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Bringing style to the golf course at whatever volume you prefer, Puma Golf for Spring/Summer 2018 is built on performance fabrics that keep you dry and comfortable. Wonderful fit.
On the men’s side of Puma apparel, Rickie Fowler is the face of the brand. Sure, Bryson DeChambeau is an ambassador, but other than his statement hat, his clothing doesn’t capture the media lens. I appreciate that Rickie is willing to push the fashion envelope with high-tops, jogger pants and his Sooner’s orange. That doesn’t mean you’ll ever see me in any of those, but it does highlight that Puma is trendy and youthful. And luckily for those of us who want to dress with style without proclamation, the Spring/Summer 2018 collection from Puma has something for us too.
Many companies make golf shirts that perform well, and Puma is certainly one of them. But it’s in golf pants and shorts that I found Puma truly excels. The polyester fabric stretched easily with every gyration of my swing. The Heather 6 Pocket and Essential Pounce shorts also have stretch waistbands that prevent that uncomfortable backside gap when you squat down to read a putt. The Tailored Tech pants feature gription in the waistband that kept my shirt locked in place. All three are sans buttons on the back pockets, the mark of true golf bottoms.
A common element in all the pieces of this review is dryCell – Puma’s moisture management fabric technology. Being a global sports apparel company including track and soccer offerings, Puma clearly understands the fabric performance needs of the golfer. When I felt perspiration brewing, it never lingered as it was transported to the fabric surface for evaporation.
For golfing in those cool mornings or around the fire pit later, the PWRWARM Bonded ¼ zip pullover is destined to be a favorite of mine. Besides the warmth inherent in its name, it also features warmCELL technology to retain heat. The bungee cord waist is a hidden bonus for keeping out the breeze.
Style & Fit
Puma has a modern, athletic style where fit is an integral element. Puma does an outstanding job of explaining the fit in their hang tags. The polos are Performance Fit – “Relaxed through the shoulders, chest, and sleeves to ensure maximum comfort and freedom of movement.” There’s a nice silhouette of the shirt on a torso for a visual. The shorts also feature Performance Fit – “Sits at the knee with some ease through the thigh.” And again a silhouette. The pants are Tailored Fit – “Slim through the thigh, slightly tapered leg and short inseam.”
All the pieces fit as described and are very comfortable. You don’t have to be svelte like Rickie, but the brand is athletic by nature. A lot of my wear testing was performed in windy conditions, and the cut is ideal for not having excess fabric flapping in the wind and causing distractions.
Back to style – Puma Golf has you covered. Looking at the polos offered for Spring/Summer 2018, I see solids, stripes and patterns in a wide array of vibrant colors. For diversity, there’s the lightweight Knit Shirt I tested with a full button up front. Not my personal style for the golf course, but it’s super soft and sure looked good on date night. I just wish it was a bit shorter for wearing untucked.
I really liked the subtle color variations in the EVOKNIT Block Seamless polo, and yes there are no seams on the sides of the body for extra comfort.
The Spring/Summer 2018 collection was my first in depth look at Puma Golf apparel and I’ve come away impressed by the quality and performance of the materials. The polos have a comfortable fit and trendy styles. The shorts have an athletic edge that I haven’t encountered before and really like. And the pants, so golf friendly yet so nice looking. The true test in my closet is how frequently items get worn, and I have a strong feeling these pieces are going to see a lot of action.
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