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New Mizuno BRD-4 Stand Bag - In depth review with pictures


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#1 tobybear

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 12:18 PM

Intro

After already doing a review of the new BRD-3 bag I figured it was time to do a full breakdown of the BRD-4 stand bag and the direction Mizuno has gone with their bags this season.

First off, I have used many stand bags all the way back to the K56 PING and a whole bunch of others from Titleist, Sun Mountain, PING Hoofers, and the newer Mizuno bags too. Each one always stands out in their own way along with having some flaws. I'm almost exclusively a walker ( with a push cart ) but on occasion ride too. To give this bag the full review I used it on all 3 before coming to any conclusion.

First off Design:
No detail goes overlooked for this bag which is one of the reason i love it. It looks sharp and the materials used are all high quality. Zippers smooth, and the fabric is also water resistant! which is important for both early morning rounds and the occasional sprinkle of rain.

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Small side pockets offer some room for extras:

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Features:
Compared to Mizuno bags of old this is a HUGE step forward. Its not that the older ones were that bad but there were pretty average. They looked good but never really stood out, The divider system at the top was never something I loved and since I used 4-5 clubs with head covers this used to cause some bunching up. Not anymore! Big open top with 4 big dividers. Pockets are in good places including a very easy to access no matter the mode of transportation magnetic pocket for either accessories or for your range finder. Also just as many other manufacturers have done thanks to the patent running out on the PING stand system the base sits nice and flat and stable when you put it down. You can also secure the legs quickly to prevent damage on push carts and gas carts. NOTE: The big bag pocket has been made to allow a riding cart strap to go through and under so you never loose access to zippered pockets.


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And just in case you happen to drop something into the bag, the large back pocket has a zipper to access the bottom without having to pull everything out.

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Magnetic pouch is sweet!
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The Top is HUGE! And with all my gear in it I had no issue pulling clubs out even with the legs deployed. I should note that I also only use standard size grips so if you use larger grips you may find it harder to pull clubs in and out but I'm sure that's a problem from most OEMs. Also with the Big plastic loop around the top you have an extra handle and a place to loop your towel through.

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Straps:

I'll be honest, I've always preferred the PING strap system to anything I have EVER used probably because I used it for so long when I was younger. Two separate straps to me always makes so much sense then having them come together in the middle. Having said that As someone who has worked in golf retail years ago the biggest complaint about PING bags that I got from intermediate golfers was "what strap do I put on first??" So from a design and sales point the strap design makes sense.

LET ME BE CLEAR- The straps on this bag are great, in fact, compared to most OEM bags these are fantastic, comfortable, ergonomic and easy to adjust. One of the things I really love is they are NOT stitched to the bag, Instead they are attached via loops that are stitched and riveted to the bag. This seems small but it make adjustment really easy and if a bag strap happens to need a repair you don't loose the whole bag. My wife sews a lot so its just one of those things I pay attention to thanks to her.


The other thing is the well placed handles for getting the bag in and out of the car and for moving it around the green without having to throw the straps on.

Once full and loaded up the bag and the straps are VERY well balanced for walking and its not heavy to one side or the other. Some bags especially more generic OEM bags tend to feel heavy towards the bottom but this sits very well in the middle of your back..  

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Conclusion

Overall this is a great bag and the 2018 line is by far the best they have ever made. If you are more of a full time walker I would probably go with the BRD-3 only because its a bit lighter and offers most of the same features but without the bells and whistles. If you are a walker, use a cart and ride in a cart equally this it the way to go. Full of features, light to enough to carry, and packed full of great extras.

Edited by tobybear, 29 October 2017 - 08:20 AM.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:43 PM

Your pics make this bag look way better than the Mizuno stock photos. Love the way that heathered grey looks in your close up zipper photos. This is definitely on my radar!!

I think you missed one important part. Any chance you could provide a weight for this bag since Mizuno chooses not to?

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:17 PM

Bag is just over 5.5 lbs.

Perfect for cart and carry. If you are strictly a walker the BRD-3 bag with a few less bells and whistles might be the better option but for me as a younger guy and someone who never packs it full of too many things its just fine. The only extras i usually carry are by bluetooth speaker and some beer :)

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:21 AM

Just a little update with a few more pictures added.

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 07:59 PM

Thanks for the review and great pics tobybear, this bag is now definitely on my radar

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 10:22 AM

It does look really nice, great review.  I'm rocking the blue Pro 14 way stand bag from last year, which looks amazing with my blue cart and Mizzy clubs.  But the small top pocket zipper broke off, which I was really ticked about.  I'm hoping I can take it to someone and have the fix it.
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:33 PM

Thanks for the great review!
How are the material qualities of this bag?
I was very disappointed by the 2016 Elite Cart bag as they were very flimsy.
Also, there is another thread expressing that BR-D3 Stand bag material quality disappointments.
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:38 PM

 mp33er, on 04 January 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

Thanks for the great review!
How are the material qualities of this bag?
I was very disappointed by the 2016 Elite Cart bag as they were very flimsy.
Also, there is another thread expressing that BR-D3 Stand bag material quality disappointments.

Sorry for the delayed reply, just saw your post.

