Since finding out that the folks at Clicgear had made improvements to their award-winning push cart, I eagerly anticipated getting my hands on one to find what the fuss was all about with this easy-to-store, easy-to-use push cart.
Personally, I would much rather walk when playing golf versus having to use a motorized cart but don't like having to sling my clubs around anymore (must be a sign of getting old) so a push cart is a vital piece of equipment for me and the enjoyment I get from playing golf.
You may not think of a push cart as being that big of deal but having had some not-so-pleasant experiences with some push/pull carts in the past, I was hoping that the Clicgear would be the final answer to my search for the "perfect pushcart." Read on to find out whether my search is over.
Design and Technology
The Clicgear cart's frame is made from aircraft-grade oversized aluminum tubing, which seems to be the industry standard for this style of push cart. Total weight is about 18 pounds, or about a pound less than comparable carts. The Clicgear sits on three wide, six-spoked tires made from EVA (foam) and rubber. Solid rubber wheels would be quite heavy, so Clicgear has designed a process and compound unique to them, offering markedly better performance than their competitors. Solid EVA wheels are very soft and fall apart easily, but the EVA/rubber compound is quite durable. This is a pretty major upgrade from the air-filled tires in version 1.0 from last year. No longer do you have to worry about getting a flat on the course, which always seems to happen at the hole farthest from the clubhouse. Also, you don't have to worry about rust or maintenance with plastic tires. Personally, I think the spokes look a lot cooler than the other more "bicycle-like" spokes I've seen on other pushcarts.
For those of you who have version 1.0, don't worry as you can now upgrade your old tires to the new version. I've pushed both versions around and I would highly recommend the upgrade as the new tires seem to roll much more smoothly than the air-filled tires.
The covered console sits next to the handle that allows you to store extra golf balls, tees, a rangefinder, snacks or whatever you need to get through a round. It's of decent size but I could only fit two extra balls in there with my rangefinder.
I would like to see the console made bigger on future versions or even a small netting web on the outside to keep my rangefinder in while walking the course. I didn't lose much time having to open and close the console everytime I wanted to use my rangefinder but it would be even easier just to have a small net on the outside so that I could toss my rangeinder into it between uses.
With the console closed, the small straps that run across the top hold your scorecard or yardage book snugly to the door with ease. Located conveniently next to the handle, you'll find the hand brake. It's very simple to use and locks the wheels into place. Just a quick pull and turn and the wheels are locked into place. Not once did I have a problem with the Clicgear moving while the brake was engaged. I just needed to remind myself from time to time to disengage it before moving on!
The Clicgear cart comes with a bunch of features designed to make your round of golf more enjoyable. First up is a beverage holder that I found would fit quite an assortment of various sized bottles, cans, and cups. There is also an umbrella holder located underneath and to the side of the the handle to store your umbrella. I've always kept mine on my bag, so it didn't get much use.
Not to be confused with the umbrella holder (which carries a folded, stowed umbrella), an Umbrella Tube is clipped and stored beneath the console when not in use. The tube screws into the handle and positions the umbrella over you and your clubs to keep them dry. The only time I used the tube, it was pretty windy out so I ended up holding the umbrella.
There are two towel hooks located under the console that allow you to attach your towel to the Clicgear, making it easy to clean your clubs. The hooks are big enough to accommodate carabiners, which seem to be what all the new towels are using today as a means of attachment.
It's important to note that all of the Clicgear Cart 2.0 accessories will work on both 2.0 and 1.0 cart models.
This section is going to be short. To set up the Clicgear 2.0, you take it out of the box. Then you unfold it. That's it. Okay, it's a bit more than that but not much. I'm not going to go over the six very easy steps it takes, but you can see for yourself in these videos how easily it is to unfold and fold the Clicgear back up. All told, we're talking about ten seconds or less and your Clicgear cart is ready to be loaded. Add whatever short amount of time it requires to get your bag attached and you are ready to roll. I would like to shake the hand of the person who thought of this ingenious system.
