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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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Product: Uther Supply golf towels

Pitch: Via Uther: “Uther cart towels use the highest quality material and construction which have been tested to perform season after season…Uther’s unique blend of moisturize wicking, soft microfiber is 3x more absorbent than cotton and 5x more durable…Waffle pattern to easily remove even the most stubborn dirt in club grooves and golf ball dimples…Uther is the creator of the fashionable golf towel. Features unique sublimated prints and designs that make a fun accessory for both men and women golf bags.”

Our take on Uther Supply golf towels

Most golfers have a “logo” towel hanging on their bag today. Typically you’ll see the name of a course the golfer has visited, or an OEM name. Uther Supply towels, however, are different. Uther (pronounced “other”) Supply Founder Dan Erdman described his inspiration for this unique line of golf towels in an interview with GolfWRX a few years back:

“When you work in the back shop and storage facility, you handle a lot of golf bags. I just noticed rows and rows of bags that all look the same and I thought it made a lot of sense to inject some personality into it. You know, people go crazy for how all the pros personalize their wedges and their bags. They buy towels and bag tags from courses like TPC Sawgrass and Pebble Beach to personalize their stuff, but in the end it all kind of blends together… I thought we could really add something to the marketplace.”

They have certainly succeeded in creating a new type of towel in the marketplace. We used them over several rounds of golf, in various conditions to put them to the test.

Meant to be shown off, Uther golf towel designs are creative and clever, with some of the most popular being the “Happy Gilmore inspired” Cart Towel and “90s coffee cup” Tour Towel. There of course, are many others to choose from.

Of course, let’s not forget that the primary function of a towel is to clean your golf equipment. That might seem easy but we at WRX have ordered some custom towels from other manufacturers in the past and were disappointed in the performance. Uther’s towels, however, succeed in both form and function. They’re stylish, but they also are an excellent functional towel. You’re like to be impressed at how light they are as well. These aren’t bath towels, but rather high-quality microfiber blends that Uther says are 3x more absorbent than cotton.

As far as cons, if we’re nitpicking, you may need to find a larger carabiner clip for some golf bags if you want to hang your towel in a more prominent place. These are made to show off, after all.

Prices range from $28-$35 USD and are available for purchase at uthersupply.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy in the US and Golf Town in Canada.

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Product: Adidas Forgefiber Boa golf shoes

Pitch: From Adidas: “Designed for protection from the elements, these golf shoes have enhanced cushioning to return energy on every swing. The shoes feature a spikeless outsole that flexes with your foot and has strategically placed lugs for outstanding grip and balance. An innovative closure system is built for micro-adjustments so you get the exact fit you need.”

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While the shoes are also available in gray/white and black/white colorways, we tested the bolder dark marine variant.

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With respect to comfort, first of all, anything Boost is going to be comfortable, and these shoes are no exception. And whether you refer to the “Forgefiber in the upper features heat-pressed, TPU-coated fibers…stitched in” to the upper (as Adidas does), or merely the sensation that the Forgefiber Boas provide a solid foundation during the swing, the truth is the same: sound, stable here.

A look at the Puremotion outsole showcases some serious spikeless technology that also offers performance on par with the very best in spikeless footwear.

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Pitch:  From Swag: “Swag is the brand that isn’t scared to push the limits in a conservative sport that isn’t evolving to meet changing styles. We like to listen to music on the course, we want to be bold, we love having fun, we love golf, and we’re going to express that both on and off the course. We aren’t going to try to sell you on how great our proprietary materials are and we don’t need to rely on clever marketing to sell more. We’re a no BS company. What matters is that our putters feel good and in turn make you feel good when putting. We have some crazy ideas, we love to tinker, and we experiment on how to perfect everything we do.”

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The Skull is the companies flagship symbol, and their Stainless Steel Skull Marker their most recognizable marker. The skull marker features black and fluorescent paint, with the bright sunglasses on the marker giving it a vibrant look. 100% CNC milled, the tool contains the companies name engraved on the back of the marker.

A variation on the Skull Marker is the companies Rainbow Skull Marker. Just in case the black and fluorescent paint job on the former wasn’t flashy enough for you, Swag’s Rainbow Skull Marker will make sure to get you noticed, containing the same features as their Skull Marker with a Rainbow PVD finish.

Moving away from their Skull Marker’s, Swag’s St Paddy’s Day Cap Marker is more than worthy of a mention. Identical in size to a bottle cap, the St Paddy’s Day inspired marker features a hand polished golden finish, with the word Swag in green written on the front, while on the back the words “Swag Golf Co.” as well as the company’s philosophy “Don’t give a putt” featured.

The company describe their bottle cap/marker as not being the first bottle cap/marker on the market but “the best one” out there. While I can’t confirm how true that statement is, I can certainly say it is an excellent one.

Swag’s first divot tool is the DTF Divot Tool. Get your head out of the gutter, that stands for “Down To Fix”. The device comes in a black and lime paint job, and an impressive weight of 49 Grams which should ensure that it doesn’t go missing on you.

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