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MGI Zip Navigator vs. Bag Boy Navigator Quad Remote Caddies


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#1 ChampagneGary

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 01:23 AM

I'm in my early 70s and generally play 3X per week, year-round. The courses I play are not very hilly and I generally walk using a well-worn Clicart (the tread on the wheels is mostly worn off). I've had a 17-year-old Lectronic Kaddy that mostly sits around in my garageand I use the CLicart because the LK: 1) has enough power for 18 holes on the executive course but starts crapping out on our bigger course, 2) is in several pieces that I have to remember to charge, put in the trunk, unload, and assemble (as opposed to just unfolding the Cc\C), has lost some of its maneuverability and requires a lot of attention to using the remote.  The LC is still a tank, but drives like one, too.
   So, I should probably just stick with the CC but I do start to get tired midway through the back nine. Also, I enjoy using a remote cart (when it's working and I don't have "range anxiety"), so I'm thinking of getting a new one.  Anyone have and direct experience with these two carts (I understand both are made by MGI in Australia).  I like the idea of the  gyroscope technology.  Both seem to fold quickly and fairly compactly (I have a small trunk).  The Bag Boy is more expensive but comes with a seat. It looks like the BB is sturdier, but not sure and not sure what other storage features make one better than the other.

   Any input on these, pro or con, (or alternative suggestions) is appreciated.


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 04:19 PM

I wound up buying the MGI Zip X3.  This is a non-remote version of the Zip Navigator.  I opted for it when I found it on sale on Amazon.  It was over $900 cheaper than the best price I could find on the Navigator.  Based on my experiences with a remote on my old Lectronic Kaddy, and some of the comments about lack of control with remote controls from some posters to this forum, I decided the few times per round that the remote features were an advantage weren't enough to justify the price difference.   So far, I've played two 18 hole rounds with the X3 and are very happy with it.  Here are my reactions:

First, I was concerned about fitting the cart and my bag into my smallish trunk.  No problem at all.  Reversing the wheels is easy and leaves me more depth for the bag than I have with my Clicart.  It folds and unfolds very in a few seconds. It also is a little heavier than the CC.

I played my first round on my home course. Not very hilly.  I mostly chose a speed (1-9... usually 4 or 5) by turning the dial and then pushing the dial button to start and again when I wanted to stop.  Easy to get the hang of it.  Occasionally I would set the dial to have the cart go forward from 5 to 60 yards. I used this if I wanted to send the cart toward the next tee while I went in another direction to putt. I was careful and didn't send it too far away lest it veer off course too much.  By the end of the round I definitely felt less tired walking up the 18th fairway. The cart is very quiet. All-in-all, I enjoyed walking without pushing and was very pleased with the cart. 3 (of 4) bars were still showing after the round.

I was so jazzed with my round on Friday that I decided to use the cart to let me walk during my round at Bodega Harbour Golf Links on Monday.  This is a very hilly course that starts out going uphill to about 600 feet for a long par five fifth hole that heads back down.  The rest of the course has lots of uphill, downhill, and side hill lies.  16 & 17 are at sea level in an area below the dunes with the Pacific Ocean on the other side.   I probably first played it over 25 years ago and maybe 10-12 times in total.  I always take a riding cart, and never thought about walking it until yesterday.  I was cool and overcast with not too much wind, so encouraged by the X3 I thought I'd try it... at least walk the front nine and see (the guy in the pro-shop suggested that I take a riding cart for the front and walk the back because it is an easier walk).  I decided to give it a shot with the X3 on 1 and never looked back.  I do some hiking and this was not much different. My two playing partners were in a riding cart, and while they often beat me to  my ball, I basically kept up.  The moguls on this links course meant that I had to steer  a little more than on a flat surface, but once I got the hang, it was like hiking. With the swiveling front wheels, turning the cart was easy. Once I got to the 5th tee box and looked down on the ocean & the course, I knew I had it made.  I was tired after the long uphill haul from 18 to the car, but felt some accomplishment.  My long birdie putt from just off the green on 18 glanced off the flag stick and left me with a tap-in par.  The readout on the X3 showed I had logged 8161 yards and I still had 3 bars left on the battery. The scenery was superb.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 09:02 PM

I have the Navigator. I’ve elaborated in another thread. I absolutely love it. I was really wishy-washy on the remote but I am so glad I got it. When I play it’s typically 27-36 holes and this thing is a game changer. OP the remote is simple as can be. I had the hang of it almost instantly. I use the remote much more than I thought I would. The buggy is very well put together.

Piece of advice.  I use an umbrella all the time. I carry the umbrella when I have remote. If you decide to get non remote you may need to get the umbrella extension. My umbrella sits almost too low. I never thought the shaft of the umbrella was short and worked fine on Big Maxx.

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 07:18 PM

Unfortunately, I have the same questions.  What I want to offer to your thread is that I had a Carttek remote control caddy for about 3 years and the remote control is great.  I loved it and really miss it.  I'd just send it down the middle of the fairway while I walked wherever I needed to and then send it around the green while I'm looking at my putt.  So I'm searching the market again.  I also tried the BatCaddy and returned it for a refund because it was a cheap piece of crap.  I suspect the Carttek was also built in China, but was slightly better crap.  After replacing the mother board a couple of times and the remote and the receiver and on and on, I threw in the trash after 3 years.  My wife had one too and it also went into the trash after 3 years.  Now I'm searching for information about the MGI and Bag Boy, which appear to be Australian as well as the Motocaddy S7 from Britain.  Apparently the only cart made in America is the Kangaroo which is a pain in the backside to assemble and disassemble.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 06:52 PM

I'm the OP and as noted above, I wound up buying the non-remote MGI Zip X3.  I now have over 100 miles (165km) on it.  There are times, like the ones you mention, where I do miss the remote and you can still get in trouble if you don't pay attention to what you're doing with the cart, but I'm very happy with my choice, especially for the price I paid for mine.

I know that at least one website lists the MGI Navigator as being made in Autralia, but I'm not convinced.  There's nothing on the machine or packaging that indicates that.  The same website describes the new Motocaddy M1 as being manufactured in China.  It's styling, save the battery location and single front wheel looks a lot like the Zip design of MGI.  My feeling is that the MGIs are currently made in China.  I don't have a take on the Bag Boy Navigators that were made for Bag Boy by MGI.

Regardless, the MDI Zip is not piece of junk.  Its slick design quickly and smoothly folds and unfolds in seconds.  The battery meter shows the full 4 bars after 18 (haven't played more). Hasn't tipped over (yet).  So far, so good.  Since the Bag Boy has been more widely distributed, there should be more golfers with more experience with it.


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