Pros: Sun Mountain’s ClubGlider Meridian is the only golf travel bag that comes equipped with four wheels — one pair with retractable legs — that hold 100 percent of the weight. That provides stability and convenience while transporting clubs through airports, hotels and parking lots.
Cons: With an MSRP of $289, it resides in the higher price range of travel bags.
Bottom Line: The ClubGlider travel bag from Sun Mountain makes traveling easier with a set of added wheels and retractable legs, keeps clubs safe with thick foam padding on the interior and protects against wear with reinforced vinyl on the bottom of the bag. There’s plenty of value here.
My previous foray into a golf travel bag was a hard-side model reminiscent of X-Cargo pods you see on the roofs of cars. It was clunky, difficult to transport and store, but it did keep the clubs a bit safer (after I wrapped the club heads in towels and cushioned the entire shell with soft goods, that is).
Soft-sided, durable and maneuverable are the way to go these days and for this, I took a look at a recent offering from Sun Mountain, the Club Glider Meridian. The travel bag is lightweight, attractive and trim. Measurements are 52 inches long by 14 inches tall by 12 inches wide. This is spacious without reaching cumbersome. Internal and external straps secure clubs, two external pockets provide light storage and two sets of wheels (one set on retractable legs) unite to belay all weight from the shoulders and arms of the user.
The top of the club case (where the club heads go) is surrounded with thick foam padding, ensuring that the business end of the clubs enjoy pillowy comfort during the journey and loading/unloading phases. If you’ve seen the bag men at airports toss around your luggage, you know why this matters. The bottom of the bag, where the majority of the wear area occurs, is reinforced with vinyl for extended protection against wear.
For carry and pull, the Meridian comes equipped with a series of handles. One attaches to the padded, club head end of the bag, allowing its owner to tug or lift with greater leverage. A second handle is formed when two, mid-bag, duffle-style straps snap together over the zipper.
The four wheels of the transportation apparatus work in tandem in pairs. The larger, rear wheels provide stability while the extendable, forward caster wheels rotate 360 degrees and allow the traveler to maneuver through airports, parking lots or hotels. The Meridian comes in three color variations: black and red, black and royal blue and solid black.
One drawback of the ClubGlider is its necessary length from top to bottom, which provides complete protection for our tools of the trade. It doesn’t fit easily into the trunk of a sedan (at least, my sedan), but it does negotiate the width of the back seat. Larger vehicles offer enough trunk or hatch space to situate a full ClubGlider Meridian.
In addition to this model, Sun Mountain also offers three separate models: the Journey, the Pro and the Tour Series. Each offers unique amenities so taking a tour through all four models would be a smart idea before you make a decision to purchase.
The Sun Mountain ClubGlider travel bags are sure to make golf vacations easier with four sets of wheels that hold all the weight of your golf bag. Added protection, vinyl reinforcement to protect against wear and three color options make this an effective and stylish bag to keep your clubs safe in your travels.
At $289, ClubGlider still provides great value and takes the hassle out of lugging around your golf clubs.