When the seasons change, it’s time to layer up for brisk rounds near home or pare down for tee times in sunnier climes.
By Suzanne S. Brown
Twenty years ago, Stephanie Carter co-founded the Boulder- based the Wallaroo Hat Company, offering sun protection and superi- or style for any outdoor pursuit. Named for an Australian marsupial, Wallaroo has now launched Carkella, a brand inspired by an estate along that country’s Murrumbidgee River. In addition to travel-friendly design and stylish SPF, the signature feature of Carkella hats is their customizable magnetic emblems. The reversible Colorado emblem, for example, has a mountain rendering on one side and a version of the state flag on the other. It looks great on the unisex Fairway, $58, a design with a 21⁄2-inch brim and adjustable sizing. The double-sided emblems cost $7; non-reversible emblems are $5. carkella.com
UP TO PAR
The California-based clothing brand Linksoul has crossover appeal, looking good either on the course or on the town after a round of golf. For fall, check out the cotton blend “drytech” Anza polos and shirts in solids, prints and stripes, $78-$88, to wear with Bandon knit pants in stretch cotton, $130, available in three colors. Top them with a cotton “cashmere” hoodie, $130 and Raen Pierce sunglasses, $175, and you’ll be looking good wherever your day takes you. linksoul.com
PULLING ONE OVER
Whether your fall travel plans take you to a Colorado mountain course or to a tropical resort, a layering piece that offers comfort and warmth will come in handy. A couple of new styles from Adidas are sure to find a place in your bag. The Statement Quarter Zip Pullover, $120, is made of knitted recycled polyester that has a water-repellant coating. The padded and quilted front is stylish and function- al, as are the front pockets with adjustable cuffs. For off the course or on a casual round, Adidas offers the COLD.RDY Go-To Hoodie, $90, in a lightweight jacquard fab- ric that keeps the wearer warm by trapping air between the body and the garment. It has front pockets, a hood with drawcord, and ribbed cuffs and hem. adidas.com
Golf shoes that offer traction and stability may not shave points off your score, but they will give you
a good foundation for playing your best. Ecco is one of the leading brands because models like the new BIOM H4 shoes help grip the ground and offer stability through your swing via a stabilizer made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane—a fusion of plastic, elastic and rubber) that wraps around the foot from the outsole to the midsole. And for those who favor fashionable footwear, the understated sneaker-like shoe comes in four colors for men and three for women and features leather uppers in waterproof Gore-Tex and a new outsole with three zones of traction. $200. eccousa.com
More than two decades ago, Norwegian skier and Olympian Lasse Kjus started a company to introduce function and performance to clothing for his sport. Next, Kjus (pronounced “shu-ss”) added a golf division and the company has its North American headquarters in Boulder. Golfers love the clean look as well as the technical features of its products, such as the windproof men’s Retention Jacket, a versatile fall piece. The design on the jacket’s chest was inspired by origami and it has lightweight insulation on the front and four-way stretch on the arms and the back. Retention comes in six color combinations, has front zippered pockets and elastic at hem and sleeves, $299. It is also available as a vest, $249. kjus.com
IN THE PINK
Pink is a signature color at Golftini, not only because it’s flattering but sales of the brand’s pink items support breast-cancer charities. Company founder and designer Susan Hess, who at age 14 lost her mother to the disease, has included pink in every collection since starting the business. Golftini redoubles its efforts each October during Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it contributes to the cause year-round through sales on its website (customers choose their charity and a percentage of sales are donated) and by donating skorts to be raffled at events. New items supporting Golftini’s efforts are the performance-fabric, side-pleated Awareness skort, $125, pull-on ruffle tech Mamma Mia skort, $110, and mock neck long sleeve top, $95. golftiniwear.com
Fashion rules used to dictate that you didn’t wear
white after Labor Day, nor colors that were bright and reminiscent of summer. But the rules, like leaves on
the trees, change. Today vibrant patterns and colors are welcomed on the golf course year-round. Heidi Spell-erberg, head designer for Jofit women’s golf and fitness apparel, is endorsing “preppy with a pop” in her fall Reposado Blanco lineup for the label. She incorporates traditional patterns, such as overvsized herringbone and houndstooth, and adds bold pops of candy-hued pink as a foil to black and white in an assortment of tops, skorts, shorts and pants. Prices in the collection range from $86 to $186. jofit.com
This article was also featured in the Fall 2021 Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.