The Sun Mountain Lightweight Series (LS) golf stand bags offer a full range of features and weights to please the individual golfer’s preferences. Bags include the minimalist’s two-and-a-half pound 2Five bag, the 3.5 LS, 4.5 LS and the cart bag with legs, five-and-a half pound 5.5 LS. With each progressively larger number comes additional pockets and features and a corresponding additional pound of weight. This Lightweight Series of golf stand bags is available now in stores and on-line with retail prices of 2Five ($219), 3.5LS ($229), 4.5LS ($209), and 5.5LS ($239).
Once the golf destination has been selected, the rooms booked and the tee times arranged; it’s time to figure out what and how to pack for the golf trip.
Some of the options include: using rental clubs, shipping your clubs ahead of you, or checking your golf travel bag with you on the plane.
If you’re traveling on business, for instance, and just hope to sneak in one round, rental clubs might suffice. But for most golfers, golf is hard enough without having to figure out a different set of clubs. Shipping clubs is a viable option. So is shipping your clothes but we never do that, do we? There’s a sense of security that comes with packing your bags and taking to the airport and putting them on the plane with you and then having them immediately upon arrival.
Now that you’ve decided using a golf travel bag is the best option. What is the best travel cover?
The right cold weather golf gear can add months to your golf season.
The basic ingredients include a thermal golf layer to keep you warm, a wind breaker to block the wind, a waterproof golf jacket and pants to keep you dry, winter golf mittens to keep your hands warm between shots, and a thermal hat or ear warmer to keep your head warm.
The Sun Mountain golf gear to keep you warm includes wool sweaters, half zip pullovers, and full zip vests and jackets in men’s and women’s styles.
Golf wind jackets by Sun Mountain are lightweight windbreakers available as pullovers, vests, sweaters and jackets.
Waterproof golf rain gear by Sun Mountain ranges from emergency, packable rain suits to the latest in 37.5 waterproof/breathable technology. Styles include half-zip pullovers, full-zip jackets, and short sleeve golf jackets. Women’s golf rain gear, too.
Other cold weather golf gear includes thermal hats, ear warmers and super, handy golf mittens to keep your hands warm between shots.
So, layer up and extend your golf season.
For the winter of 2016-17, Sun Mountain is bringing its award-winning golf travel bag design to its new SkiGlider ski travel bag and FreeGlider snowboard travel bag. The SkiGlider and FreeGlider are the only ski and snowboard travel bags that have extendable legs and wheels to support 100% of their weight, while eliminating the repeated heavy lifting required by traditional travel bags. The SkiGlider and FreeGlider come in Gunmetal Blue or Black-Red color schemes and retail for $299.99.
The SkiGlider ski travel bag and FreeGlider snowboard travel bag already have earned the endorsement of the U.S. National Ski Patrol. They are based on our ClubGlider golf travel bag, which was named the best golf travel cover for 2016 by Golf Digest magazine for its size, durability and maneuverability.
The SkiGlider and FreeGlider go from parking lot to check-in counter at airports and mountain resorts thanks to legs that extend and support 100% of the bags’ weight, and pivoting high-impact wheels with durable heat-treated axles that handle corners and curbs with ease. Once checked in, the legs easily retract in a single motion for travel or storage. SkiGlider and FreeGlider offer the protection of traditional ski and snowboard travel bags while eliminating the need for repeated heavy lifting every time the check-in line moves 3 feet.
The SkiGlider holds two pairs of skis up to 190 cm, boots and poles with room for a helmet and other gear. Made of 1200 D Polyester, the upper is fully padded and reinforced in wear areas to protect skis, and has three internally accessed pockets and heavy-duty, two-way zippers running the full length for easy packing. Skis are secured by three internal cinch straps and a padded pouch at the base for protection. The legs retract into a molded tray at the base for travel. The bag weighs 13.2 lbs. and folds down to 26” X 14” X 14” for storage.
