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The 2019 Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way stand bag offers individual, full length dividers in a midsize golf bag. Outstanding design that’s both comfortable for carrying and cart friendly.
I’ve been using the 2016 Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way for over two years now and still consider it “a gem”. Other than a little fading on the yellow nylon strapping and a bit of fray at the cart strap pass-through, the bag is still in great shape. That didn’t stop me from jumping at the chance to try out the 2019 version.
The Sun Mountain 4.5 LS is a midsize stand bag that fills the gap between minimalist carry bags and full size cart bags. One of three versions offered, the 14-Way’s only distinguishing feature is the namesake top.
2019 brings 8 new, mostly conservative color choices highlighted by a groovy desert camo. Branding remains large, but not dominant. As readers have commented in the past, the Sun Mountain logo doesn’t associate the owner with specific club brands.
Transferring all my clubs and accessories to the new 2019 Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way, I was able to examine every aspect of the bag against the previous model and noted only four differences. The top is about a ¼” narrower with slightly different shaping, and its handle is notably wider. The hip and shoulder padding has a new channel construction with wonderful feel. Finally, there’s one extra webbing loop next to the plastic D ring – a simple but welcome addition for towels, course badges, or a homemade glove lasso.
The Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way has 9 pockets, including my favorite, the velour lined, water resistant black triangle near the top. Not only does it keep my phone and cash dry, but with the cart strap pass through, it’s always quickly accessible. The E-Z Fit Dual Strap System is true to its name and features super comfortable padding. And of course the individual, full length dividers make this bag a popular choice when evaluating carry bags.
For me, performance starts with evaluating the bag’s objectives. The objectives for a midsize stand bag are that it stores nicely in my trunk, is easy to get on and off my shoulders, sits well on a golf cart, and has legs that work effortlessly. The Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way checks all those boxes.
The new design of the top handle makes transitioning in and out of my trunk even more of a breeze. In the hundreds of times I’ve engaged the legs on my 2016 model, I’ve never experienced the slightest hiccup, and I’m completely confident I’ll be able to report the same with this 2019 model in a few years.
It only took a couple of minutes to adjust the straps for a well balanced carry position. I love how Sun Mountain positioned the water bottle slot at an angle for easy access while carrying the bag, yet keeping the bottle upright when the bag is in stand mode. Clubs slide effortlessly in and out of the slots.
There’s something comforting in the familiar, and the 2019 Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way made changing to a new golf bag effortless. All my gear is comfortably stowed and the fresh color has me invigorated. Time to state it again: with its high quality materials and well executed design, the Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14-Way is truly the perfect bag for me.