I’m always up for learning something new, or trying something out of the ordinary. For me, this review is just that – for the first time, I’ll be reviewing dart shirts! I’ll be taking a closer look at both of the shirts designed and manufactured by Loxley darts for their ‘Prime Time’ player, Matthew Edgar, who wears the shirts on the PDC Pro Tour, as well as in any other events he qualifies for, such as any European Tour events, or major PDC televised events.
Both shirts feature an identical design, utilising bold, vibrant colours – bright blue, deep pink and white; Matthew changes the primary colour of the shirt on a regular basis, bringing multiple versions to tournaments. The top half of the shirt, from the front, is completely plain, with space for Matthew’s three sponsorship patches – Loxley Darts, All Things Darts, and Filta Environmental. Progressing down to the bottom half of the shirt, stripes of the opposite colour have been added, as well as white sections featuring ‘Edgar TV’, promoting Matthews increasingly popular YouTube Channel.
As well as the stripes at the bottom of the shirt, the collar is also of the opposite colour as the main body of the shirt, which helps it to stand out, and drastically increases the look of the shirt. For me, I feel that visually the collar is the most important part of the shirt; the blue/pink collar standing out against the pink/blue body looks stunning, and gives it a sense of completion and professionalism – without it, the shirt would simply look unfinished.
As for the sleeves, they too feature stripes of the opposite colour, giving the effect, to me, of a freshly squeezed out tube of toothpaste. The pink, white and blue sleeves compliment the shirt well, with the top colour flowing directly from the colour on the upper body section of the shirt, with the other two colours cutting in from the seam of the sleeve. On the left hand sleeve, they feature another sponsorship patch, this time for DartsMad.com. This patch has been strategically placed to be in shot of the cameras while Matt is walking to the board on both streaming and televised boards, as seen in the (low resolution – sorry!) below screenshot from his match at the PDC Summer Series against Kai-Fan Leung.
Interesting, the shirts do not feature a front pocket as so frequently seen on modern and classic darts shirts. As well as this, Matthew opted for the shirts to be zipped, rather than buttoned at the top. This is simply due to Matthew’s personal preference, preferring the feel and style compared to the alternatives. Interestingly, while Matthew never had a pocket on his older shirt, he did used to have a button up shirt, rather than a zipped shirt. This change is due to Matthew preferring to have more control over how the collar rests on his neck, adjusting the feel to ensure maximum comfort in the heat and stress of a competitive match.
On the back of the shirt, the same colour/stripes theme is kept up, keeping consistent with the style on the front of the shirt. At the top of the shirt is Matthew’s nickname ‘Prime Time’, in bold, black writing with a subtle white outline. This white outline helps the text to stand out against the bold pink/blue of the shirt, keeping it in focus. The centre of the shirt shows off the logo used by Matthew for his YouTube channel, EdgarTV. The retro style television set, showing static with ‘Edgar TV’ overlaid is something unique to Matthew. Many players elect for simple wording, or a simplistic logo on the rear of the shirt, such as Michael van Gerwen, with his ‘MvG’ logo, or Gary Anderson, with his name in the centre of his shirt, along with a star to indicate his world titles. Under the television set there features 5 stars, in a bright yellow aimed to stand out against the pink/blue of the shirt. While no real meaning behind the stars, this is something Matthew wanted to keep consistent with his previous shirts, taking parts from what he had previously to create the perfect shirt for him.
In terms of the feel of the shirt, they feel very light and thin, perfect for when you’re in the middle of a match and want to remain cool under pressure. The shirts are made from 100% polyester, the market standard for dart shirts. When washed, polyester proves resistant to chemicals used to clean clothes, meaning the shirt itself will be clean, yet the dyes used to colour the shirt will not fade. Simply put, the shirt will look idental new, as it does after 100 washes. As well as this, polyester is an extremely durable material, meaning it is both resistant to stretching, as well as wrinkling and creasing. Due to the fibres used within the shirt, polyester proves to be quick drying, perfect for those who have a tendency to sweat during matches and competitions. While the contingency is there for those who are prone to sweating, the shirt is naturally very lightweight, helping to keep you cool when you need it most.
While using this shirt, I found it offered no resistance to me while playing, with the shoulders not feeling restrictive as is sometimes the case with dart shirts. The thinner material kept me cool and comfortable, and reminded me more of Harrows style shirts, as opposed to thicker Target Coolplay/One80 shirts, which felt heavier in comparison. The collar didn’t feel coarse against my skin, yet I found it was prone to collapsing. Providing some discomfort and requiring me to reset the collar regularly while practicing. As the text, logos and sponsorship patches are part of the shirt, as opposed to a transfer or sewn on, it provides a greater level of comfort than shirts that utilise 3-dimensional logo, such as Target or One80, in which they sew on their logo, which can cause discomfort on the chest of the user, feeling the threading through the shirt.
Final Thoughts and Ratings:
Appearance: 9/10 – For any fan of Matthew Edgar, or his YouTube channel ‘EdgarTV’, these are a must have. With bright, vibrant colours, you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd as the ‘Prime Time’ player himself does on the PDC professional circuit. While the back of the shirt seems a little crowded, the overall design was nailed to perfection by Matthew and the Loxley design team, resulting in one of the most stylish shirts ever seen in professional darts, the likes of which we may never see again… until Matthew deems it fit for a new design, that is!
Feel: 9/10 – The only reason these didn’t get a perfect score from me was because of the collar – I found it to fold over slightly while practicing, which caused me to stop to readjust a few times. Excluding that, the shirt itself is simply a 10/10. The lightweight material felt comfortable to wear, with no resistance to me while playing – a definite positive in an age of companies seemingly opting for thicker and heavier shirts,
Quality: 9/10 – This is the same argument for me as in the ‘Feel’ section. Excluding the collar, for me these shirts were of perfect quality… I couldn’t find a fault. There were no loose threads anywhere on the shirt, no discolouration of the dyes used to colour the shirt, and no creases or folds anywhere along the shirt. Once washed, the shirts were as good as new, with the dyes holding up as intended. Simply, perfection.
Value for Money: 8/10 – While more expensive than a standard shirt designed for personal use, for a player replica shirt, they are well priced in accordance with the current market. For £37.95, you’ll get one of the best looking shirts in the game, endorsed by the ‘Prime Time’ player himself, Matthew Edgar… what more could you ask for? The shirt to be signed, I hear you say..? Well, for just £7 extra, you can have exactly that! For £44.95, Matthew himself will hand sign the shirt – a perfect collectors item for any member of the ‘Edgar Nation’!
Thank you to Loxley for sending these shirts out – something I’ve never had the pleasure of reviewing before! Definitely one of the best looking shirts in professional darts at the moment, I for one can’t wait to see what’s next for Matthew while wearing these shirts! On the subject of Matthew, a review of his darts, as well as his player profile will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
Author – Joe Reid