performs.

 

As stated earlier the fit is modern and I would classify the fit as somewhere in between traditional and Euro (Slim Fit). That said, the waist sizing is true and when in doubt err on the side of a size up. I ordered a 34″ and they were absolutely perfect. No discomfort ,tightness or bunching in front. I’ve lost more weight where I’m now somewhere between a 32″ and a 33″ waist. That said… the 34’s are still a really good fit.

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This Skort for the Ladies is called Flamigo Bay. I’d wear this pattern in a “NY Second”.

Loudmouth Golf claims that they are “The most fun you can have with your pants on”. You know what? They are! Even the names are witty like a new pattern called “Bull & Cork” which is a darts pattern. I actually would have used “Cork and Bulls”. Not to mention they look amazing and perform. This new StretchTech fabric is tremendous. Patterns are available in pants and shorts for men and for the ladies there are even more options. Women’s apparel feature Bermuda Shorts, Mini Shorts, Skorts. For more information please visit the Loudmouth Golf website.

Until The Next Tee!!

Callaway® Apparel Launches the Tour Authentic Collection – Heritage in the Making

Callaway® Apparel Launches the

Tour Authentic Collection – Heritage in the Making

 

(Miami, FL, April 26, 2018) — Callaway® Apparel, licensed by global fashion leader Perry Ellis International, announces the launch of the Tour Authentic Collection – a timeless collection designed for the elite player seeking the best in form and function.
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Talor Gooch, PGA Tour professional
“We are excited to bring the exclusive Tour Authentic collection to market,” stated Gregg Hemphill, Senior Director Global Soft Goods and Licensing at Callaway Golf. “Tour Authentic’s upscale men’s golf apparel is appealing to all customers, whether or not they enjoy the game of golf, thanks to active styles that go far beyond the fairway. Callaway® Apparel pledges innovation, quality, and performance, which have always been our core attributes.”

The Tour Authentic Collection was conceived by leaders in technical apparel and specifically designed for golfers. An exclusive and concise collection of ultra-premium garments, Tour Authentic represents the best craftsmanship, materials, and technological innovation in the industry. Tour Authentic is an opportunity to be part of something special, where less is subtly more.

“We invested two years in product development researching the latest in fabric technologies and fabrication processes,” stated Lupe Benitez, Vice President of Design at Perry Ellis International. “This unique perspective enabled us to create an unparalleled luxury golf apparel collection that represents the perfect fusion of function and fashion”.

Highlights of the Spring 2018 Tour Authentic Collection include:

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Tour Authentic Polos:  Created with the world’s most luxurious fabrics including Merino wool, 100% mercerized cotton and luxurious Japanese technical yarns, the Tour Authentic polos are available in a variety of fashionable designs and patterns for the elite player seeking the best in form and function. Infused with quality, style and artisanal craftsmanship that translates into confidence on and off the course:

 

  • Underarm pieced gusset allows for maximum range of motion, smooth set-on laser cut plackets, with ultrasonic hems, feature three powder-coated alloy buttons
  • Interlined self-collar creates a structured feel
  • Moisture management works to keep you cool and dry by wicking away sweat, while UPF protects you from the sun’s damaging UV rays during a long day on the course
  • Revolutionary sweat hiding technology helps inhibit sweat marks from showing on the outside of the polo

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Tour Authentic 100% Cashmere Sweater:  A captain’s pick on and off the golf course, the Tour Authentic Cashmere V-neck sweater will elevate your play and style. Designed to look good on the links or walking along city streets, the cashmere sweater pairs perfectly with the Tour Authentic polo to create an elegant, sporty style.

