Golf Green Gear is a naturalJun 11th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Features, In The Hole!
Do you like the feel of natural fabrics on your skin when you’re golfing?
So do we, which is why we tend to gravitate toward cotton.
That is, until we put on a bamboo woman’s golf polo from Golf Green Gear.
We admit it — we were once a little bit skeptical. Oh, we know that using bamboo fabric is good for the environment. And that’s important to us. We’ve been environmentalists since before some of you were born.
But we’re realists.
We know that choosing green can mean making sacrifices in other areas.
Not with this golf shirt.
We were blown away the second we touched it. The fabric is silky smooth to the touch, yet has a kind of dense feel to it. And by “dense” we don’t mean “heavy” — on the contrary, the shirt is very lightweight — we mean the kind of density that says “high quality” — the way a 600 thread count sheet feels so much more luxurious than a 200 thread count sheet.
The shirt felt like we could pour it from hand to hand like water.
We also loved the cut. This is no scaled down men’s polo, but a fitted cut meant to accentuate a woman’s curves. The detailing is also high quality, with bamboo buttons, a touch of overstitching at the seams, and a tastefully understated logo embroidered on the breast.
Next step: we took the polo out for a little spin around a golf course.
Turns out, the shirt is a pleasure to play in as well. It’s a knit, which means stretchiness, which means that even with that (very!) flattering cut, we didn’t notice any restriction on our swing. The shirt is also long enough that we didn’t feel overexposed when we stretched out at the top of our follow-through.
Not bad, coming from a brand new company.
Very brand new.
Golf Green Gear was founded only last year.
Jason Visconti brought the passion for golf.
Cherie Trombley brought the passion for fashion.
Both Jason and Cherie brought the passion for eco-awareness.
Things really fell into place, Cherie says, when the couple looked at the golf apparel market and realized the demand for green golfwear exceeded the supply. “I’d found this amazing fabric that fits the performance sports model, but is completely natural,” Cherie says. “When our research showed a strong desire for eco-friendly golf clothing, we decided it was the perfect opportunity for us to go into business together.”
The company focused on the performance characteristics of bamboo fabric at first, Cherie continues. And we can attest to their success on that count: the Golf Green Gear polo we wore has the feel and drape of high quality performance fabric.
But wait a minute. Will it hold up to repeated washing? Or does it have to be babied, like, say, rayon? Or silk?
We loved the answer. There’s no need to dry clean Golf Green Gear clothing. In fact, they’d rather you didn’t (dry cleaning requires chemicals that aren’t good for the environment). Regular washing and drying is fine (although best to use low temperatures on both).
So we held our breath and threw our polo into the washing machine.
Then wore it and washed it again.
It still looks brand new.
So what’s the catch?
Well, if you’re accustomed to looking for bargains when you shop, there might be one little hitch. These are luxury shirts. The suggested retail price of the polo we wore is $52-58.
And as we all know, you can find polos out there for less.
But our story isn’t over.
You see, it so happens we recently cleaned out our closets.
And those cotton golf shirts we love so much?
We had to put aside a stack for the Salvation Army. They’d shrunk, they’d gotten dull, they’d lost their shape.
But bamboo fabric is a different story, Cherie explains. “It’s extremely durable.” It holds its color and shape very well. It’s also naturally resistant to holding onto odors — another advantage over cotton to keep in mind as we head into the warmest months of the year.
So we held our Golf Green Gear shirt up against a cotton polo we’d bought last year.
It happened to be a designer polo that didn’t come cheap.
After two trips through the washer and drier, the Golf Green Gear shirt was still the longer shirt — by a good two inches.
So it’s the age-old story: you get what you pay for.
We know where we’ll be investing our money when we’re ready to buy a few more golf tops. Which will be very soon now. As soon as we’re back from our trip to the Salvation Army drop box . . .