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Golf Travel Bag Reviews - Overall Ranking

Summer 2014 - Reviews, ratings and rankings of the best golf travel bags. Our editors test and compare the newest golf travel bags to help you determine which golf travel bag is best. Products tested include offerings from Club Glove, Samsonite, SKB, Sun Mountain ClubGlider, Nike and OGIO.

How We Test

Intro to Golf Travel Bags

Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian

Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian

What sets the Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian apart from all other travel bags is the integrated leg set that, when extended, supports the entire weight of the bag and its contents, making it incredibly easy to navigate through airports, hotels and parking lots. The bag has two pockets, internal cinch straps and pivoting caster wheels. Comes in four different colors: Black/Lava (aka orange), Black/Baltic (aka blue), Black and Black/Red.
Check out our detailed Sun Mountain ClubGlider review.
Retail price: $279
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Score

94

Grade

A


Samsonite Hardside

Samsonite Hardside

We love the ease of four-wheeling with the Samsonite Hardside through airports and hotel lobbies, and appreciate the lightweight plastic ABS protective shell. In addition, the Hardside is the only travel bag in our tests that features wheels that allow the case to stand vertically on its own, so it doesn’t take up yards of space as you wait in airport and hotel lines. Check out our detailed Samsonite Sportlab Hardside travel case review.
Retail price: $400
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Score

94

Grade

A


Sun Mountain ClubGlider Tour Series

Sun Mountain ClubGlider Tour Series

Sun Mountain has added the ClubGlider Tour Series as the second largest offering in the line of ClubGlider four-wheel golf travel bags. The updated 2014 line seems to have resulted in the Meridian being reduced to a slightly smaller size, as the Tour Series matches up closely with the 2012 ClubGlider Meridian that we tested. We still love the ease of four-wheeling, but the price of the Tour Series also still makes us gulp.
Retail price: $319.99
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Score

94

Grade

A


Club Glove Last Bag

Club Glove Last Bag

The Club Glove Last Bag is used by more professionals on the PGA Tour than any other bag, and we can see why. We love its heavy-duty construction and durability. Even better is the ease of traveling with the bag, which provides additional space for tossing in extra gear and has a soft cover that makes it easy to fit into trunks. Check out the details in our Club Glove Last Bag review.
Retail price: $289
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Score

93

Grade

A


SKB Deluxe

SKB Deluxe

The SKB Deluxe Golf Travel Case (we tested the 2SKB-4814W) is a rugged hard case that can stand up to serious airline abuse. The kicker is that it comes with not only a warranty on defects in materials and craftsmanship, but also a unique $1,500 warranty to cover the cost of any equipment damaged by the airlines. Now that’s peace of mind!
Check out our detailed SKB Deluxe Golf Travel Case review.
Retail price: $259.99
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Bag Boy T-2000

Bag Boy T-2000

The “magic” of the Bag Boy T-2000 is supposed to be its pivoting front handle, which is meant to reduce the strain on your arm as you pull the bag. What it also does, however, is make it more difficult to pull up on the bag to stand it up, or to make sharp course corrections. In the end, the handle doesn’t strike us as a monumental difference, which leaves the T-2000 as just a pretty expensive soft travel cover. Check out our full Bag Boy T-2000 review.
Retail price: $189.95
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Score

85

Grade

B


Nike Golf Travel Cover

Nike Golf Travel Cover

Nike’s Golf Travel Cover is a straightforward travel bag at a reasonable price, featuring four handles, dual side zip pockets, and adjustable compression straps to secure your clubs. Nike markets its “easy loading” cover, the molded shell at the top of the bag, and 900 denier fabric. The cover is a bit smaller than other travel bags tested, but its tapered design adds to how securely it holds your clubs. Want all the details? Read on in our comprehensive Nike Golf Travel Cover review.
Retail price: $220
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Score

85

Grade

B


OGIO Mammoth Golf Travel Bag

OGIO Mammoth Golf Travel Bag

OGIO’s Mammoth Golf Travel Bag is large, has a fair amount of padding to protect your clubs, a crush resistant hat pocket (no lie!), a removable shoe pocket (handy!), and six wheels (four spinner wheels on the base and two in-line skate wheels). Unfortunately, it struggled to stay standing upright, rendering the spinner wheels largely useless – and at a hefty $309.00 suggested retail price, you kinda expect all of the features to work all of the time. Read on for our detailed OGIO Mammoth Golf Travel Bag review.
Retail price: $309.99
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Score

83

Grade

B


Samsonite Spinner

Samsonite Spinner

Entering the four-wheeled golf travel bag market is the Samsonite Spinner. The Spinner is a four-wheeled soft-case, like the OGIO Mammoth. Unfortunately, like the Mammoth, it struggles to stay upright on the spinner wheels, leading you to just use the other pair of in-line skate wheels to drag it behind you. On the plus side, it’s relatively lightweight (only 10 pounds as tested). The retail price of $360, however, is outrageous. Thankfully we were able to find it at a number of on-line retailers for about $100, which at least makes the Spinner worthy of your consideration. Read on for our detailed Samsonite Spinner Golf Travel Bag review.
Retail price: $360.00
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Score

80

Grade

B-