Golf shoe review: The new Ecco Biom Hybrid 3 GTX

Summertime comfort on your feet for long, warm golf days
Kick your feet up: The new Ecco Biom Hybrid 3s delivers cool comfort.

What's the biggest day on the calendar for golfers? Can't be Christmas. Round 1 of the Masters? Your first tee time of the year? Your club's member-guest tournament?

For those of us who are real golf junkies, it's the summer solstice. If you aren't at work, you can play as many holes as your locale allows. Some ambitious souls will do 100-hole hikes to celebrate the occasion and maybe raise a little money for a personal cause. Others will schedule trips to Alaska or Norway or Dornoch and play golf practically around the clock.

It's hard to play just 18 holes in a day when playing links in the U.K. Too much daylight for just one round. Furthermore, I've played 45 or 54 holes on numerous occasions in Michigan. The multi-course resorts and long, cool summer days make a compelling case for simply not putting the clubs away until you can see no longer.

So what do you need to play a lot of golf? Hydration. Protein. Stretching. Sunscreen! Lay off the range balls and practice swings. Pace yourself. Be generous giving putts.

How about comfort?

We talk a lot about the runaway train that is golf equipment, but we forget to recognize how much farther apparel and comfort has come, too. Shirts were once heavy and baggy. I still recall the first time I put on metal spikes and went to the local driving range. The click-clack made me feel like a real golfer. Doesn't mean they were comfortable.

My mind raced through all this when I recently opened up a pair of new golf shoes just in time for summer, the new Ecco Biom 3 Hybrid GTX (MSRP $200). It's been a few years since i've worn Ecco golf shoes (though I'm more recently a wearer of their dress and casual street shoes). Upon first inspection opening the box, I was expecting those round little nubs on the bottom that were on my previous pair. What I saw instead were waves. It's Ecco's new Tri-Fi-Grip, which has separate zones for comfort, stability and rotational support. The sole design also helps you transition from the course to off.

The Biom Hybrids are very light. The premium Yak leather looks sharp and feels soft. They're moldable with a low-to-ground construction and need virtually no time to break in compared to sportier shoes. Using Fluidform technology, Ecco promises a long-lasting shoe. They certainly feel strong and durable and are made with quality materials. They might not look as waterproof as other shoes with a firmer body, but a thin line of Gore-Tex membrane between the leather upper and lining provides moisture protection.

When the calendar turns to fall and wet fairways return, I'll probably break out a more rigid, athletic pair of golf shoes (Ecco does make the Biom G3 with soft spikes, by the way). But for the hot days of summer, where an afternoon on the course can blend into a long evening in the town or meeting up with the family at a park, I'll be wearing the Biom Hybrids. They came in especially handy on a recent buddies trip to San Diego where we walked 18 in the morning, had lunch, then walked an executive course in the afternoon, followed by dinner and drinks. Virtually no time to even change shoes. They fit the bill for summer, and in particular for the walking golfers amongst us who can't get enough of the game in one day.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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I did use my Ecco casual golf shoes at Gut Dueneburg and I am very satisfied with these shoes. Wim

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I have an older pair of ecco golf shoes that contain soft spikes. The problem is that the spike root that fits into the screw hole has broken off into the hole and cannot get to release so that I can replace the spike. Is there a way to get the broken screw post out of the hole. I have tried to call ecco but cannot get a response. Thank you for any help you can give me.

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Yesterday I did buy two pair of these shoes at the shop Golferspoint in Naarden, The Netherlands. The blue and the light sand colour. It was my intention to use one pair today, till I did read this morning the weatherforecast for today. There was prediction of rain, therefore I have used my old shoes with spikes. Next week I will certainly use them at my home course Hoogland and at Gut Dueneburg in Germany. The weather forecast predicts for the whole week very sunny weather with temperatures going up to 36 degree Celsius ( almost 100 F) wich is rather unusually in The Netherlands and Germany. Thereafter I will give you my review for these shoes. Wim

Thanks for sharing, look forward to it.

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