Editors' Choice: Gear & GadgetsApril 10, 2019

Best Cleats

It isn’t often in golf that a 16-year-old product still stands as the paradigm of technology. Frankly, it isn’t really true for any serious R&D industry, not for electric cars or 4K digital TVs or smart refrigerators. But then some things, like, say, the wheel, perfectly fulfill the requirements of the job at the moment of conception. And the world embraces them, adapts to them, builds entire technologies around them. This is basically what can be said of our 2019 Editors’ Choice cleat, the Softspikes Pulsar. If you’ve bought a new golf shoe with cleats in the outsole since its introduction in 2003, odds are about one in two you’ve had Pulsars in there or replaced them with Pulsars.

Contained within its quarter-size circle are eight pliable arms and 16 separate components that flex and grip with each change in foot pressure. Pulsar’s eight arms provide more than twice the flexibility of any cleat on the market and remain resilient enough to provide plenty of cushion as you walk your second 18 of the day. The underside’s smart redesign (the low-profile Fast Twist 3.0) makes it compatible with the majority of outsole receptacles on the market, ensuring your cleats stay put no matter how violent your downswing—until you want to change them. Of course, if you’re being honest, that cleat change should be soon, if not yesterday. And with more than a dozen color options, the Pulsar shows that even something old can look new again.

Softspikes Pulsar, $16

Available at softspikes.com