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.
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.
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.
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″
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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