Capito Golf Review

While walking down the isles of the 2009 PGA Merchandise show, The Hackers Paradise, saw rows upon rows of equipment, gadgets, and apparel. As your fashion guru you can imagine where my focus was; the apparel, there were so many incredible brands. As we were walking I could hear fun, funky music and I was immediately drawn in. The music brought me to their booth, but their clothes kept me there. You are probably asking, what company am I talking about? Capito Golf, filled with style, sophistication, creativity, fashion and the most incredible attention to detail I have ever seen.

When we spent time at the Capito Golf booth we were given an in depth showing, by Mr. Capito himself, of this new to the US clothing line. From what we saw at the show we were already in love, but once we had the goods in the THP offices we had trouble sending it back. We had the opportunity to review six articles of clothing plus belts and belt buckles. The first thing we noticed on all the apparel was their logo, a simple plus sign, or is it? Per the Capito Golf Catelog:

“The plus symbol is the elite status of handicapping. This icon dates back to the 1800s as a form of differentiation between amateur and professional golfers. Only players achieving this status could bare the icon on their scorecard representing the true symbolism of prestige and elegance both on and off the course. The Jon-Paul Capito collection embraces the harmonious balance of sport and luxury goods for the elite status. By representing a significant tailored look, high attention to detail, and superior quality gives the stature of a true gentleman. Luxury is a MUST.”

Of the six items of clothing we received there were three shirts, two pairs of shorts, and a reversible pullover. The first two shirts were the Short Sleeve Pique Golf Shirt in both black and grey. These polos were my first encounter with Capito’s incredible attention to detail. The polo itself is black, then the collar, placket, and sleeve bindings are all white for a wonderful contrast of colors. If he had left the shirt just like that it would have been a beautiful top, but Caipto went one step further and added his signature diamond shaped plaid lining on the inside collar. That added design is a perfect example of his never ending attention to detail. As much as I loved the black and grey polos, I was even more taken with the red short sleeve Jacquard zip golf shirt.

I will admit at first glance I did not care for the pattern, but like a lot of wonderful clothes I have come across this shirt looks much better on a person then on the hanger. The zip placket adds a level of sophistication and really makes it stand out compared to the more traditional button down placket. A funny thing, the part of the shirt I personally liked the most, the woven epaulets, is the part most reviewers liked the least. From the female perspective I thought these shirts were incredibly flattering on a man, they definitely had me doing a double take. When I asked the male testers what they thought they all unanimously agreed “those polos were unbelievable.” All the men said the fit was perfect and very true to size, and the fabric, although it looks thicker then the usual tech material, felt great on the body and you could not tell a difference weight wise. So it looks like for the shirts, it’s get a THP two thumbs up.

Next up is the reversible pull over. This outerwear piece was hands down THP’s pick for our MUST BUY item of the bunch. With an MSRP of $170 USD this piece is a steal because you are getting two jackets in one. The pullover is made of microfiber, so it’s lightweight to allow for an easy golf swing, but will still keep you warm on a chilly day. On one side you have a solid black pullover with the Capito plus sign symbol in white and plaid lined pockets. If he had stopped here this would be one gorgeous looking jacket, but of course he doesn’t, he goes one step further and makes it reversible. Feeling a little fresh and fun, then switch the solid black to a colorful and stylish plaid pullover. No matter how you wear it, you can rest assured you will look good.

In most parts of the country it is not exactly shorts weather just yet; however, living in the sunshine state our male testers were lucky enough to try out the Capito Golf Smart Shorts, one in silver and one with a houndstooth pattern. All our male testers said that both shorts were incredibly comfortable and very lightweight. The men liked the fit, but for me it was all about the fashion. I couldn’t get over how detailed these shorts were. On the back pocked you will find the Capito plus sign and lining each pocket will be their signature plaid print. If that wasn’t enough the inside lining of the shorts also had the plaid print, I was just blown away. The only way to make these bottoms look better was to add one of Capito Golfs interchangeable belts and decorative belt buckles.

Overall, the Capito Golf apparel line is about as nice as anything we have come across this year. When we first previewed the line at the PGA Show we were expecting prices to be extremely high and we were thrilled to learn that they are in line with most of the other high end brands. With both shirts and shorts going for around $85 per piece, THP thinks it is a brand to keep your eyes on. If you decide that you want one “go to” outfit, this could very well be it. For more information on Capito Golf and where you can find these great pieces of style, check out Capito Golf.

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