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Funky bag straps, folds down into a tiny package but expands into a full sized cart.
on September 7, 2013
The easiest way to describe the Clicgear 3.5+ to colleagues and golf buddies is that it folds down into the size of a small suitcase but expands into this ginormous monstrosity of a cart. While describing the features like a handbrake, cupholder, umbrella holder, storage compartment, storage net, scorecard holder, etc... it sounded like a Cadillac of push carts.
The foam tires are a nice touch in that they don't need air. The hard storage compartment uses a lid that has magnetic locks but the hinge is just plastic that bends. I hope this lasts a long time because most containers that use this type of hinge tend to break over time.
The entire unit weighs 18.8 pounds, which is heavy compared to lighter models, but it isn't hard to move around. It is actually quite effortless to push and steer.
My biggest and only complaint is the funky bag straps. For some reason I had to adjust the donut/ring all the way down in order to cinch up the straps on my bag. That left a LOT of excess bungee cord dangling around. There was nothing available to secure the dangling cord. It was worse on the bottom near the tire because the cords just dangle around near the front wheel. When folding up the cart, the upper straps dangle near the ground. I found that using Velcro tie wraps tends to help secure the straps. That said, for the money we paid on a Clicgear cart, the least they could have done is include some retention mechanism for the excess straps.
Folding/unfolding the cart also involves keeping your foot on the front wheel flat on the ground, which I can see scratching the wheel over time. In addition, the lower part that holds onto your bag is covered in a rubberized material. This bar will hit the ground when folding/unfolding the cart. I can see the rubberized coating getting torn/worn over time.
The push handle is slightly adjustable for angle and its height makes it suitable for short or tall players.
The cup holder is awesome, I never had any trouble with it even when it is kept on the cart during transport. It held my water bottle just fine for all 18 holes. The mesh storage pouch was useful for holding dirty balls, extra tees, and anything I needed to throw in there. The storage compartment came in handy for securing 3 golf balls and extra gear. The tee holder was useful in keeping my selection of tees handy. The score card holder was very handy. The pencil holder though, was too tight and required a lot of force to slip the pencil through.
Steering and handling was good, although I found it to pull to the left requiring re-alignment out of the box. The procedure wasn't included in the box, so I had to go online and find Clicgear's YouTube video detailing the process. It requires loosening the big nut near the front axle, and then the 2 phillips screws are slightly loosened. The principle is that the screws hold down an adjustment plate that has a cammed keyway for the axle to tilt the front wheel left or right. Once the plate is adjusted properly, the screws are tightened to secure this adjustment plate. The axle nut is then tightened to secure the adjustment. After a few minutes of trial and error, I think I have it adjusted properly. You may need to bring some tools with you and find a long stretch of smooth road or a cart path.
The foam wheels have decent traction, but once or twice I had to fight to push the cart up a slippery grassy hill on the course because the tires weren't as grippy. This was a rare situation and the cart was otherwise a pleasure to push around the course. There is some flex built into the joints/frame that acts like a suspension system.
My Crown Vic's trunk is advertised as being 20.6 cubic feet. I found that with my golf bag and the Clicgear folded down, it took up 90% of this space. If you are transporting two golf bags and two Clicgears, you'll have to throw the Clicgears into the backseat area. For 1 golfer, the trunk will hold the golf bag/clubs and the Clicgear without drama. The reason I mentioned the 20.6 cubic feet is because most compact and mid-sized cars have a trunk capacity of 12-16 cubic feet while full-sized cars will have about 20 cubic feet. Compact SUVs like the Escape will have more storage space, as will small hatchbacks with the rear seats folded down.
As for the weight of the cart with bags, I am a 6'3" male weighing about 150 pounds. I did not have any trouble handling it on the golf course. I am not a body builder, but I am fairly athletic. I'd say that even a petite female that is in shape should not have too much difficulty with this setup as long as they can lift the 18.8 pound cart out of their vehicle.
I opted for the charcoal / orange Clicgear 3.5+, because the orange wheels make it look like the Repsol Honda edition golf cart. I got some comments about the appearance, and I have to admit that it looks fast just standing still on the golf course.
If you hose off the Clicgear, be aware that water will get trapped inside the frame tubes. I kept hearing some sloshing sounds and the water wouldn't completely drain out. I think they should have put more drain holes to ensure the water drains out. This would be helpful during rainy golf days as well.
Overall: 5/5 stars, the straps seem odd like there could be room for improvement. They didn't come with any type of retention straps to secure the dangling cords. The cart folds/unfolds very easily with practice. I've walked 18 holes several times over with this cart and absolutely love using it!! It's great exercise and it is useful for improving your game mentally.
UPDATE 12 OCT 2013:
After using the 3.5+ on about a dozen golf outings, I noticed the fasteners are rusting due to the moisture it encounters. While the frame is aluminum, the fasteners are regular black oxide / painted steel. In addition, the parking brake cable jacket is sliced open from rubbing against the razor sharp edge of the plastic hole right by the handlebar release mechanism. Other than these items, the cart is working out great. It took me about 3 tries to align the front wheel, but once it is aligned it is good to go. I'm downgrading it to 4 out of 5 stars for not using stainless fasteners and for not beveling the edge of the hole to prevent slicing into the brake cable jacket.