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Over the last decade, there has been a real shift in the style of footwear used by most golfers year-round. Gone are the days where you'd hear the crunch of metal spikes across the golf club car park, or arrive at the green to tap in your 3 foot birdie putt, only to find that there were spike marks all around the hole ready to knock your ball off line.

The main reason for this is because of the improvements in soft spike and spikeless golf shoe technology, meaning that you can get all of the traction and stability that you need in a golf shoe, but with the comfort and practicality of a normal trainer.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

You could argue that Ecco themselves were the main trailblazers for this movement with the launch of their Hybrid shoe range back in 2010, and their latest release marks the fourth generation of this shoe line which they say is their most advanced and modern design to date.

What's It All About?

The Biom H4 is built around a new Biom 2.0 last - which is effectively the mould used to shape the look of the shoe - which has been updated to showcase a modern aesthetic along with plenty of stability and a glove-like fit.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

On the bottom of the shoe, Ecco are introducing a new MTN Grip outsole which is split into three different sections so that you don't suffer any compromise from using a spikeless shoe even in adverse weather conditions.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

The heel section is specifically designed to provide extra traction to stop you from slipping, the middle section is designed for both traction and ground penetration due to the specially-designed lugs, whilst the final section stretches around the front section of the shoe and provides rotational support during the motion of the swing.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

The most obvious addition for this edition of the Biom Hybrid, however, are the new TPU midfoot elements, which on this model are blue and red in colour. Not only do these look great and provide a stand-out feature on the course, they also wrap the foot from the outsole to the midsole and enhance stability.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

The shoe's upper still has all the hallmarks of a typical Ecco shoe, thanks to a performance leather made in Ecco's own tanneries which provides the 100% waterproof Gore-Tex protection you expect to get from a high performance golf shoe in 2021.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

Below the upper is X-Tensa Invisible technology, said to link to the TPU blocks in the sole to the lacing system in an inverted-V shape to provide added stability as the foot moves and twists.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

The Ortholite insole has been a mainstay in Ecco shoes for the last few years and provides both cushioning and breathability, but can also be removed if you have wide feet and need the extra room.

The Biom H4 shoes are available in four colourways for men: Black, White, Silver/Grey and Grey/Concrete and four for women: White, Limestone, Hibiscus, White/Silver Grey.

The Test

I put the new Ecco Biom H4 shoes to the test on the golf course for 18 holes, playing from a variety of different lies in classic English spring conditions to find out whether a Hybrid shoe can be suitable for your rounds of golf all year round.

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Ecco Biom H4 Golf Shoe Review

First things first, I think that the H4 is much better looking than the previous Biom Hybrid 3 - so much so that I'd say that this is probably Ecco's best looking shoe to date. I was also a big fan of the S-Three, and it has been one of my go-to shoes for casual rounds over the last 12 months or so, but I think the look of this may just pip it.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

As soon as I saw these shoes back at the start of 2021, my eye was immediately drawn to the midfoot posts and this was exactly the same again as soon as I took the shoes out of the box.

It's a great way to add something a little more interesting to the shoe without completely disregarding the classical Ecco styling. You don't just want to alienate current customers in the search for a wider target market.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

In order to achieve this balance, Ecco have kept a few of their usual design elements that you may recognise if you have used their shoes in the past, including the fabric section around the top of the shoe, distinctive toe shape and wide heel construction.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

They do deliver a slightly firmer, sturdier feel than previous Ecco shoes or perhaps than I was expecting having tried the Biom Cool Pro and S-Three models in recent years.

I wouldn't say they were 'clunky' by any means, but they were certainly a little more like a reliable spiked shoe rather than a lightweight, spikeless summer shoe with added traction. Considering I had set out wondering whether these would be a suitable shoe for year-round use, I found this to be a positive.

Throughout the test, whether I was on tees, mats, fairways, rough or even in the bunker, the traction offered was consistently impressive - and again carried real similarities with a spiked shoe. That sole design isn't just there to look good!

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

You can also tell just by looking at it and feeling the sole that Ecco have put some real effort into the different sections to ensure that you get the best possible performance.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

A word of warning though, these lugs are pretty big so you may find you get a little bit of debris caught in the sole particularly when the course is wet or soft, this may frustrate some golfers.

One of the things that has impressed me most about testing Ecco shoes over the last few years has been their durability, which is perhaps testament to the fact that they use their own high-quality materials to produce them.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

They may be slightly more expensive than an average shoe, but for that you can probably be assured of the fact that you won't have to consider a change of footwear at the end of each season.

Ecco Biom H4 Golf Shoe Verdict

As I have said in previous Ecco reviews, there is no doubting their shoes' quality so the real challenge for the brand is to get more golfers trying them on, as that's where they I think they will win. There's certainly where they won me over.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

Ecco are also looking at ways to widen their target market by appealing to younger golfers, and whilst having an exciting list of growing ambassadors which includes Henrik Stenson, Lydia Ko and Erik van Rooyen will help, the main focus will surely be in producing modern and appealing designs - the BIOM H4 is a great start in that respect.

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review

At £170, the H4 shoe is actually £20 cheaper than the Hybrid 3 and for me the performance has improved so in context although £170 is a lot of money this shoe is certainly worthy of serious consideration the next time you are in the market for a new pair.

Pros

  • Big jump in aesthetic between H3 and H4
  • Excellent levels of traction
  • Out of the box comfort
  • Decent range of colourways
  • Sturdier build quality than expected

Cons

  • £170 is still pricey for a spikeless shoe
  • Not as lightweight as I'd expected

Ecco Biom H4 Shoe Review


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Ecco Biom Hybrid 4 Golf Shoe

Ecco Biom Hybrid 4 Golf Shoe - Product Details

UK LaunchFebruary 2021
UK Launch RRP£170
European LaunchFebruary 2021
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens, Women
Shoe StyleShoe
Sizes6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12
WidthsMedium, Wide
Colour OptionsBlack, White, Silver/Grey, White/Grey
SpikedNo
WaterproofYes
Manufacturer's WebsiteEcco Website

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