Thursday, August 16, 2018

Golf Shoes: Compare


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Pros
High quality construction materials; Tour-caliber performance; waterproof; very comfortable and break-in time is reportedly minimal; removable fit bed allows for use of custom inserts or orthotics; great traditional style with many options for customization; wide range of sizes and widths with the option to purchase 2 different size shoes if your feet are different sizes
Reportedly comfortable and only need minimal break-in time; water and stain-resistant; Ecco claims it is 100 grams lighter than typical golf shoes; offer good traction and stability; ability to easily change out spikes
Relatively inexpensive; mesh styles are very lightweight; many styles have multiple width options; fashionable; reportedly very comfortable and only need minimal break-in time
Cons
Expensive; FootJoy says the Icons run true to size, but some reviewers felt they were narrower than the DryJoys, so you may want to get fitted
Expensive; short warranty; no customization options
Only really good for warm days when the ground is very dry; sand gets through mesh very easily which can be uncomfortable; no customization options
Gender
Men
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Price (MSRP)
$260 or about $300 for MyJoys
$235
$90 - $105
Warranty
2-year waterproof warranty, 90-day quality warranty and a 30-day comfort warranty
1-year limited quality warranty. Unworn shoes bought on eccousa.com can be returned for a full refund within 60 days.
90-day quality warranty, 30-day comfort warranty
Uppers
The Icons are designed with premium full grain leather uppers and rich calfskin detailing. The uppers are completely waterproof and resistant to stretching, but they also still allow air to circulate throughout the inside to keep your feet cool and dry.
The BIOM Golf Hydromax's uppers are designed with a combination of Hydromax™ and Yak leather. Yak leather is 3x stronger than other leathers, and Hydromax™ leather provides water and stain resistance. The combo offers lightweight comfort and durability, while still maintaining the breathability of the shoe to keep feet cool and dry.
4 of the Summer Series' styles have mesh uppers that enhance the shoes' breathability and that also stretch to give the feeling of a custom fit (#98951, #98975, #98968, #98854). The remaining 3 styles feature full grain leather uppers that provide excellent comfort, durability and breathability, as well as some water resistance (#98944, #98899, #98842).
Waterproof?
Yes
Water-repellent
Styles with leather uppers are water-resistant
Lining
For a comfortable, secure fit, the inside of the Icon shoe is lined in a breathable leather, the tongue and collar are lined with memory foam and the heel counter is covered in a soft, slip-resistant microfiber.
The inside of the BIOM Golf Hydromax shoe is made up of the Ecco Comfort Fibre System (CFS), polyester padding and EVA shell. Ecco CFS is a breathable leather lining that wicks moisture away from your foot and works to increase air circulation inside the shoe. The polyester padding and EVA shell contribute to the shoes' overall comfort, fit and support system. The linings also feature allergy-friendly materials treated with AgION® to control bacteria and odor.
All 7 styles of the Summer Series are lined with an athletic textile, which enhances the comfort and breathability of the shoe and also prevents the foot from slipping around.
Insole/Midsole Technology
The Icons have a dual-density PU Fit-Bed that is designed to imitate the foot's natural shape in order to provide more cushioned support, comfort and a better overall fit. Underneath the PU Fit Bed is the ABS Insole Board, which is a pre-molded board that is exceptionally flexible in the forefoot but gets firmer towards the heel. This design makes walking comfortable while still providing support and additional stability in the hitting platform.
The BIOM Golf Hydromax shoes have a unique direct-injected polyurethane insole, which is extremely flexible and offers cushioning that lasts up to twice as long as EVA foam (traditionally used in athletic footwear). As such, it provides exceptional comfort and flexible midsole arch support.
All 7 styles of the Summer Series have an EVA Fit Bed®, which provides lightweight, molded cushioning under your foot.
Last
The Icons feature the ICON Laser Last design, which has a slightly square toe box and a slightly narrower heel. It has a standard fit across the front of your foot and your instep.
