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Review: Clicgear Model 8 Pushcart

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Pros: Very stable. Easy rolling and handling. Dual front breaks operate with one lever. Folding and unfolding is as simple as it gets. More aggressive look than other push carts, eliminating “shopping cart” comparisons.

Cons: Designed for cart bags only. Brake takes extra effort to apply. A deeper cargo net would be nice.

Bottom Line: Clicgear tries to make 4-wheeling cool and succeeds in nearly all areas. The ease of use and functionality of the Clicgear Model 8 is top notch, as are the looks. While the single-strap system could be improved, larger golf bag users could probably not find a better 4-wheeled cart on the market.

Overview

So you’re in the market for a push cart? Maybe it’s a replacement for an older pull cart or you were urged to use one by your chiropractor to get one (my case). Either way, golfers shouldn’t worry about adding a push cart to their game. They’re not as clunky as they used to be, thanks largely in part to Clicgear.

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The company’s lead designer, Kevin Kimberley, has spent more than years as an industrial designer, which is why Clicgear’s products look more, well… industrial than typical golf carts.  The original three-wheeled models have made a splash over the years, offering golfers something different with plenty of functionality and optional accessories like a shoe brush, cooler and even a seat. I myself am a long-time user of a Clicgear 3.0, and I said I’d NEVER use a pushcart. Now Clicgear has jumped full-speed ahead into the four-wheeled push cart arena with the innovative Model 8. Do they succeed? Read on.

Features

Two years in the making, the Clicgear Model 8 incorporates several premium features and plenty of smaller ones.

  • Oversized Console to hold balls, tees, scorecard, etc.
  • Hand Brake
  • Six Accessory Tabs (4 on the handle and 2 on either side of the umbrella storage bracket)
  • Cup Holder
  • Bag Strap Storage Clip
  • Umbrella Holder
  • Maintenance Free Airless Tires
  • Dual Front Brakes
  • Step Guard over front wheel
  • Folded dimensions: 17″ x 27″ x 15″

Folding Mechanism

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With the Model 8, Clicgear unveiled their 4XFOLD technology, which allows all four wheels to fold. This enables the cart to collapse from full size to a much smaller footprint in two simple steps. The folding mechanism is similar to the 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 models, but light years simpler. There is much less chance of hands getting accidentally pinched in the process. A clever feature is the Step Guard fender over the right front wheel. Place your foot on it prevents the cart from rolling when folding and unfolding. It’s a nice touch.

Unfolded, the cart is steady as can be. I never experienced any sort to tipping on hills during multiple rounds of use. The front wheels do not share an axle, freeing up the wheels, so the cart rolls very well through all types of terrain. The wheels are typical Clicgear high quality, with airless tires. They won’t roll as quite as easily as inflatables, but they require zero maintenance and frankly, who wants to maintain a push cart?

The Bag

The Clicgear Model 8 relies on familiar metal bracket on the bottom and just a single bungee-like strap on the top. When first tested, I found that my stand bag would twist and turn during the round, almost always winding up on its side at some point. So take note, the Model 8 is made for CART BAGS ONLY. You can use a stand bag, just be aware that it will twist during the round, but there is no chance that it will fall out. If I had my wish, I’d prefer an extra bottom strap system so all bags would be accepted.

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We’ve found that with some 4-wheel push carts, the angle at which your bag sits is too upright and a little awkward. This isn’t true with the Model 8. Thankfully, Clicgear made the angle similar to their popular three-wheeled models, removing the “shopping cart” feel from the four-wheeler.

Wheels

The Model 8 also has a few interesting features you may not notice. Since there is no shared front axle, the front wheels can be aligned independently. So if your cart isn’t rolling smooth enough, you can easily adjust it to go straight.  This essentially eliminates problems that can plague four-wheeled carts.

Brakes

The brake lever is conveniently located on the front handle. Pull up on it and it activates the Model 8’s dual front brakes. With both front wheels locked, there is virtually no chance of the cart rolling from its position. The back wheels remain unlocked, so you can quickly maneuver the Model 8 with the brake on around the green if you need to. When first applying the brake, you might think you’ll break the lever. It requires a bit of force to engage it, more that with the Clicgear 3.5 model. We’d like it to work a little easier, but we soon got used to it.

Price and Options

The Clicgear Model 8 comes in a variety of colors, including Charcoal, Silver/Blue (tested), Matte Blue, White and Silver. None of the brighter colors we’ve come to see with Clicgear carts are available, but hopefully we’ll see more down the road. Clicgear leads the pack in accessories, so you can purchase add-ons like a shoe brush, cooler and even a seat! MSRP at the time of this review was $269.00.

Conclusion

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If you are in the market for a push cart, the Clicgear Model 8 is an excellent choice. Its stable, muscular stance, great functionality and high-quality are typical Clicgear. While there are tiny improvements that could push it to a perfect score, most cart bag users will be more than happy with this Model 8. If you’re ready to go four-wheeling, consider the Model 8 to be a top option.

Skip to 1:09 to see the Model 8 in action.
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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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  1. John

    Dec 30, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I just got the 8.0 and I love it! Easy open and fold up, stable and sturdy, it it the last cart I am going to need this thing is designed brilliantly and will last for many years, great job Clic Gear!

