The Golf Polo | Name Brands Aren’t Your Only Option

I connected with three off the radar brands to feature, providing a review of golf polos that you likely won’t find on the shelves at your local sporting goods store. Rhoback, Tillinger, and lululemon provided pieces for a round of 18 at White Eagle Golf Club (Naperville, IL). Below is a short introduction on each brand, and notes on each of their best-selling polos.

Rhoback

The founders of Rhoback were on a hunt for a shirt that “could transition seamlessly from one activity to the next." When they couldn’t find it, they decided to make it. They pulled their “favorite designs and colors, mixed in the best performance fabrics” and “made a top of the line set of shirts to fit [their] lifestyle”. The name originates from the Rhodesian Ridgeback dog bred in Africa for the purpose of hunting lions. “The Ridgeback perpetually craves activity and has an unmistakable ridge that runs down its back. Wearing the ridge on our back inspires [them] to always be ready for the next adventure”.

Wearing: The Willy B Polo

Wearing: The Willy B Polo

Wearing: The Navy Yard Polo, The Poly Hat

Wearing: The Navy Yard Polo, The Poly Hat

The Rhoback Polo

Notes From A Guy’s Perspective:

Cons

  • Buttons seem to be an afterthought. They’re lower quality plastic

Pros

  • Awesome Collar- has a dress shirt feel

  • Polos runs true to size

  • Allows for a lot of movement. 4-Way Stretch- up, down, left, and right

  • Thicker fabric. The thin fabrics gets a little clingy when wet

  • Low maintenance 

  • Able to throw this in a gym bag and not have to worry about it wrinkling

Wearing: The Navy Yard Polo, The Poly Hat

Wearing: The Navy Yard Polo, The Poly Hat

Wearing: The Willy B Polo

Wearing: The Willy B Polo

Wearing: The Navy Yard Polo, The Poly Hat

Wearing: The Navy Yard Polo, The Poly Hat


Tillinger

The Tillinger story began when the founder, Jordan, was working in NYC during the summer of 2016. The thickness of his business casual attire caused him to sweat even more in the warm and humid environment. After hours, Jordan played a lot golf and enjoys the “more comfortable uniform of performance fabric polo shirts, shorts, and pants.” Unfortunately, he couldn’t sport his golf attire to work as the pieces were “ill-fitting, heavily branded, brightly colored, and very expensive.” Jordan realized “there had to be a way to combine business casual apparel with the performance qualities of golf clothing.” and so, Tillinger was born. The “sweat-management clothing blends inspiration from both golf and fashion to create a modern lifestyle brand that transitions seamlessly from the office, to happy hour, and to weekend golf.”

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Azalea Pink

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Azalea Pink

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Carolina Blue

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Carolina Blue

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Carolina Blue

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Carolina Blue

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in White

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in White

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Azalea Pink

Wearing: The Etiquette Polo Shirt in Azalea Pink

The Etiquette Polo

Notes From A Guy’s Perspective:

cons

  • Runs Small

  • The shorter sleeves get caught above the bicep

 pros

  • Quality buttons

  • No logo

  • Hidden button- down collar. The brand utilizes an elastic loop that provides some movement

  • Fun accent prints

  • Low maintenance

  • Allows for a lot of movement. 4-Way Stretch- up, down, left, and right

  • Heavier fabric that will hold shape, and drapes nicely

lululemon

The Canadian athletic apparel most famous for the luxury women’s apparel, also has menswear. lululemon is “an evolving collection of bold thoughts that allow for some real conversations to take place”. Their clothing is “built based on activity” and have a plethora of options for how you prefer to sweat.

Wearing: lululemon Commission Short Chino 9" Slim in Aquatic Green, Metal Vent Tech Polo in White/Blue/Lime, and Tillinger Poly Hat in White.

Wearing: lululemon Commission Short Chino 9" Slim in Aquatic Green, Metal Vent Tech Polo in White/Blue/Lime, and Tillinger Poly Hat in White.

Wearing: lululemon Commission Short Chino 9" Slim in Aquatic Green, Metal Vent Tech Polo in White/Blue/Lime, and Tillinger Poly Hat in White

Wearing: lululemon Commission Short Chino 9" Slim in Aquatic Green, Metal Vent Tech Polo in White/Blue/Lime, and Tillinger Poly Hat in White

Commission Short Chino 9" Slim

Notes From A Guy’s Perspective:

Cons

  • Plastic Buttons (Hoping they don’t break)

pros

  • True to size

  • Material Comfy and Breathable

  • Length 

  • fun and unique color

metal vent tech polo

Notes from a guys perspective:

cons

  • Thin fabric clings to the body when wet

  • Flimsy collar- doesn’t hold

PROS

  • Breathable

  • Lightweight

  • Quality buttons

  • Low maintenance

Wearing: lululemon Commission Short Chino 9" Slim in Aquatic Green, Metal Vent Tech Polo in White/Blue/Lime, and Tillinger Poly Hat in White

Wearing: lululemon Commission Short Chino 9" Slim in Aquatic Green, Metal Vent Tech Polo in White/Blue/Lime, and Tillinger Poly Hat in White

Phil, thank you for the review and for modeling!


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