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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:30 PM

Clicgear 3.5 owners, what would you consider to be the best bag for the CG and why? Primarily looking at cart, but if you have a compelling argument for something please let me know. Would really appreciate detailed answers, not just a "bag x is the best!!!" answer. Thanks


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:13 PM

Well, it might seem obvious but the B3 is a great bag and as it's made by the same company it obviously works well with the 3.5. It's the combo I use.

I had a SM C-130 before and while the C-130 had better pockets (larger), the club holders went the wrong way and the club would get 'pinched' by the weight of the bag. The B3 has no such issues.

Rumour has it a newer version of the B3 (the B3.5??) is coming out so you can get a B3 pretty cheap. They're being cleared out for $150 at GolfTown up here in Canada.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 03:12 AM

I have a Ping Pioneer and it is fabulous on a Clic Gear.  It balances well, has lots of room for stuff, has full length club dividers, etc.

That said, I'm switching to a Sun Mountain Sync because I don't care for the Pioneer on the days I ride or when I simply go to the course to hit range balls or use the short game practice area.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 06:52 AM

View PostWT Door, on 07 August 2013 - 03:12 AM, said:

I have a Ping Pioneer and it is fabulous on a Clic Gear.  It balances well, has lots of room for stuff, has full length club dividers, etc.

That said, I'm switching to a Sun Mountain Sync because I don't care for the Pioneer on the days I ride or when I simply go to the course to hit range balls or use the short game practice area.

I'll second the Pioneer recommendation since that's what I use.  I've always been a fan of Ping equipment so when I was looking for a bag for my Clic Gear it came down too the Traverse or the Pioneer.  I opted for the larger of the two. It has tons of storage and if you fill that thing up and need more room then you're just carrying too much stuff to play golf.  My playing partners use the C130 without any issues so I know it's a good bag too.  Either would be ok, but I can honestly say I have no issues with the Pioneer other than it being a bit bulky when I ride in a cart.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:39 AM

I really like my Sun Mountain Sync with the 3.5+.  You can see pics (and some discussion) in this thread.

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Clicgear 3.5 owners, what would you consider to be the best bag for the CG and why? Primarily looking at cart, but if you have a compelling argument for something please let me know. Would really appreciate detailed answers, not just a "bag x is the best!!!" answer. Thanks


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Posted 18 August 2013 - 02:04 PM

Got this email from clicgear last week of june. I have seen it in the UK but not here in Sweden yet.

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Yes, there is a new B3 bag.  Some retail stores have just started to carry it and it will be available on our webiste and other websites soon.  You can call me direct if you would like to purchase one now.  Thank you for your interest in the bew bag! (attached are images of the new bag, we will not be carrying the Red/Black model at this time)  Please let me know if you any questions.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:03 PM

What are the differences between the old bag and the new?

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:17 PM

Not that much in the difference.
Bigger Cooler
New Beverage holder
Full length Zippers.
http://www.clicgearu...ct_p/cgb32-.htm

Does the cooler bag still detach on the new version? Wife bought me the old style bag this week for a gift this week.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 07:29 PM

I'm ready to buy a clicgear B3 bag to go on my red 3.0 cart. I'm torn between the first (2012) version and the new (2013) version. Has anyone seen the new one or tried one out in person? Given the improvements clicgear has made to the cart in newer iterations, it would seem the new bag would indeed be an improvement. In addition to the bigger cooler, beverage holder & full length zips, I've read that its 3 lbs lighter.  But you could remove the bev holder on the original, but I think not on the new one. I saw the original on sale locally for $150, so is it worth getting the newer one?

BTW tried out the SM Sync in the proshop on my cart. Thought it didn't fit as securly as the Clicgear b3.  Also didn't know if the clubs would sit as well.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:58 PM

Hmm..liking the look of the new one..