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  • 100% Long Staple Mongolian Cashmere. 15.5 micron, double ply represents the best grade in cashmere quality
  • Long pile double thread allows the sweater to resist odors and maintain temperature control by insulating during cold weather and cooling during warm weather
  • UPF protects the skin from damaging UV rays during a long day on the course
  • Crafted with a ribbing around the bottom hem, sleeve cuffs, and V-neck, this lightweight, luxurious and soft golf sweater is the perfect layering piece on and off the course
  • Four fashion-forward colors create the ideal look for both on and off the course
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Tour Authentic Shorts and Trousers: Fusing artistic craftsmanship, luxurious materials, and technical innovation, the Tour Authentic shorts and trousers have superior details and performance features.

  • Schoeller’s exclusive 3XDRY technology creates a water repellent fabric that causes liquids to bead up and drip away
  • Moisture management technology wicks away moisture and perspiration away from the skin, allowing air to circulate throughout the lightweight fabric
  • Inside gripper active flex waistband with belt loops provides all-around stretch for maximum range of motion, flexibility, comfort, and expansion for optimal feel and comfort
  • Cotton/Nylon/Elastane blend provides a lightweight finish, optimal, easy care, and reduction of heat buildup
  • An innovative slide snap fastening system takes place of the button closure, allowing for ease of open and close
  • Hidden back zippered pocket allows for easy storage of small personal items

 

Callaway® Apparel brand ambassador Talor Gooch will be donning the Tour Authentic collection during the 2018 PGA TOUR® season. Tour Authentic is available at www.callawayapparel.com/tour-authentic/, select retailers and leading golf and country clubs around the world including Medinah Country Club, Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run, and The Broadmoor.

  

About Callaway Apparel

Callaway® Apparel is the ultimate combination of golf authenticity and classic style. Always innovative, always an outperformer. Because apparel that offers quality, performance, functionality, and fit is as important to both men and women golfers as the equipment they use. Callaway apparel is designed for those who love the game of golf. It represents where the game has been, and where the game is going. Additional information on Callaway is available at www.callawayapparel.com.

 

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor, and licensor of a broad line of high-quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses, and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen®, and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel, and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear.  Additional information on the Company is available at www.pery.com.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

REVIEW – 2UNDR

Inspiration can come from everywhere. In fact, I was trying to figure out what to write my next review about when it happened, I came out of the shower and looked at my chosen underwear for the day. It was so obvious.

Men’s underwear. You might be surprised to know how much the men’s underwear industry is worth. Would you believe it’s a multi-billion dollar industry and that number is expecting to trend upwards? It’s hard to fathom but let’s stop for a second and discuss… why?

Much like everything else men’s underwear has really evolved. Evolution is a truly wonderful thing. No longer is men’s underwear about your great grandfather’s “tighty whitie’s”. No sir! The advancement in fabrics, cuts, performance and styles have been a blessing for this industry. From businessmen to pipefitters there’s a need for comfort and style. Some guys just like to be flashy where it can’t always be seen. It is to these last two points where 2UNDR enters the fray.

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2UNDR has turned into a brand that other’s could easily be envious of. Their roots take us to the Pacific Coast of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Their vision was to allow men to be able to separate their “parts” from rubbing on other areas of skin. For those that haven’t experienced the pleasure of chafing or ‘Jock Itch” both are irritating (in the literal sense) and painful. Realizing the need of men worldwide 2UNDR sought out ways to design and construct underwear that could eliminate those issues. Where did the 2UNDR designers look for inspiration? Look no further than our Australian marsupial friends… the Kangaroo. As we know, kangaroos have pouches that keep their babies (or Joey’s) protected from unwanted pests, predators or just to rest easily.  This in a nutshell is how the “Joey Pouch” came into existence.

The first time I heard of 2UNDR was when I was at one of my first PGA Merchandise Shows. I was walking around the floor like the inexperienced attendee that I was never truly knowing where I was going when I walked by their booth. I stopped and talked for a few minutes and then I was offered a couple of sample pairs. I was asked to wear them and let them know what I thought. So the next day I put on my first pair of 2UNDR underwear on and my life was forever changed (in no way am I embellishing my sentiments). The all-day comfort that I was given while walking miles during the show is something that I’ll never forget. So that was 6 years ago. How about now?

