Review – Clicgear Model 3.5+

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 brands like 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. And why not? It’s packed with high quality components and features. More on that later.

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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.
  • Bag Straps 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 lever 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.

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Small and compact. The Model 3.5+ in its folded form (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

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 18 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 gets really easy. The cart does come with instructions and there are videos available at the www.clicgearusa.com website to assist.

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A good-looking cart. Built with the highest quality. (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

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 storage compartment in that it securely holds 3 golf balls and other necessary items. Extra tees, pencils, 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 will fit securely on the Model 3.5+.

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+.

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Accessories and features to burn make the Model 3.5+ a must look if you’re in the market for a push cart. (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

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+. IMG_20180503_143210.jpg

No bridge is too far to cross while using a Model 3.5+. Enjoy the walk!! (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

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.clicgearusa.com

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Devant Sport Towels Presents New Americana Towel Series

Special thanks goes out to Julie Parham for sharing this press release for Devant Sport Towels.

Ms. Parham is the Marketing Manager for Dynamic Brands. A parent company that covers the likes of Bag Boy, Datrek, Devant, Burton and more. In this press release Devant Sport Towels announces a new series called the “Americana Towel Series”. Please see the press release below that tells us a little bit more about these “microfiber miracles”. Towels from Devant can hold 7x their weight in water.

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Photo Credit: Dynamic Brands

Richmond, VA –  Devant Sport Towels, a Dynamic Brands company, is excited to continue its role as the #1 towel in golf by presenting the new Americana Towel Series. “The new Americana microfiber towels were designed and decorated at our manufacturing facility in North Carolina,” said Jason Bonenberger, Devant Brand Manager. “This was a way to display our patriotic pride for our customers.”

The Americana Towel Series features six unique patriotic artwork designs. All 16” x 32” Ultimate Microfiber towels are decorated using Hi-Def Sublimation, a process that consists of applying the designs to create high definition in full color. The Ultimate Microfiber is a high-quality towel consisting of super absorbent microfiber to hold seven times its weight in water. It offers superior cleaning strength as the microfiber strands trap more dirt and dust than a standard cotton towel. The towels are finished with a web strap handle for easy placement over a golf club head.

Devant Sport Towels, located in Monroe, North Carolina, had its humble beginnings as a family run business in 1976. Ever since, Devant has blossomed into the industry leader in sport towels by producing over one million towels a year. Devant employees are still guided by the three principles of high quality, low minimums and outstanding service to ensure every towel that comes out of Monroe is a piece of art. “We have seen multiple uses for our microfiber towels, including for the kitchen and bar,” said Bonenberger. There’s no better way to show off American pride and celebrate summer than with these new Americana Towels. Americana Series microfiber towels by Devant are available for $19.95/each through your local golf pro shop or direct at here.

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Review – Incrediwear

Incrediwear is on a mission. According to them that mission is a simple one. “To design innovative products to help people live incredibly”.

In case you haven’t heard of Incrediwear… you aren’t alone. It wasn’t until the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show when I first learned of the brand created by its founder Jackson Corley. Mr. Corley had suffered a near fatal cycling accident that threatened  to paralyze him for life. So, Mr. Corley set out to find a way to help himself and others to heal and recapture the life that he was accustomed to. To find a new way to heal from the pain associated from inflammation.

Initially, while at that show in 2017 I met Thomas Wilson who was representing the Incrediwear booth on the floor of the Orange County Convention Center. We started to discuss what Incrediwear and the benefits that individuals can get from wearing their products. As the conversation really began to unfold I mentioned my long history dealing with several health issues including and not limited to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and cardiac issues. As the calendar switched from 2017 to 2018 a new PGA Merchandise Show was fast approaching. Through using the Exhibitor List I noticed that Incrediwear would be attendance once again so I made a point to visit their booth. As fate had it Thomas Wilson was once again manning the booth. He remembered me and we discussed the possibility of setting up a review opportunity. Bear in mind, that since that 2017 show I had developed even more complications but more on that shortly. So I was introduced to Charlie Robinson who is the Content Marketing Associate for Incrediwear.

As discussions moved forward with Mr. Robinson where we discussed my ongoing health issues decisions were made on which products would be sent out for testing. Products from Incrediwear falls into three separate categories with different purposes in mind (Recover, Perform and Move). Below is a summary of the products that I’d receive for testing/review and my observations for each product.

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Incrediwear Circulation Socks (Quarter) – “The Incrediwear Circulation Socks relieve pain and discomfort for those suffering from poor circulatory conditions. The non-binding loose weave design allows for a form-fitting feel without the discomfort of a compression sock.” Through the use of  a fabric blend that’s “embedded with semiconductor elements to provide effortless comfort and exceptional durability”.

