By: Dylan Thaemert
50 Words or Less
The Sun Mountain Pathfinder 3 is everything a golfer looks for in a push cart: light, compact, and jam-packed with functionality.
In order for a push cart to represent an obvious upgrade from simply carrying your bag, it needs to be easy to transport and set up, it needs to have a variety of storage options, and it needs to be easy to maneuver. The Sun Mountain Pathfinder 3 delivers on all counts.
Size & Setup
For a full size push cart, the Pathfinder 3 feels remarkably light and easy to handle when folded up. When folded, it measures 16” wide, 28.5” long, and 14” high. It weighs just 16 pounds and feels about half the weight of my old push cart. Getting it in and out of a normal-sized trunk along with your golf clubs could not be easier.
The first time I set up the Pathfinder 3 was a testament to how easy it is to use. Though the box did not include any detailed instructions, the folding mechanisms are simple and intuitive, and I had the push cart up and rolling in about a minute. It’s also extremely easy to change how high the handle is so you can have it where it’s most comfortable for you.
Storage & Accessories
The Pathfinder 3 has all the storage you need and then some. On top, there’s a plastic flip-top compartment with spots for three extra balls and enough room to securely store your phone, wallet, and keys. Below that is a soft fabric compartment with a velcro closure that is great for a rangefinder or yardage book. Then, there’s a mesh basket closer to where the golf clubs sit. It’s a comfort to know that you can store everything you need and keep it dry in case of a little rain.
Speaking of rain, my push cart came with the umbrella holder attachment. Even though I don’t have an umbrella that fits into the attachment yet, I plan to buy one because I can already tell how much I will enjoy it. It screws in at the center of the handlebars so you and your clubs can stay dry in the rain. It would also be a great way to stay cool when walking on a blistering summer day.
My Pathfinder 3 also came with a water bottle holder that attaches to the side of the push cart. It can be a little tricky to use depending on the circumference of your bottle, but it is still a useful addition.
One area where the Pathfinder 3 excels is the brake. I’ve used push carts where simply getting the brake to engage was a challenge. This brake not only keeps the cart stationary on an incline, but it’s easier to apply the brake than it is to remove it. I think this is one of the cart’s smartest features.
The cart practically glides across the ground and is easy to maneuver. I think the way the handlebars are shaped helps with that.
My one minor criticism is that the back wheels are closer together than I am used to. This makes it a bit risky to take an aggressive angle on a steep incline. However, with the rest of its functionality and performance in mind, this is a small learning curve to master.
For someone who wants to walk the course in comfort and maintain easy access to clubs, balls, snacks, water, green reading books, or anything else the modern golfer might need, the Sun Mountain Pathfinder 3 represents an excellent option. It’s easy to use and store and while it is relatively lightweight, it feels extremely sturdy. If you’re looking for a new way to get around the course, you will enjoy this push cart.