TECH ON TEST
Three GM readers put Ecco’s distinctive new Cage Evo shoe to the test
ith every passing year, golf shoes seem to be getting more and more futuristic. That is all down to a technology race in which manufacturers are striving to create the perfect blend of comfort, grip and support.
This year has been no different, and Ecco thinks it might have really cracked it with its eye-catching new Cage Evo model.
Last year’s Ecco Cage featured the excellent Champ Slim-Lok cleats and a fully-integrated wrap design that boosted both heel and underfoot support. For 2016, Ecco directed its attentions towards transforming the shoe’s upper.
What it has come up with is a “structured textile bonded with polyurethane webbing.” In layman’s
Wterms, this is a very flexible upper designed to create an incredibly comfortable fit while walking and playing, yet still deliver that muchneed protection from the elements that all golfers want.
It’s a shoe whose design is certainly likely to prove more divisive than a traditional leather model, so could it sway our three chosen Golf Monthly readers, who all currently favour a more subtle look?
To find out, and to put Ecco’s claims of comfort to the test, we took our trio of readers along to Marriott Tudor Park in Kent to play 18 holes over its hilly parkland layout.
They wore their own shoes for the front nine, before switching halfway to the Ecco Cage Evo so they could directly compare the comfort, grip and overall experience… Our three readers get down to some serious on-course testing