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:43 AM

Confused about the sloping top on that Clicgear bag.  Presumably the short irons go in the front, shallower pockets.  When the bag is installed on the trolley the front will face forward with the bag tilted backwards, and the short irons will try to rotate backwards and bang into the longer clubs.  Same issue with a bag like the Sun Mountain C-130 when installed on a trolley.  Tried that setup and didn't like it.  Wound up with a Bagboy Revolver that has a flat top and clips to hold the clubs from swinging around.  Not an ideal setup, but I like it more than the tilted top C-130 anyway.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:18 PM

Has anyone thrown the new version of the SM 3-5 on there? Currently have the 4-5 where they became cart friendly, but need to get another back up back anyways and would like something I could carry as well.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:56 PM

checked my golftown and they don't have any bags or carts

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:19 PM

View PostNessism, on 20 August 2013 - 07:43 AM, said:

Confused about the sloping top on that Clicgear bag.  Presumably the short irons go in the front, shallower pockets.  When the bag is installed on the trolley the front will face forward with the bag tilted backwards, and the short irons will try to rotate backwards and bang into the longer clubs.  Same issue with a bag like the Sun Mountain C-130 when installed on a trolley.  Tried that setup and didn't like it.  Wound up with a Bagboy Revolver that has a flat top and clips to hold the clubs from swinging around.  Not an ideal setup, but I like it more than the tilted top C-130 anyway.

Concur with this and its very puzzling.  They have just optimized their bag to NOT work on their own cart.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:09 AM

My SM Four 5 works pretty well with my CG 3.5. It's not perfect, but it doesnt have any real issues other than the straps kind of get in the way. I just tuck them through the carry handle and it keeps them out of the way.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:17 AM

View PostWT Door, on 20 August 2013 - 11:19 PM, said:

View PostNessism, on 20 August 2013 - 07:43 AM, said:

Confused about the sloping top on that Clicgear bag.  Presumably the short irons go in the front, shallower pockets.  When the bag is installed on the trolley the front will face forward with the bag tilted backwards, and the short irons will try to rotate backwards and bang into the longer clubs.  Same issue with a bag like the Sun Mountain C-130 when installed on a trolley.  Tried that setup and didn't like it.  Wound up with a Bagboy Revolver that has a flat top and clips to hold the clubs from swinging around.  Not an ideal setup, but I like it more than the tilted top C-130 anyway.

Concur with this and its very puzzling.  They have just optimized their bag to NOT work on their own cart.
Is the sloping at the top of the new version different than the old?
I've got the cart and have narrowed down my choices to the ping pioneer or the original b3 bag FWIW.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:53 AM

BUMP! - I am looking for a new bag and walk with my clicgear 3.0 90% of the time
Sun Mountain Sync seems to be popular - any others? I also keep the shorter clubs on bottom (near handle) it's just a mess the other way - I have to switch everything when riding - do like a built in cooler feature as well
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Posted 15 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

I'm having the same problem. So many bags on the market to choose from but most optimised for carts rather than trolleys. Heard great things about the Sync and the Clicgear B3 although primarily looking at the Ping DLX as it looks like it may be more durable. Anyone got any views out there?
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Posted 15 October 2014 - 02:32 PM

I have seen the first version clicgear bag - looks pretty good but it seems kind of large -
I would think I would keep the putter on the bottom or side rather than the top as with the SM Sync
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Posted 16 October 2014 - 01:27 PM

I've been on the same search.  I have a buddy who has the B3.  It's pretty big and don't like the way the club arrangement is.  Right now I have ha Sun Mountain Four Five and like to have the short clubs on the bottom by the handle.  I think the Sync is the way to go.  Will be ordering one soon.  Will report back.


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:20 PM

Like that sync as well but is it easy with the putter on top of the long clubs?
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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:29 PM

The Clicgear B3 works perfectly with my 3.0 cart.  It seems counterintuitive but the short irons go in the taller tubes and the long ones in the shorter tubes.  When the bag is on the cart the top sits level.  It's hard to explain without seeing it.  There are a number of features designed into the bag that make it a great pairing for the cart.  When loaded on the cart it is well balanced and the clubs fall into the "V" of the club slots which helps to keep them from chattering together.  The only complaint I have about the bag is that it is very top heavy when off of the cart.  You need to be careful picking the bag up when it is full of clubs as it tends to want to tip forward.  A small price to pay in my opinion for the tight integration with the cart.
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 05:24 AM

View Postalittleoverpar, on 16 October 2014 - 04:29 PM, said:

The Clicgear B3 works perfectly with my 3.0 cart.  It seems counterintuitive but the short irons go in the taller tubes and the long ones in the shorter tubes.  When the bag is on the cart the top sits level.  It's hard to explain without seeing it.  There are a number of features designed into the bag that make it a great pairing for the cart.  When loaded on the cart it is well balanced and the clubs fall into the "V" of the club slots which helps to keep them from chattering together.  The only complaint I have about the bag is that it is very top heavy when off of the cart.  You need to be careful picking the bag up when it is full of clubs as it tends to want to tip forward.  A small price to pay in my opinion for the tight integration with the cart.

