Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag Review

2022 Sun Mountain 3.5 LS
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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.

Weight

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 2022 Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Top

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 Bag

SM 2022 3.5LS EZ Lite StrapsThe 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.

Storage/Pockets 

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.

Extras

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

Value

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).

4 Replies to “Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag Review”

  1. I am looking to join a league this year and I am looking to buy a new bag. Based on your review on the Sun Mountain Three 5 it looks like this bag holds up to the other big name companies products. I had previously not heard of this brand but I am now looking to give it a shot! Thanks!

    1. John, thanks for your comment. I can understand why you might not have heard of Sun Mountain. But, they are actually one of the big names in bags. The are just not quite as visible because they don’t make clubs or balls.

      In terms of the bag you are looking at, you can’t go wrong with the Sun Mountain Three 5. It’s light and easy to carry. And it comes in 12 colors so its super easy to find a look that fits your style.

    1. The difference between the 3.5 LS and the 3.5 LS ZG is that the ZG or Zero-Gravity has an additional hip belt that is designed to transfer the majority of a bag’s weight from a golfer’s shoulders to the hips. While I applaud the innovation, I personally like to keep things simple. Strapping an additional belt on to walk between shots is not something that I would do very often. Maybe if I really bombed a drive I would bother with the strap but other than that, I wouldn’t take the time to use the belt. One last thought, if I had a history of shoulder or back issues (but still wanted to walk) I might try it out.

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