50 Words or Less
Constructed with technically driven fabrics, the Spring 2017 collection from Callaway Apparel offers golfers great performance in a wide selection of styles.
With each new season, apparel companies not only come out with fresh fabrics and styles, but also offer new marketing buzz words. For the Spring 2017 line, Callaway Apparel has chosen ‘Serious Performance. Serious Style’. Based on past collections, I approached this review expecting those words to ring true. Keep reading to find out whether I was right.
Callaway Apparel continues its opti-series for highlighting technical features. Common to all the pieces, opti-dri performs as advertised, wicking away moisture. Opti-stretch fabrics incorporate spandex to provide additional stretch for the movements of golf – a much needed feature for those of us who tend to wear clothing more on the fitted side. Golfers are in the sun (hopefully) much of the day, and I appreciate Callaway Apparel defining their opti-shield UPF sun protection values. In addition to being made of a great lightweight fabric, the Space-Dyed Striped polos are also UPF50, blocking 98% of UV rays.
The Lightweight Tech Pant with Active Waistband is a perfect example of Callaway Apparel’s attention to details. Not only is there stretch in the waistband, but the Callaway logo is rubberized to help keep your shirt tucked in. The tour slits on the legs clearly identify these as golf pants, so no need for buttons on the rear pockets. Plus the right pocket has a gription strip on the inside to help keep your glove or yardage book in place.
Style & Fit
Once again for the Spring of 2017, Callaway Apparel has put together a collection that offers a variety of styles suitable for most every golfer. Nothing outrageous, the styles range from solids to refined stripes in shirts and plaids in shorts. A well-orchestrated collection, it’s simple to coordinate shirts, shorts, and pants. Heathers are big this spring and the cloisonné (blue) Opti-stretch Heathered polo not only fits the bill, it’s ultra-soft and could easily pass for cotton. I love the deep, jean style front pockets on the Micro-Plaid shorts.
Overall, the fit has remained consistent from 2016. The only notable difference is a more fitted cut around the arm – no sag in the armpit. Callaway Apparel has stuck with their ‘democratic sizing’, so check the size charts closely. I’m typically a medium, and small fit nicely in this brand. My only exception was with the tango red Denim Jacquard polo which was tight across the back (and the only shirt without opti-stretch). With a 33” waist I still struggle with bottoms. Typically I move up to 34”, but those are too loose in Callaway and the 32” are slightly tight. Luckily, opti-stretch make them enjoyable. Tip of the cap to Callaway Apparel on going with cut-to-fit on their belts this season. That feature really helps to get the holes positioned where they can work for you.
‘Serious Performance. Serious Style’. Yes to both. Callaway Apparel continues to be a brand that can outfit a golfer from head to toe with plenty of variety and technical features suitable for play wherever you may live or travel.