Despite being around since 1986 in Europe, most US golfers have not heard of the brand Cross Sportswear until recently. Last month in the THP monthly newsletter, our readers got a chance to find out a little more about the brand in terms of history and their recent launch in the United States. The company was kind enough to send over a few sample items to THP HQ for a trial and see what all the fuss was about in terms of their cut, fit, materials and of course their overall style.
Trying to sum up a company’s style in words is never easy, but Cross did so extremely well here.
“The design philosophy behind the Cross brand is to combine extremely high function with Scandinavian design style. The result is golf apparel that is technically superior to competitors as well as very attractive”.
Our first impression was “where have you been all my life” kind of results. The apparel is bold with colors, yet does not go to that over the top in terms of patterns. One can find subtle looks or even plain colors in their tops and their shorts and pants are offered in a variety of colors both solid an plaids. Very few of the boutique apparel lines have we found something for everybody, but Cross seems to have the majority covered pretty well.
One of the biggest issues with buying apparel that you cannot try on is every brand seems to have a different cut/fit. THP’s goal in our reviews is to make sure by the end of the article that one has all the information they need to be an educated consumer and cut/fit is one of the biggest factors with apparel purchases. Cross Sportswear is definitely an athletic cut apparel company. Some would call that a Euro cut as well. Their shirts tend to run a size or so small compared to the normal larger manufacturers that many of our US readers are familiar with. If you normally wear a large, check out an XL or even XXL (depending on how roomy you like it). Personally I normally wear my shirt sizes in the well known brands in large and the XL fits me quite well, but I do have one in XXL and the fit is also very good, just slightly more material through the midsection and shoulders. The shorts/pants appear to run fairly close to size. If you are used to wearing a 34 for example, the 34 with Cross should fit you quite well. Their pants also feature what they label as “Stretch”, which is based on the construction of the fabric and allowing it to stretch and move together with the user. This function should add comfort, as well as shape retention to your clothes for quite some time.
All the companies that are putting out fabulous golf apparel are speaking of the materials they use and Cross is no different. In their shirts they are using what they call “Dry Layer” which is their version of moisture wicking materials that will move perspiration away from the body to the fabrics outer surface where it will dry far more quickly. In our testing, it worked flawlessly as expected and kept us dry in the humid and hot FL heat. Do you fear a Robert Garrigus moment (sweaty in the wrong places)? We can safely set your mind at ease and let you know that the Cross bottoms that were tested safely wicked away moisture just as the shirts with no fears at all.
THP has always been a huge proponent of outerwear and good outerwear seems to be harder and harder to come by for some reason. Stylish is important when it comes to this protective layer, but function is what really counts…just ask the US Ryder Cup team. Cross openly says that they have the best looking and most technical golf outerwear on the market. I was not sure about such a bold statement until I had a chance to try it on for myself. The first thing I will say is that it is extremely comfortable with a soft and warm interior that would make you get rid of most of your jackets in your closet. The entire time I wore it, I asked myself, how in the world can this be waterproof like they claim? Well, it was for me. Completely waterproof, as in not a drop getting through in a down poor in FL. According to the company, it is about their materials. FTX is the secret to the truly 100% waterproof outerwear and the quick description is that FTX is a membrane combined with different outer fabrics to suit specific needs. FTX garments are breathable and yet stay 100% waterproof and they take the details all the way down to the seams that are completely sealed shut. No detail was left out with their outerwear as they have removable sleeves and of course the velcro wrist. The result is a lightweight, extremely comfortable, warm and yet waterproof jacket that is truly a marvel.
Personally I am thrilled to have found a brand like Cross Sportswear find their way to the states. Offering tons of choices and options in performance apparel that is different than what we have been seeing for quite some time. As mentioned above, the brand has something for just about everybody. You can read more about their products by checking out their website at www.crossgolfusa.com and if you are in the states and want to find prices or order something, check out www.fairwaystyles.com