The FreeGlider holds two snowboards up to 166 cm and two pairs of boots with extra room. It features similar construction and protection, but has one internal cinch strap, one internally/externally accessed pocket and one internally accessed pocket. The bag weighs 13.35 lbs. and folds down to 26” x 12” x 14” for storage.
Sun Mountain has a new top-of-the-line collection of golf rain gear for 2017 called Elite. The Elite Rain Jacket and Pants use waterproof fabric technology called 37.5 that has a two-year guarantee and offers up to 3X more breathability than competitors plus the stretch golfers need. 37.5 fabric dries much faster than most waterproof fabrics, too, diminishing wet cling.
“We are continually searching for technologies to improve the function of our outerwear,” explained Sun Mountain Vice President of Outerwear, Mark Heydon. “The new Elite Rain Jacket and Pants are made with the ultimate fabric that has a waterproof rating as high as any rain jacket we’ve ever offered, while being extremely breathable, and stretching like our RainFlex.”
Elite’s three-layer construction with 37.5 Technology keeps you dry inside and out by maintaining an ideal core temperature.
The body strives to maintain a core temperature of 37.5° C, and people are most comfortable when the microclimate next to the skin has a relative humidity of 37.5%. Not surprisingly, this ideal 37.5 comfort zone is also the ideal performance zone.
With 37.5 Technology, patented active particles in the fabric capture and remove perspiration vapor, using body heat to accelerate the process. The hotter a person becomes, the stronger the force removing perspiration vapor.
The bottom line is that 37.5 Technology helps maintain the zone of comfort and performance by breathing 50% to 300% better than competitors while maintaining waterproof protection. 37.5 fabric also dries up to five times faster than competitors, diminishing wet cling. And 37.5 Technology is made with naturally derived materials, so won’t irritate the skin, and the active particles are permanently embedded in the fabric, so will never degrade.
The Elite Rain Jacket offers significant four-way stretch and features high-quality, two-way YKK waterproof zipper, adjustable cuffs and two hand warmer pockets. Available in sizes M-XXL, with S and XXXL available in black. $299.99.
Elite Rain Pants feature Auto-Fit™ stretch waist with zipper fly and belt loops, two front pockets with zippered pass-through, back pocket with Velcro® closure and a snap system to shorten the pants 2.5 inches. Additional features include protective fabric overlay on the inside ankle and deep lower leg zippers for easy on and off over shoes. Available in sizes S-XXL. $259.99.
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Since ushering in the golf push cart movement in 1999 with the introduction of the Speed Cart; Sun Mountain has continually refined and improved its carts. New for 2017 are the three-wheeled Speed Cart GT and four-wheeled Micro-Cart GT. Notable updates include a redesigned bag support that more easily accommodates golf stand bags and a new collection of add-on accessories.
New for 2017, Speed Cart GT features a redesigned upper bag bracket to better hold golf stand bags plus top and bottom bungee straps to more securely hold the bag. The cart’s redesigned storage tray has a new mobile phone slot, a new drink holder, and an updated mesh basket. Speed Cart comes standard with an umbrella holder, scorecard holder, and padded storage tray.
Speed Cart GT folds down to W37” X H16” X D13” and weighs 17.25 lbs.
New on the Micro-Cart GT is a self-latching, lower bracket that clicks effortlessly into place when opening the cart and easily disengages when folding. An improved E-Z Latch on the upper bracket simplifies adjusting the handle height. Also new, is an upper bag bracket that has been redesigned to better hold stand bags. The new bracket also includes two bungee straps to more securely hold the golf bag. The front axle has also been improved with a no-tools-required system to extend the front axle by two inches to accommodate larger golf bags. The new Micro-Cart GT also offers an updated drink holder and new mesh basket to hold head covers, wind breakers, etc. Micro-Cart comes standard with an umbrella holder and a console with padded valuables compartment, magnetic scorecard holder, and pencil, ball, and tee holders.
