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Legitimately different stand bag design with real performance improvements. Light, comfortable to carry, and plenty of space inside.
When I first heard from Wilson Staff that they were releasing an “innovative” new stand bag, I had serious doubts. What can be better about a stand bag? You shaved off a few ounces? Added more pockets? Yawn. But then I got the Nexus in hand, saw the base of the bag, and became intrigued. So it this really a stand bag innovation or just more pockets? I’ve got the answers.
No one wants to carry a cruddy looking bag, so style is important. Wilson Staff did a good job on that front. The four color choices, black, white, red, and blue, are pretty standard, but the accent colors are bold and used often enough to keep the bags from being boring. The branding hits the sweet spot between, “Who made that?” and “Walking billboard.”
Quality is another prerequisite: a golf bag’s life should be measured in seasons, not rounds. Again, Wilson Staff delivered. I can’t claim to have put dozens of rounds on this bag yet, but I did put all the components through pretty tough stress tests. All the pockets, zippers, and stitching are equal to the best bags on the market: there were no snags, stuck zippers, or lose seams anywhere. The material is light without feeling cheap. As for the heart of the bag, the legs, they’re as sturdy as any I’ve encountered. Of particular note are the handles. Both handles, top and front, are solid plastic as opposed to padded nylon. This not only enhances the feel of the bag (everyone who picked it up said, “Wow, that’s sturdy”), but it makes it function better as well.
Design and Performance
So what’s the big deal about the Nexus? It’s all in the base. Look at the picture above: the Nexus keeps the entire base on the ground when its legs are out where a typical stand bag has only a small fraction of the base on the ground. This doesn’t seem like a big deal until you try putting your bag down on an hilly lie, only to watch it topple over. The Nexus base is also more stable in the “legs up” position. On a carpeted floor (where my bag spends most of its time), most stand bags need to be leaned against something to keep from falling; the Nexus does not.
In addition to this major improvement, the Nexus offers all the standard stand bag niceties. There’s a towel hook with Velcro for your glove, a lined valuables pocket, and plenty of space for extra balls and rain gear. Wilson Staff also added two features just for the walkers: a zipper-free, insulated water bottle pocket and a rangefinder compartment. I particularly like this second feature since I’m addicted to my laser but hate zipping it in and out of a pocket on every shot.
Overall, the Nexus offers a legitimate improvement on stand bag stability without compromising in any other area.
The Wilson Nexus Stand Bag gets my highest compliment: it’s going in the bag, or, rather, it is the new bag. I was perfectly happy with my old stand bag, but this is simply better. The construction of the Nexus makes it stable in all situations and it offers plenty of well-designed storage. This is a bag all walking golfers should check out.
Price and Availability
The Nexus Stand Bag retails for $199.
It’s available now in 4 different colors: Black, White, Red, and Blue.
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Great review! How is it in a cart? I’ve been leaning towards Sun Mountian/Titleist for the CFB, but this bag looks better for walking.
I used to have a Sun Mountain with the CFB, and I don’t think it’s any better than the Nexus. If anything, I like the Nexus more for loading/unloading because the handles are so sturdy.
Hope that helps.
Awesome! Thanks for the update Matt.
Hi Matt, Nice review. Finally a bag with some new engineering. You give it good marks when it comes to stability and quality but what about the other factors that are equally important in a carry bag. Features like weight distribution, strap adjustment and padding, full length dividers, and ability to keep club grips from binding with each other?
Thank you, and thanks for the questions. Let me see if I can answer them all here:
Weight distribution is good. I view it as one of those “if I don’t notice it, it must be ok” type of things.
Straps: Adjustments are pretty standard, 2 adjustments/strap. Padding is good. Not the most padded straps I’ve ever seen, but certainly comfortable.
Dividers: It has 5 sections and 3 full length dividers. No bag will ever be able to stop the grips from binding without 14 separate, full length compartments, but the Nexus is pretty good.
I hope that helps.
Hi Matt, great review I really want this bag but my only problem is picking the colour!! I really like the white bag design but as I play in the rainy north n the courses are a little muddy. Is it a easy bag to clean/wipe down or over time will it become discoloured? Am I better going for the red or black colours? Thanks
Great question. I haven’t gotten my Nexus *really* dirty yet, but for little dirt and dust, it’s pretty average to clean. I would say that if you know you’re going to be getting muddy, opt for something other than white.
Wilson coming through big here, a laser pouch sounds glorious. My range finder case has a buckle which I hate dealing with.
How does the base fit in a cart?
Does the water bottle pocket have a drain, and if so, where does it go. My current bag, unfortunately, has a grommet that drains directly in to another pocket!
The base works well on push or power carts.
The water bottle pocket does not have a drain.
Matt, I saw a suggestion that this bag doesn’t fit on an electric cart due to the metal frame on the base being larger than a traditional bag. Have you tried yours on a cart yet? (driving cart, not push cart)
I’ve had this bag on a cart plenty of times and have had zero issues with it.