2020 Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag
After re-introducing the Sun Mountain 2Five Stand Bag in 2017, the company upgraded the ultra-light carry bag and re-named it the Sun Mountain 2.5+. With this upgrade, Sun Mountain improved both durability and comfort while only increasing the weight by the equivalent of two golf balls.
The 2020 version of the 2.5+ is now available, featuring all the upgrades of the intervening models with much-improved color combinations.
For golfers who want an ultra-light, full service, golf carry bag, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ should be your top choice.
Take a look at our 2020 Buyer’s Guide to see our preferred specifications for a golf carry/stand bag. Click here.
As signaled by the name of the bag, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ weighs 2.95 pounds, including straps.
The 2.5+ is the lightest carry bag that we review. We are impressed!
In other posts, we have talked about the typical tradeoff between weight, features, and quality. With the Sun Mountain 2.5+, a golfer will see a more streamlined set of features, with fewer dividers, pockets, etc. But Sun Mountain has done a fantastic job of maintaining its high-quality standard with this bag while cutting pounds.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The Sun Mountain 2.5+ has a four-way opening with full-length dividers and a diameter of 9″. The four-way top has been upgraded from the 2019 version with an improved top handle and a reshaped top for greater ease of use.
The number and size of the top opening of the bag are within our preferred range. The top design easily accommodates putters with over-sized grips. Only having four openings decreases the amount of space taken up by a greater number of padded dividers enabling while increasing the ease of sliding clubs into the bag.
Ease of Carrying the Bag
Starting in 2018, Sun Mountain enhanced the width and thickness of the shoulder straps and the quality of the high density, contoured padding. For additional padding, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ is outfitted with a lumbar hip pad with the “AirFlow System”.
For ease of carrying, the 2.5 has top rim and spine handles, as well as a lift strap handle at the bottom of the bag.
Given the ultra-lightweight of the bag and its enhanced proprietary X-Strap Dual Strap shoulder strap system, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ is very comfortable to carry.
The Sun Mountain 2.5+ increased its storage capacity has five pockets including:
- A full-length clothing pocket
- Velour-lined valuables pocket
- Two accessory pockets, and
- A beverage pouch
In terms of other attachment points, the bag has an umbrella attachment, towel holder, and pen holder.
The bag has a sufficient number of pockets and attachment points for carrying what a walker truly needs.
Stability of the Bag
The Sun Mountain 2.5+ has a patented roller-bottom leg mechanism for quick and strong leg action. The legs are made of highly durable carbon fiber.
The stability features and performance of the bag meet our expectations for a Sun Mountain carry bag.
The Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag has:
- A matching rain hood
- Ten color options (solid, but not the most exciting options)
Sun Mountain’s suggested retail price is $229.99.
The value in this bag is in its ultra-lightweight, simplicity, durability, and ease of carrying. It also has the pedigree of being a high-quality Sun Mountain bag.
The 2019 version of the bag is still available differing only slightly (shape of the top and color combinations) but having a lower price point.
A note: It has been a while since we looked at the 2019 model in person, but all pictures of it seem to show that the bag material is somewhat shinier than the 2020 models. Don’t know if that is a difference in material or just lighting.