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2018 TRAVEL BAG BUYER’S GUIDE

Travel bags are about one word. Protection.

It’s simple but important. If you’re going to play golf and travel, your clubs must arrive safely. A broken driver is not only costly to replace, but also ruins your mood and maybe even your vacation. Investing in the very best to protect your clubs is an absolute must.

The process of buying anything in today’s time has become stressful and time-consuming. We feel the best reviews are those that help you make the right choices and help you get the most out of your time and money. This way you can buy with confidence and eliminate a lot of the guesswork. We are here to help show you how a product will perform before you buy.

One key to our testing protocols is that we test products head-to-head. We select the top products from each category and put them through extensive and detailed head-to-head testing. We test both in the lab and in the field. We score each product across a range of weighted categories. We then rank the products, explain why products finished where they did, and give awards to the best-performing products in the category.

For travel bags, our scoring centered around the protection of clubs and the durability of the bag. The possible storage within the bag and the storage of the bag after use were also considered. Maneuverability – especially through airports – was tested too.

THE METRICS

We’re always fine-tuning the process to make sure we’re collecting the best data possible. Continuing that trend we’ve updated and refined this year’s analysis to bring you the best buying advice possible.

FEATURES CHART

NameCostColorsWeightWheelsMaterialPockets
BAGBOY T-10$149.95410.3lbs2Polyester4
BAGBOY T-750$99.9547lbs2600 Denier High Tenacity Nylon fabric2
BAGBOY T-2000$209.95410lbs21680D Nylon5
COBRA Rolling Travel Bag$180.00110.1lbs2Polyester1
PING Rolling Travel Cover$250.0015.6lbs4Polyester1
SRIXON Travel Cover$199.9917.4lbs21680 Ballistic Nylon3
SUN MOUNTAIN Clubglider Tour Series$329.99213.2lbs4Vinyl2
Tour Trek Flex$149.9915.2lbs6900D Polyester4
Tour Trek Hard Top$139.9918lbs21680D Ballistic Nylon2
Tour Trek Pro$99.9916.6lbs2600D Polyester3

 

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We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols to test new metrics. The metrics and attention to detail are better than ever.

To determine the best test travel bags, we prepared a golf bag with any and all possible gear one could need while traveling. We included 1 Set of Alignment Sticks, 1 Box of Golf Balls, 14 Clubs, 1 Umbrella, 1 Pair of Golf Shoes, Tees, 4 Gloves, 1 Set of Rain Gear, and 1 Rangefinder.

Once the bag was prepared, testers loaded and unloaded the travel bags. They were then asked to walk around pulling or pushing the bag as they would through an airport.

Tester survey questions centered around whether or not the tester was comfortable with the protection of their clubs. While travel bags serve other minor purposes, this is their most significant function.

Durability (25 points) – To determine durability, we evaluated the stitching of the bag along with the material used. Regardless of what you’re buying, you expect it to last. Travel bags, especially because they’re used so infrequently, need to be durable enough to last several years. Some bags are made of inexpensive materials, while the top performers in this category offer highly-durable wheels, zippers, buckles, and materials.

Packing (15 points) – Quite simply, how much gear can the bag hold? Many of our testers mentioned that they used their travel bag as extra storage on the flight. Given airline fees these days, we’re on the same page. The best bags in this category offer room for the necessities, as well as plenty of room for extras.

Maneuverability (10 points) -How easy is it to load and unload the bags from the car? How easy is it to move through the airport? We closely examined the design of the wheels, the handle placement, as well as the structural base of the bag. Bags that performed poorly were awkward while walking. The top performers not only made for easy walking, but were also able to stand without assistance. Bags that were more stable through the middle section generally performed better.

Protection (45 points) – Your golf clubs are a significant investment. A travel bag then must protect your clubs in every situation. We closely examined the top portion of the travel bag because it is where clubs are the most vulnerable. Manufacturers use a variety of different methods to protect the clubs, but one constant is that poor performers lack coverage on the top and sides of the bag. The bags that provided effective protection do so by combining protective padding with a snug fit.

Storage (5 points) – When you put your travel bag in a corner of your garage, how much space does it take up? Some bags simply fold up, while others are designed specifically with space-savings in mind.

Final grades were awarded based on total scores. Best Overall is our highest overall scoring travel bag, and awards are given to the top three bags. Also, more specific Best in Class recognitions are awarded to bags in certain categories (like maneuverability, protection, and durability) that push the industry’s design envelope.

We also give an “Editor’s Choice” and a “Best Buy” award to those products that provide value products that compete with the bigger names on performance.

THE BEST GOLF TRAVEL BAGS OF 2018

Sun Mountain Clubglider Tour Series

Sun Mountain Clubglider Tour Series

"Best Travel Bag 2018""

Durability
1st
Packing
7th
Maneuverability
1st
Protection
1st
Storage
5th
Total
92.5
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What We Liked

Sun Mountain claims the top spot for the second year in a row. Thanks to its 4-wheel design, the maneuverability of the bag from the car to the terminal and through the airport is second to none. It offers outstanding protection to keep your clubs safe once you’ve surrendered them to the airline.

Pros

  • “Best travel bag of 2018”
  • Ingenious leg design for easy maneuverability
  • Great style
  • Material used is extremely durable

 

Cons

  • Release mechanism is stiff when opening and closing
  • Main zip is located in the middle of the travel bag which makes getting clubs in and out more difficult than with some other designs
Tour Trek Flex

Tour Trek Flex

"Best Value"

Durability
5th
Packing
9th
Maneuverability
2nd
Protection
3rd
Storage
1st
Total
91
#2

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What We Liked

The Tour Trek Flex is a great bag for the player who wants value for his money. The 6-wheel system allows for stress-free maneuverability when rolling the bag in and out of the airport. The Flex folds up to a size of a briefcase making for less clutter when stored. For the price, Tour Trek Flex will not disappoint.

Pros

  • Well thought out and constructed bag
  • “Best in Class” for weight
  • Great bag for protection
  • Stores easily when not in use

Cons

  • Shoe pocket is very small. Even a size 9 is difficult to squeeze inside
  • Could use a little more padding around club head area
Ping Rolling Travel Cover

Ping Rolling Travel Cover

"Editors Choice"

Durability
3rd
Packing
9th
Maneuverability
3rd
Protection
2nd
Storage
2nd
Total
91
#3

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What We Liked

The PING Rolling Travel Cover makes getting clubs in and out of the bag effortless. The outside material is durable, and the abundance of padding on the interior will keep your golf clubs protected and safe from all but the most aggressive baggage handler. The 4-wheeled design allows the travel bag to be pushed or pulled with ease.

Pros

  • Well designed zippers for durability
  • Compact when stored
  • Very well thought-out and constructed bag
  • Side zipper makes getting clubs in and out a breeze

Cons

  • Minimal space for extras
  • No shoe pocket

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2018 TRAVEL BAG BUYER'S GUIDE

NameDurabilityPackingManeuverabilityProtectionStorageTotal
SUN MOUNTAIN Clubglider Tour Series1st7th1st1st5th92.5
Tour Trek Flex5th9th2nd3rd1st91
PING Rolling Travel Cover3rd9th3rd2nd2nd91
SRIXON Travel Cover3rd1st9th5th4th89
Tour Trek Pro5th3rd5th4th5th87.5
BAGBOY T-7505th3rd5th6th5th86.5
COBRA Rolling Travel Bag2nd2nd5th9th8th86.5
Tour Trek Hard Top10th3rd5th7th3rd86
BAGBOY T-20008th7th4th7th8th85
BAGBOY T-108th3rd10th10th10th81.5