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The Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag is a sub-three pound stand bag that doesn’t skimp on the necessary requirements.
Finding the right combination of storage, weight, and durability is the eternal struggle for the perfect stand bag. To make a light bag, most manufacturers sacrifice useful pockets or strong materials, and the final product shows it. The Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag carries a sub-three pound weight and still maintains the Sun Mountain standard of quality that golfers have come to expect.
From a style perspective, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag is a no-frills workhorse. There are eight different color options to express yourself with, but the 2.5+ is otherwise a minimalist bag. No one will accuse you of having the flashy attention grabbing bag on the course – unless you go with the neon yellow/black option like I would have done in my more youthful years.
When looking at the quality of the Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag, you have to consider its place in the bag market. For such a lightweight bag, the handles, zippers, and legs are are very sturdy and will hold up as good as any heavy-duty bag. It’s quickly apparent that the nylon used on the bag is lighter in weight, but rest assured that the durability is not compromised.
If you’re familiar with Sun Mountain stand bags, you will find the stand mechanism to be lighter as well. The stand mechanism adds a lot of weight to a bag, so Sun Mountain had to drop a few ounces there. As a result, the stand takes a little more force than normal, but it’s still perfectly functional.
Design & Performance
The new Sun Mountain 2.5+ is adapted from the original 2Five, but a few key updates were made. My biggest complaint with the previous version was that the ball pocket didn’t close. On the 2.5+, the ball pocket is a fully zippered pocket.
Sun Mountain also added more padding to the double strap, making for a much more comfortable carry. Rounding out the design, the 2.5+ has a full-length apparel pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, side pocket, drink pocket, four-way divider, and sturdy handles.
From a functionality standpoint, the 2.5+ stand bag performs bigger than its size. Typically these smaller profile bags make for a tight fit with a full set of clubs. The opening is a four-way top and a compressed nine inches, but it fits clubs comfortably. So far through multiple rounds, I’ve found pulling and returning clubs to be just as easy as with my usual Three 5. The new higher density foam dual straps are more comfortable and distribute the weight evenly. If you’re more of a single strap player, the strap works well in this configuration too.
I can confidently tell you that Sun Mountain delivered a perfect modern carry bag in the 2.5+ stand bag. It’s a lightweight bag that’s still sturdy, comfortable and easy to carry, with plenty of storage. Where I’ve felt other lightweight carry bags have come up short, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ has made a strong argument to be my everyday golf bag.