I'm seriously considering this as an option. How does it perform in the rain? I know it comes with a rain cover but does it hold up well enough without it in moderate rain? I play all year round in the UK and the weather changes all the time, so faffing around with a cover doesn't appeal to me too much.

Also is it cumbersome at the range given how top-heavy it is?

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 07:50 AM

View PostRickbo, on 17 October 2014 - 05:24 AM, said:

View Postalittleoverpar, on 16 October 2014 - 04:29 PM, said:

The Clicgear B3 works perfectly with my 3.0 cart.  It seems counterintuitive but the short irons go in the taller tubes and the long ones in the shorter tubes.  When the bag is on the cart the top sits level.  It's hard to explain without seeing it.  There are a number of features designed into the bag that make it a great pairing for the cart.  When loaded on the cart it is well balanced and the clubs fall into the "V" of the club slots which helps to keep them from chattering together.  The only complaint I have about the bag is that it is very top heavy when off of the cart.  You need to be careful picking the bag up when it is full of clubs as it tends to want to tip forward.  A small price to pay in my opinion for the tight integration with the cart.

I'm seriously considering this as an option. How does it perform in the rain? I know it comes with a rain cover but does it hold up well enough without it in moderate rain? I play all year round in the UK and the weather changes all the time, so faffing around with a cover doesn't appeal to me too much.

Also is it cumbersome at the range given how top-heavy it is?

I have the older model of the bag (2012/2013 model).  To be honest, I have only played twice with mine in the rain so far.  It comes with two rain covers.  One that covers the clubs and one that covers the entire bag.  (They may have dropped the bag cover in the new model, not sure about that).  In my experience it worked very well in the rain.  My clubs were dry and the stuff in the bag pockets was dry.  I would expect it would perform like any other bag if you chose not to put the rain cover on.  Certainly you could just use the rain hood that covers the clubs and forget about covering the bag.

With regard to the top-heaviness (not sure that is a word), the bag will stand on its own quite well on the bottom.  When you pick it up it wants to tip forward quickly.  As long as you are prepared for it it's no big deal.  If you are not expecting it you could easily dump your clubs on the ground.  I believe the reason it is top-heavy is because the bag is shorter than a normal bag.  It is designed so the top of the bag lines up perfectly with the bracket on the Clicgear cart.  The bag is primarily designed to work well on the Clicgear cart.  They didn't design it to be a carry bag or a motorized cart bag.  I understand they may have changed the new model slightly to make it less top heavy.

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 02:46 PM

The SM Sync 2014 is a brilliant bag, i use it on my clicgear 8.0 perfect, and the top is flat, not reversed for cart like the C-130, just having a look at the 2015 Syncs and they look like they have the sloping top...the wrong orientation for a push cart, whats going on SM!!!!!!....it looks like from the SM site that the only bag with the flat top is the Tour Series......sticking with my 2014, absolutely perfect for the clicgears wether 3.5+ or 8.0.

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:02 PM

View Postalittleoverpar, on 17 October 2014 - 07:50 AM, said:

View PostRickbo, on 17 October 2014 - 05:24 AM, said:

View Postalittleoverpar, on 16 October 2014 - 04:29 PM, said:

The Clicgear B3 works perfectly with my 3.0 cart.  It seems counterintuitive but the short irons go in the taller tubes and the long ones in the shorter tubes.  When the bag is on the cart the top sits level.  It's hard to explain without seeing it.  There are a number of features designed into the bag that make it a great pairing for the cart.  When loaded on the cart it is well balanced and the clubs fall into the "V" of the club slots which helps to keep them from chattering together.  The only complaint I have about the bag is that it is very top heavy when off of the cart.  You need to be careful picking the bag up when it is full of clubs as it tends to want to tip forward.  A small price to pay in my opinion for the tight integration with the cart.

I'm seriously considering this as an option. How does it perform in the rain? I know it comes with a rain cover but does it hold up well enough without it in moderate rain? I play all year round in the UK and the weather changes all the time, so faffing around with a cover doesn't appeal to me too much.

Also is it cumbersome at the range given how top-heavy it is?

