Etonic Making Great
The AC Tour retails for $16, and is currently the glove of choice for Spalding PGA Tour endorsees Hal Sutton and Jim Furyk. The AC Grip will retail at $14 and the AC Feel, one of the best gloves on the market for the money, retails at $10.
Etonic hasnt poured all of its research and development into golf gloves, however. The division spent the past 18 months designing the Dri-Lite AC 500 shoe line, which is designed to mirror the AC Golf Gloves goal of providing golfers with a cooler, more comfortable apparel option.
When we did our research, we found consumers were not only looking for a shoe which is dry and lightweight, but also cool and comfortable, says Paul Sullivan, Etonics category manager. Our engineers spend months testing different materials and innovative cooling designs and found that the Event fabric is superior in delivering maximum comfort and dryness in the shoe.
Etonics expanded Dri-Lite shoe line also includes the 400, 300, 200, 100, and Ladies Expression models. Suggested retail for the shoes ranges from $150 for the AC 500 to $75 for the affordable, sporty Expression and Mens 200. All models are available as of February 1, 2002. The 500 and 400 models come with two-year warranties, and are available in all black and white/black and white/brown saddle styles. The 300 and Expression models are running shoe replicas, and are specifically geared towards hoofers.
Our Take: For our money, the Etonic AC Golf Glove is the best mitt on the market. This opinion could be qualified with an if you live in a hot, humid climate, yet the glove retains its sticky feel even in the single digit humidity air of Scottsdale, Arizona (where we tested the glove, along with Charlotte, NC). The ACs durability matched that of comparable Foot Joy models, as the glove was still in tact, presentable and quite functional after 20, 18-hole rounds.
Etonics greatest strides (no pun intended) have been in the golf shoe arena. Just five years ago, the divisions kicks couldnt hold a soft spike to Foot Joy in terms of comfort and durability. The Dry-Lite AC 500 golf shoe is easily Etonics most comfortable offering, and held up like a champ after five, 18-hole walking rounds. For more information, visit www.etonic.com.
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