Some 20 years ago my golf season metaphorically started with a visit to the Gap, where I’d grab three of its traditional short-sleeved pique cotton shirts, invariably in singular colors, including pure black, dark blue or bright white. I appreciated the raised ribbing of the weaving style, which yielded a stiffer fabric that resisted wrinkling. These shirts also sported no logo, be it for a brand or club, apparel anonymity that was, at the time, greatly valued.
When Gap stopped making stolid T-shirts that lasted for several years, I stopped going to its stores. Meanwhile, golf shirts rapidly evolved in composition and style. Lightweight “performance fabrics” that resisted heat while absorbing sweat and facilitating its evaporation took an ever-increasing share of the market. And even while weeding out pilled and permanently burrito-stained garments, the reserves in my closet included a large percentage of Antiqua-branded shirts.
In a wide variety of styles and colors, the Antiqua line included of 100 percent polyester shirts that were incredibly lightweight and virtually immune to wrinkling – – which for a wrinkle-inducing fellow is an obviously desirable attribute. In the past few years these included the company’s Desert Dry™ technology, which absorbs and wicks moisture quickly and evenly, leading to that efficient evaporation that helps keep golfers comfortable and dry on hot summer afternoons.
That technology, and more, is a large part of the Spring 2015 Line for the Peoria, Arizona-based Antigua Group, including a fabric that recaptures the often missing feel of casual and soft cotton. Antigua developed a Desert Dry™ fabric that’s 40 percent polyester and 60 percent cotton, which they call, naturally, the Desert Dry™ Performance Cotton. Several additional models feature Desert Dry™ Xtra-Lite material, which is an ultra-light fabric that looks and feels like cotton, yet handles perspiration like a 100 percent poly shirt.
A number of its models include “self fabric” and flat knit collars, adding style to what are clearly well-constructed and long lasting
polos. And many of this year’s colors are more muted than the “pop” style that gained much positive attention for Antigua for its 2012 line.
Among the models I recently tested were the Perform, which features a trio of contrasting colors. Made of 100 percent polyester, it’s among the lightest in the line. I have the white, gray and purple shirt shown in the initial photo. It comes in four different combinations.
I’ve also tried the Reserve, which has the Desert Dry Xtra-Lite 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester blend. Antigua’s website shows it coming in nine different colors; mine is a muted gray. For those who prefer the clean look of a solid color, Reserve is an excellent choice.
Finally, I also have been wearing the Blaze, again a Desert Dry Xtra-Lite, but with the cotton-like feel. The subtle, horizontal striping gives the shirt more of a textured look, despite its supple smooth feel.
All in all, these shirts look good on a golf course, in a club house or anywhere, for that matter. They are another good take on the classic polo shirt.
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