Anyone who knows us knows that we love hunting down small, hidden gems among the constant bombardment of big names that seem to rule the golf apparel arena. With that said, we recently had the pleasure of testing a few golf polos by Austin based golf apparel company, Criquet.
Established back in 2010, Criquet was the brainchild of two buddies on the “journey to find the perfect shirt.” Co-founders Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown have since made it their mission to create the ideal golf polo. We were lucky enough to have the guys send us a few samples to try for ourselves.
First impression: these shirts are soft, and when we say soft we mean the “hide this shirt from your girlfriend or you may never see it again” type of soft. The overall feel is also just heavy enough to remind you that you’re wearing a shirtm while at the same time remaining cool, breathable, and largely unrestrictive.
The Criquet polos we tried fit well around the shoulders but a slimmer, more tailored cut would have been desirable, especiallyl around the midsection. For reference, the shirts we tried were a size medium, which fit well but were still slightly loose on a 5′ 10″ 170lb build. One thing we really like was the shirt length – long enough to stay tucked in while your out on the course, yet short enough to still look good untucked when worn with a pair of jeans.
As the label says, the polos we tested were made entirely of 100% organic cotton. Yes, the label also indicates that they’re made in China, but nothing about the Criquet polo feels cheap. Sturdy collar stays are also a welcome addition, keeping the collar crisp and eliminating that pesky droopiness we tend to see after a long, hot round.
Compared to your traditional, off the rack polos, the Criquet selection is not cheap (a short sleeve polo will run you about $75.00), however, there’s also nothing about these shirts that made us feel as though we were “overpaying” for what we received. As mentioned earlier, the sturdy construction, original styling, and quality materialm all make the price tag seem a bit more fair. We also found quite a few discount codes and offers on the Criquet website, helping to bring the price down, and making it slightly more affordable for those looking to restock their wardrobe.
For some, eco-friendly is merely a catch-phrase intended to justify a few extra bucks in the price tag, so it’s refreshing when a company actually takes the real “green” concept to heart. We were both please and impressed at the simple, minimalist, and eco-friendly packaging in which our shirts arrived. No frills, no extra packaging, no useless plastic, just a simple, 100% recyclable bag made from recycled paper, utilizing water-based inks. Good on you Criquet!
The traditional and vintage inspired structure is perfectly contrasted with a “no rules” ideology toward design. Think of it like your grandfather’s polo quit it’s job and backpacked across the country to find purpose, only to re-emerge a more enlightened and sexy version of itself. Is that too much to say about a shirt? Well it makes sense to us.
Where to Get Them
Criquet shirts, gear, and other apparel are available for order at CriquetShirts.com. You can also connect with Criquet on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for questions, comments, and more info about the brand.