Mizuno Golf Apparel Review

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Mizuno’s history of understated, high-quality equipment is evident in their latest apparel collection.  Slightly pricey but well-made and worth it.

Introduction

Mizuno doesn’t rely on a barrage of slick commercials and oversized logos all over their gear or their sponsored players.  The Japanese company has been manufacturing golf equipment since 1933, and from an outsider’s perspective, they seem comfortable knowing that what they put out is well-made, durable, practical, and straightforward.

With their latest apparel collection, Mizuno offers a slate of polos and outer layers that appeal to the subtle, straightforward player.  These aren’t neon splashed or quirkily patterned, they’re charcoal and black, maybe “tiger lily orange” at their most dramatic, thin-striped or solid-blocked.  You’re not wearing Mizuno to turn heads on the first tee; you’re wearing Mizuno because it looks and feels just like your swing: solid.

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Performance

This is where Mizuno quality emerges, and where so many other brands fail.  Out on the course is the ultimate test, and the Mini Stripe Block Polo ($90) and the Mizuno Lightweight Wind Vest ($90) both performed admirably.

The polo is made of “double mercerized cotton,” which, while not the sheen polyester of most modern wicking sports apparel, it does feel lighter, smoother, and more breathable than your typical cotton.  Mercerization is a treatment of the fibers that adds luster, smoothness, and a deeper dye, so these polos feel distinct, a modern hybrid of your warmer, traditional cotton golf shirt and your typical wicking polyester.  While cotton tends to be warmer, sweatier in general, I found the mercerized cotton to feel cool, breathable, and the crafty, built-in collar vent keeps air circulating on the back of your neck during even the sweatiest pressure putts.

Even more impressive than the polo was the Mizuno Lightweight Wind Vest, which on an unseasonably cool, wet June day, was the absolute perfect layer.  Vests can be tricky to swing with, either too baggy or too tight, but this one not only looks tailored and sleek, it also melds with your form, so much so that I forgot I even had multiple layers on.  It is nothing if not lightweight and soft, and Mizuno’s ImpermaLite technology blocks wind and water from getting through while also breathing.  The vest felt fantastic out there, and I foresee wearing it out whenever wind and rain are in play, even off the course.

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Style & Fit

Mizuno’s style is classically modern, without bells and whistles and lightning bolts.  The colors are traditional and usually two-toned — white, charcoal, navy, the tiger-lily orange being the brightest option.  They seem to design around the “yoke,” the upper torso that, you know, swings.

The polos tend to have bands of thin horizontal stripes that are set off in color blocks.  The mercerized fabric also allows for increased stretch, which let’s face it, is key to golf apparel performance.  Given the constant twisting and turning your torso goes through out there, the best performing polos are going to fit your form while also allowing for freedom of movement.  The Mizuno polos move with you, giving where needed without constraint, and allowing your mind and muscle memory to focus on the swing at hand without fear of any hindrance from the fabric.

The vest comes with a more rigid band at the end of the shoulder, which keeps everything in place, and allows the upper arms to coil and uncoil without catching.  It’s straightforward, sleek style that is designed to fit your form and move with you.

Another notable system the Mizuno apparel line provides is their layering breakdowns.  They’ve classified their layers into levels: 1) Base Layer – Comfort; 2) Mid Layer – Thermal; 3) Outer Layer – Protection.  A lot of their design philosophy is apparent here, the thought behind each layer adding up to a strategy to maximize feel and performance.  These layers are designed to work together, and at the very least, compartmentalize what each piece of clothing should accomplish.

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Value

Let’s not beat around the bush here: Mizuno can be pricey, with polos ranging from $60 to $100, and the outer layers between $75 and $200.  A $90 polo had better come with notable fit and performance, and while the Mizuno line doesn’t have the appearance of being expensive or flashy, it flosses its value through feel, quality, and range of motion.  These are well-made clothes and the thought the designers have put into performance and golf-specific attributes is readily apparent.  If you’ve got the loot, these are good buys that you’ll be happy you invested in.

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Conclusion

Sleek feel, classic looks, and supreme range of motion.  Mizuno isn’t out there hamming it up with the Nikes and Under Armours of the world, because they don’t have to.  Since 1933, Mizuno has been designing specifically for golf, and this apparel line is evidence of their focus on what golfers want and need in their clothes.  A high-level investment, but one you’ll be happy with out on the course.

James Lower
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One Comment

  1. Hula_rock

    Thanks for the review ! Problem is it is next to impossible to find Mizuno Apparel at any store. I lover there stuff, just wish I could find it to try it on before I buy it.

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