Rovic RV1C Push Cart Review

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The Rovic RV1C is a really solid push cart that borrows heavily from its upmarket brother, the Clicgear 3.5+.  For those unfamiliar with Clicgear, that’s a very good thing.

Introduction

Excellence invites imitation, so it’s not a big surprise that there are many push carts out there trying to be Clicgear.  In the case of Rovic, they have an edge in trying to be like Clicgear because they are Clicgear.  Think of the Rovic/Clicgear relationship like Toyota and Lexus: both are solid products, but you pay a little more for the bells, whistles, and exacting tolerances.

In this review we’re going to take a look at Rovic’s RV1C, their compact push cart.  At $50 less than the Clicgear 3.5+, is it a solid buy or a cheap imitation of the real thing?

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Size & Set-Up

As you can see, the Rovic RV1C push cart does a fine job of making itself tiny, just like the Clicgear.  In fact, when folded up, the RV1C is only 1″ longer than the Clicgear 3.5+ (24″ long compared to 23″).  That means that the RV1C can fit into trunks, backseats, and squeeze alongside overstuffed staff bags as well as any push cart on the market.

Just like the Clicgear, set up is a simple 1-2-3 process.  In fact, it may even be easier than the Clicgear because 2 of the 3 steps are “Push a button.”

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Storage & Accessories

As you can see, the Rovic RV1C has an ample console with dedicated spots for tees, balls, a scorecard, and a drink.  The console is not as cavernous as the Clicgear 3.5+’s, but there’s plenty of room for your keys, wallet, phone, etc.

The one thing that the Rovic lacks is the giant storage net of the 3.5+.  This “complaint”, however, is basically a window into my feelings about this cart in general.  If I had never used the Clicgear 3.5+, I would be thrilled with the RV1C because it does everything it needs to.  Having experienced the perfection that is the 3.5+, however, I feel the need to nitpick the Rovic.

The same accessory tabs that are found on the Clicgear carts are also used on the Rovic carts.  This means that you get the same great selection of accessories, and they’re really easy to install or remove.  The RV1C has just three accessory tabs compared to four on the Clicgear 3.5+, but I don’t use more than two accessories anyway.

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On-Course Performance

On the course, the Rovic RV1C performs really well.  In fact, in most respects, its every bit the equal of the Clicgear 3.5+ because they share many components.  The RV1C uses the same large, airless tires which make for a smooth, maintenance-free ride.  It also uses the same clasps to secure your bag.  These clasps should be the industry standard – they’re easy to adjust and much more secure than Velcro.  Finally, both carts have a wide base that allows them to handle all kinds of terrain and wind without tipping over.

There is one small thing where the Rovic is good, but not the equal of the Clicgear: the hand brake.  It is conveniently located on the right side of the handle, but it doesn’t feel quite as sturdy and locked-in as the brake on the Clicgear.  Again, this is not to say that the Rovic’s hand brake isn’t satisfactory, it’s just not quite as good as the 3.5+.

Small gripes aside, the Rovic RV1C is great on the course no matter what kind of bag it’s holding.  From staff bags to stand bags, it remains well balanced, easy to push, and adjustable to fit any size golfer.

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Conclusion

Clicgear’s Rovic RV1C is an outstanding product.  It offers all the key components of the spectacular Clicgear 3.5+, but at a price that’s a little easier on the wallet.  I stand by my statement that the Clicgear 3.5+ is the perfect golf cart, but that doesn’t stop the RV1C from being an extremely good one.

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Matt Saternus

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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5 Comments

  1. I have a ROVIC 1c trundle and the only issue I have is that the brake does not work after less than 12 months of use.
    Can you please assist with a remedy. All working parts are intact.

    • Matt Saternus

      Graeme,

      I would recommend contacting ROVIC to see if they can provide a replacement or some kind of repair service.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. While it is a quality cart, has great features and is very compact, the ergonomic design is substandard. It has a terrible centre of balance with the bag positioned in front of main wheels so consequently is very heavy to tilt for steering. If you have arthritic wrists, you could find it difficult to steer as there is significantly more force required to change direction than say on the Tri Lite, which I compared. The design should have allowed for greater and easier leverage at the pivot point.
    Also, if you prefer one handed push and steering, then enjoy the grip on the umbrella mount that someone in the design team for this buggy thought the best place for was dead centre of the handle. Very uncomfortable after a short time on the course. I’ve removed the mount and find it much more comfortable.
    Golf buggies need to have good features but also be easy to manoeuvre. This one is not. I read a lot of reviews and paid a good price, but I would not not buy this buggy again.

  3. Daisy Johnson

    Daughter loves this new cart. An engineering masterpiece of hinges and making this cart so small! Works very well for you. It doesn’t fall over when her bag is on the cart, the previous one did.

  4. I’ve had one of these for a few years now and it is as good now than as new, I play twice a week all year round. Stood the test of time. I haven’t had any problems with steering at all!! have to say the trolley is excellent and i have had many different ones. Well worth the investment.

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