Kevin Plank, a former special teams standout at the University of Maryland, decided he needed to redesign the t-shirt. Tired of leaving the football field covered in sweat and stink, he and his brother Scott set out on a quest to replace the cotton t-shirt he wore under his football jersey.
In doing so, Plank set off a revolution in performance sportswear by inventing what is now known as HeatGear Technology and started a little company we now know as Under Armour. Under Armour is widely known for their second skin product that uses microfiber polyester to wick sweat away from the body and move it where its easily evaporated.
Since the formation of Under Armour in the mid-1990s, many companies have gone on to replicate the technology and move it into the golfing arena. Heres a look at what Under Armour and some of its competitors are offering this year in an attempt to keep you dry.
Mens Player Polo ($59.99)
Mens Bent Grass Shorts ($49.99)
Once again, Under Armour takes advantage of their new ArmourStretch in these shorts to allow for better movement while swinging. These are a flat-front short with two side seam pockets and two rear besom pockets for plenty of room to keep your tees, gloves, and whatever else it is you like to hang on to while on the course. As with all of Under Armours HeatGear products, the shorts carry an anti-odor technology to help improve the smell of the material, which was a major complaint of many people using dry fitting material in the past. These shorts are available in black, dune, and stone.
HeatGear Glove ($14.99)
What sets this apart from most gloves is the use of HeatGear fabric in between the fingers to allow for airflow and sweat control in the glove. The use of synthetic leather on the top of the glove for more stretch while using natural Cabretta leather for improved grip in the fingers and palm allows for ultra-grip performance and club control with a comfortable, tight fit.
ClimaCool 3-Stripes Mesh Polo ($65.00)
This new mesh polo is made completely of adidas Coolmax Extreme fabric to keep you dry and comfortable while offering a UPF rating of 15+ to help protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays. This shirt is also anti-microbial and resists pilling. It is currently available in three different color combinations; black/white, diaz/white, and white/black.
ClimaCool 3-Stripes Short ($80.00)
Also making use of the Coolmax Extreme fabric, these pants offer ventilation to the lower back to keep you cool on those hot summer days. One of the huge benefits of this material is for the traveler, as they will not wrinkle, meaning they can go straight from the suitcase to the course. Adidas offers these pants in four different colors; deck, boulder, white, and black.
Tour360 Sport Shoe ($160.00)
Another interesting detail of this shoe is the 3D fitFOAM sock liner, which offers a great deal of cushion and comfort. X-static silver fragments are woven into the lining to help regulate the golfers internal temperature by drawing heat away from the body.
AM 1058 Off the Grid Polo ($70.00)
Not a fan of the feel of polyester? This blend shirt offers something for the golfer that enjoys staying dry but wants the feel of cotton. Using a blend of polyester microfiber and Pima cotton, this shirt draws sweat away from the body without using chemicals, so it is a cotton shirt that does not need to be treated after every few washes.
AM 6071 Morrison Pant ($80.00)
Once again with the cotton lover in mind, Ashworth brings us this pair of pants that uses 100-percent cotton in a specially constructed way. The pin cord construction transforms these pants into a lighter weight option by channeling the moisture away from the body while allowing for maximum breathability. For those of you who have to wear pants at the course this is a good place to start. This same material is also available in a shorts version.