Fall golf vs. Spring golf. Which side are you on?
I’ve changed my opinion over the years. When living on the east coast, there was the anticipation of dusting the clubs off after a long winter’s hibernation. Hope would always spring eternal that the same swing would magically produce better results in the season ahead. Plus, there was The Masters with all of its vibrant pastels. Looking back on it, spring golf never lived up to the hype, though. Too often, chilly rains sent the clubs back into hibernation and those same bad swing habits were still ingrained in my muscle memory.
Since moving to the west coast, I’m all about fall golf. With cool mornings giving way to warm days, this is prime golf season. Plus, that early morning tee time isn’t quite so early. Knowing how to dress for the weather is the key to fall golf, especially here in California where temperatures can rise by as much as 25 degrees from the first tee to the 18th green. Warmth, breathability, and playability are the secrets to a successful loop.
This outfit from Kjus has been one of my favorite ways to hit the course this autumn. It ticks all of the comfort and playability boxes. Plus, it is stylish and sporty, and easily transitions to the pub for tackling an afternoon of football, wings, and beer.
Kjus Retention Jacket
Hybrid jackets, like Kjus’ Retention Jacket, are must-haves for fall golf. Much like that hybrid club in your bag, they are versatile and reliable. Think back 10 years. The thought of swinging a club in a puffer was laughable. Thanks to innovations in the world of textiles, these jackets are now mainstream essentials for the fairways.
The Retention Jacket brings the heat in more ways than one. It possesses everything you want from a hybrid jacket—warmth, breathability, flexibility, and style. It finds itself on the cutting-edge of innovation with a state-of-the-art layer of stretchy 3D insulation. The lightweight, compact fibers are intertwined to move with the body. At the same time, these fibers trap heat and return it to the skin. The result is a high level of heat retention without a high level of bulk.
Using this insulation on the front of the Retention Jacket helps to keep the core warm, while a stretchy performance fabric on the sleeves and back allows for full range of motion. One of the features that separates this jacket from other hybrids on the market is the insulation on the collar, a welcomed addition on those brisk and blustery fall mornings.
Adding to the unique design is angled stitching on the front that not only holds the thin layer of insulation in place but feeds into the modern and sporty aesthetic. Not to mention, the fit of this jacket is impeccable, providing a streamlined look through the body and arms.
Kjus Stan Polo Shirt
As temperatures rise throughout the round, the Retention Jacket easily packs down into your bag, allowing you to show off the simple and stylish looks of Kjus’ Stan Polo.
Think of the Stan as your favorite cotton pique polo with a technical twist. The open weave, three-button placket, minimalist logos, and tipping on the ribbed collar and cuffs are throwbacks to simpler times. These style characteristics also help the Stan to move smoothly from the course to the street without missing a beat.
On the flip side, the 50/50 cotton/poly blend with 4-way stretch and UPF 50+ protection is all about performance. The designers at Kjus also added a subtle playability feature to the Stan. Most polos have a shoulder seam that runs along the top of the shoulder, which can be restricting when trying to make a golf swing. On the Stan, this seam was relocated to the front of the shoulder and placed on an angle. This allows the shoulders to move freely during the swing.
Kjus offers two different cuts with its polos. The Stan is one of the slimmer fitting shirts in the range. Others, like the Soren, offer a more generous fit. Whether you favor the trimmer European fit or the more relaxed American fit, you can surely find a polo in Kjus’ collection to meet your style.
Kjus Ike Pants
I’m picky when it comes to pants. The fit needs to be on point and they need to possess technical qualities like stretch, breathability, and water and dirt resistance. Once I find a pair that delivers these features, I never want to take them off. Such is the case with Kjus’ Ike Pant.
The Ike has quickly become one of my favorites this fall. Much like my favorite pair of chinos, the Ike is smart and casual, but the fit, feel, and comfort of the Ike has relegated that pair of chinos to the back of the closet. The Free Motion technology offers lightness, elasticity, and softness while the DWR finish causes dirt, rain, and morning dew to bead off the poly/elastane fabric.
I’ve always felt that golf pants are an opportunity for designers to show off their understanding of the subtle details that matter the most to golfers. With the Ike, Kjus’ designers nailed these golf-specific details. Deep pockets make grabbing tees a breeze, silicon tape on the inner waistband and a rear pocket help to keep your shirt tucked in and your scorecard in place, and a small ticket pocket is a convenient place for storing a ball marker. Kjus also stitched a piece of ribbon around the inner waistband for a refined and upscale look.
Like Kjus’ polos, the Ike is available in two different cuts. The tailored fit is perfect for me or anyone else who has legs that resemble a one-iron. It is a slim fit with a smooth taper and a narrow leg opening. If you prefer a straighter cut, the Ike in a regular fit will provide a bit more room while maintaining a modern look. Kjus also offers the Ike in a warm version, which is perfect for winter golf. A brushed fleece on the inside helps to keep your legs warm and extend your golf season.