I have the older model of the bag (2012/2013 model).  To be honest, I have only played twice with mine in the rain so far.  It comes with two rain covers.  One that covers the clubs and one that covers the entire bag.  (They may have dropped the bag cover in the new model, not sure about that).  In my experience it worked very well in the rain.  My clubs were dry and the stuff in the bag pockets was dry.  I would expect it would perform like any other bag if you chose not to put the rain cover on.  Certainly you could just use the rain hood that covers the clubs and forget about covering the bag.

With regard to the top-heaviness (not sure that is a word), the bag will stand on its own quite well on the bottom.  When you pick it up it wants to tip forward quickly.  As long as you are prepared for it it's no big deal.  If you are not expecting it you could easily dump your clubs on the ground.  I believe the reason it is top-heavy is because the bag is shorter than a normal bag.  It is designed so the top of the bag lines up perfectly with the bracket on the Clicgear cart.  The bag is primarily designed to work well on the Clicgear cart.  They didn't design it to be a carry bag or a motorized cart bag.  I understand they may have changed the new model slightly to make it less top heavy.

This info is really useful so thanks for taking the time to respond. Part of the problem is that so few places stock a wide range of decent bags that you can actually check out in the flesh, you have to rely on other peoples' feed back. The part about the orientation of the bag you mentioned in your original post, for instance, was really helpful as I've seen reviews that criticize Clicgear for orientating their own bag the wrong way round (I don't think those guys got that the short irons would fit into the longer slots).

I'm considering just ordering the short-listed bags and putting them up against each other in a straight shootout, then returning the ones that don't make the cut!
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#27 Rickbo

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:25 PM

View Postalittleoverpar, on 17 October 2014 - 07:50 AM, said:

View PostRickbo, on 17 October 2014 - 05:24 AM, said:

View Postalittleoverpar, on 16 October 2014 - 04:29 PM, said:

The Clicgear B3 works perfectly with my 3.0 cart.  It seems counterintuitive but the short irons go in the taller tubes and the long ones in the shorter tubes.  When the bag is on the cart the top sits level.  It's hard to explain without seeing it.  There are a number of features designed into the bag that make it a great pairing for the cart.  When loaded on the cart it is well balanced and the clubs fall into the "V" of the club slots which helps to keep them from chattering together.  The only complaint I have about the bag is that it is very top heavy when off of the cart.  You need to be careful picking the bag up when it is full of clubs as it tends to want to tip forward.  A small price to pay in my opinion for the tight integration with the cart.

I'm seriously considering this as an option. How does it perform in the rain? I know it comes with a rain cover but does it hold up well enough without it in moderate rain? I play all year round in the UK and the weather changes all the time, so faffing around with a cover doesn't appeal to me too much.

Also is it cumbersome at the range given how top-heavy it is?

I have the older model of the bag (2012/2013 model).  To be honest, I have only played twice with mine in the rain so far.  It comes with two rain covers.  One that covers the clubs and one that covers the entire bag.  (They may have dropped the bag cover in the new model, not sure about that).  In my experience it worked very well in the rain.  My clubs were dry and the stuff in the bag pockets was dry.  I would expect it would perform like any other bag if you chose not to put the rain cover on.  Certainly you could just use the rain hood that covers the clubs and forget about covering the bag.

With regard to the top-heaviness (not sure that is a word), the bag will stand on its own quite well on the bottom.  When you pick it up it wants to tip forward quickly.  As long as you are prepared for it it's no big deal.  If you are not expecting it you could easily dump your clubs on the ground.  I believe the reason it is top-heavy is because the bag is shorter than a normal bag.  It is designed so the top of the bag lines up perfectly with the bracket on the Clicgear cart.  The bag is primarily designed to work well on the Clicgear cart.  They didn't design it to be a carry bag or a motorized cart bag.  I understand they may have changed the new model slightly to make it less top heavy.

This info is really useful so thanks for taking the time to respond. Part of the problem is that so few places stock a wide range of decent bags that you can actually check out in the flesh, you have to rely on other peoples' feed back. The part about the orientation of the bag you mentioned in your original post, for instance, was really helpful as I've seen reviews that criticize Clicgear for orientating their own bag the wrong way round (I don't think those guys got that the short irons would fit into the longer slots).