  2. Steve

    Apr 25, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I just got the 8.0. The brakes are Hard to set! The handle is not in the right spot! The compartment lid does not open enough!. Feels like it would break off!.And *I have yet to use it!!!!.. How does this get into production? With all these badly designed features?. Not Impressed so far!!!!!

  3. Al

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I have their older model and loved it. And so I had high hopes for this one but after a week I am actually heading back to their original design. Why? 2 things.

    1) They put the brake handle in the worst possible place. What used to tuck under the handle now juts out directly into your gut. I have no idea what they were thinking on this design as I and others often push/bump the cart along with my belly… now there is a handle that makes that handle poke you right in the gut. Its odd since their 3.5 cart break tucks right under the handle, but not so on the 8. Stupid design.

    2) Its really heavy and very big. Much heavier than the 3.5 and much bigger. Making it a tough fit into my trunk and or lift. It’s probably best for folks who dont need to break down their cart.

    So, I am going to sell this one off to someone else and stick to their 3.5. The 4 wheels are great for hilly courses but the handle makes this a no-go for me.

    • Simon ACT

      Jan 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      I must agree Al, the brake lever is quite simply a terrible piece of design, which borders on dangerous. The rotating of my Sun Mountain stand bag is also really annoying. I will be selling mine and going back to the 3.5.

    • Clicgear Tester

      Apr 18, 2015 at 1:02 am

      Al, exact same thoughts. Really excited about the Clicgear 8.0. When I saw it in person, could not believe the position of the brake handle jutting out right into your stomach! It’s unsettling what to speak of annoying and a terrible design. Fail.

      • MP-4

        Sep 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

        I’m going to have to take back my statement posted as “Clicgear Tester”. Just got a charcoal 8.0. This cart is a beast. Yeah, it’s a little bigger and heavier than a 3.5+, but, once it’s open, whoa look out! So solid. It’s also so easy to open and close. If you have a stand bag, definitely get the “bag cozy”. There may be lighter more compact carts out there, but you literally get less cart with the ones that fold up smaller. Now about the brake jutting out into your gut. Well, unless you have a huge beer belly, you will be okay. Think I was looking at the shop cart with the brake on and thought it was the normal position. You’ll never forget that the brake is on that’s for sure. The cart also comes with two drink holder accessories. A regular sized one, and a small Red Bull sized can drink holder. I’ll admit I didn’t know whether to love or hate this thing at first, but after looking at it closely, opening and closing it, and pushing it around, think I’m going to love this cart.

  4. Jadon

    Jun 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Ah the old twist and turn dilemma, what’s a good push card that won’t twist and turn my stand bag?

    I walked a quick 9 yesterday and found myself pulling clubs only because they were easy to grab since my bag twisted. I needed a 6 iron but it was buried under 13 other clubs, I grabbed the 8 iron instead because it was on top and easy.

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GolfWRX’s fashion expert Jordan Madley picks her top-3 favorite men’s polo shirts from the recent 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Las Vegas. Enjoy the video below!

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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If you want an electric golf caddy that doesn’t require that you wear a sensor or carry a remote — one that will be reliable and allow you to focus on your game, and not your cart — then the Australian-manufactured QOD is worth checking out.

The QOD (an acronym for Quality of Design and a nod to its four wheels) is powered by a 14.4-volt lithium battery, good for 36 holes or more on a single charge. It has nine different speeds (with the fastest settings moving closer to jogging velocity) so the QOD can handle your ideal pace, whether that be a casual stroll or a more rapid clip around the course.

The QOD is also built to last. Its injection-molded, aircraft-grade aluminum frame has no welded joints. Steel bolts and locking teeth take care of the hinging points. The battery and frame are both guaranteed for three full years. If you need a new battery after the three-year window, the folks at QOD will replace it at cost.

Its front-wheel suspension gives the QOD a smooth ride down the fairway, and the trolley is easy to navigate with a gentle nudge here and there. The QOD is always in free-wheel mode, so it is smooth and easy to maneuver manually in tight spaces and around the green.

The caddy also features three timed interval modes for situations where you might wish to send it up ahead on its own: when helping a friend find a lost ball or when you will be exiting on the far side of the green after putting, for example. The clip below includes a look at the caddy in timed mode.

When folded, the QOD measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall.

Another area where the QOD excels is in its small size and portability. When folded, it measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall, making it the smallest electric caddy on the market.

Folks Down Under have been enjoying the QOD for some time, but it wasn’t until a few years ago when Malachi McGlone was looking for a way to continue walking the course without putting undue strain on an injured wrist that the QOD found U.S. fairways. After first becoming a satisfied customer, McGlone convinced CEO Collin Hiss, who developed the product and oversees its production in Australia, to allow him to distribute and service the QOD here in the states.

The QOD has no self-balancing gyroscope, bluetooth sensor or remote control. Bells and whistles just aren’t its thing — though it does have a USB port for cell phone charging that can come in handy. However, if you are looking for a no-fuss workhorse to move your bag down the fairway, the QOD should be on your radar.

The 2018 model has begun shipping and will be on sale at $1,299 for a limited time. It normally retails at $1,499.

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