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The 2020 golf apparel lineup from Under Armour offers a full array of shirts, bottoms and outerwear designed for comfort and performance. Nice variety of styles and fabrics.
We’ve performed reviews on a host of Under Armour golf shoes, several pairs of sunglasses and even a cart bag [see them all HERE]. Although we highlighted UA apparel in a couple of gift guides, we’d never conducted a full review to explore important aspects like fit and performance that are often difficult to glean from company websites. So without further ado, here is a detailed look at some of the 2020 apparel offerings from Under Armour golf collection.
One of the great benefits of being a large global brand like Under Armour is the ability to offer a wide variety of styles. While pants and shorts come in basic colors, it’s the polos that really give golfers the chance to show their personalities. A great example is the Iso-Chill Graphic polo above in the Peach Frost colorway with its fade coloration and slim collar – very modern. More mainstream is the wonderful Escape blue Scramble Stripe polo with self collar. Most fitting my personal style is the Vanish Chest Stripe polo in Aqua Foam. The unique color and contemporary striping makes it stand out without drawing undue attention.
Although the construction of the polos varied, they all shared a common ‘regular’ fit through the shoulders, chest and torso. Room to move with clean lines. Interestingly, they are all listed as “Loose: Fuller cut for complete comfort” on the UA website. I have a loose fit UA shirt which matches that description, but these three polos don’t. I went with my standard medium and love the fit. If you prefer more room in your polos or have lost some of your athletic physique, I recommend going up a size.
Both the Iso-Chill Short and Iso-Chill Taper Pant waist sizing was spot on, and also featured nice wide waistbands with plenty of stretch. Personally, I found the shorts a bit tight through my center axis. The fit of the pants was much better and I liked the silhouette of the tapered legs. With both the pants and the shorts, the pockets seemed to stay flared open – nice for easy access, but not as good for looks.
I’m a big fan of the Storm Windstrike Full Zip jacket. To begin with, the white pinstripe against the deep navy body really looks sharp. The fit is perfectly tailored for golf with no excess fabric to get in your way. It’s also tagged as “loose” and again I beg to differ. The full length zipper makes putting the jacket on and taking it off quick and efficient. And I love the two open hand pockets on the front.
Staying with the jacket, the high collar worked great for keeping wind and rain from shooting down my neck. The fabric worked well in brief showers but I won’t expect to stay dry in extended wet conditions. Besides the excellent stretch of the fabric, it’s also quiet.
Even though each UA polo I tested had a different material makeup, they all exhibited great stretch – a critical element of a good golf shirt. There’s nothing better than the feeling of cotton against my skin, and adding in 21% polyester/4% elastane to boost performance elevates the Scramble Stripe (left). The tight weave of the 100% polyester micro thread utilized in the Vanish Chest Stripe polo (right) not only looks spiffy, it makes the fabric dry faster. The most interesting fabric is the Iso-Chill (center) which uses ribbon shaped nylon fiber to aid in heat dispersion and titanium dioxide to pull heat away from the body.
You may have noted by the name that both the pants and shorts are also constructed of Iso-Chill material, but in these pieces UA blended in polyester for durability. The bottoms also exhibited wonderful stretch during swing motions and squatting to read putts. The designers deserve praise for keeping one rear pocket button-free for unencumbered storage of a golf glove or scorecard.
Under Armour offers a great selection of styles incorporating performance-centric fabrics. Beyond their 2020 golf apparel, it’s worth noting that UA also offers virtually all the other soft goods golfers need. Whether it’s the groovy co-branded Stance socks that Stephan Curry wears when he tees it up, or Jordan Spieth’s cap and glove – UA has you covered head to toe.