Golf Push Cart Reviews: Clicgear 2.0
We definitely liked the sporty looks of the Clicgear 2.0 and its solid and stable feel on the course. And we highly recommend that you spend the $10 to get the nifty shoe cleaning brush accessory! Less appealing is the fact that when it’s folded up, it isn’t exactly small, which could be a problem if storage space is at a premium in your vehicle.
Retail price: $199
The Clicgear 2.0 weighs a hefty 18.5 lbs. (as tested), which makes it one of the heavier push carts we tested (compare this to the lightest cart, the Sun Mountain Micro Cart, at 13.5 lbs.). It also folds into a bit of an unwieldy block. What does that mean? It means you’re probably putting it in the back seat, because it’s tough to fit it in the trunk if you already have a set of clubs in there (assuming you keep the usual amount of miscellaneous junk in your trunk). What’s that you say? You own a 2-seater? And your wife is coming too? Ruh roh…
EASE OF SET-UP
Unfolding the Clicgear 2.0 is not the most intuitive process, which explains why they include an instructional DVD for you. Clicgear tries to make the 5-step process easier by making the critical knobs and levers bright red, but unless you have a Ph.D in origami, you may do a little bit of head-scratching each time you have to fold or unfold it.
ON COURSE IMPRESSIONS
- We liked tooling around with the Clicgear 2.0 on the course – it felt sturdy and stable, and the tires seemed like they could handle any kind of terrain.
- We were less impressed with the brake mechanism – you have to both pull and rotate the brake handle to set or disengage the brake. Of course one could argue that this design helps make sure that the brake doesn’t accidentally disengage, but since we never experienced that problem on any cart we tested, it seems to be a bit of overkill.
- The brake is also different from what we usually see on push carts – instead of a friction-based bicycle brake, the Cligear 2.0 has gear notches around the front wheel and the brake is a block that inserts into the notches to stop the wheel from rolling. What this means is that you sometimes have to roll the cart a few inches forward or backward so that the block will slip into the appropriate notch and engage the brake. It’s not the end of the world, but after you’ve just polished a ball into the pond, it’s certainly not something that makes you happier.
- The tires are made of solid foam, so there is no danger of winding up with a flat.
- The handle can be adjusted within about a 45 degree range, providing flexibility for users of different heights.
The storage and accessories available on the Clicgear 2.0 include:
- a valuables tray with a magnetic lid, which was a bit shallower than that found on some of the competing products. We were unable to get the lid to click shut (no matter how many times we re-arranged the contents) when we tried to stuff the box with 2 golf balls, a GPS device, an iPhone, a set of keys, and a wallet. Note that the storage box has a ridge that is designed to hold 3 golf balls (there are no other doohickeys on the Clicgear 2.0 to hold golf balls)
- an elastic band attached to the lid of the valuables tray that is designed to hold down a scorecard – we actually found this to be quite handy for securing an iPhone that was running a golf GPS application
- another elastic band attached to the lid of the valuables tray that is designed to hold a pencil – which we found to be a bit clunky because the elastic was too tight for easy access to or stowing of the pencil
- 3 holes for storing tees
- hooks for hanging a towel
- an umbrella mount that holds an umbrella upright to provide you with shelter when it’s raining
- 2 straps to hold a folded umbrella when it’s not in use (similar to those found on most golf carry bags today)
- a cup/bottle holder
We also tested the optional shoe brush that clips on to the frame of the cart (available for an additional $9.99) – this was AWESOME for getting rid of the crud that accumulates between your spikes, and we would highly recommend it. It can occasionally come unclipped if you’re a bit too aggressive in your scrubbing, but is generally extremely useful.
No doubt about it, the Clicgear 2.0 is the coolest looking push cart on the market. The profile of the wheels and the two-toned color scheme create an aggressive style reminiscent of the brightly colored brake calipers showing through the wheels of a Ferrari or Maserati. The Clicgear 2.0 is available in black, blue, orange, red, silver and yellow. No matter which color you select, the trim color for the wheels, knobs and handles is always red.
With a retail price of $199.99, the Clicgear 2.0 was tied with two other carts for low price honors among the units we tested (granted, we were only testing high-end carts). Also note that the introduction of the new Clicgear 3.0 means that you should be able to pick up the Clicgear 2.0 at a closeout price, so check out different retailers.