I recently received the Nike Golf Laser Etched Belt Tour Edition by Bill Adler Design, who in 2004, was commissioned by Nike to design leather accessories for the Nike Golf and Tiger Woods collections.
I already had a couple Nike Golf belts that I bought in retail stores, but when this showed up I was blown away.
Here’s my review of this exceptional leather belt.
FIRST IMPRESSION: DESIGN/APPEARANCE
Out of the box, this belt was much different than my other belts. For one, I was overwhelmed by the smell of leather. It was like a cloud of pressurized leather aroma exploded out of the box. From that moment I had no doubt that I was going to see a genuine, top-grade leather product. As I unraveled the belt, the smoothness of both sides of the belt only reemphasized my initial reaction. One side of the belt is all white. At 32mm, this soft leather strap is on the thinner side of golf belts – it’s about the same size as the belts that are often worn to the office. However, its laser etched buckle and polished gunmetal finish give it subtle flare, which, along with its white color, allow you to distinguish yourself on the course. Another unique touch is the dual loop design which are also laser etched.
I was a bit confused on what size to order, but based on the purchase of my other Nike belts I knew that I had to order a size or two up. The belt sizes for these products are measured from the tip of the prong to the center hole + 1 inch. For example a size 34″=34″+1″=35″, therefore someone who wears a 31-32″ waist would require a size 34″ belt. Being a size 33/34″ waist, I decided to order the 38″ size and it fits perfectly into the middle hole.
The laser etching refers to the buckle, the loops and the small Nike Swoosh on the end of the belt. A closeup reveals precision etching into the gunmetal color, which results in a really modern look. What I like most about this belt is the simplicity of it all, but when you really pay attention to it, you can see how detailed it is.
Comparison to retail belt
When comparing to my retail Nike Golf belt, there is actually a pretty sizable difference. For one, the original tag that came with my new belt had a different design. It was grey and had the words Tour Edition on it (sorry for the lack of pic, I lost it after I took it off). Normally I would disregard this claim, but in terms of the quality of the belt, I do actually think there is a discernible difference. My retail belt did not have that Tour Edition tag and the leather quality seemed more stiff. However, this may have been because the retail belt was reversible, because I do see that belt on the Bill Adler site. In any event, the laser etched belt was flawless, whereas the other belt has some very minor imperfections.
I’ve used a number of golf belts throughout the years and this exact one is tops. Like I said before, the belt is flawless. There is nothing that I dislike about it. It’s unassuming, but super-high in quality. This belt provides me with a mix of traditional and non-traditional which is what I like on the course. It’s 32mm size and simple buckle keep it in conservative, but it’s double belt strap and bright white color provide just enough flare. At $50.00, it’s also an affordable, high-quality product. It also comes in black.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.