Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

Golf Carry Bag Reviews - Overall Ranking

Fall 2014 - Reviews, ratings and rankings of the best golf carry bags. Our editors test and compare the latest golf carry bags head-to-head to help you determine which golf carry bag is best. Tested products include offerings from Sun Mountain, Ping, Nike and Titleist.

How We Test

Intro to Carry Bags

TaylorMade MicroLite

TaylorMade MicroLite

TaylorMade competes in the featherweight/superlight/sub-4 category with the TaylorMade Microlite. This bag shaves weight but still offers the breadth of features in the standard carry bags, including five zippered pockets, reasonable back and strap padding, and accessory features such as towel clip and pen holder. It weighs in at 3.9 pounds, has two full-length dividers, and a 4-way top. It has a price in line with what it offers, and for those looking to carry their clubs, the TaylorMade Microlite is worth a look. Read on for our review of the TaylorMade Microlite carry bag review.
Retail price: $149.95
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Score

92

Grade

A-


Callaway Hyper-Lite 4.0

Callaway Hyper-Lite 4.0

The Callaway Hyper-Lite 4.0 is a solid performer – there’s nothing radical about it, but it delivers what you need in a carry bag. The features include a 6-way top for club storage, pockets for everything you need, and exceptional padding both on in the shoulder straps and on the bag itself. Note that while it is marketed as “Hyper-Lite”, the 4.9 lb. bag (as tested) was only slightly lighter than the average tested bag.
Retail price: $159
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Nike Vapor X Carry

Nike Vapor X Carry

The Nike Vapor X weighs approximately four pounds and enters as the lightest of the company’s fully-featured carry bags. The curved Air shoulder straps are comfortable and the bag has storage for all the basics, though for us is on the small side, and we would trade off additional weight for a bag with slightly larger pockets. Though it carries a high retail price, the bag most often is found for less, including on Nike’s own site.
Retail Price: $230.00
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Titleist Ultra Lightweight

Titleist Ultra Lightweight

The Titleist Ultra Lightweight is, as you would expect, the lightest stand bag in the Titleist lineup, weighing it in at 4.9 pounds as tested with rain hood. The key features include a 3-way full-length club divider, apparel pocket, double straps, and beverage sleeve, with a price is in line with competing lightweight bags. Oh, and in keeping with the more options are better, a whopping 8 color combinations. Read more in our Titleist Ultra Lightweight review.
Retail price: $160
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Nike Performance Carry

Nike Performance Carry

The Nike Performance Carry Bag, the heaviest of Nike’s carry bags at 7 pounds, features a 14 full-length club dividers, 10 pockets, and a nice addition of their new S-curved shoulder straps. It’s a sharp looking bag, though probably most at home on a push or riding cart, seemingly designed as a hybrid between a cart and carry bag. At an MSRP of $240(!) it’s tough to recommend, though some quick searching at Amazon and others show it available for much, much less.
Retail price: $240.00
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Score

86

Grade

B


Original Jones Golf Bag

Original Jones Golf Bag

Think you’re Old School? If so, there’s a bag for you: The Original Jones Bag. Made of nylon and vinyl, it’s the most basic of carry bags in this section, lacking legs and having a single shoulder strap. The Original Jones Bag weighed in at 3.5 pounds, has 3 pockets (two zippered “ball pouches” and a full length pocket on the belly of the bag for your outerwear or other great), an umbrella sleeve, 3-way divider. Old school indeed. Read on for our review of the The Original Jones Bag.
Retail price: $139.95
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Score

86

Grade

B


Sun Mountain Four 5

Sun Mountain Four 5

If you are anal as some of us, you’ll love being able to put your clubs into 14 individual slots. Otherwise, you might not think the extra cost, in both dollars and weight, is justified.
Retail Price: $199.99
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Score

84

Grade

B


Callaway Hyper-Lite 5

Callaway Hyper-Lite 5

We have appreciated previous Callaway carry bags in our tests, and the Hyper-Lite (HL) 5 follows suit. The Callaway Hyper-Lite 5 weighed in at just over 5 pounds (the bag “number” doesn’t always indicate weight within the Callaway line), and has 8 pockets. Comparing to the latest iteration of the Hyper-Lite 4, the Hyper-Lite 5 has a larger top (9″ v 8.5″) and 5 full-length dividers (versus 4 on the Hyper-Lite 4). Oh, and a bit lower price, which we can’t explain, but we certainly won’t complain about.
Retail price: $179.00
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OGIO Aquatech

OGIO Aquatech

There are those of us that are fair-weather players, and those of us that aren’t. For those who are more like the Bishop, there is the OGIO Aquatech. The Aquatech stand bag (comes in a cart version as well) has a wide 10″ 6-way top, is 4.2 pounds, and is built to withstand downpours. Features include a waterproof rain hood (of course), a lightweight waterproof fabric that makes up the bag itself, a waterproof fleece lined valuables pocket and cell phone sleeve, and thermo welded (whatever that is…) waterproof pockets. So play on…the heavy stuff isn’t going to come down for a while.
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Retail price: $259.99
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Ping 4 Series

Ping 4 Series

The Ping 4 Series has been around a while, and the latest iteration introduces an attached rain hood that is snapped inside the hip pad, and a wider leg span when set down to increase stability. The bag features six pockets has a relatively slim profile and is the smallest of the more full-featured carry bags from Ping (by which we mean it has a more than just a few pockets). Read more details about the Ping 4 Series carry bag.
Retail price: $190
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Ping Hoofer

Ping Hoofer

After 25 years of carry stand bags, the Ping Hoofer continues to anchor the Ping lineup. The nylon and polyester bag weighs approximately 5 pounds, has a 5-way top with 2 full-length dividers, features 8 pockets, and has an attached rain hood that snaps inside the cushioned hip bags. There are two sliding shoulder pads, a strap slider to allow for a backpack fit, a reinforced bracket for the legs, and a wider 24-inch leg span for this latest release. Read on for more details about the Ping Hoofer.
Retail price: $189.99
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Sun Mountain Three 5

Sun Mountain Three 5

The predecessor to the Sun Mountain Three 5, the Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5 received high ratings when introduced, and the new Three 5 is slightly redesigned for 2014. The bag features the a 9.5″, 4-way top and 6 pockets, including a full-length clothing pocket, beverage pouch and a velour-lined valuables pocket. The Three 5 features the Auto-Fit Dual Strap System, of which we are fans. Read on for more about the Sun Mountain Three 5 stand/carry bag.
Retail price: $129.99
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Sun Mountain Three 5 Zero-G

Sun Mountain Three 5 Zero-G

The original Sun Mountain Zero-G was our favorite bag when it was introduced back in 2010, and the new Three 5 Zero-G combines elements of Sun Mountain’s best-selling Three 5 stand/carry bag, with the hip belt found on the Sun Mountain Zero-G. This removable hip belt is designed to transfer a majority of the weight from the bag from your shoulders to your hips. Read on for more details of the Sun Mountain Three 5 Zero-G stand/carry bag.
Retail price: $219.99
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