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Mizuno BR-D2 - review


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#1 kwelifan

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:05 PM

I was looking for a bag to carry 6-8 clubs.  I played in a few 3 club tourneys last year and quickly realized I was carrying more clubs than I needed in my regular rounds (and I only take 10 or 11).

Initial impressions of this bag:
-I love the Mizuno staff colors.  I currently have zero mizzy clubs but the bag looks great.
-It seems to be well made.  The dark blue areas are waterproof (which I tested in the sink and found no faults).  The rest of it seems to be cordura which should be durable.
-It has a two way top with what seems to be a full length divider (as far as my arm can reach in anyway).
-It will stand on it's own as it has a spine/structure.
-The stand is spring loaded (hand activated) and felt solid both extending and retracting.
-The pockets are small but adequate.  The water bottle holder would only fit a small, skinny bottle.  I will be keeping balls/tees in there and the water in the apparel pocket.  The pocket on the hip side should work for a range finder (if you carry such a thing with a half set).  The lined/waterproof valuables pocket is a nice touch as not every Sunday bag has this.
-The dual straps work fine with some adjusting, but I have already ordered a generic single strap.  Considering the light weight and how the stand is activated, I think a single strap will work better.

I was also considering a Jones or the sun mountain 2.5+.  This won out a few reasons.  

It beat the 2.5+ because it is far cheaper and is better at carrying a half set.  Because the Mizuno has a smaller top and only one divider, the clubs nest together and don't rattle around very much.

It bested the Jones because it was slightly cheaper and had the ability to keep the bag cleaner and drier.  I might not use the legs all the time but they are there when I need them.  The waterproof belly is a plus for sure.

Take all of this with a grain of salt as I am deep in the cabin fever/golf withdrawal.  I could only walk around indoors or my tiny back yard for testing, but I am pretty happy with this bag.  I will update this 8 years from now when the golf season finally starts.
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Edited by kwelifan, 09 February 2018 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 07:21 PM

Thanks for the review as I'm looking for a replacement for my Swift X.
I might carry a maximum of nine clubs and the 7.5 opening is perfect for walking and carrying.
How does the driver fit? Looks like the towel ring is solid and can hold a clip for a water bottle. Any Velcro patches??


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 02:04 PM

Cool Review and nice Photos.  What irons are you using Taylormade ..... something older.  they look sharp.
I grew up in NH so I understand the cabin fever.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:54 AM

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So there is snow on the ground today but I did get a chance to use the bag on Friday.  I am a big fan of this bag.  It was very wet so the small legs really helped.  Outside of my feet I stayed dry because the bag stayed dry.

It was perfect for 6 clubs, 6 balls, water, a jacket and a few tees.  It couldn't hold much more than that but I guess that's the point of buying something like this.  The clubs nestled together and didn't make a sound while I was out there.

I changed out the strap to a single I got from Amazon.  Not too sure why this type of bag would come with a backpack strap.  It balanced nicely with the gear I was carrying.  I highly recommend this if you are interested in going minimalist without sacrificing too much functionality.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 08:41 PM

Thanks for the review because it helped me to get the bag a few weeks ago and I prefer it over the SM 2Five for a minimalist set.  I like how the bag is shorter and narrower than the 2five.  Your picture of the bag standing upright on its own was a big help.  I like the stand as long as I remember to fold it up, and I switched to a single strap (Izzo sidewinder).


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Posted 24 December 2018 - 07:25 PM

Ahh... nice thread, glad I searched for it.

I consider this bag for a small training bag. I bought some Mizuno irons so they would fit in well. One question I have: the leg mechanism, do you flip it out manually, yes? And you must flip each leg separately or is it that they flip out and back in together?

There is a similar bag from Titleist, and I probably will buy one or the other. Thanks a lot!

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Posted 25 December 2018 - 07:00 PM

 Tommy_H, on 24 December 2018 - 07:25 PM, said:

Ahh... nice thread, glad I searched for it.

I consider this bag for a small training bag. I bought some Mizuno irons so they would fit in well. One question I have: the leg mechanism, do you flip it out manually, yes? And you must flip each leg separately or is it that they flip out and back in together?

There is a similar bag from Titleist, and I probably will buy one or the other. Thanks a lot!

They flip out together, either pulling on the molded in piece between the legs, or pulling out one of the legs.  They snap into place pretty decisively

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Posted 25 December 2018 - 07:35 PM

Cheers kwelifan, appreciate your post! That sounds pretty solid.

Now that you had the bag for about a full season, would you say it served you well? Would you buy it again? Or did you find some annoying thing that made you dislike it? I understand that the size it what it is, so that is not even worth discussing. But quality / durability and your long-term impression, just a few words. I must say it looks indeed neat and I want to like it.

Merry Christmas :victory:

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 06:12 PM

 Tommy_H, on 25 December 2018 - 07:35 PM, said:

Cheers kwelifan, appreciate your post! That sounds pretty solid.

Now that you had the bag for about a full season, would you say it served you well? Would you buy it again? Or did you find some annoying thing that made you dislike it? I understand that the size it what it is, so that is not even worth discussing. But quality / durability and your long-term impression, just a few words. I must say it looks indeed neat and I want to like it.

Merry Christmas :victory:

I would buy it again.  Build quality is excellent.  It still looks new after 40 ish rounds (heavy duty materials and not carrying much weight will do that). The half legs really keep everything dry.  I've always been a walker and dropping down to 10-12 lbs for the entire setup has really added a new level of enjoyment to my rounds.

My only real gripe would be that it comes with dual straps instead of a single

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 08:56 PM

I carry 14 in it ... tight but doable

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 02:30 AM

Alright, thanks guys once again. I will get this bag now. Also, because its price is quite reasonable. Let's see what I do about the straps. I agree, i would prefer a single strap on such a bag.

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