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Vessel Carbon Lux Stand Bag

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Vessel Carbon Lux Stand Bag

The new Vessel Carbon Lux stand bag is one of those rare, full-circle kind of offerings. It includes new technology introduced in a limited-edition “concept car” product that actually made it to rank-and-file construction.

That is, of course, if you consider a $455 golf bag to be “rank and file.”

Vessel has created a very nice niche among golfers who want, dare we say it, a little luxury in their golf bags. Make no mistake, the new Vessel Carbon Lux stand bag is most assuredly a “luxury” golf bag.

What makes it so luxurious is a compelling story. Whether you want/need that luxury is entirely up to you.

It boils down to what you want in a golf bag compared to what you need in a golf bag.

Vessel Carbon Lux stand bag

The Bare Necessities

In its most basic form, a golf bag is just that: a bag for your golf stuff. It needs to perform only a handful of jobs. It needs to hold your clubs as you walk, push or ride your way around the course. It also has to carry a few basic essentials in a somewhat convenient and logical way. You’ll need a pocket for balls and maybe another pocket for larger items like a jacket or pullover. If you really push it, you might also need somewhere to attach a towel, rangefinder or club brush.

Beyond that, everything else falls under the subjective categories of “nice” or “convenient” or maybe even “cool.” You may want it to look nice to your eye or maybe you want more pockets to store things like a water bottle, valuables or phone.

Vessel Carbon Lux stand bag

However, once the basics are covered, everything else is superfluous. Features Golfer A finds helpful, Golfer B might find useless. To be clear, the new Vessel Carbon Lux bag is loaded with features. We’ll go through the list in a bit but, first, we need to understand the whole “carbon” aspect of this bag and why Vessel considers it a “luxury.”

Putting the Carbon in the Vessel Carbon Lux

Vessel introduced carbon fiber to golf bags 18 months ago when it released the Limited-Edition Carbon Fiber Collection to celebrate its 10th anniversary. What made the bags unique was the liberal use of a carbon fiber material called OmniFlex.

What also made them unique was the $1,600 price tag.

It was a proof of concept for Vessel. Only 1,000 were made and even company founder and CEO Ronnie Shaw didn’t think they’d sell very many.

“It’s a luxury to have,” he told MyGolfSpy at the time. “Is it a ‘must have?’ No, not really. But it is something nobody else could do.”

As any golf gearhead knows, carbon fiber is light, strong and durable. Omniflex, however, adds flexibility to that lightness, strength and durability. Vessel is using OmniFlex in the spine of the new bag. The spine, especially the area behind the handle, is typically one of the heaviest parts of a golf bag. That area is typically reinforced with four layers of polyurethane. Omniflex can do the same job with only one, much lighter, layer. That one layer connects the top of the bag to the bottom for greater durability.

A Lighter Bag?

That weight savings, you might think, would make for a significantly lighter bag. Vessel, however, is thinking like a golf club designer. It’s discretionary weight and can be redistributed to other parts of the bag where it can do more good.

That means additional features.

Like other stand bags in Vessel’s lineup, the Vessel Carbon Lux stand bag is still 6.1 pounds. But you do get nine external pockets and five internal pockets. Three of the outer pockets, including the golf ball compartment, feature magnetic closure. You also get two insulated water bottle pockets and two anti-microbial pockets.

Vessel Carbon Lux stand bag

The bag features a four-way top with full-length dividers to minimize club tangling. Additionally, it includes Vessel technology such as the company’s patented Rotator Base and Equilibrium 2.0 Double Strap with its eight-point swivel mechanism.

Do You Need a “Luxury” Golf Bag?

Need is a funny word. As mentioned, the only practical “needs” one has in a golf bag are to help you transport your clubs around the course and a place to store golf balls. Anything beyond that falls under the heading “want.”

Vessel golf bags aren’t for price buyers. The company differentiates itself through features, materials and innovations like carbon fiber spines. The company has been successful over 11 years by providing luxury bags to people who want them and are willing to pay the freight. Its marketing material is straight out of the BMW M Series Playbook:

“Elevating the golfing experience to unprecedented levels …”

“Meticulous attention to detail …”

“Style and performance on the course …”

Has Vessel been successful? Just look at the new, direct-to-consumer competitors, such as Ghost or Sunday. They’re offering well-made, synthetic leather bags, albeit at a lower price. When a luxury brand finds success, you can bet the rent money on competitors (some call them imitators) offering similar products (some call them copies) at a lower price popping up like prairie dogs looking out for eagles.

No one copies unsuccessful companies.

Vessel Carbon Lux Stand Bag: Price and Availability

The new Vessel Carbon Lux stand bag is available in black or white synthetic leather.

It’s available today for Vessel VIP members (click here to join). It will be available online to everyone starting tomorrow and will be priced at $455.

For more information, visit the Vessel website.

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John is an aging, yet avid golfer, writer, 6-point-something handicapper living back home in New England after a 22-year exile in Minnesota. He loves telling stories, writing about golf and golf travel, and enjoys classic golf equipment. “The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.” - BenHogan

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      Ned

      1 month ago

      IMHO all Vessel bags are overpriced. For me they don’t offer anything above and beyond any other bag.

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      Darren Jeffries

      1 month ago

      John, have you ever come across a British DTC company called Caddy Club? I have a Vessel Cart Lux Bag, but I also have a Carry bag from Caddy Club that looks very similar to the Vessel, but half the price. It’s superb value for money and looks the part.

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      Garen Eggleston

      1 month ago

      Nice butttt, for that amount of cash it’s not anywhere near my budget . I put it on the same plane as a Chanel purse , if you choose to flaunt your substance then that’s the way to do so , personally, I prefer those that have it but don’t need to tell everyone .

      Reply

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