Johnnie-O’s – Moisture Wicking “Prep-Formance” Shirt0

johnnie-oWritten By: Colin Murray

Started in 2004 by John O’Donnell, Johnnie-O apparel defines itself as distinctly “west coast prep” but uses its founder’s experience of having lived all over the US by incorporating the Midwest farmer, east coast prep, and west coast “dude” into their designs. The company initially only made polo shirts, but has since evolved to making belts, hats, socks, sweatshirts, and even all weather shorts (see our review of those here).

Interesting side-note: O’Donnell has a famous brother you would recognize – actor Chris O’Donnell.

IMG_8188When the moisture wicking “prep-formance” shirt arrived, I looked at the logo of a person standing next to a surfboard and wondered if it was actually a golf shirt. In reality, most golf shirts now aren’t used strictly for golf, but are versatile enough to be used for most anything.

This shirt is a perfect example of that. The moisture wicking fabric feels light on the body, and the style looks casual enough to be worn anywhere. Even if you’re not playing golf or another strenuous activity, having part of its roots in southern California, just being out on the beach or the hot sun will cause many of us to sweat, and the “prep-formance” style will keep you feeling cool and eliminate any odors that may come from sweat getting all over a shirt.

I personally really like the ice blue color of this shirt, and it has quickly become one of my favorites to wear for work, golf, and just out with friends.

If you like the extra-casual style of golf shirts that have come around lately, you will definitely like the Johnnie-O line, and I highly recommend checking them out. They have a good assortment of designs to choose from, and offer apparel in men’s, women’s, and for kids.

Johnnie-O's - Moisture Wicking Prep-Formance Shirt
Very casual, more so than many other golf shirts I own, but I like that because it makes it even more versatile.
Wearing the shirt feels great, and the moisture wicking fabric is light on the body and helps keep any negative looks like pit stains arise. If I had to nit-pick, the only ‘negative’ is that the writing and logo on the tag area is not stitched in, and ‘prep-formance’ has been reduced to “prep-form.” As this is on the inside of the shirt and not visible to anyone, and doesn’t really impact the overall performance, I only reduced it by half a star.
This particular shirt sells for $70, which these days is only a little on the high-end of pricing for golf polos. However, if you wanted to find something on the cheaper side, they do have a sale section with shirts around the $50 price mark and t-shirts around $20, plus many other items.
As I noted above, and as my fiancée can attest to, I really love wearing this shirt and it has become one of my go-tos for when I want something casual yet nice. The light blue color goes great with any color shorts or pants, and feels very light on the body.

More About the Author - Colin Murray

Colin is a Senior writer with Average Guy Golf, who has been around from the very beginning of the site.  Days after Chris launched the site, Colin contacted him and has been writing for the site ever since, he is also very active on AGG's social media accounts, if you are talking to AGG on Facebook or Twitter chances are, you are speaking with Colin.  Colin was recently engaged to his future bride Tracie, and lives in Northern Virginia.  He plays TaylorMade equipment, and has been AGG's main correspondent from PGA tournaments, on site at most notable the 2013 PGA championship.

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