I was fortunate to get a golf shirt to demo from the new Mizuno Pro Apparel line. I received it 2 months ago and wanted to give it a decent workout before writing this review. Sometimes a shirt feels great (or lousy) after the first wearing, but then changes over time. I wore and washed this shirt at least 10 times.
I wore it many times in very hot humid weather, which really is critical to me in testing wearability. While most of the synthetic materials do whisk away perspiration, they feel like wet plastic on the skin. It’s gotten so bad that I’m buying cotton shirts. I’d rather have wet cotton next to my skin than damp plastic!
I was anxious to test the Mizuno polo because it is in fact a stretchy cotton, with the ability to move moisture away from the skin. It does work, but doesn’t evaporate sweat as fast as the synthetics. I was relatively dry on 90+ degree days with high humidity and there was none of the ‘plastic’ feel which is way too common these days. I’ve donated many of my older polyester shirts because I just couldn’t stand the feel anymore.
Sometimes a shirt works great the first few times you wear it but then starts to disappoint after multiple washings. To me, this Mizuno polo feels better after 10 washings than it did the first time I wore it – no pilling, minimal shrinkage and the soft feel you’d expect from cotton.
If you’re like me and hate the new synthetics, but want a shirt that minimizes sweat on the skin, definitely check out the Mizuno line. Personally, I’d like to see someone come out with a 70/30 cotton/polyester blend as this might be the best of both worlds. As soon as I post this review, I’m putting on my Mizuno polo and heading out the door to get some course time before settling down to watch the 2015 PGA Championship.