*** Before continuing I just wanted to say that I still own them and they have proven to be very durable. Think of them like a well-worn baseball glove or your favourite t-shirt.

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Prior to the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show I was in contact with their Supreme Chancellor of Sales Chad Haralson and we discussed another testing. In what seems like a lifetime ago I wrote a review at my old site and I wanted to see if anything had changed since then. The brand has evolved much like underwear themselves. I’ve sat back and watched while the brand and their popularity has grown (which is fun). Their booth at the show itself has gone from barely more than a pop-up to a full-blown booth. Their line has expanded from “simply” underwear to include the likes of accessories, duffel bags, “Long John’s” (long underwear) and lounge wear. Moreover, it’s their line of undergarments that has grown exponentially. While they have maintained their lines of models like Night Shift, Gear Shift, Day Shift, Swing Shift and Power Shift it’s the patterns that really garner much of the attention. Early on their styles had a pretty colourful palette including grey, blue, black, red, white etc however now is nearly mind-blowing. Patterns like Night Camo, Campers, Weiners YOTD, Pamplona, and Coco Nuts. Another pattern made available by 2UNDR is a Folds of Honor pattern as well which is an organization that provides  scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America.

When my newest test pairs of 2UNDR arrived I had a strange sense of excitement. When I opened the package up there were two pairs neatly packaged waiting for me. Inside were two pairs of Swing Shift in red and black/gold. The Swing Shift model of 2UNDR features fabric that features…

 

  • Ultra soft material
  • Signature Modal fabric
  • Shrink resistant material
  • Remains soft even after repeated washing
  • 95% Lenzing Modal Beechwood Fiber, 5% Elastane

So I opened the package and I noticed that something felt different about them… their feel of hand. While I can’t recollect what the elastic waistband was like way back it seems like this is something that the crew at 2UNDR improved upon. The waistband is a little wider and a little more sturdy and soft. The waistband can be a make or break as far as underwear go. I’ve worn underwear that haven’t had decent elasticity. I like the slight change of the graphics on the Black/Gold pair as they have 2UNDR emblazoned across them. I like the change because it’s minor and it’s bold. The feel of hand. When I was testing the 2UNDR pieces a few years ago they had a soft feel similar to what they do now. But yet, there’s something different about them. They have a more slinky, or compression-type of feel to them. This is something that during my wearing of them I couldn’t put my finger on. So while I was at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show I stopped at the booth and talked to “His Chancellorship” and questioned him about the difference in feel. It was confirmed at the show that there was a change.

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As a result of their slight change (I think it was at the supplier level) I found that the performance of the Swing Shift was better than I remembered. The fabric stays a little closer to the body and the fabric moves along with you throughout all sorts activity. The special fabric used is cool to the touch and feels similar in texture to silk. Even though the Swing Shift model isn’t their more performance geared Power Shift or Gear Shift models the performance of these all-day… all-purpose Swing Shift underwear is something to behold. I’ve worked out, played golf, walked the pup for countless hours and engaged in other activities throughout the testing process and these underwear haven’t missed a beat, stride or rep. The “Joey Pouch’ is the “Crown Jewel” protecting your “jewels” and the real star of the 2UNDR show. The “boys” are free and void from interacting with other parts of your anatomy. Also, because of the fabric used… the 2UNDR Swing Shift underwear have anti-microbial qualities and with their excellent ventilation capabilities (the fly) they don’t smell. Another key part of the design of 2UNDR is their innovative, trademarked “No-Drip Tip” which keeps unwanted moisture from appearing where it shouldn’t. Seams are a thing of the past with 2UNDR as they use a “flatlock” stitching method which further adds to the comfort level while wearing 2UNDR.

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Gents, if you’re looking for a pair of underwear that could yield all-day comfort look no further than 2UNDR. Performance and comfort that’ll keep you smiling from swing to swing.

Until The Next Tee!!