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The Fall ’17 golf offerings from johnnie-O keep the focus on performance while maintaining a clean, crisp West Coast style.
In just one season, johnnie-O has become one of my favorite apparel brands. The clothing just has a simple vibe, perfect for our increasingly casual society. All summer long, I found myself reaching for one of the soft cotton polos from my Spring ’17 review to wear after a long, hot day on the golf course. And even though temperatures are starting to drop, golfers still need performance, which is why I was excited to test some of the Fall ’17 gear from johnnie-O.
All the tops featured in this review are part of the golf collection and feature what johnnie-O calls PREP-FORMANCE. The 90+% polyester fabrics are blended with spandex for a great combination of moisture wicking and stretch. All three polo styles performed very well during the rigors of golf in hot and humid central Florida. The Sway ¼ zip pullover is an excellent next layer for adding a touch of warmth while still moving perspiration as needed. I also foresee utilizing it over a t-shirt for off the course exercising.
Style & Fit
There’s no better style description than johnnie-O’s own tag: West Coast Prep. The logo, a surfer standing by his board searching for the next big break, speaks volumes without a single word. How do you make sure folks know these polos are designed for golf? Give them names like Birdie, Eagle, and Mashie. I’m a big fan of stripes like those in the Eagle, but somehow johnnie-O makes even solid colors look hip with crisp self-collars and contrasting piping around the side vents and neck. The pique fabric and four button placket add marvelous visual appeal to the Mashie polo.
Speaking of shirt tails, I’m a traditionalist as far as golfing with your shirt tucked in, but the length of these polos works great either way. The fit is athletic but not tight, and I found my normal medium choice to be just right. Sleeves on the polos fall just past mid-bicep. The Sway pullover is a snug fit, but in a good way in that it doesn’t interfere with your golf swing. The sleeves are finished with a simple cuff that easily stretched when I wanted them moved up my forearm.
I’ve been seeing johnnie-O more and more lately in shops and on the backs of PGA pros – good signs of a growing brand. With quality materials and wonderful color choices, johnnie-O is a great option for stylish performance on the links or in your other casual pursuits this fall.