Before I start my writing of this review I just wanted to take the time to thank Todd Hansen. Mr. Hansen is the National Sales Manager of The ProActive Sports Group. The latter oversees Proactive Sports, ClicGear USA and Alphard Golf to name a few. I was fortunate to sit down and talk with Mr. Hansen (Todd) at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show this past January. Through that discussion, I was very fortunate to receive the opportunity to test and review a golf push cart. The first time that I’ve had such an opportunity. Thank-you Todd!!
As one might gather from the title of this review the chosen cart was the ClicGear Model 3.5+. While not being new to 2018 the Model 3.5+ is very much relevant in the golf industry. As a matter of fact when I look at a golfers that walk using a push cart the ClicGear Model 3.5+ is the cart that I see most often. Any why not? It’s packed with high quality components and features. More on that later.
Depending on what publication you read, research indicates that golfers can burn approximately 720 calories walking 9 holes while using a push cart. If you walk at a moderate pace for 18 holes that’s roughly 1400 calories burned. Thus the health benefits appear to be pretty obvious. Of course there’s weight management but looking at the benefits just a little bit deeper walking a golf course can help with cardiovascular health, improve circulation (walking breeds lateral vessels in your legs according to my Vascular Surgeon) and it can help control blood glucose levels for diabetics.
So I received my ClicGear Model 3.5+ when the snow was still falling during the endless winter of 2018. The more that I stared at the box the more I couldn’t wait to get started on the testing and review process. As far as colours go the options available are numerous including Pink, Yellow, Black, Arctic White, Lime and more. In my case, we decided on Orange as the colour really matches the color scheme of my site. Before I continue on with the testing process and observations lets look at some of the highlights of the ClicGear Model 3.5+.
- It’s rugged construction is durable. Thanks to the use of high-grade oversized aluminum tubing.
- Tires are airless. Unlike tires that use tube these tires are low-maintenance. ClicGear employs a rubber compound that is long-lasting.
- Sliding mechanisms first used in their original model remain the norm with the 3.5+. This makes folding and unfolding the 3.5+ push cart easy.
- Clips that are easy to adjust. Ultimately fitting golf bags of various sizes.
- Storage net. It makes holding your valuables in a convenient location a snap. Also, this storage net is 80% bigger than the previous model.
- The 3.5+ includes a new improved brake handle that helps reduce cable wear.
- Umbrella Holder.
- Drink holder.
Upon looking at some of the highlights listed it really doesn’t come as much of a surprise that this is the push cart that I’ve seen most. Those highlights don’t include the high quality brake used (not the cable and handle), the storage compartment just below the handle of the push cart or the fact that there are a bevy of accessories that you can get for the Model 3.5+. Options like a seat, shoe brush, cooler bag and even wheel kits. So if you really wanted to “pimp your ride” the opportunity is there.
When time came for the unboxing it was early April and the snow finally had melted. So outside I went and unboxed the Model 3.5+. Of note right away was how compact the 3.5+ folded in the box that it was shipped in. Also of note was how light it actually was. While I’m not suggesting in any way that the Model 3.5+ is featherweight what I can say is that it’s light enough to make it pretty easy to place into and remove from the trunk of your car or whichever vehicle you use. In fact, the stock Model 3.5+ weighs just under 20 pounds. How this overall weight compares to others push carts on the market I don’t know. Quite frankly, until this testing I had no experience using a push cart. I had an older electric cart and that cart is a behemoth. Totally cumbersome. Speaking of cumbersome that is something that the Model 3.5+ simply is not. At the moment I drive a Chevrolet Sonic which I wouldn’t describe as a large vehicle. The Model 3.5+ lifts into a trunk easy and rests easier as the compact designs sits in the trunk with room to spare. I can fit my stand bag (when I use it) and the 3.5+ in the trunk at the same time.
My first time or so unfolding and folding the Model 3.5+ was something right out of a comedy sketch. I was sort of looking around at it trying to figure things out and on one or two occasions I may have tripped over it or my feet. Having said that, once you fold/unfold the 3.5+ a few times it get really easy. Instructions do come with it but when you unfold it (for use) just unfold until you hear a “click”. The 3.5+ is a three-wheeled push cart and the main undercarriage (2-wheeled axle) clicks into place. The handle located down along the right side secures the front wheel assembly into place. There is a push button located on the front of that undercarriage which is the swivel-lock for the front wheel. Be wary however when folding or collapsing the Model 3.5+ as there are a couple of pinch points which are unavoidable. to fold the Model 3.5+ into its compact, little self just do the opposite. Push the button and fold the wheel (horizontal), pull the handle and fold that section. Lastly, fold the main handle down by pushing the lever that says down until it clicks into place. Yes, it’s that easy!!!
As far as the on-course testing I don’t even know where to begin. I guess the first thing to say is that the 3.5+ is an “easy push”. Pushing the cart is easy and smooth including walking up inclines. Never at any time did there feel like friction. The large storage net is handy for holding a cell phone, keys, wallet or any other item that you might need quick access to. The scorecard holder is effective and the convenience of storing a few tees a couple of inches away from the handle is nice. A small feature but nice nonetheless. I like the little storage compartment in that it securely holds 3 golf balls and other necessary items. Extra tees, pencils, or anti-inflammatories etc. Golf bags of various sizes fit on this cart with its easy adjustments. Everything from a stand bag to my custom staff bag.
As far as the design goes I really liked how wide the wheel base was (rear wheels). This wide wheelbase guarantees stability and when I parked the 3.5+ sideways on a hill my golf bag never wandered off. Which I think says a lot for the quality of the brake components. As mentioned earlier the wheels are maintenance free and void of tubes. The wheels spin nicely which again point to great components (bearings). In fact, there is only one minor issue that I have with the Model 3.5+.
If the ClicGear design team sees this review I would love them to address the front wheel. There HAS to be a way to make the front wheel of the Model 3.5+ swivel. The fixed wheel is sort of a pain in the arse when it comes to maneuvering the Model 3.5+. Especially, if you were to add the Alphard E-Wheels unit to a Model 3.5+. The wheel will catch the terrain if you do not raise the front wheel. Address the front wheel and you have a cart without a glaring flaw. Call it “near perfection”.
Regardless, of my comments in the last section the Model 3.5+ from ClicGear is a must look. If you’re looking to transition from riding to walking (without lugging your clubs on your back) then this could be worth your investment. An investment to your health and your game. Honestly, if I has a cart like the Model 3.5+ it’s quite possible that I would have been walking instead of riding all of the times I rode. Honestly, I play better when I walk. I’m not as rushed, I take in more of my surroundings and I simply enjoy golfing more. If you’re looking for more information on the Model 3.5+ from ClicGear then please visit www.clicgear.com
Until The Next Tee!!