By: Zack Buechner
The Sun Mountain Speed Cart GX is the latest push cart from Sun Mountain that makes walking stress-free. This cart is simple yet sturdy, easy to fold and transport, and has adequate storage for anything you might need on the course.
Sun Mountain’s roots started in 1981 when they used backpack technology to create a better lightweight carry bag. They’ve come a long way since backpack straps; they’re now a leader in the industry for push carts. The 2018 Speed Cart GX is a product of their constant innovation and is perfect for the golfer who regularly walks but needs a cart they can easily transport.
The GX is Sun Mountain’s latest version of their best-selling Speed Cart. The E-Z latch system was improved to ensure a tighter lock when the cart is folded up or in use while they also added a secondary mesh basket halfway down the frame. This cart is not overly complicated nor does it need directions for use. Every golf item has a specific place or holster.
Size and Setup
The Speed Cart GX is well designed, using two rotating latching brackets to fold the handle and front wheel into a compact and easy-to-load position. When fully assembled, the wheels are wide enough for balance but can also fit through a doorway.
The rotating latches easily adjust handle height and settings based upon personal preference and bag type. I quickly realized that a more horizontal bag setting can cause the weight to shift to the back of the cart and tip over towards the handle. This was easily fixed by adjusting the front wheel latch and moving my bag to the most upright and vertical position. The bag can also remain on the cart when one or both latches are folded for storage which allows for the whole unit to be stored or transported together.
Storage and Accessories
My favorite part of the GX is that it has a spot for everything. The cell phone pocket holds the phone upright and facing the golfer with screen visibility. Being able to check your phone quickly between shots without lifting a finger is a very convenient feature.
There are two mesh baskets that are secure enough to retain valuables but will likely be used for snacks, pullovers, headcovers, or extra towels. The bottle holder is a little rigid and is not adjustable. It fits to approximately the width of a can of soda but anything wider and you may require the larger bottle carrier. The universal umbrella canister is user-friendly and easily stored underneath the handle when not in use. There is a wide range of accessories such as coolers and a seat that easily attach to the cart for those looking for a little extra out of their push cart.
Like any push cart, the Speed Cart GX makes walking a whole lot easier and less complicated. An important part of any push cart is that you want to feel as if the cart is gliding along the turf. The large wheels roll right over rough terrain, and the ability to adjust the handle to my desired height makes it comfortable to use. I found that the bag’s angled positioning keeps the weight distributed evenly between all 3 wheels and almost makes the cart feel lighter than it is.
The braking mechanism is conveniently located on the right side of the handle and uses a pin-system to lock the back right wheel into place. The brake itself is durable and could certainly withstand several seasons of use without fail. Unfortunately, because it is attached to the back right wheel, it also serves as an axis if the other 2 wheels if they are stopped on higher ground. This is not a huge deal, but I had to get used to making sure the brake wheel was always on the highest point of any hills.
The padded valuables tray is perfect for watches, earrings, or anything else you may need to remove and store once you arrive to the course. I loved using the Speed Cart GX as there is plenty of storage and the 2-step system is simple enough where it was never a burden taking it from my house to the course.
The Speed Cart GX is a durable pushcart, perfect for any golfer that has to regularly transport their equipment. The 2-step E-Z latch system makes it seamless to maneuver to your liking. The GX doesn’t lack in storage and features either. With modern touches like a smart phone slot with a charger-cord-hole beneath, the GX makes the walk effortless.