The BIOM Golf Hydromax shoes are designed with an anatomical last that was based on scans from 2500 athletes. If you look inside the shoe, you'll notice that it appears almost like a 360° mold of a foot.
The 3 spikeless, mesh styles all have the LoPro Last design (#98951, #98975, #98968). The LoPro Last has an oblique toe character for sport comfort. It has a slightly shallow fit in the forefoot but has a standard fit in the heel and instep. Only the Summer Series BOA has the Natural Last design (#98842). The Natural Last has a full rounded toe character and a full fit across the forefoot. It has a standard instep and narrow heel. The 3 remaining styles with spikes in mesh and leather have a Contour Last fit. The Contour Last fit has a full rounded toe character, is slightly shallow across the forefoot and has a moderately full instep with a narrower fit in the heel. (#98944, #98899, #98854)
Outsole Technology
The outsole of the Icon incorporates 3 different densities of thermoplastic urethane (TPU) to create a more stable platform, as well as increase flexibility and walking comfort. Additionally, it is designed with Dual OptiFlex™ Zones in the forefoot, which also use TPU to offer enhanced flexibility and walking comfort. Finally, to boost midfoot stability and support, the shank area of the outsole features a perforated alloy called a Torque Bar.
The outsole of the BIOM Golf Hydromax has a low profile design and features a unique TPU/PU direct injected, dual-density construction that provides flexibility and shock absorption. It is a durable design but also lightweight and comfortable. In the heel, it has a three-cleat configuration with stability bars in between each cleat to improve your balance.
All 7 styles of the Summer Series have a DuraMax™ Rubber Outsole. DuraMax™ is a proprietary rubber compound that is exceptionally durable and provides the outsole with remarkable grip, traction, and performance.
Turf Traction
The Icons have Stinger™ cleats by CHAMP®. Stinger™ cleats offer exceptional traction without damaging greens thanks to their spring-flex design.
The BIOM Golf Hydromax shoes feature 8 cleats with a Q-LOK System (completely threadless spike fastening system).
The 4 Summer Series styles with spikes are designed with Pulsar cleats by Softspikes®. Pulsar cleats offer excellent traction but are still comfortable to walk in. With cleat webbing and radiused legs, they are also easy to clean and more durable.
Style
The Icons are more traditional looking golf shoes and are available in 13 different styles and color combinations.
The look of the Ecco BIOM Golf Hydromax is between a sporty and traditional golf shoe. Currently, there are 8 different color options available.
There are 7 different styles/color combinations in the Summer Series line. The styles with mesh uppers have a sportier look, while the styles with leather uppers are between sporty and traditional.
Customization Ability?
Yes, the Icons can be customized as MyJoys and come in 7 different styles including FJ ICON Traditional, FJ ICON Shield Tip, FJ ICON Asymmetrical, FJ ICON Wave, FJ ICON Sport with BOA, FJ ICON Pyramid Saddle Laced and the FJ ICON Pyramid Saddle BOA.
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Sizes
The Icon comes in half sizes ranging from 7 to 15 and in all widths ranging from Narrow to Extra Wide (3E). FootJoy also allows you to purchase 2 different sized shoes if your feet aren't the same size. Non-customized Icons won't come in every size, but alternative sizes are available in the MyJoys.
The BIOM Golf Hydromax comes in full sizes ranging from 5 to 13. It doesn't come in different widths, but it is designed with Ecco's Freedom Fit, which gives your toes room to spread as you walk, and so it should feel comfortable on almost any foot.
The Summer Series comes in half sizes ranging from 5 to 12 and in a Narrow, Medium or Wide width. Not all of the styles are available in every size/width.
Runs True to Size?
Yes (however, some reviewers did feel that they were narrower than DryJoys)
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Tour
Icons are a popular choice among PGA Tour players such as Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Bill Haas and KJ Choi.
Fred Couples is a fan of the BIOM Golf shoes.
There are no PGA Tour players currently wearing the FJ Summer Series.
 
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