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2018 PUSH CART BUYER’S GUIDE

In America, there’s still a stigma attached to the push cart that stands in direct contrast to perceptions in Europe where, not only is the push cart a must for the everyday golfer, electric alternatives are beginning to make their way to golf courses in increasing numbers. Despite reservations on this side of the pond, push carts use is on the rise. Scientists and nutritionists alike extoll the benefits of using a push cart over carrying or riding. Perhaps that’s why, despite shaken-fist grumblings from the back in my day champions of nonsense, push cart use is on the rise at the college level as well. Push carts live on the Golf Channel? Oh, the self-righteous, indignant horror.

While the simple retort is “get used to it old-timer, push carts are here to stay,” the reality is that like much of what we find in golf; the technology is evolving.  These aren’t the same push carts your grandpappy loved to hate. So, whether you’re a longstanding member of the Push Cart Mafia, or just now getting wise to the reality that it’s in your best interest to get the bag off your back, this year’s buyers guide will help you identify the push cart that best fits your needs.

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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.

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THE METRICS

The modern push cart is miles above those rickety ones from twenty years ago. Our testing focused on the maneuverability of the cart, but we also considered its durability, stability, and the folded footprint.

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.

2018 Push Cart Features Chart

NameCostWheelsWeightColorsCup Holder
Bag Boy Compact 3$179.95313.7 lbs4Y
Bag Boy Express Dulex Pro$159.95312.7 lbs2Y
Bag Boy Quad XL$199.95414.2 lbs6Y
Bag Boy TriSwivel II$249.95316 lbs2Y
Big MAX Blade IP$329.99314 lbs4Y
Big MAX Blade Quattro$299.99414.3 lbs4Y
Clicgear 3.5+$219.99322 lbs6Y
Clicgear 8.0$269.99426 lbs6Y
Rovic Swivel RV1s$190.00320.2 lbs5Y
Stewart R1-S$229.00318 lbs10Y
Sun Mountain Speed Cart GT$209.99317.25 lbs9Y

 

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

For push cart testing, we set out to best replicate the stresses put on a cart during a round. Carts were loaded with a variety of bags each containing the same equipment. Inside the bags were 14 clubs, 4 gloves, 1 rangefinder, 1 set of rain gear, tees, and 1 box of golf balls. Testing included, but wasn’t limited to, evaluating the brakes, stability, handling, and maneuverability of the carts on the course.

Notes were taken on the durability of the carts as well as their available features and folded size.

Maneuverability (15 points) – Does the cart move effortlessly or does it take some effort to be push? Does it turn easily without lifting the front wheel(s) off the ground? We found that three-wheel carts are generally more maneuverable than four-wheel models. Four-wheel carts often require testers to lift the front wheels off the ground to complete turns. The top-performing three-wheel carts handle exceptionally well. There were no issues with the wheels on grass or concrete, and their turning radii are exceptional

Features (15 points) – Does the cart include a water bottle holder? Ball marker? Extra storage? Umbrella holder? While most carts offer many of the features we just listed, some bring even more to the table. Carts for which the most basic features were omitted performed poorly in the features category.

Durability (20 points) – Will the cart last one season? Two seasons? Five seasons? A quality push cart should last several seasons or more. We examined the quality of the cart’s skeleton in addition to its straps.

Stability (35 points) – How stable is the cart on the golf course. Does it stay upright on uneven terrain? Do the straps hold the bag securely to the cart? The top performers can handle uneven lies like a tour pro while offering straps the fasten securely. Poor performers aren’t well-balanced, tip a bit more easily, and often have straps that are difficult to fasten and sometimes pinch fingers.

Folded Size (15 points) – Quite simply how small of a space does the collapsed cart occupy? How quickly does it fold and unfold? While the majority of carts fold either flat or into a cube shape, we found that the carts that folded flat were more easily stored. These carts are also folded more quickly. The poor performers take up significantly more space, aren’t able to be collapsed fully, and are more difficult to fold.

Final grades were awarded based on total scores. Best Overall is our highest overall scoring push cart, and awards are given to the top three submissions. Also, more specific Best in Class recognitions are awarded to push carts in certain categories (like maneuverability, durability, and stability) 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 PUSH CARTS OF 2018

BagBoy TriSwivel II

BagBoy TriSwivel II

"Best Push Cart 2018"

Stability
4th
Durability
5th
Features
1st
Maneuverability
1st
Folded Size
2nd
Total
94
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What We Liked

The BagBoy TriSwivel 360 is the “Best Push Cart of 2018” giving it 1st place finishes in consecutive years. The TriSwivel II boasts a swiveling front wheel which allows for enhanced maneuverability. The cart’s numerous standard features offer plenty of accessible onboard storage. The Velcro straps allow you to easily lock your bag into place with confidence.

Pros

  • Light and easy to maneuver
  • Outstanding brake system
  • Easy-to-use Velcro straps for securing your bag to the cart
  • Loads of storage
  • Wide base for stability

Cons

  • Durability – notably in the brakes and front wheel lock – could be improved
Clicgear 3.5+

Clicgear 3.5+

"Most Durable Cart 2018"

Stability
2nd
Durability
1st
Features
3rd
Maneuverability
8th
Folded Size
2nd
Total
91.5
#2

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What We Liked

The Clicgear 3.5+ is “The Most Durable Push Cart 2018”.  It Comes standard with large console and storage net. A robust selection of accessories makes the Clicgear the mos expandable on the market today. Outstanding stability and rugged design complete the package.

Pros

  • Built like a tank
  • Incredibly stable
  • Relatively compact when folded
  • Easy to fold/un-fold and use
  • Numerous color options

Cons

  • Bag sometimes twists over the course of a round
  • On the heavy side
  • Users have reported issues with brake cables snapping
Big MAX Blade Quattro

Big MAX Blade Quattro

"Most Compact Cart 2018"

Stability
1st
Durability
3rd
Features
10th
Maneuverability
3rd
Folded Size
1st
Total
91
#3

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What We Liked

The Big MAX Blade Quattro is “The Most Compact Cart of 2018”. The strap system is strong and sturdy. It minimizes twisting and keeps your bag upright and stable throughout the round. The Quattro folds down to a width of your fist for easy storage.

Pros

  • Compact folded size for easy storage
  • Outstanding strap system to secure your bag
  • Folds and unfolds easily
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Brake system, while effective, is not as good as most others

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2018 Push Cart Buyers Guide

NameStabilityDurabilityFeaturesManeuverabilityFolded SizeTotal
Bag Boy TriSwivel II4th5th1st1st2nd94
Clicgear 3.5+2nd1st3rd8th2nd91.5
Big MAX Blade Quattro1st3rd10th3rd1st91
Rovic Swivel RV1s9th3rd6th1st2nd90.5
Bag Boy Quad XL5th6th2nd3rd7th89.5
Big MAX Blade IP5th9th3rd5th2nd88
Bag Boy Compact 37th7th6th8th7th85.5
Clicgear 8.011th2nd6th5th7th83
Sun Mountain Speed Cart GT2nd7th6th8th10th82.5
Bag Boy Express Dulex Pro7th9th5th8th10th81
Stewart R1-S10th11th10th5th2nd81

 

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