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|Fila's sweaters allow you to go straight from the office to the links. (Courtesy of Fila)|
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but your wardrobe is delightful.
Or at least it will be once you get ahold of these stylish golf apparel and accessory offerings this holiday season.
As I look around my closet, I notice that the nicest clothes I own are for golf. When I dress up, be it for work or events, I wear my best golf clothes. This strategy has the added benefit of allowing me to bug out at any time and head directly to the golf course. Fila's new Chamonix Knit Sweater ($110) fits perfectly into this strategy: the rich, heavy knit feels and looks dressy over any golf or button-up shirt, and its warmth and fit are ideal for a quick nine even if the temperatures dip. For the ladies, Fila's Stockholm Knit Sweater ($90) fills the same role. For more information, see shopfilagolf.com.
If the mercury falls even further, or the wind picks up, add another layer. Nike's new Storm-FIT Hyperadapt Jacket ($240) is constructed out of wind-tight and water-resistant fabric that stretches and moves almost silently, like a knit golf shirt. Shoulder and back vents make the Hyperadapt the most breathable wind jacket yet from Nike. For more information, see nikegolf.com.
Scorching sun? Drenching rain? Gale-force winds? The toughest, yet most comfortable, hat for all these conditions that you will find is the Tilley Orbit ($84). This durable, soft, medium-width full-brimmed is made in Canada from organic cotton and hemp. It's guaranteed for life and delivers UPF 50+ protection from the sun. There's a secret pocket and ties to keep it on in strong winds. The fit is the only tricky part: it feels loose if fitted properly -- setting gently on the tops of your ears -- so you'll definitely need those ties in anything more than a frisky breeze. For more information, see tilley.com.
Antigua has become the go-to brand for golf shirts. Antigua's 2014 line continues on the company's tradition of bright colors and subtle designs that look great on their own and pair nicely with any sort of outerwear and pant. Eminently comfortable, durable, and reasonably priced, Antigua shirts are the staple of golfers' wardrobes around the world. The company's pullovers and jackets are also must-haves. For more information, see antigua.com.
Contrasting with the ubiquity of Antigua, numerous smaller golf apparel companies fill niches comprised of private club pro shops and high-end sportswear clothiers. Cross Golf Apparel is one of these distinctive companies, whose shirts and sweaters make a seamless crossover from the office to the first tee. Garments from this Swedish golf and ski apparel designer have slightly tighter fits typical of European manufacturers and slightly higher prices ($79-$110) justified by luxurious touches like fabric placards that cover the buttons. For more information, see crossgolfapparel.com.
Walking is one of the joys of golf, but sometimes your legs and feet get tired. This year KENTWOOL introduced The Graduate medically certified compression socks ($40), which improve circulation from the knee down. The Graduate is the fist compression socks specifically designed for golfers and comes with the company's lifetime no-blister guarantee. For more information, see kentwool.com.
If you're heading out for a golf trip and need a convenient, protective carry-on for your laptop, tablet, camera, or other must-have tech, Airbac offers a line of backpacks suitable for work and play, all of which incorporate the company's patented air-filled padding ($90-$150). This design not only cushions your cargo, but also distributes the weight across your lower back, relieving pressure on shoulders and upper back. For more information, see airbac.com.
December 12, 2013
Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.
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