Engineered to Play. It is more than a tagline for PING. For nearly 60 years, the manufacturer has helped players of all skill levels take their games to new heights.
While you are probably familiar with many of the cutting-edge technologies on the equipment side, you may not know that PING is showing this same commitment to performance and innovation on the apparel side. Since the brand brought its soft goods business in house in 2016, the Sensor Technology Platform of Cool, Warm, and Dry fabrications has formed the foundation of its apparel collections.
Over the past two years, PING’s design team has consistently taken these high tech fabrics and transformed them into clean, well-tailored, and timeless pieces. The brand’s AW’17 Collection is a strong example of this. The three unique, yet cohesive, color stories are perfect for the season. The razor-sharp fits look like they were crafted in a bespoke shop on Saville Row. And, the additions of Tencel, Primaloft, and Pertex bring new technologies to the Sensor Technology Platform.
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Here are four outfits showcasing the style and performance of PING’s AW’17 Collection.
Whether you call it merlot, burgundy, or pinot, these deep, rich reds are all the rage this fall. For the record, PING calls this colorstory Heritage Redwood and it is one of my favorite palettes of the season. From the engineered stripes on the Ronan polo to the Redwood hue of the Lennox pant and the striking contrast of the Citadel Grey Austin pullover, this outfit makes a strong statement from top to bottom.
The centerpiece of this kit is the Lennox pant. The easiest way to stand out from the crowd while maintaining a clean look is to wear a non-traditional color below the waist. That’s what the Lennox gives you in this outfit.
There’s nothing fancy about the Lennox, but it will quickly become one of your favorites. I have half a closet full of golf pants, but none have received as many compliments as the Lennox. The 5-pocket design and slim silhouette provide a modern look, allowing it to easily transition to the athleisure section of your wardrobe. This pant has been a mainstay in PING’s lineup since last fall, and it will remain there throughout 2018. Hey, why mess with a good thing?
PING has a habit of cranking out great engineered stripe designs. The latest is the Ronan. Sure, the series of horizontal stripes creates a bold look, but what really ties this shirt and pants combo together is the Redwood stripe at the top. The small raised logo on the right shoulder also enhances the modern look and keeps the front of the shirt void of distractions.
PING’s lightweight Largo Pullover was one of my go-to’s in the spring. This fall, the brand’s Austin has assumed that role. Lined with a performance fleece, this half-zip with Sensorwarm Technology locks in the warmth and blocks out the wind on those cool and blustery autumn days.
What separates a good layering piece from a bad one is the fit and PING absolutely nailed the proportions of the Austin. There is no excess material, but there is plenty of room to effortlessly move. The sleeves hit just above the wrists so as to not interfere with your swing. From a style standpoint, the Austin brings a sporty vibe to this setup and syncs nicely with the casual look of the Lennox pant.
This outfit showcases the versatility of the Lennox pant in the Redwood color as we pair it with the Harris polo in Citadel Grey or the long sleeve Crosby polo in Black/Asphalt Grey. For some added warmth, we add the Plato sweater to the mix.
The Harris makes a return appearance from PING’s SS’17 Collection. Again, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Instead, re-release it in a fresh, new colorway. This Citadel Grey colorway features classic White and Redwood stripes that work beautifully with the Lennox pant. The marled fabric on the placket, collar, and sleeves bring a modern twist to this timeless design.
Fabricated from CoolMax, the Harris is in tune with your body. The intelligent material knows exactly how the body is feeling and has the ability to regulate the body’s temperature. When body temperature rises, fibers with a channeled surface move moisture away from the body. On cooler days, hollow core fibers trap heat and return it to the body.
We don’t see many long sleeve polos on the course these days, but after wearing the Crosby, I’m looking to add more to my wardrobe. Like the Austin Pullover, the fit of the Crosby is on point. This is certainly a more fashionable alternative to the dreaded ‘short sleeve polo over a base layer’ look.
The Crosby also showcases a new fabric in PING’s Sensorcool category—Tencel. Tencel is even softer than cotton and it absorbs 50% more moisture than cotton. In the Crosby, PING has blended Tencel with a performance polyester and elastane. Once the Tencel absorbs the sweat, the polyester quickly moves it away from the body. This is the Holy Grail of fabric.
I’m a sweater guy, but finding one with the proper fit, style, and warmth is no easy feat. The Plato sweater, though, has earned a spot in my rotation thanks to sporty accents, a sharp crewneck design and temperature regulating qualities.
My first round in the Plato sold me on its polyester CoolMax/Merino wool blend. With early morning temperatures in the 40s, the warmth of the merino and the insulating technology of the CoolMax kicked in to keep me warm. As the temperatures rose more than 20 degrees, the breathability and moisture-wicking technology kept me cool and dry. The result was my best round of the year, a tidy 1-under 71. Yes, this is now one of my favorite outfits.
Teal has been one of the trendy colors on the fairways the last few years. The bright, vibrant teals of spring and summer have given way to deeper, more intense hues in PING’s Seaport Haze colorstory. Here we pair the Lennox pant in Black with the Brett Polo in Light Teal Marl, and for a layer of warmth, the Norse Jacket in Black.
The Brett is another CoolMax polo shirt that is back for a second tour of duty. The marled front offers a modern attitude while the striped panels on the sides, shoulders, and back create an intriguing two-tone effect. Adding to the good looks is an old school four-button placket with a striped ribbon detail for a pop of color.
As we roll into the coldest months of the year, die-hard golfers are looking for any way to steal a few winter rounds and the Norse jacket can help you do just that. In an effort to provide maximum warmth with minimal bulk, PING turned to Primaloft Silver insulation. Besides being lightweight, Primaloft Silver is water resistant, breathable, and packable. You may buy the Norse for the course, but you’ll likely wear it on the streets even more often.
PING carries on its tradition of brilliant blues with the Heritage Midnight colorstory. With a blend of classic and contemporary designs, this kit includes a modern take on a chest pocket polo in Midnight Blue, a new school insulated vest in Asphalt/Black, and the Lennox pant in Taupe.
Karsten II Polo
PING Founder Karsten Solheim was a pioneer in golf club manufacturing. Whether it was the Anser putter, the color-coded fitting system, or the PING Eye2 irons, he was always evolving and pushing the envelope of design. The one constant? You would likely find him wearing a chest pocket polo. For this reason, the Karsten polo is an essential piece in every PING apparel collection.
For AW’17, this classic-looking polo gets a serious style and fabric upgrade. This second generation of the Karsten is fabricated from the same Tencel blend as the Crosby polo. From a style standpoint, the button-down collar provides a refined look and the herringbone trim on the inner placket adds an air of sophistication.
Every golfer needs a stylish and functional hybrid vest in his wardrobe and the Barkley checks all the boxes when it comes to comfort, performance, and good looks. Layer this over a polo or a sweater to free up your arms while keeping your core warm. The quilted front not only provides a fashionable look, it also possesses thermal qualities to insulate the body. The back of the Barkley is constructed from a soft and stretchy brushed fleece for added warmth and playability.