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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  1. 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!!!!!

  2. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  3. 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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