First look: Peter Millar Efficiency Attire 2021
In the world of upscale golf clothing, Peter Millar is a household name. Brand ambassador cadres include PGA TOUR players like Brandt Snedeker, Chez Reavie, and Harris English – and dozens of others. But what distinguishes a $ 100 golf polo from cheaper alternatives? This is a reasonable question that we hear a lot – especially when venturing into a conversation with equipment or clothing that is reasonably considered expensive.
A good part of the answer is a preference, although there are some key stylistic and material differences that should be highlighted. Well, whether these distinctions make any difference to you is entirely up to you. Score one for consumer demand and free choice.
This brief overview focuses on several parts of the 2021 line. However, the luxury performance sportswear division is a relatively new add-on for the brand that started out primarily as a semi-formal men's clothing company. But we're not here to talk about blazers and cardigans. What is clear is that Peter Millar's golf apparel maintains continuity with its decidedly luxurious approach to the apparel and accessories market.
Stylistically, I would classify Peter Millar's approach as brave, but not loud. It's clean and classic, but with enough variety to get noticed. Just enough. It's a fine line if you want to be noticed but not exude obnoxiousness. It is a kind of tightrope walk that Peter Millar deals with with admirable dexterity. If you're looking for wild patterns, neon colors and something to match your Aunt Elda's curtains, Peter Millar is not.
The 2021 collection includes a range of lightweight garments that Peter Millar believes provide golfers with a more robust choice for a variety of playing conditions.
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Solar Cool Performance Quarter Zip
The Solar Cool Performance Quarter Zip is a light quarter zip with "innovative performance yarns that reflect infrared rays and create a cooling effect of two to four degrees and a clean, classic sportswear aesthetic on sunny days". We haven't tested performance apparel and specific temperature management needs, but at least it's fascinating.
If there is a risk of excessive sharing, my engine will run a little hot. If anything, I'd rather be too cold than too warm. The last thing I want when I'm playing golf is a layered piece that feels like I'm wearing Sherpa adventure gear. If I want to drop $ 150 on a quarter zip, I want to be able to wear it too. A lot of. The simple, solid colors offer a lot of versatility and frankly, this is the kind of sweater I would fucking wear until it was consistently above 60 degrees.
Hyperlight safety vest
As the name suggests, Peter Millar bills for that Hyperlight safety vest as a more technical piece. Based on the marketing materials from Peter Millar, the vest is ergonomically made from a light 4-way stretch performance material with a wind and water repellent front panel. It features 40 grams of inner insulation, a welded chest pocket with an integrated logo, a two-way zip front, hand pockets and a streamlined style for on and off course wear.
Translation: It's a nice looking vest designed to help you stay reasonably warm and dry when the weather gets a little choppy.
The west space is split. That said, it seems to me that some golfers love vests while others loathe them. I generally avoid insulated vests just because they make me look chubby in a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man way. Granted, this is more of a "me problem" than anything else. However, the Hyperlight Fuse Vest fits more like a quarter-zip without sleeves. This extra space allows me to treat myself to a few extra pints of ice and still comfortably put a polo underneath.
At first glance, I thought the camo print was … a bit much. In person, however, it is far more subtle than it appears on the website or in a catalog. As an added bonus, it provides some cover if you hit your tee shot into the woods and have to pull out that old ankle wedge.
According to Peter Millar it is feather-light polo is lighter than your favorite T-shirt, has UPF 50 sun protection and an antimicrobial four-way stretch material. It comes in a wide variety of custom prints with vibrant hues.
My point of view: This is Peter Millar, who is dropping his hair a little with a polo that has a very specific use case, i. H. When it's super damn hot. When I first put it on, I thought, "Is it possible to be naked and clothed at the same time?"
This is the polo that Peter Millar would recommend if it's too hot to play golf, but you will need something that meets the minimum dress code requirements. To reduce odor retention, the featherweight polo also uses antimicrobial fabric and for the first time in Peter Millar's history offers a sun protection rating of UPF 50. If you're not familiar with UPF, a rating of 50 means the fabric is 98% of the time Blocked sun rays.
A word of caution. If you are a man with thick body hair, thin fabric is not your friend. Seriously. If you have dark, coarse body hair, I'll be extra careful with this feather-light polo or a light / sheer polo. There's nothing worse than going to your first tea and looking like a well-dressed chia pet.
Dollar Bills, Y’all …
OK, we need to talk about the price. If you were to take a database average for every golf apparel sold over the course of a year, Peter Millar would certainly be more expensive than most options.
Some golfers go into Jerry McGuire freak-out mode when they see a $ 98 price point on a polo that looks like the $ 65 price point next to it on the rack.
I hear you. A few truisms …
First, the existence of higher priced products does not preclude the availability of cheaper alternatives. So before you grab your pitchforks and light the torches, no one is forcing you to throw $ 100 on a golf shirt or $ 170 on a vest. But it's an option.
Second, a price sometimes indicates quantifiable differences in quality, features, and / or benefits. That said, whether these differences make a difference to you is ultimately the real difference.
It's not an oxymoron. I would argue that value and cost are not mutually exclusive. And in the case of Peter Millar, this is an integral part of the story. Beyond aesthetics, fit and durability are two frequently discussed advantages of an upscale purchase. By using more advanced textiles, designers can create garments that are more likely to retain their shape for longer periods of time. Functionally, this means that a shirt you bought in summer 2020 will likely look, feel and wear the same in spring 2021. However, experience has shown that cheaper clothing does not last that long. Especially if you tend to read care instructions, this is more of a suggestion than an absolute rule.
As soon as a shirt is stretched out or suffers from a bacon collar, the game is almost over. Again, I understand that this may not be important to you. On the other hand, that's the beauty of preference and a market that offers myriad options at different prices.
Also, remember that many golfers shop on a "this looks good, give me two" attitude. If you like it, buy it. And they'll likely buy more than one. Regardless of the cost difference, it is marginal and does not affect the final decision.
Softgoods pose unique challenges to evaluation. Shirts have no MOI values. And we don't put pants on a launch monitor to record ball speeds and launch angles. At least I don't think so. Hence, the category typically lacks the kind of quantitative analysis we like to use to make definitive conclusions about performance. As with almost every product or service, however, there are different levels of quality. And golf apparel is no exception. Some products are just better than others.
Top-end apparel should contain at least four-way stretch material, some degree of sun / UV protection, and odor control technology. No doubt many other brands list similar features and technologies as their main selling points. As always, there are some nuances. Some manufacturers choose to spray on antibacterial coatings as opposed to technologies that burn them directly into the fibers. Some companies offer UPF 30, while others offer better UV protection.
Ultimately, the rocker for golf apparel still favors preference over performance. That said, maybe the pendulum is working its way back to the center.
That being said, Peter Millar doesn't pretend that what it offers will appeal to every golfer. However, Peter Millar believes it offers a complete package for golfers who don't mind spending more and who want all of the technical advantages of performance apparel but prefer a more traditional look.
As always, tell us what you think.