Materials are completely different than anything on previous Mizuno Bags. Much thinker and durable. All touch points and parts that would see heavy use are well reinforced.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 01:26 PM

 tobybear, on 16 January 2018 - 10:38 PM, said:

 mp33er, on 04 January 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

Thanks for the great review!
How are the material qualities of this bag?
I was very disappointed by the 2016 Elite Cart bag as they were very flimsy.
Also, there is another thread expressing that BR-D3 Stand bag material quality disappointments.

Sorry for the delayed reply, just saw your post.

Materials are completely different than anything on previous Mizuno Bags. Much thinker and durable. All touch points and parts that would see heavy use are well reinforced.
Thanks for the info - just ordered one!!
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 09:56 AM

Just ordered one from Global Golf and waiting for it to ship out. Can't wait to get it.

Also picked up the TaylorMade Flextech Carry Bag and I am really impressed. It's hard to impress me bag wise but this is the best I have seen since the last hoofer I picked up about 5 years ago.


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 09:16 PM

Heads up for anyone looking for this bag, Jet.com has the red one for $145.02 with free shipping.  Great deal and just picked on up!

Edit: Actually itís all colors.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 09:51 PM

Looks similar to FlexTech in many ways.  Seems TaylorMade and Mizuno are both borrowing features from Hoofer design.
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Posted 02 March 2018 - 03:13 PM

 TheWalkingGolfer, on 26 February 2018 - 09:56 AM, said:

Just ordered one from Global Golf and waiting for it to ship out. Can't wait to get it.

Also picked up the TaylorMade Flextech Carry Bag and I am really impressed. It's hard to impress me bag wise but this is the best I have seen since the last hoofer I picked up about 5 years ago.

Got mine today but don't love it. Going to be returned. It's nice but just don't love the pocket layout. Sticking with the TM flextech.


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 03:51 PM

 brew4eagle, on 28 February 2018 - 09:51 PM, said:

Looks similar to FlexTech in many ways.  Seems TaylorMade and Mizuno are both borrowing features from Hoofer design.

Along with everyone else in the industry who don't source their bags from Sun Mountain.

I suspect every single one of those tilting floor "hoof" mechanisms probably roll off the same assembly line in Asia somewhere, to make their way into all these different brand bags.
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Posted 02 March 2018 - 04:45 PM

 TheWalkingGolfer, on 02 March 2018 - 03:13 PM, said:

 TheWalkingGolfer, on 26 February 2018 - 09:56 AM, said:

Just ordered one from Global Golf and waiting for it to ship out. Can't wait to get it.

Also picked up the TaylorMade Flextech Carry Bag and I am really impressed. It's hard to impress me bag wise but this is the best I have seen since the last hoofer I picked up about 5 years ago.

Got mine today but don't love it. Going to be returned. It's nice but just don't love the pocket layout. Sticking with the TM flextech.

Was wondering if you could had a little more about your dislike for the pocket layout.  Thanks

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:23 PM

Great pics, way better than Mizuno's own website product page!

Is the BR-D4 same material as the BR-D3 or better?  I can't find a D4 in a local store, but did locate a D3 and wasn't impressed.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 12:02 AM

Love my d3. Iíve owned many bags over the past handful of years, about 2-3 bags a year. Iíve never been completely content with a bag until these came out. The material is the best Iíve seen in this weight class and overall size class.

The only issue Iíve ran into involves the stand mech. The metal extenders that push out the legs are kinda flimsy.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 12:48 AM

Have a older Mizuno Aerolite carry bag with the ever confusing kabuki top... was looking at this bag your review has me thinking about a upgrade.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 06:46 PM

I assume the cooler pocket is on the same side / same bag area that the insulated beverage holder is part of?

Anyone use one on a Clicgear?  Does it sit / ride well?

The golf monthly video on youtube, the legs seem to be flopping around.  He says later it was adjusted.

MB Dirtyy: Did you choose D3 over the D4?  I did notice the D3 was quite light.

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 09:59 PM

 Tour_Balata, on 16 June 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

I assume the cooler pocket is on the same side / same bag area that the insulated beverage holder is part of?

Anyone use one on a Clicgear?  Does it sit / ride well?

The golf monthly video on youtube, the legs seem to be flopping around.  He says later it was adjusted.

MB Dirtyy: Did you choose D3 over the D4?  I did notice the D3 was quite light.

I use mine on a clicgear "like" cart the caddytek from Costco. when you strap in the legs it fits PERFECT.

There is no cooler pocket except for the insulated pocket neat the ball pocket. It works great and hold a good size water bottle


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Posted 02 August 2018 - 07:34 PM

Any idea when the next bags will be released?

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 03:29 PM

I was wanting a new bag to replace my old 4.5 and when the new 4.5 colours came out, I opted for a change. Picked up the BDR4 in blue grey. It's a nice bag but I do feel it is not as nice as the SM 4.5. The straps are not as comfortable and I think it weighs a bit more. The build quality is nice, but I don't think as nice as the SM. It's still new to me and the SM had been with me for many years, so it could just take some getting used to. It is a very nice bag and I will be keeping it.
It rides on a clicgear just fine.

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