Golf Bag Comparison – Carry and Stand Bags – Which Is Best?

We recently reviewed and compared some of the hottest new golf bags (stand/carry bags) for 2008. These included the Callaway Warbird XTT Xtra Lite, Nike Xtreme Light II, Sun Mountain Super Light 3.5, TaylorMade Monza, Titleist X87 and the Wilson Staff Tour bag.

Any of these bags would make a great carry bag for use on the golf course, but we had to choose one of them, and it wasn’t easy. We judged each bag on price, size of the top, number of dividers, the strap, features, weight and the number of colors offered.

The results somewhat surprised us as we  itpress ranked the Sun Mountain Bag #1, and the new Wilson Staff Tour Carry bag #2. Dead last was the Titleist bag (even though this bag is made by Sun Mountain!).

We really liked the Sun Mountain bag because at 3.5 lbs, it is the lightest of the bunch, yet it has a 9.5 inch top and 6 full-length dividers… and it comes in nine different color combinations to choose from.

The Wilson Staff Tour Carry Bag scored high marks as well, because at $119.95, it is simply the best deal of the bunch… plus it also has a 9.5 inch top and 6 full-length dividers. The downside is that it weighs a full 2 lbs more than the Sun Mountain bag.

Our rankings:

#1 – Sun Mountain Super Light 3.5

#2 – Wilson Staff Tour Carry

#3 – Callaway Warbird XTT Xtra Lite

#4 – Nike Extreme Light II

#5 – TaylorMade Monza

#6 – Titleist X87

Listed below are brief reviews of each bag:

#1 – SunMountain Super Light 3.5 Stand/Carry Bag-2008

Re-designed for 2008, the 3.5 bag features a new TPR handle and hip pad designed to allow airflow along the golfers back.

Design Changes for 2008:

New TPR Handle
New hip pad designed to allow airflow along the golfer’s back
Ball liner
New, wider thicker cary straps for more comfort
9.5″ oval 6-way top w/patented integrated handle for picking up the bag
Carry strap attaches to the top of the bag, moving the center of gravity of the bag resulting in a better balanced bag and and easier carry
New TPR integrated top handle (for easy on/off)
7 pockets including: (Beverage pocket, Velour-lined valuables pocket, Full-length clothing pocket, Ball pocket, Multiple accessory pockets)
X-Strap dual strap system with new wider, thick straps for more comfort
Ball liner
Top mounted leg mechanism adds stability
Lightweight, high tensile aluminum legs w/triangular non-slip foot pads
Patented roller bottom leg mechanism
Full-length box dividers
Lumbar support hip pad
Graphite shaft protection
Pen holder & pencil holder
Umbrella holder
Towel holder
Matching rainhood
#2 – Wilson Staff Tour Carry Bag-2008
New for 2008, the Wilson Staff Tour Carry bag features a 5-way divider system and mesh-wrapped shaft protection.


Ultimate combination of lightweight performance, durability and convenience
5-way divider with mesh-wrapped shaft protection
Simple-to-operate, durable, spring-action stand
6 pockets including waterproof, No-H20 pocket, full-length clothing pocket
Weighs just 5.5 lbs
Available in: White, Orange, Red, Navy and Black
#3 – Callaway Warbird XTT Xtra-Lite Stand Bag
The all new Xtra-lite is very light (3.9 lbs) and features the new XTT Flex Foot stand activation system.

Very light (3.9 lbs) and featuring the new XTT Flex Foot stand activation system, which keeps the base of the bag in contact with the ground during activation to provide XTRA traction and superior stability. Also offers the new 1 or 2 Strap-ology, the most functional convertible single/dual strap option on the market.


8 inch oval top with 6-way, full-length divider system
6 pockets including a hidden valuables pocket
Lightweight multi-material (nylon/polyester) with durable 3-Stay frame construction
Matching travel/rain hood, glove holder, umbrella holder
XTT Flex Foot stand activation system for superior stability
1 or 2 Strap-ology – single or dual strap option
#4 – Nike Xtreme Light II Carry Bag-2008
The Xtreme Light II bag features superior cushioning, stability and is ultra, ultra-light at just 3.9 lbs.


Individual, 14-way, full-length divider system
Versatile golf bag for walking or riding
Nike Woven Air technology in the revolving double strap
10 strategically placed pockets (including water bottle pocket and cooler pocket)
New dual-durometer, wide bag base
Waterproof valuables pocket
Golf ball Quick Access Sleeve
Integrated tee holder
Logo cresting compatible
#5 – TaylorMade Monza Stand Bag-2008
The Monza Stand bag features a 7-way, full-length divider top.

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