What Has Changed for 2022?
Sun Mountain likes to update their products every year. 2022 is no different. The most significant changes to the 2022 Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag are its upgraded EZ Lite Dual Strap System and the addition of a 10th pocket. Some changes to color schemes have also occurred, but the overall look remains in line with prior models.
The weight of the Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag is 3.8 pounds, including straps. The extra pound compared with the Sun Mountain 2.5+ allows thicker straps, a more cushioned hip pad, and several additional pockets.
This weight is one of the lightest high-quality , full-service carry bags that we review. As mentioned in our Buyer’s Guide, there is a tradeoff between weight and features. Generally, within a product line, the lower the weight, the fewer the features and options.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Bag has a nine-inch, four-way top with full-length dividers.
The opening of the bag is appropriate for the weight and size of this bag. The hidden benefit of having fewer dividers is that the dividers themselves take up a lot of space and can interfere with getting clubs in and out of the bag. The top design easily accommodates putters with over-sized grips.
Ease of Carrying the BagThe bag has upgraded its strap system in multiple ways. The newly configured EZ Lite Dual Strap System has:
- A better padded center hub area
- Straps that can be adjusted in terms of length at all four connection points to the bag’s body
- An innovative sliding mechanism that allows the rear strap to move along a connection rail at the center core as the golfer moves
We are excited about this system because of the adjustability of the length of the straps and the potential dynamic movement of the front strap. These features enable a more customized fit.
Beyond the strap system, the 3.5 LS also has an “Air-Flow” cushioned hip pad to further enhance comfort in walking the course.
The bag has an integrated top handle, spine handle, and bottom loop for easy lifting options.
Given the upgraded strap system, padding, and the bag’s light weight, the 3.5LS is easy to carry for 18 holes.
The 2022 Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Bag has increased its total number of pockets by 1, now offering ten total exterior and interior pockets, including:
- Full-length apparel pocket
- A velour-lined and water-resistant valuables pocket
- Hydration pouch positioned for easy access
- Multiple accessory pockets
In terms of other attachment points, the bag has an umbrella holder, velcro glove holder, tee holders, pen holder, and towel ring.
The bag has our preferred number of pockets with ample storage and specialization.
Stability of the Bag
The Sun Mountain 3.5 LS features a top-mounted, patented bottom release mechanism with high-strength carbon fiber legs.
The bag offers the leg mechanism features of a high-quality, stable stand bag.
The Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Bag has:
- A matching rain hood
- Nine color options in 2022
- The 2022 model year does offer a left-handed configuration in black. This option is very rare!
- A comparatively compact profile
Sun Mountain’s has held its suggested retail price for the 2022 model steady at $239.99.
You will get a high-quality stand bag with a great array of features at a low weight for the money.
One quick comment, while we love the 3.5 LS for its lighter weight, you should also check out the Sun Mountain 4.5 LS (reviewed here).