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The Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way, a light weight stand bag with many cart friendly features, is perfect for golfers on the move.
If you are a regular PIG reader, praise for Sun Mountain golf bags comes as no surprise. Various models of Sun Mountain have been the bags of choice for Bill and Matt S. for many years. Now it was time to find out for myself, with a model we hadn’t reviewed before. What I discovered was a true gem.
I give credit to Sun Mountain for offering six color combinations for the 4.5 LS 14-Way, that range from basic to flashy. Nothing over the top, but enough to give the bags some distinction. For me, the two shades of grey with splashes of bright yellow are great for standing out in the crowd. Branding is large, but not obtrusive.
No matter where you touch the Sun Mountain 4.5 LS, quality is apparent. Grab the top handle and you feel the sturdiness. Lower the bag to the ground and the legs spring out effortlessly. Put the bag on your shoulders to find the foam padding is thick, firm, and extremely comfortable. The materials and mechanisms of this bag are top quality.
Design & Performance
The Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way has found the perfect sweet spot between a cart bag and a carry bag. Coming in at just 4.5 lbs., it’s light enough to be a walking bag, but designed to also be receptive to stowing on a cart. The cart strap pass-through (above top) keeps the bag secure without blocking the side pockets – a feature I had not seen before in a stand bag. The 10.5” wide top is more than adequate for the 14 individual, full length, club dividers.
The E-Z fit, dual strap system is perfectly named. Not only is it simple to adjust, it’s easy to get your arms in and out of. Ease of use is a common attribute. The loaded bag is so well balanced that lifting it out of the trunk is a breeze with one hand. When you need two hands, the lift point at the bottom is integrated into the lower pocket (above bottom). Even the design of the zipper pulls makes pocket access easier.
To quote myself from the Golf Bag Buyer’s Guide, “The first thing for you to establish is what your bag will be doing 80% of the time when in use, and be realistic.” I ride a cart when playing, but add in practice and coaching with The First Tee of Central Florida, and I’m carrying my bag to and from the car 4 or 5 times a week. Being light weight, high quality, and chock full of design features, the Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way is truly the perfect bag for me.