I’ve logged six months of travel and thousands of miles on my Last Bag, the only thing that’s been lost is my desire for any other travel cover.
Ask anyone who has traveled with their golf clubs and they’ll undoubtedly tell tales of worry and woe as to what was happened to their beloved clubs after they passed the airline baggage counter. Airlines absolve themselves of all liability, only protecting hard cases from loss. However, hard cases have their own issues – storage, taxis, trains, and rental cars are all tangible concerns hard cases present. For golfers who are serious about travelling and protecting their clubs, there is no better solution than the Club Glove Last Bag. Everything on the Last Bag is built for two purposes: protect golf clubs and last forever.
Materials and Construction
The Last Bag is built purely out of 1000D Cordura nylon. Cordura is renown among outdoor enthusiasts for it’s durability and abrasion resistance. In fact ice climbers often rely on Cordura in their clothing to prevent scrapes and punctures from ice axes and crampons. Adding reinforcement is a thick plastic base which wraps up on the bag. The base provides stability when the bag is rolled and further protection when layed flat. At the top of the bag, club heads are wrapped in ample padding and can be secured from moving by a strap that wraps around the top of the bag. Heavy duty zippers and durable inline skate wheels round out the bag. As if all that wasn’t enough, all handles are built from heavy duty webbing and are not only stitched but also riveted to the bag. When it’s not in use, the Last Bag folds up into a much smaller size that’s very easy to store in a closet or on a shelf in the garage.
The Last Bag is the model to get for those who want to protect a cart or staff bag or longer than average clubs. This bag provides more than enough room for a full ten and half inch staff bag and can accommodate drivers up to forty-seven inches in length. However, if you’re looking to carry a smaller stand bag, the Last Bag might have too much room. The smaller Burst Proof with wheels is a better choice since it is made from the same materials as the bigger Last Bag. I will say that having the size of the Last Bag is a great luxury for international travel where baggage weight is restricted since it’s a very convenient place to store dirty clothes, extra towels and shoes that would overload another bag.
The Last Bag has several features which greatly improve protection over other models on the market. The patented strap that wraps around the club heads holds them very secure and prevents them from moving or shifting during even the most abusive handling. The padding at the top also provides great protection and minimizes the need to stuff towels and other “spacers” into the bag. This provides greater protection while still allowing golfers to travel light. Inside the bag, there is a small strap that wraps around the collar of a golf bag to keep it in place. A thick plastic base provides protection for the bag when it is layed down and rigidity when rolling. The Last Bag also has two external shoe pockets with included shoe bags to keep two pairs of shoes protected and the bag free of dirt.
Despite all these features, the Last Bag still has one achilles heel common to all soft cases – it has no built in compressive (top to bottom) protection. A drop off a baggage carousel right onto the club heads can lead to snapped shafts. This is especially troubling since the longest clubs in a golfer’s bag often sport the lightest and most expensive shafts. However, Club Glove also offers a Stiff Arm which extends from the top of the bag to the bottom preventing any kind of compressive damage. For a bag that nearly costs $300, this would be a nice feature to include. However, at $25 it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind and is a more effective solution than a piece of PVC or a broom stick.
Although protection is a big part of the equation when choosing a travel bag, to me durability is another. Wear and tear is a major part of travel and the failure of a wheel or a strap can be a real pain when it comes to lugging a heavy golf bag down a crowded street. I have lugged my Last Bag to London, all over Scotland, and on a few more trips across the country all without a single problem. The plastic base shows a few minor scuffs from concrete, but the bag itself is untouched and looks almost the same as the day I bought it aside from a little dirt. The wheels are still rolling smoothly and show hardly any signs of wear.
I will say that all this durability comes at a price. The thick plastic base and Cordura nylon mean Last Bag is heavier than just about every other travel cover on the market. However, considering the protection they add, they are a worthwhile burden, especially since the combination of handles and wheels make it very easy to carry and pull.
In the end, you can only measure a travel bag by its ability to protect. Needless to say I have never opened up my Club Glove to find a broken club. Going beyond that, for people who invest in and care about their clubs, I’ve really grown to trust my Last Bag. The initial price is a little steep at $250-$275 retail. However, I have yet to see any other bag on the market that is as durable and easy to carry anywhere.
GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app
An 18-hole round of golf averages out to just under five miles of walking, which on its own is a good workout. Once you throw in some potential uphill trekking you get some serious cardio too, but if you all looking for a quick workout between rounds of golf look no further than Crossrope.
Crossrope – The details
Crossrope is a system of the weighted jump rope that allows you to quickly switch the weight of the ropes you are using to boost your workout—they range from 1/4 lbs all the way up to 2 lbs depending on the kit you start out with. There is an accompanying app that helps you go through multiple workout routines and is available free, or you can upgrade to the entire library of workout routines along with more workout tracking options.
This is NOT your middle school jump rope
The handles are heavy duty and feature precision bearings to allow the rope to move smoothly around as you go through a routine. They are also ergonomic and fit into your hand naturally, which making gripping easy, something that is really nice when you’re swinging a 2 lbs coated steel cable around. The handles also come with a fast clip system to make changing cables depending on your selected workout easier too.
The ropes themselves are made from braided steel and are almost impossible to tangle, allowing them to be easily transported and stored when not in use. All in you are getting a premium piece of workout equipment that is effective and easy to store—hard to same the same thing about a treadmill.
When it comes to a workout, skipping rope is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do, and with Crossrope, you can get both cardio and low impact weight training when using the heaviest ropes, and follow along with the guided workouts.
As someone that hadn’t used a jump rope in over a decade, starting out lighter was a nice way to ease in before moving up, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and fun some of the workouts in the app were. If you are looking for a fun way to add something to your workouts, or you just want to try something new to get you into golf course walking shape, this could be right up your alley. To learn more check out crossrope.com
WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of
One of the coolest parts of being in this part of the golfing world is being able to shed light on smaller companies that typically get overshadowed by their bigger corporate brothers.
So, this post is about one of those products that is definitely competitive against top golf shoe companies, and it’s made by a company called Athalonz, which is based out west in Arizona. Typically known for its innovative baseball cleats and insole packages, Athlonz newest addition takes the patented design to the world of golf with the EnVe golf shoe.
These have started appearing on the world long drive circuit due to the amount of traction they get, allowing players to swing harder. So for the last few months, I have gotten to wear them and see if they are as good as the company claims.
Athalonz EnVe: Living up to claims
The main selling points of these shoes are focused on two things
- Design that delivers more power and stability
- Custom comfort that lasts all day
These are somewhat difficult to combine into one shoe, and though they are on the heavier side, Athlonz are completely worth it for the benefits. It is obvious that they made strides to hit each box on the list for a great shoe. The patented design has been adapted from their baseball cleat and introduces a spikeless golf shoe with a circular design that allows the player to gain traction through the golf swing. This gives a player the chance to swing harder and faster without losing their footing. They also offer insole packages that help with correct bodyweight placement to help add an extra layer of consistency.
Secondly, it’s very noticeable that there was plenty of thought given to comfort with a roomy toe and custom insoles to fit your style. Additionally, ankle padding helps to provide more stability and comfort.
On another note, they have a good sense of style with a more classic, casual take. In addition to the pictured white/brown color, there’s a black/grey colorway as well.
After multiple months of wear in all types of conditions, these shoes have performed great for me with all the traction I need and while feeling great throughout the round.
I am a person who tends to support smaller companies when I can if they make good products. Any support for them goes a long way—especially in the golf business. Since these shoes will set you back about $150, I wanted to be sure they are worth it for the money and they absolutely are. Seriously, for anyone looking to boost their shoe game and help alleviate aching feet and ankles, give these a shot.
GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII
Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.
Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII ( slope adjusted version ), you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.
Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII
First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.
In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.
Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.
Slope-Adjusting ID Technology: With the 20i GII you have the option to get the slope-adjusted distance for any shot thanks to Nikon’s ID Technology. The mode can be turned on and off by the user to comply with USGA rules to make it legal for tournament rounds. Having tested it out on hilly terrain it’s easy to see why so many golfers mis-club going into greens when elevation changes become a lot more dramatic.
The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.
The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.
Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.
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