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Golf Stand Bag Reviews – Ping Hoofer, Ogio Nimbus, TRUE Tour, Sun Mountain KG2, Ping 4 Series and Nike Vapor X Reviews

by Stephen Davis

August 10, 2013
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I wanted to do a review where I had the opportunity to check out some of the main lightweight carry bags from different manufacturers with the ultimate goal of finding which ones were great and why. To do this properly, I decided that it would be best to do this as a relatively long term project. Each bag was used for a minimum of 10 rounds and the pictures you see are after they were tested.

PING Hoofer

MSRP- $190
Grade- A-
Weight- 5.2 lbs

 

The PING Hoofer was one of the best all around bags I tested. The build quality is great and it is very comfortable to carry, despite it being one of the heaviest bags I tested. There is a pocket for everything imaginable.

Pros:

Excellent build quality
Great structure
Comfortable shoulder pads
Strap sliders and EZ Strap system make carrying comfortable
Good stand mechanism
A bunch of pockets for everything you could want
Six-way top
Water pocket is easily accessible while carrying
Towel hook
Hard plastic grip allows for easy standing and lifting

Cons:

One of the heavier bags tested
No separate hook for rangefinder
Could use a little more cushioning where the bag contacts the back
More info on the PING Hoofer can be found HERE

 

OGIO Nimbus

MSRP- $190
Grade- A-
Weight- 4.2 lbs
The Nimbus is a great bag and very lightweight. The separate putter well is a big bonus on this bag, especially in its weight class. There does seem to be extra fabric on this bag, giving it a baggy appearance, but the bag works so well that it is quickly forgotten.

Pros:

Very lightweight
7-way top
Separate putter compartment
Comfortable shoulder pads
Good stand mechanism
Wide base on legs add stability
A pocket for everything you need, but none that you don’t
Towel strap
Pocket designated for rangefinder
Water pocket accessible while carrying
Rubber grip allows for easy standing and lifting

Cons:

Legs have a tendency to droop while carrying
Seems to be extra fabric on bag, creating a slightly baggy look
No separate hook for rangefinder
More info on the OGIO Nimbus can be found HERE

TRUE Tour Stand Bag

MSRP- $150
Grade- A-
Weight- 4.1 lbs

True Linkswear is a brand for the walking golfer, and if that is you, then this is your bag. It is a no nonsense bag, comfortable and very lightweight. This bag was made for those who think that 18 holes is just a good warm up.

Pros:

Very lightweight
Comfortable shoulder pads
Good stand mechanism
Very thin profile make it very easy to carry
Compact top compartment keeps the putter from falling down into the divider.
Towel hook
Separate hook for rangefinder
Water pocket accessible while carrying
Rubber grip allows for easy standing and lifting

Cons:

Could use a separate valuables pocket
Could use a little more cushioning where the bag contacts the back
Straps tend to get twisted more than other bags tested
More info on the True Tour Bag can be found HERE

 

Sun Mountain KG:2

MSRP- $210
Grade- B+
Weight- 4.7 lbs

The KG:2 had one of the best stand mechanisms tested. It is a really solid bag, that is comfortable and looks slick too. I didn’t like how easy it was to lose your putter down the top divider. Other than that, this is a very good bag.

Pros:

Comfortable shoulder pads
One of the best stand mechanisms tested
Wide base on legs add stability
A pocket for everything you need, but none that you don’t
Towel hook
Water pocket accessible while carrying
Rubber grip allows for easy standing and lifting

Cons:

No separate putter compartment
Large compartment for woods and putter, so putter tends to fall down into the divider.
Seems to be extra fabric on bag, creating a slightly baggy look
No separate hook for rangefinder
More info on the SunMountain KG:2 can be found HERE

PING 4 Series

MSRP- $150
Grade- B
Weight- 4.3 lbs

The little brother to the Hoofer, the 4 Series is a very solid offering from PING. It has all of the great build quality of the Hoofer and less weight. The fact that my putter kept falling down the top compartment and the placement of the water bottle pocket are the only reason this isn’t rated as highly as its sibling.

Pros:

Excellent build quality
Great structure
Comfortable shoulder pads
Strap sliders and EZ Strap system make carrying comfortable
Good stand mechanism
A pocket for everything you need, but none that you don’t
Towel hook
Hard plastic grip allows for easy standing and lifting

Cons:

No separate putter compartment
Large compartment for woods and putter, so putter tends to fall down a bit into the divider.
Water pocket is inaccessible while carrying
No separate hook for rangefinder
Could use a little more cushioning where the bag contacts the back
More info on the PING 4 Series can be found HERE

Nike Vapor X

 

MSRP- $180
Grade- D
Weight- 4.2 lbs
This is the only bag I reviewed that I can’t recommend. The Vapor X has a lot going for it, it is crazy lightweight and has all the right pockets, dividers and straps. It has a separate hook for your towel and your rangefinder and a putter well. HOWEVER, this bag wore out in less than 10 rounds and that is just not acceptable.

Pros:

Very lightweight
Good stand mechanism
Comfortable straps
Straps make for easy one shoulder or two shoulder carrying
Excellent organization
Separate putter compartment
Towel hoop
Separate rangefinder loop

Cons:

Bag dividers wore out within 10 rounds
Water pocket is odd depth, so water bottles are prone to fall out
More info on the Nike Vapor X can be found HERE

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