Monday, January 1, 2007
Shoes Buyer's Guide 2006
Still wondering what piece of new golf equipment you must have to play your best in ?06? Look no further than the bottom of your feet.
Adidas Golf ClimaCool Tradewind
Cool. No, really, it is. Promoting air circulation into and out of the shoe through a system of channels, ducts and perforations is the modus operandi of the ClimaCool Tradewind. This shoe is also unique in that it’s a spikeless design, rugged enough to provide excellent traction on the golf course but also suitable for off-course activities. In other words, you can literally play 18 holes and go for your evening run in the same pair of shoes. The Adiprene heel cushions against shock and the lightweight EVA midsole cradles and supports the entire foot. The ClimaCool Tradewind haven’t any leather on them, so even if they do get wet, they dry quickly and are easy to clean with soap and water. Be sure and check out the full line of new adidas Golf footwear in classic, modern and athletic styles.
Hi-Tec V-Lite Typhoon II CDT
Hi-Tec, a company rooted steep in outdoor performance footwear, produced the V-Lite Typhoon II CDT with the serious golfer in mind. The Typhoon II features a flexible two-pod sole bridged together with a Vortex TPU shank that moves weight away from the middle of the foot and toward the heel and toe regions where it’s needed most. Other features include a V-Lite upper that combines leather and microfiber with non-metallic hardware for the utmost in lightness and breathability, and a Vortex outsole with CDT (Custom Directional Traction) technology that grips with powerful support. By adjusting the CDT spike legs, golfers can position traction in key regions where it’s needed most during the swing, without compromising an ounce of tractional support. Hi-Tec has multiple styles and colors available, including a full line of women’s golf shoes.
FootJoy has long been a leader in not only selling golf shoes, but in creating shoes designed for comfort, durability and performance. The new GF:II is full of advancements such as EVA molded insoles, Tri-Density TPU outsoles and what’s called a Wishbone Suspension system that’s designed to mimic the foot’s axial rotation. For additional support, there’s a perforated alloy shank for rigidity during the swing and Dual OptiFlex2 channels in the sole for walking comfort. Round it out with Pittards leather, Pulsar cleats and an IntelliTemp footbed, and the GF:II is FootJoy’s most high-tech shoe to date.
Ecco Casual Cool Hydromax
From a company whose motto is “Never underestimate the power of comfort,” one would only expect the utmost in the Casual Cool Hydromax shoe. The Cool Hydromax feature Ecco’s signature comfort technology that consists of a removable leather insole, heel shock absorber, an internal stabilizer shank and a TPU sole design that optimizes traction during the swing and while walking on the course. Part of the ingenuity in all of Ecco’s shoes is the glueless bond between the leather upper and sole. While other golf shoes often separate in this area with use and wear, the bond in the Ecco shoes is permanent. Also, the lack of glue means no yellow fading.
Etonic Difference 3Z
Don’t miss Etonic this year. The new Difference 3Z is the company’s best shoe to date, complete with Gore-Tex® waterproofing and full-grain uppers. The Ergo-Fit footbed molds to the foot and the Bi-Fit insole is firmer in the heel for support and softer toward the toe for walking comfort. Multiple flex grooves aid in proper shoe flexing, and a phylon midsole cradles the foot, while TPU pods enhance lateral stability. The feel and comfort of all Etonic golf shoes has greatly improved, along with the modern styling and athletic fit of each model. Best of the new features is the two-pod sole design to help golfers better manage weight movement and balance.
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