Antigua Desert Dry Polo – The Best of Both Worlds

Jun 22, 2015 by

Antigua Desert Dry Polo – The Best of Both Worlds

When I started playing golf, I wore what I had at my disposal – typically a heavy polo that would begin comfortable enough, but would quickly begin to hang heavy on my shoulders and stick to my back. My first tech-fabric polo was like a gift sent from Heaven. I wore it out, I played in it so much. For many years after, if it was not some kind of futuristic fabric that promised more than it could deliver, I was in. However, because old habits die-hard, I continued to wear cotton t-shirts under all that tech fabric. So, in recent years I’ve been interested in what companies were offering in the arena of a full cotton or cotton blend shirts. Antigua, with the release of their Spring 2015 line, has deepened the Desert Dry line by offering a poly/cotton blend that claims comfort and moisture wicking. I had the opportunity to check out the shirts and put them in play the last few weeks.

Desert Dry Technology

Featuring a 60% cotton/40% polyester blend, the Desert Dry polos are light and breathable. Having been developed and tested in Arizona, the claims of moisture wicking are sound. Along with superior moisture wicking, the Desert Dry D2XL line also builds in a cooling system with the construction of the shirt, designed to lower body temperatures and feel fresh longer into your round. The overall construction, even though it’s part cotton, is lightweight. The Desert Dry polos are also constructed to fit close to the body, minimize binding and enhance golf movements. Overall the latest iteration of the Desert Dry line is a step up from previous years.


One of the first things I do when reviewing apparel (shirts, specifically) is turn them inside out and examine the seams. Seams can reveal much about how much care went into the construction of the shirt. Uneven seams, straggling strings, fabric joins with excess material all indicate a commodity shirt likely sourced from a larger company where quality assurance is not key. Even seams, tight joins and little excess material indicate care and attention to quality assurance. The Antigua shirts, for a larger company, are some of the best construction I’ve seen. Barely a hint of excess materials or sloppy construction. Although it seems a bit nit-picky, it matters on the course and it matters in the life of the shirt. On course, they perform well. They’re lightweight, cool, and I threw what I could at them in terms of moisture wicking, and it wasn’t until late in the round I found myself picking the shirt off my shoulders. If you’ve read any of my previous shirt reviews, you’ll know that my main criteria for a thumbs up/thumbs down review is how much the shirt “disappears” during play. As expected, the Desert Dry D2XL Cotton/Poly polos fit great, never bound and were largely an afterthought during my rounds.

The Antigua Desert Dry D2XL polos are a perfect mix of cotton, polyester and performance. They’re perfect for hot, humid climates and look great in the clubhouse or at the office. More information is available at

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