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Founded by Sam Swanson, a Minnesota native, Swannies is a golf apparel company that stated with sandals of all places. What started as a pair of soft-spiked sandals has grown into a full-fledged golf fashion/style company with the belief that golf is, above all else, fun. Recently, Swannies sent in three pieces from their current line of apparel for THP to take a closer look at, all pieces were sized large, which is typically my size.

Slit Pocket Polo – “Lagoon”

“Fashionable and functional?! You better believe it. The pocket is just the right place to store all those new numbers you’ll be getting.”

Design Details:

  • 92% Poly – 8% Spandex
  • 3-Button Placket
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Single-Usable Pocket
  • Colors: Lagoon, Soft Orange
  • $54.00

In-Hand Thoughts:

The Slit Pocket Polo is a fairly straight forward design, it features a nice solid body color and contrasting 3-button placket. Additionally, it features a single pocket on the design with the same accent as the placket. The material is super lightweight, which was a bit surprising at first, but with 92% polyester ratio it makes sense. Additionally, the stitching quality is better than anticipated, and overall it makes for a very clean and complete look. The other nice thing about the poly/spandex blend is that it allows it to be moisture wicking, something that most golfers have come to expect out of their polos. An interesting note is that Swannies describes their fit as “athletic” through much of their apparel and recommend sizing up, and this was indeed the case for this reviewer as it is was more snug through the chest and midsection than the vast majority of larges, including other “athletic” cut options. All that said, coming in at $54.00, the price is definitely going to be something that catches eyes, and if the fit is right, there is a lot to like at that price-point.

Blair Quarter-Zip – “Charcoal Grey”

“Some people say you shouldn’t reinvent the wheel, but we did, and we made it better. An updated feel to our classic Tez quarter zip, this piece can we worn confidently just about anywhere.”

Design Details:

  • 100% Poly
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Colors: Charcoal Grey, Navy, White
  • $59.00

In-Hand Thoughts:

The Blair is every bit the traditional quarter-zip design. The solid color design (three options available) keeps it clean, while the 100% polyester material keeps it comfortable. It’s a lighter weight overall which makes it perfect for cooler or even windier days. The top also has a pretty standard collar height which works well with T’s or polos. It flexes enough to work on the course, and it’s clean enough to wear off of it. Sizing is pretty traditional here compared to the other pieces and the large was fairly true to size, also of note is the sleeves and core of the quarter-zip were plenty long enough for a taller person.

Heather Quarter-Zip – “Heather Charcoal”

“You might have to check my math on this but I’m pretty sure this quarter zip is made of 100% comfort, 100% performance, and 100% style.”

Design Details:

  • 88% Poly – 12% Spandex
  • Athletic Cut
  • Colors: Heather Charcoal
  • $59.00

In-Hand Thoughts:

While labeled as a quarter-zip, to me the Heather is much more of a blend of a quarter-zip and a sweater as it has a shorter collar that shows a polo collar nicely underneath. This one features a bit more spandex which makes for a thicker feel and the overall cut is more athletic than the previously discussed Blair, and again Swannies actually mentions that sizing up may be prudent here. The overall fit is definitely on the snugger side for a large, and it’s shorter in the core than the Blair was as well. In a size up however, this one would have been the star of the show because it was the most quality-apparent piece sent in, and at a $59.00 price point it should garner some attention.

Parting Thoughts:

As far as new brands go, Swannies is an intriguing one. The name and logo will draw the most curiosity and comments, followed quickly by their trademark sandals, but beyond all of that is a company that does indeed seem to be putting the correct foot forward to build something. While it would be nice to see some more eye catching designs when it comes to polos, every company has to start somewhere and every piece they have definitely falls in line with their “golf is fun” mantra. In the end, an American founded and driven brand at solid price points has its merits, and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.  You can see more offerings from the brand on their website

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James is a staff writer for The Hackers Paradise along with being a professional educator. With his background in education James seeks to broaden his own knowledge while also sharing it with all those who share his passion for the game.

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  1. #Cookie says:

    Never heard of them but good looking apparel (especially the pullovers) at a solid price point. Digging the mantra….what it’s all about.

  2. Michael Gutierrez says:

    Never heard of them, but reading the review regarding the golf sandals it hit me where I had seen that name. I like the 1/4 zips more than the shirts and at this price point I can see them selling well.

  3. Jerry says:

    Thx for the review, and Great pricing!

  4. Jeremy says:

    Interesting to see the expansion from the sandals (which I’m not a big fan of, at least on a golf course). Really like the looks of the Heather Quarter-Zip. Definitely looks like it could be paired with a number of collared shirt options.

  5. afwcardinal says:

    Not heard of Swannies before, but that’s not a problem. I like learning of new apparel manufactures.
    I do like the look of the Blair quarter zip. Went to their site and checked out what else they have. The polo’s look pretty nice and the price is quite good. Will keep them in mind for future purchases.

  6. Puttin4Bird says:

    I’ve gotten to see some of this stuff in person- forum member Howzat is a big fan of Swannies. Great review, James. Solid looking gear with a good price tag as well, I’m a fan!

  7. Alex B says:

    Nice write-up James. The price points are great and if the 1/4 zip checks all the boxes in terms of comfort and style I’m there.

    The fit that you mention with sizing up is my only concern.

  8. Ottawaclo says:

    Great reviews. Polo had me thinking of several adidas polos i own but very interested in the 1/4 zips. Can never have enough of those.

    Appreciate the time in the review and look forward to hearing more as peeps dive in and validate the sizing up concerns….if there at all.

  9. Terry says:

    Thanks for the review, recently bought their solid series shirts online and it is my favorite!

  10. H says:

    slick looking gear! Found them online and in my local course

  11. Jessica Harte says:

    The price is awesome and I love the color combinations they use. Not sure of the quality yet but I am anxious to try our their products!

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