Micro-Cart GT folds to: W27” X H17” X D13” and weighs 16.6 lbs.
There is also an ever growing collection of golf push cart accessories including a water bottle cooler, range finder compartment, and cigar holder to go along with new cart covers and wheel covers.
C-130 continues as Sun Mountain’s best-selling golf cart bag. The 2017 C-130 offers the abundance of pocket space and golfer-friendly features that have kept it in the top spot for eight years plus some new features such as Smart Straps that offer a new way to secure the bag to a golf cart, more velour-lined valuable pockets and an easy-access range finder pocket. The 2017 C-130 will be available on-line and in stores in August at a suggested retail price of $229.99.
What helped the C-130 become the best-selling golf cart bag is being designed to work optimally on a riding cart. All pockets and zippers are accessible when the bag is on a cart and the reverse oriented top positions the short irons in the front and driver and woods in the back, so you don’t need to reach over a driver to get to a wedge.
What has kept the C-130 at the top is continual improvement. New for 2017 is a Smart Strap system offering two Velcro® straps to secure the bag to the cart and eliminate the need for the traditional cart strap. The challenge with the traditional cart strap is that, if left too loose, the bag can twist sideways and if tightened too tight, the strap can restrict club access. The Smart Straps will keep the bag from twisting while still offering full and easy club and pocket access.
Also new for 2017 is range finder pocket positioned at the top of the bag for easy access and three velour-lined valuables pockets, one offering protection from rain.
By the numbers, C-130 offers a 10.5” diameter, 14-way top with full-length individual club-dividers plus an integrated putter well. For pockets, C-130 offers ten pockets: two full-length clothing pockets; a cooler pocket; three velour-lined valuables pockets, one is water resistant; an easy access range finder pocket; plus several ball and accessories pockets. Other cart-friendly features on the C-130 include the three handles integrated into the top that offer multiple hand-holds for picking the bag up to take on and off of the cart.
For 2017, C-130 is available in 11 different colors ranging from the standard Black to the head-turning Gunmetal-Gray-Flash.
Additional models of the C-130 available in 2017 are the C-130 5-way offering a top with five club dividers instead of 14 and the C-130S stand bag version.
The Sun Mountain 2Five lightweight golf bag continues to receives positive reviews from the golf media.
Weighing only 2.5 pounds, it’s the lightest full-featured golf bag on the market. To put 2.5 pounds into perspective, that’s about the same weight as two wedges, or a pair of golf shoes, or three cans of a soft-drink. When you lift up the 2Five, it’s more like lifting off as the bag seems to launch off the ground.
The bag is made up of carbon fiber legs, lightweight nylonfabric, and high density foam, while featuring a comfortable X-Strap Dual Strap System. The 2Five doesn’t skimp on conveniences, either, offering four pockets including a full-length clothing pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, water bottle pouch, and ball and accessory pocket.
Along with winning the Golf Digest Editors’ Choice for best lightweight golf bag, it also won the best Sunday bag (and it’s not even a Sunday bag, it’s just as light as one) in the yearly awards by MyGolfSpy.com.
Below are two mentions of the bag in June issues of Golf magazine and Golfweek.
2Five is offered in 11 different colors at $219.99.
Sun Mountain’s Speed Cart V1 Sport was mentioned in Golfweek’s story about the rise of interst in golf push carts by youth and college golfers.
The article said, “Not so long ago, golf carts were almost more of a hassle than carrying your clubs. They offered no storage, tipped over on slopes, and would have to be dragged across the course on two wobbly wheels. Worst of all, they didn’t look cool. But thanks to recent upgrades and innovation, push carts are finally making their mark in the golf world, especially in millennials.”
The newest version of Sun Mountain’s category-changing Speed Cart® golf push cart, the V1 Sport, combines the most popular features of past Speed Cart models with new colors and graphics plus it folds and unfolds easier than ever, has an improved brake system, and mag wheels.
Click here for the Golfweek golf push cart story.