2023 Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag Review

Sun Mountain 2023 2.5+ Stand Golf Bag
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The 2023 Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag: Specifications and Features

The Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag is the smallest and lightest in the Sun Mountain line of bags. Yet even with its size and weight, the 2.5+ is a full-feature, high-quality bag that will meet the needs of most golfers looking to walk the course.


As signaled by the bag’s name, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ weighs 2.9 pounds, including straps.

The 2.5+ is the lightest carry bag that we reviewed. We are impressed!

In other posts, we discussed 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 maintaining its high-quality standard with this bag while cutting pounds.

Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag

2021 Sun Mountain 2.5+ TopThe Sun Mountain 2.5+ has a four-way top opening with full-length dividers and a 9″ x 8.25″ diameter.  The four-way top was previously upgraded with an improved top handle and a reshaped top for greater ease of use.

The number and size of the bag’s top opening are within our preferred range.  The top design easily accommodates putters with oversized grips. 

Only having four openings decreases the amount of space taken up by a greater number of padded dividers, increasing the ease of sliding clubs into the bag.

Ease of Carrying the Bag

In 2018, Sun Mountain enhanced its strap system.  The 2023 X-Strap System has two thick, high-density, contoured foam shoulder straps with a central connection that allows the straps to move freely against each other, continuously adjusting the bag’s balance as a golfer walks.

In addition, the 2023 Sun Mountain 2.5+ has a significantly enlarged hip pad (see image below) for greater comfort.

For ease of carrying, the 2.5+ has top rim and spine handles and a lift strap handle at the bottom of the bag.

Given the ultra-lightweight of the bag and its enhanced proprietary X-Strap shoulder strap system, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ is very comfortable to carry.


The Sun Mountain 2.5+ has six pockets, including:

  • A full-length apparel pocket
  • Velour-lined valuables pocket
  • Ball pocket with two-way zippers
  • A beverage pouch, and
  • multiple accessory pockets

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. However, the 2.5+ is not designed for golfers who want to carry every accessory and piece of equipment they own.

Stability of the Bag

Sun Mountain 2023 2.5+ Stand Golf Bag Legs and Hip PaddingThe Sun Mountain 2.5+ has a hinged leg mechanism for quick and strong leg action. The legs are made of ultra-lightweight, 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 the following:

  • A matching rain hood
  • Eight color options

The color offerings in 2023 are a bit more subtle than in the past, with two described as Pecan-Java and Inferno-Gunmetal. But, of course, there are black, navy, and patriotic versions.  Overall, I like the selections, and some of the graphic detailing looks sharp. Each color set is unique, solid, and well done.


Sun Mountain’s suggested retail price is $249.99.

The value of 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.

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