I'm considering just ordering the short-listed bags and putting them up against each other in a straight shootout, then returning the ones that don't make the cut!
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:31 PM

View PostRickbo, on 17 October 2014 - 04:25 PM, said:

View Postalittleoverpar, on 17 October 2014 - 07:50 AM, said:

View PostRickbo, on 17 October 2014 - 05:24 AM, said:

View Postalittleoverpar, on 16 October 2014 - 04:29 PM, said:

The Clicgear B3 works perfectly with my 3.0 cart.  It seems counterintuitive but the short irons go in the taller tubes and the long ones in the shorter tubes.  When the bag is on the cart the top sits level.  It's hard to explain without seeing it.  There are a number of features designed into the bag that make it a great pairing for the cart.  When loaded on the cart it is well balanced and the clubs fall into the "V" of the club slots which helps to keep them from chattering together.  The only complaint I have about the bag is that it is very top heavy when off of the cart.  You need to be careful picking the bag up when it is full of clubs as it tends to want to tip forward.  A small price to pay in my opinion for the tight integration with the cart.

I'm seriously considering this as an option. How does it perform in the rain? I know it comes with a rain cover but does it hold up well enough without it in moderate rain? I play all year round in the UK and the weather changes all the time, so faffing around with a cover doesn't appeal to me too much.

Also is it cumbersome at the range given how top-heavy it is?

I have the older model of the bag (2012/2013 model).  To be honest, I have only played twice with mine in the rain so far.  It comes with two rain covers.  One that covers the clubs and one that covers the entire bag.  (They may have dropped the bag cover in the new model, not sure about that).  In my experience it worked very well in the rain.  My clubs were dry and the stuff in the bag pockets was dry.  I would expect it would perform like any other bag if you chose not to put the rain cover on.  Certainly you could just use the rain hood that covers the clubs and forget about covering the bag.

With regard to the top-heaviness (not sure that is a word), the bag will stand on its own quite well on the bottom.  When you pick it up it wants to tip forward quickly.  As long as you are prepared for it it's no big deal.  If you are not expecting it you could easily dump your clubs on the ground.  I believe the reason it is top-heavy is because the bag is shorter than a normal bag.  It is designed so the top of the bag lines up perfectly with the bracket on the Clicgear cart.  The bag is primarily designed to work well on the Clicgear cart.  They didn't design it to be a carry bag or a motorized cart bag.  I understand they may have changed the new model slightly to make it less top heavy.

This info is really useful so thanks for taking the time to respond. Part of the problem is that so few places stock a wide range of decent bags that you can actually check out in the flesh, you have to rely on other peoples' feed back. The part about the orientation of the bag you mentioned in your original post, for instance, was really helpful as I've seen reviews that criticize Clicgear for orientating their own bag the wrong way round (I don't think those guys got that the short irons would fit into the longer slots).

I'm considering just ordering the short-listed bags and putting them up against each other in a straight shootout, then returning the ones that don't make the cut!

No problem.  I completely understand.  I bought the B3 without seeing one figuring I would return it if I didn't like it.  It is a highly specialized bag for the Clicgear carts which makes it more of a compromise when used in other ways.  If you play 95% of your golf using your Clicgear cart then I think you would like it.  If you use the Clicgear and motorized carts about half and half you may want to look for a bag that is less specialized.  For example to use the B3 on a motorized cart you really need to rotate the orientation of the clubs so the longer clubs are at the back of the bag instead of the front.  That can be a pain if you switch back and forth a lot.  I always walk and either use my Clicgear or a carry bag if I decide to not use the cart so the motorized cart issue is not a big deal for me.  Good Luck!
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Posted 19 October 2014 - 09:19 AM

Using a 2013 S.M. Sync. The molded bottom fits into the clicgears bottom U shaped support, so the bag can't twist.  I attach the bottom strap around the base and the bag doesn't move.  I put an extension on the top strap so that it is hooked but not tight against the bag.  I can leave the top strap detached without a problem.  

The relatively flat top keeps the shorter clubs from resting on the top rim of the bag.  The large putter well on the top is easy to get at and fits an oversized putter gip with ease. My shorter putter sets down onto the ribbed top walls of the putter well, so that there is no need for a putter cover while playing.

Most cart bags have an angled top that is the opposite of what you want for a pushcart. The Sun.Mtn. c130 and hybrid have these incompatable tops.

There is nothing that I would change on my sync.  The weakest point might be a cooler pocket that isn't to large, but I use mine for spare scorecards and new gloves.

My second consideration was a ping pioneer, followed by DLX and then the B3.

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:58 PM

Thanks for all the great input and analysis of bags!! I love it ! I just ordered a SM 2014 sync - found one in green, limited availability out there! Love to give some feedback once I test it out! Stayed away from the 15 model because of the top issue, could not find any other real differences?

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