These socks are offered in both a Crew Cand Quarter length while being offered in black or grey. The Incrediwear Circulation socks are a sock that has soft feel. Made from a blend that’s 36% Cotton, 34% Polyester, 26% Nylon and 4% Spandex these socks are loose-fitting which aids in increasing blood flow. This is an important aspect for diabetics in general. Foot care is absolutely vital and loose-fitting socks are nearly vital. If loose-fitting and comfort is what Incrediwear sought out to achieve then mission accomplished. What I found really impressive was the fact that these socks didn’t slide down and bunch up. I’ve worn “Diabetic Socks” and they ALWAYS bunched up causing a blister(s). Incrediwear’s circulation socks never slid down and always stayed where they’re supposed to. The fit was perfect and I feel that it’s important to point out that my feet stay cool in my shoes while wearing them. Just to touch on the durability at this point I have worn them often and they’re as good as the day that they came out of the box. Perfection! MSRP $19.99 USD

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Incrediwear Men’s Performance Pants – The Incrediwear Men’s Performance Pants fall into their Move collection of products. The performance pants are geared towards “athletes looking to push the limits of their performance, the Incrediwear Men’s Performance Pants enhance the ability to perform by accelerating the body’s ability to recover. The Men’s Performance Pants are a base layer can be worn during and after activity to reduce muscle fatigue and enhance performance”.

Fabric blend’s that consist of semi-conductor elements are a recurring theme and they are also present in the Performance Pants. They are intended as a base-layer and they are very much that. While tight and form-fitting in fit the Performance Pants always maintained a high level of comfort. I admit that I erred in never wearing these under my shorts during my workouts but I did wear them under my pants during the never-ending winter that we seemed to have while walking my dog. The moisture-wicking qualities are excellent. Also, I wore the pants frequently after walks (when I wasn’t wearing them to begin with) and my lower body really seemed to enjoy them. Honestly, they’re comfy enough to act as a pair of “watch tv and lounge” pants. The fabric blend is 61% Nylon, 29% Polyester and 10% Spandex. If I were still playing hockey (goalie) these would have been my base-layer underneath my pads. Cold weather golf on the other hand… these are an easy “go to” MSRP $69.95 USD

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Incrediwear Circulation Shorts – Geared towards assisting those with muscle fatigue, issues associated with pinched nerves, hip injuries and groin injuries the Incrediwear Circulation Shorts “enhance the ability to perform by accelerating the body’s ability to recover. The Circulation Shorts are a base layer can be worn during and after activity to reduce muscle fatigue and enhance performance”. Incrediwear employs their signature fabric blend that’s composed of 61% Nylon, 21% Polyester and 10% Spandex.

Form-fitting and never uncomfortable. The Circulation Shorts were a very pleasant surprise and I only suggest that because I’ve worn products that simply were awful. Unlike those other ones I never felt constricted in general let alone right around the genitals. They are moisture-wicking, breathable and seemed to have exhibited anti-microbial qualities. The circulation shorts seemed to really assist my circulation and pain that I had in my hips and groin area. A very good product and the product that I’ve tested the least. Please don’t read into that… as mentioned a very good product. MSRP $44.98 USD

Incrediwear Leg Sleeves – The leg sleeves from Incrediwear stem from their Recover Collection. Recovery is the name of the game here. “Incrediwear Leg Sleeves accelerates recovery and relieves pain for those recovering from injuries or surgeries. The Leg Sleeve provides effortless comfort while reducing inflammation and swelling to accelerate the body’s natural healing process”.

Not intended to take anything away from the other products but these are the proverbial “best for last”!! Out of any of the products that were sent to me for testing it was the Leg Sleeves that turned out to be not only the most-rewarding but quite simply a savior… or saviors. How do I possibly start this section of my write-up other than saying that? The leg sleeves were astounding! As you might recall from earlier my health condition has quickly deteriorated. I have major blockages of the Renal, Femoral, Iliac and Tibial arteries. These blockages not only affect one leg but both. The pain from these blockages is excruciating at times making daily living often difficult and painful.

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The benefits of these leg sleeves are too plentiful to list all of them. Increased blood flow and pain relief are just two of the many benefits and the benefits that I noticed in aiding me the most. There were some days that I’ve experienced where I was not only in tears but walking was near impossible. Whether from activities like walking the dog, working out, golf practices or just living these leg sleeves proved to be a “Godsend” on so many occasions that it’s hard to express in words. Our family moved in May and the move kicked my ass so bad that it wasn’t funny. Especially my legs!! On those days that were nearly unbearable the leg sleeves made life bearable. They provided so much pain relief and I assume much of that has to do with their design. The design consists of a 3D weave and provides around the clock comfort. A cool little feature of these leg sleeves from Incrediwear feature little spots of silicon alongside the top of the inner hem. These help to keep the leg sleeves in place which mostly worked. However, I did experience some slippage. Not enough to detract from the benefits that I’ve received while putting the leg sleeves to use.. Measurement of your thighs is important in ensuring a proper fit. Incrediwear utilizes a blend of 66% Polyester 24% Nylon and 10% Spandex. Probably one of the best things products I’ve ever had the privilege to test and review!! MSRP $120 USD per pair.

In closing, Incrediwear offers a plethora of great products to help athletes and non-athletes alike. Benefits of their products easily outweigh the cost and if you suffer from leg pain etc these certainly are worth a look for you. Incrediwear offers products for both men and women and they also several products for issues not discussed in my review. If you’re looking for more information on Incrediwear and their entire product range please visit their website www.incrediwear.com

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