Posted 17 September 2010 - 05:22 PM
I am reading this after buying a 2010 Ozone. I loaded my bag up and noticed the same thing. I've been playing with the straps and have a slight difference now where the club head end sits higher than the base. However, it took a long time to get it tweaked. It was either level or that join was digging into my back too.
I have found that the higher on my back I get the center strap, the less that connection ring would dig in. You have to be careful though as if you get it too high in the center, it takes the weight off the left shoulder and puts the weight forward.
The ideal setting is to have someone help you out and hold the bag at a slight angle. Then adjust all three straps while it is hanging on your back so that they are each slightly longer than the other starting with the shortest setting at the head end. This worked for me and I've got about 4 or 5 inches difference between the head end and the bottom.
Unfortunately, I cannot take this bag back and return it as I bought it privately from a person who had won it in a raffle. Fortunately I only paid $90 for it. The kicker with this bag is for sure the strap system. I own several bags and have owned many of the Ogio and Sun Mountain bags over the past years. I guess I'm a bag ho. I currently own this new Ozone, an '09 Ozone, a 2010 Decibel, an '08 Flight SS, an '08 Grom, an '08 Edge, A SM three five, SM four five, and two SM MPB's. It's a rediculous collection but I play upwards of 150 rounds per year, walking most of them and they all seem to get their playtime.
The best strap system I have encountered is that on the SM MPB bags, really comfortable. The next ones that I liked were on my old Ogio Vaporlite. They were wider than most, comfortable and very adjustable with the triple triangle system. Too bad the bag was a POS!! Legs were terrible and the durability of the bag was weak, only lasted me about a year.
I can tell you that Ogio went to the same strap system with three points of contact on the Decibel bag too and it has the same issues. It is the replacement for the Vaporlite and a MUCH better bag but the straps went down hill. I don't get why this company had such a great thing going for them with the triple triangle system and they switched. If you read all the old reviews on Ogio, the legs sucked. Now they made the legs better and the straps suck. You'd think they'd figure it out.
Sorry for dragging this comment out so long but if you are stuck with the bag, it can be adjusted, you just need a second person to help out.
If you can take it back, go with the Sun Mountain Four 5 bag see if you can get an '09 Ogio bag on the net. They had the better strap system. The Ozone, Edge and Grom are all decent for carrying if you have to and if you ride carts, the Edge and Grom have the torque strap to attach it to a cart that is excellent. With that the bag rides straight and solid, never tips or leans over at all.