PLAY­ING WITH … ECCO BIOM HY­BRID 2 SHOES

Cost: $279. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Hand­i­cap 9.4)

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Find out why the Biom Hy­brid 2 per­formed dif­fer­ently to any other spike­less shoes our tester has ever worn.

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: As has been com­mon with many of the Ecco shoes I have seen in the past, the Biom Hy­brid 2 im­me­di­ately struck me as an ex­tremely func­tional shoe pre­sented in a pleas­ing form right out of the box.

The mix of colours and tex­tured high­lights give the shoes a more mod­ern ap­pear­ance than some other Ecco mod­els I re­call from years ago.

When I first tried on the shoes, the im­me­di­ate feel­ing was my foot was se­curely locked in place thanks to the com­bi­na­tion of the solid heel and sil­i­con in­sole. HOW IT PER­FORMED: I am picky at the best of times when it comes to golf shoes and each pair faces an ex­act­ing process be­fore I am ready to com­mit to wear­ing them on course. I usu­ally wear a new pair around the house and even to the range to soften them up.

Due to the solid base and leather up­per of the Biom Hy­brid 2 this proved a wise move as it gave the yak leather the chance to adapt to my feet and the shoes time to soften slightly. And thanks to the cross­over style of the Biom Hy­brid 2 I had no prob­lem wear­ing them away from the course, in­clud­ing to the of­fice, while get­ting ac­cus­tomed to them with­out look­ing like I was run­ning late for a tee time.

Once out on the course, the Biom Hy­brid 2 per­formed dif­fer­ently to any other spike­less shoe I have worn. The solid con­struc­tion of the sole and heel pro­vides the most sta­ble, solid feel­ing I have ex­pe­ri­enced in a non-tra­di­tional golf shoe. They are also light­weight and com­fort­able enough to eas­ily walk 18 holes in the morn­ing and not re­quire a change of shoes for the rest of the day. The more I wore the shoes the more com­fort­able they be­came as the leather soft­ened and the shoe seemed to start adapt­ing to my feet.

The size­able nubs cov­er­ing the en­tire sole meant I never once felt un­sta­ble when walk­ing or swing­ing the club, even in damp con­di­tions. And in com­par­i­son with even the lat­est soft spike, the sole of the Biom Hy­brid 2 didn’t no­tice­ably mark any greens, even dur­ing an hour long putting ses­sion be­fore my first on-course wear.

With the Biom Hy­brid 2, Ecco has done a won­der­ful job of iden­ti­fy­ing a mid­dle ground be­tween ver­sa­til­ity and per­for­mance, de­sign­ing a golf shoe to fit per­fectly in be­tween with­out a ma­jor bias one way or the other.

The styling of the shoes make them a per­fect op­tion for work­ing dur­ing the day be­fore head­ing out for nine holes be­fore dark, while the im­pres­sive per­for­mance as­pects com­bined with the high lev­els of support and sta­bil­ity make the Biom Hy­brid 2 a per­fect spike­less golf shoe op­tion for a va­ri­ety of golfers.

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