JCR DL550S Stand Bag
I was able to catch up with Dan Langer, the owner of JCR Inc at this year’s 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. It was great to have Dan walk us through the upgrades to the original JCR DL550, now called the DL550S. The upgraded bag has some small improvements over the original and makes a great bag even better.
Back in 2015/2016, when JCR Inc first launched, we were highly impressed with the company and the expertise and credentials of the Firm’s owner and designer. Two years later the company is beginning to mature within the market having made headway in some of the big box golf stores and across the internet. The refinements to their DL550S carry bag should continue the company’s growth.
Without further ado let’s get into the specifics of the DL550S
The weight of the JCR DL550S Stand Bag is roughly 5.8 pounds including the shoulder straps.
This weight puts the DL550S as one of the heaviest among our recommended models. It is clear that JCR wanted a sturdy bag that was full featured and would pass the test of time. As with the original DL550, this design perspective added some “extra” weight to the bag.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The bag has a six-way, air mesh cushioned opening with six full length dividers. The top opening measurement is 9.5” x 8.5”.
This configuration is as close to our ideal top opening as a bag can come. Compared with other bags, the top divider padding is a plus.
Ease of Carrying the Bag
The carry system is based on a four-point dual strap with padded center hub. The DL550S has upgraded the hip pad with a new, thicker four stripe, airmesh cushion. The bag has top rim, spine and bottom handles for easy lifting options.
When we tried the bag on we found the straps to be comfortable and they promoted a balanced weight distribution. The shoulder strap system meets our expectations in terms of comfort and ease of use. The redesigned hip pad is a plus.
The JCR DL550S Stand Bag has 9 pockets including:
- Full length apparel pocket
- A velour lined valuables pouch
- Two Insulated beverage pockets
- A Smart Phone pocket with a clear window which keeps your golf GPS app visible
- Scorecard sleeve
- Ball and accessory pockets
- Six of the pockets come standard with waterproof zippers to protect your belongings
In terms of other attachment points, the bag has a towel loop, umbrella cord, pen sleeve and divot tool sleeve.
Our philosophy has been to keep the pockets and storage system simple. Dan walked us through the 9 pockets that the bag offers and they were very well organized and in this instance it did not feel like too many. JCR put some real thought into how to organize even the large pockets for more compartmentalized use.
Stability of the Bag
This JCR model has positioned the stand mechanism just below the top cuff. The bag legs do not extend forward as far as some bags to ensure that they don’t over-extend. The bag has slightly enlarged feet to reduce sinking and slippage.
The stability features of the bag meet our expectations.
The JCR DL550 Stand Bag has:
- A rainhood
- A cart friendly base
- The clear window smart phone sleeve is unique
- Eleven color combinations, giving the buyer plenty of options to choose from
- 100% dobby nylon which was substantial in heft and texture. The bag looked and felt like it would last for years.
The JCR suggested retail price is $180.
The $180 MSRP is in the lower half of our recommended full feature carry bags. If you are looking for a high quality stand bag that is stylish, durable and not run-of-the-mill, we would highly recommend that you check out this upgraded carry bag.