Father’s Day Gifts
From clothes that give back to a stand bag with benefits, Father’s Day gifts he’ll love.
By Suzanne S. Brown
LINKED IN – John Ashworth sold his eponymous apparel company years ago and is now immersed in Linksoul. The California brand, with a motto of “Make Par Not War” and mandatory golf for employees on Fridays, makes golf and lifestyle clothing, but also is collaborating with artists and designers. Among its offerings of shirts, board shorts and Ts is the “Drytech” cotton blend polo with moisture-wicking stretch fibers for comfort and performance. The shirt comes in 11 solid and heathered colors, sized from S to XXL, $70. Seen above. linksoul.com
COLD ONES – One of the drawbacks of walking the course on a hot summer day is that the beverage cart never seems to roll by when you need it and that bottle of water you started out with is lukewarm (if there’s anything left in it) by the time you’ve played a few holes. Bag Boy offers a solution with its Chiller Hybrid Stand Bag. Among the bag’s eight specialized zippered pockets is a removable insulated cooler bag that can hold four 12-ounce cans. The bag comes in six color combinations and sells for $180 (excluding beverages). Seen above. bagboy.com
THE EYES HAVE IT – Bubba Watson, among others, wears Oakley sunglasses for the eye protection and optics he needs on the course. But the recreational golfer typically wants glasses that are versatile enough to wear around town as well as on the greens. That’s the appeal of Oakley’s Crossrange Prizm Golf glasses, which have interchangeable temple pieces and nose pads. While playing, you wear the “unobtainium” rubber temples and nose pieces that offer a snug, comfortable fit. Off the course, the temples and nosepiece pop out and are replaceable with standard stems and nosepieces. The glasses come in regular and extra-large fits; $180. oakley.com
RETRO RANGE – Bryson DeChambeau won both the NCAA Division I men’s individual championship and the U.S. Amateur in 2015 before joining the pro tour last year. In addition to playing single-length irons, he has also turned heads with his wardrobe choices. Puma Golf took notice, creating a Heritage Collection to complement DeChambeau’s throwback style. Included are a Ben Hogan-inspired chestnut herringbone cap, $40, tailored chinos, $80, a stretch belt, $30, spikeless Ignite shoes, $120, and a limited edition wood grain King F7 driver, $349. The club might look like an old persimmon driver, but it has the features today’s golfers demand, like adjustable loft settings. The sweater, $85, will be part of the fall collection. cobragolf.com
PATRIOTIC POLOS – PGA professional and U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Maj. Dan Rooney started the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of American service members who have lost their lives or become disabled. A new effort helping fund those scholarships is the Volition America Clothing Collection created in collaboration with Cobra Puma Golf. The line includes pieces for men, women and children, including a blue camo print polo, and a variety of red, white and blue T-shirts, hats and shoes. Prices range from $22 to $120, and a portion of sales will benefit the foundation. Seen below. cobragolf.com
IF THE SHOE STICKS – Guys looking to pick up on some of Jordan Spieth’s tricks of the trade might find some in his first signature shoe, Under Armour’s Spieth One. The design was introduced earlier this year in a global tour that stopped in Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City and Los Angeles. Among the Spieth One details: the shoe is waterproof but breathable so perspiration can escape; the upper has a single seam to reduce weight and enhance fit; and (geek alert) it features rotational resistance traction, which prevents the rotation of the foot during the swing from load up to impact, paired with a firm heel for stability and support, $200. Seen below. ua.com
Suzanne S. Brown is the former fashion and features editor for The Denver Post. She also contributes to Mountain Living and Colorado Expression.
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