First time user of Sun Mountain (3.5 SL)
May 4, 2011
Used a Mizuno Aerolite for 7-8 years. Reliable, tough and light. Great bag. A couple of the Kabuki compartment dividers tore out, making it hard to get sticks out as they tangled. It has not been treated "precious" over its life. Traveled extensively on plane, buses, trains and cars. Replacement short list was between the Sun Mountain and and another Miizuno Aerolite (the IV, now). In the end, I just went for a change. Yeah, I know fickle. There was not much separating the two. The Sun Mountain is a good bag. Roomy compartments for the sticks, lots of pockets and I like the bottle compartment a lot. Easy access to water bottle, when carrying. The bag is also designed so that all the pockets can be easily accessed when the bag is on a cart or when a separate waterproof cover is on. Let's see if it has a greater longevity than the Mizuno. Instincts tells me probably not. Happy with it, 2 months in. All in all, it is a great bag.
Pros:a. larger 9.5 inch top makes it easy to get clubs in and out.
b. lots of pockets and an easy to reach water bottle pocket
c. good shoulder strap adjustment (I am 5ft 4in)
d. cart friendly
e. legs properly shod, so will not slide and splay out on slippery surfaces.
Cons:a. If you twist the top of the bag when it is standing up, it seems to causes the internal support(s) to creak alarmingly, within it's mounts. Not at all confidence inspiring.
b. somewhat difficult to replace water bottle back into pocket (yep - boo hoo )