Product Reviews

Maide Golf

When Stanford student Brian Spaly couldn't find a pair of pants that fit correctly, he decided to build his own company and call it Bonobos.  Shortly after, he would team up with his roommate, Andy Dunn, and create the largest clothing brand ever built on the web in the United States.  in 2012, Bonobos expanded to physical locations and opened up "Guideshops."  These are locations where you can try on clothes and find your perfect fit.  Your order is then shipped to wherever you need them.  A year later they would launch Maide, the golf brand of Bonobos.

There is an authentic passion for the game of golf among members of our company that inspired this product. Like Bonobos, Maide was launched to fill a void in the marketplace. It’s the answer to what we see missing in the golf world as it relates to fit, style, and functionality.
— Andy Dunn - Bonobos CEO

To me,  Maide is all about great fitting clothes that look sharp and still offer a fun vibe to them.  The festive polo you see below is easily one of my favorites in the closet right now.  It also is my #1 compliment fetching polo in the current rotation.  Based on my estimates, It averages 3.2 compliments per round.  As evidenced in the video, the polos also help with eagle putts.

Sean Ogle and I finish up an epic golf trip at Aronomink in PA.  Sean has even declared the Maide golf pants to be the "Best in the world."  Check out his review  here ..

Sean Ogle and I finish up an epic golf trip at Aronomink in PA.  Sean has even declared the Maide golf pants to be the "Best in the world."  Check out his review here..

The Blue Palms Minicheck could possibly dazzle your opponents into missing all putts within 6 feet.

The Blue Palms Minicheck could possibly dazzle your opponents into missing all putts within 6 feet.

The Flatiron Half=Zip and the Highland Golf Pant deliver the one two punch.

The Flatiron Half=Zip and the Highland Golf Pant deliver the one two punch.

Maide apparel is available at www.maidegolf.com and offers a full lineup of polos, pants, shorts, sweaters, and t shirts.  The brand is also available to try on in person at one of your local Bonobos "guideshops".  To experience Maide Golf, you can set up your very own fitting appointment at www.bonobos.com/guideshop.

State Apparel

State Apparel is not your typical golf pants and polo company.  They have taken a unique approach to "reinventing golfwear" by transforming golf clothing into golf equipment.  Now that you are thinking, "How the hell are pants gonna help me make that downhill 6 foot slider?"

These pants won't make the 6 footers any easier but they can potentially make managing your round easier.  State Apparel incorporates wiping layers into their golf pants and shirts.  The idea is that by providing towel like fabrics on their clothing for wiping hands, clubs, and balls, golfers will never need to step away from a shot.

I was skeptical when I first read this. "Will I really use these?" and  "Won't my clothes get dirty?"  "Oh look, here comes Koenig all covered in dirt, he uses his shirt as a golf towel."  

However, once I put on the clothes, I was actually surprised at how often I took advantage of the wiping layers, a scrub of the ball here,  a wipe of the wedge there.  Granted, the clothes are not for scrubbing the sod off your 60 degree after you chunked one into the water, but they definitely serve as a nice option for keeping things clean.

The wiping layers on the polos are incorporated into the side panels on the shirt.  From San Francisco to New York: The competition shirt was an obvious fit for a day of 36 at Winged Foot.

The wiping layers on the polos are incorporated into the side panels on the shirt.  From San Francisco to New York: The competition shirt was an obvious fit for a day of 36 at Winged Foot.

The wiping layer on the Fairway Pants and Match Play Shorts resides in the pocket lining.  It's pretty easy to access and I use it more than I thought I would.

The wiping layer on the Fairway Pants and Match Play Shorts resides in the pocket lining.  It's pretty easy to access and I use it more than I thought I would.

Another point of pride for State Apparel is that all of their clothing is actually made in San Francisco, California.  With the majority of the clothing world utilizing overseas options, State Apparel has kept the business domestic.  For those that make purchasing decisions after considering product origin, economic impact, and authenticity, State Apparel is a great option for the educated consumer.