Mar 14, 2009

Cleatskins Golf Review - Golfskins

I always like when a new golf product comes out and you say to yourself , "Man this is a great idea why didn't I think of this?" That's immediately what I thought when I unboxed the new Cleatskins a few weeks ago. They're called Golfskins specifically for golf shoes and when I first saw them I conjured up images of my Grandfather going to church in the winter and putting his rubber protectors over his good Sunday shoes. Now Cleatskins are a little more high tech than my Grandfather's shoe protectors. So here's the scoop.

The Company
Launched in 2008, Cleatskins are revolutionary accessories designed to slip over cleated shoes and quickly and conveniently take athletes from the field to the street. Both Cleatskins Sole and Golfskins are crafted from SKINTEK™ rubber, a flexible formulation of compression molded rubber, and are offered in a variety of bold colors. Developed by former college athlete and father of three, Rick Kay, with his wife Marianne, this must-have footwear innovation is available in youth and adult sizes and is designed to meet the needs of today’s pro athletes and sports-minded families active in soccer, baseball, football, golf and other outdoor sports.

So what are they made of?
Constructed of SKINTEK™ rubber, a unique formulation of compression molded rubber, Golfskins cups the bottom of golf shoes to extend the life of cleats, improve mobility and safety on asphalt, concrete and other hard surfaces, and provide a sealed barrier to keep dirt and grass out of the home and car. Golfskins join Cleatskins Sole, the company’s first product designed for cleats used in field sports, including baseball, football, rugby, soccer and others.

The Review

Most of the time I change into my golf shoes when I get to the course, having these Golfskins I can just slip them on my shoes and be ready to hit the course or range sooner. I know for me sometimes I'm rushing to get to the course for a tee time after work or your delayed for whatever reason getting to the course and with Cleatskins it would save me a few minutes. I also like the fact that when your wearing the Golfskins it doesn't feel like you have anything on they are very light weight even if you have a larger foot. The ones I have are XL which fit golf shoes size 11.5 to 13.5. They also come in sizes medium (6.5-8.5), large (9-11), and XXL (14-16).

The Golfskins I have are black and they go nicely with my size 12 Adidas. They also come in a host of other colors including white, taupe, dark brown and medium brown so you should be able to find a color that works with your golf shoe.The ladies have Golfskins for women and they come in black, white, taupe, red and blue violet in sizes small (5-7), medium (7.5-9.5) and large (10-12). The tread pattern is pretty aggressive and I didn't slip on any of the surfaces I've encountered over the last few weeks but living in Canada I'd be extra careful of ice in the winter, the tread is good but won't keep you from sliding on ice. I also liked the fact they put the Cleatskins logo on the front and back of the Cleatskins so they're not plain looking but not ugly looking either. You also get a really nice bag to put your Golfskins in and can be seen in the pictures. It easily fit in my carry golf bag.

So far I've used them a few times going to and from the indoor driving range and they've worked great. They slid onto my Adidas Tour Traxion with ease and come off easily as well. With your golf shoe on put the toe of the shoe in the Golfskins first then stretch the back on, reverse when taking them off. This worked the best for me. They seemed really durable and I've even washed them once so if they get all dirty feel free to give them a wash. I could definitely see these being a great gift for the golfer who has everything like my father-in-law. The suggested retail price for Golfskins is $32.95 so pretty reasonable. My testing will continue as our season gets into full swing in about a month. So stay tuned to

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