Not perfect, but pretty good for the price
August 16, 2016
This bag replaces a 3 year old Ogio Cirrus bag. It is still usable, but the material around the dividers in the top began to wear prematurely - especially around the putter well. Plus, there is no cooler pouch and I use a push cart and carry a small cooler which adds to the weight. I also have a putter with an oversized grip which tended to catch when removing it.
I paid $139 for the Datrek, and the other bags in this category - like the Ping Pioneer, Titleist Lightweight, Sun Mountain C-130 and Callaway Org 14 - were all over $200. That makes this a pretty good bag for the money. Still, it could be better. The material seems flimsy when opening the garment pockets on the side, and there are not enough pockets. It is arranged with 3 medium pouches in the front. The bottom one is the cooler pocket with the ball pocket just above it. If you carry more than 8 golf balls they protrude into the cooler pocket. The remaining pocket on the top is for tees, gloves, bottle opener, ball marker, pen, divot tool, sun block, lip balm, swing weight and whatever else you carry. (I dislike rummaging around for tees!) There is a large garment pocket on each side and 1 small pocket on each side for valuables, cellphone, etc. One more medium sized pocket would do it. The 15 way top (14 plus putter well) is nice and the putter well is great.
I like that my clubs are very accessible. The Ogio bag was too small and it was hard to arrange my clubs in a logical way. This bag is roomier for clubs but without being too heavy. The Ping and Sun Mountain bags both felt heavier. I think it will perform well on my Clic Gear 3.5+ push cart, but whether it will last more than a few years remains to be seen. One thing I noticed is that the zippers are metal - not plastic. If it wears prematurely it will be because the outside material tears or the dividers wear. Time will tell.
Pros:This bag has a large 14 way top with individual dividers (all the way down I think) plus a putter well large enough to accommodate oversized grips. It seems to be well-made with metal zippers, and the rain hood actually fits over all my clubs. The cooler pocket is large and because it is on the bottom front with drain holes it can be packed with ice. It is easy to find a club and they slide out without binding. Very nice looking bag and it is stable standing up even when packed with gear. My Ogio would tip over from a breeze. Good price for this bag too, and it was delivered a day earlier than I expected. It was very well packaged and not damaged in transit.
Cons:The bag needs more pockets and the shell material could be a little heavier weight. I would also move the cooler pocket to the side to give you 3 pockets in the front, and add another pocket on the other side. If you load up with too many golf balls, or pick up a few as you play like I do, they get in the way of the cooler pouch. The valuables pockets (1 lined and 1 waterproof) are more shallow than I am used to so there's probably no room for my sun glasses and my cellphone. There is no pass through umbrella sleeve, but that's not really a con. Those sleeves tend to interfere with the garment pocket.