What makes the Clicgear stand out above the rest of the push cart crowd is how easy it is to store it. When folded up, it measures a measly 13" x 15" x 24", which is more compact than other comparable push carts. It was even more compact folded up and easier to store that my daughter's stroller!
Storing the Clicgear in your trunk is a snap and it takes up very little space in your garage. You can even get the hook accessory and hang it on the wall to keep it out of the way. Compared to push/pull carts I've had in the past, the Clicgear is by far the best when it comes to storage.
Operation and Performance
After spending the thirty seconds or so it takes to get the Clicgear locked and loaded it was time to take it out for a test drive. And how did it perform you may ask? Pretty much use any adjective of "fantastic" and that would sum up how great the Clicgear was to use.
The Clicgear rolls very fluidly as you push it along and often times I would just give it a slight push when going down slight declines and found it would roll on its own for quite a bit of distance. I've even had some playing partners ask if it was an electric cart as it seem to track perfectly to where I pointed it.
If your Clicgear doesn't roll straight, don't worry as changing the alignment is pretty easy as you just need to loosen the axle nut and plate screw and make adjustments using the adjustment screw. Also, the braking system can be adjusted as well by adjusting the cable tension. That like everything else with the Clicgear is, yes you guessed it, easy to do.
Overall, there is very little mainenance that is required to care for you Clicgear cart. To clean, just take a wet towel to wipe off any dirt and it looks as good as new.
The Clicgear rolled nicely and very smoothly over the various types of terrain you would expect to see on a golf course, fairways, rough, paved cart paths and gravel cart paths as well. The wide spacing for the wheels makes it simple to push around as well as a very stable platform that makes it very difficult to tip over. The only times this happened to me was when I would find the steepest hill on the course I was playing and thought "let's try to tip it over." Point being, I really had to try to get the Clicgear to tip over.
Perhaps the most unheralded feature is the adjustable straps. Big deal you say? If you've ever had a bag come flopping off your push cart due to strap malfunction, you tend to pay attention to how your bag is secured to the cart.
Compared to some other straps I've seen on other push carts at the same price point, which include some variation of hard to adjust buckles or Velcro, the Clicgear's straps are in my opinion, the best on the market. The flexible straps accommodated every style and size bag I could find either in my garage or with playing partners and were a breeze to connect together as well as take apart. Again, the folks at Clicgear made the operation of their cart as easy as possible.
The Clicgear cart costs about $200 and comes in various colors including Black, Blue, Silver, Red, Orange as well as two limited-edition colors Kiwi and Lavender (White is not available in North America). Whatever color you choose, the powder coating will help resist scuffing and scratches. I've put my through the paces pretty well, and it looks the same as the day I took it out of the box.
I have the Black model but I must say that if I had to do it over again, I would shoot for either Orange or Red or perhaps Blue. All the colors look very sharp compared to other push carts I've seen on the market and I find myself looking at the various colors every time I happen to pop in to my favorite golf shops.
Several accessories are available as well. The first is a shoe brush attachment that secures to the tubular frame. I am definitely picking up one of these.
A storage hook is available in order to hang your folded Clicgear cart in your garage. Also available is a wheel cover that covers the wheels prior to loading into your trunk. For those who have a version 1.0 cart, you can purchase the 2.0 wheel kit so that you can have the cool, airless wheels and no longer have to worry about getting a flat on the course.
Two new accessories are coming out soon. The first is a new umbrella adjuster and the second is a sand bottle to fill your divots. I don't have a timetable for these new products as of this review so be sure to check their website to find out when these come out.
You would be hard pressed to find a cart that works as well or offers as many features as the Clicgear. With an incredibly smooth ride as you navigate around the course to the ease of folding and unfolding as well as the compact storage it provides, the Clicgear is the standard against which all push carts should be measured. It certainly has made my walking experience more enjoyable and I'm betting if you give one a try, it might just do the same for you.