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A brand that keeps getting better each season, the Fall 2017 collection from Columbia Golf offers golfers a variety of fabrics and high tech features.
This is my third season reviewing Columbia Golf, and I’m impressed with the evolution. The apparel has always been innovative, but after a few months of wearing, some features can become less desirable. For Fall 2017, gone are the bonded seams that didn’t feel quite right and the super lightweight fabrics that were a bit too thin. Still prevalent this season are the technical fabric features that are the foundation of Columbia. Let’s take a closer look at some of those.
All the clothes you see in this review feature Omni-WICK, Columbia’s term for technology that keeps you dry and comfortable. Although the fabrics are distinctly different, they all dry very quickly.
One super high tech feature is back this season in the Omni-FREEZE ZERO Power and Gimme polos. See those little blue rings in the picture above – they’re a sweat activated cooling agent. Not only do they accelerate the wicking process, but they also lower the actual temperature of the fabric.
As for performance during the golf swing, the shorts, shirts and pullovers all stretched and flexed freely.
Style & Fit
Even though some of the individual components may be evolving, the Columbia Golf style continues to be contemporary. Take the Embossed polo in Varsity Grey with its two buttons and slightly small, pointed collar. Look a little closer and you’ll see there’s a subtle pattern in the fabric, and a small blue tack on each shoulder that matches the stitching on the placket. The texture of the Rhythm ¼ zip in Coastal Blue also has a contemporary vibe.
Columbia is a brand designed for active outdoor pursuits, and the fit of the golf apparel reflects that image. In my typical medium, the polos are snug, but not tight across the back, while the rest of the body and arms offer a bit of room. Stick with your normal size unless you prefer excess fabric to pull up, or tuck in as you often see tour pros doing on TV. The pullovers have just enough room that you don’t have to struggle getting them on, which makes them great for adding another layer over top. The Stableford shorts, however, didn’t maintain that more athletic fit. The waist size was spot on, but the lack of any taper into the legs is a disconnect with fit of the tops.
The Columbia Golf Fall 2017 collection has a lot to offer with a variety of fabrics and colors. Even when temperatures require layering, it’s still beneficial to have performance fabrics in play. I’ll close with the catchy warning found on every tag: “This innovative product will make you want to go to the course and stay there.”