I am a fair-weather golfer. Always have been. Probably always will be.
But, many golfers are more obsessed with golf, adventurous, and rugged than I am. These folks are willing to play golf in the rain.
There are also golfers who regularly train and play tournaments in the rain.
And finally, some golfers live in rain-soaked areas such as Seattle. All of these folks play in the mist, sprinkle, and downpour.
For all of these rain-soaked golfers, we researched the best waterproof golf stand bag on the market. We had early favorites that fell away because of issues of weight distribution/balance, shoddy materials, overly complicated strap systems, and more.
Ultimately, we found our favorite waterproof golf stand bag. We recommend:
Sun Mountain H2NO Superlite Golf Stand Bag (discontinued after the 2020 model but still available on Amazon)
Sun Mountain H2NO Superlite Stand Bag Specifications and Features:
As with all of our reviews, we like to compare our recommended bags to the specifications and features highlighted in our 2020 Buying Guide. In all aspects, the H2NO Superlite performs well against our preferred specs.
Weight: Our preferred range for a golf stand bag is between 3 – 5 pounds. The H2NO Superlite is a mid-sized stand bag weighing just under 5 pounds.
Sun Mountain has long experience in making ultralight bags. For instance, their 2.5+ Stand / Carry Bag comes in at 2 ½ pounds. So, the fact that the H2NO comes in at nearly twice that weight demonstrates the extent that Sun Mountain upgraded the fabric, components, and seams to ensure the bag is fully waterproof.
Getting Clubs In and Out Of The Bag: The H2NO Superlite comes with a 9 inch, 4-way top with full-length fabric dividers.
(Ed Note: On Amazon, the bullet points say that the H2NO Superlite has 14 dividers. This description is incorrect. The H2NO Superlite only has four dividers. This fact is proven out by the Amazon review in which a customer complains that the bag only had four dividers and not 14.)
As discussed in other reviews, a 9-inch top is on the small size of our recommended range. But because the H2NO only has four dividers, there is plenty of room for a full set of clubs.
It is a bit of a paradox that a greater number of dividers ensure more separation but, at the same time, can create unwanted crowding.
Ease of Carrying the Bag: Like most modern carry bags, the H2NO Superlite comes with a dual strap carrying system — the Sun Mountain’s X-Strap System. The shoulder straps are appropriately padded and can slide against each other in a center cross.
As a new feature, Sun Mountain has added “carry assist grab loops” to the front of the shoulder straps. Essentially, as a golfer walks, he can hold onto the loops for a convenient grip.
In addition to the X-Strap System and grab loops, the H2NO comes with a top handle, spine handle, and a lower grab strap. These handholds make it easy to move the bag around or lift it in or out of a car.
For further ease of comfort while walking, the H2NO Superlite comes with a generous hip pad.
Storage / Pockets: The bag comes with five pockets, including a hydration sleeve, full-length apparel pocket, and multiple accessory pockets. The bag also has a Velcro glove patch, tee holders, a pencil holder, a spot for an umbrella, and a towel loop.
The mid-sized bag is designed to carry the essentials on a rainy day. All of the sealed pockets and zippers are fully waterproof.
The H2NO does not have any velour-lined pockets for valuables, electronics, etc. We do not find this to be a problem, but some folks might.
Stability of the Bag: The stand bag comes with a relatively standard extending leg configuration. The legs extend through an external hinge that is mounted to the bottom of the bag. Lean the bag forward, and the legs extend. The mechanism works well. The ends of the legs have enlarged feet that resist sinking into wet or soft ground.
A unique bonus is that the color of the legs matches the color of the bag. Most bag manufacturers leave the legs black.
Extras: The Superlite currently comes in 4 color combinations.
- Cadet – Nickel
- Black – Blue – White
- White – Black
A comment on the colors: The pictures of this bag on Amazon and Sun Mountain’s website make the bags look shinier than they actually are in person. Yes, there is a shine to these bags, but the pictures’ lighting exaggerates the shine.
In terms of other extras, the Superlite comes with a matching rainhood.
Value: The Sun Mountain H2NO Superlite is not inexpensive. Like most well made waterproof bags, the buyer pays a premium for the upgraded materials and components.
The manufacturer had listed the suggested retail price for the H2NO Superlite as $289.99 but is currently selling at a significant discount on Amazon.
With the hefty price tag, the buyer gets the best waterproof bag on the market.
Best Waterproof Golf Stand Bag: Conclusion
The Sun Mountain H2NO Superlite is a mid-sized, fully waterproof golf stand bag for obsessed golfers who golf in the mist and rain. The Superlite will keep your gear and clubs dry as a bone, whether you are playing in Scotland, at Bandon Dunes, or your local muni. The bag weighs less than 5 pounds, has a four-way top and sufficient storage room within its five pockets to hold all of a golfer’s essentials. The pockets include a full-length apparel pocket large enough for rain gear. We highly recommend this bag.
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As mentioned earlier, on Amazon, the bullet points say that the Sun Mountain H2NO Superlite has 14 dividers. This is false. The Superlite only has four dividers. This four divider configuration is proven by the comments in which a customer complains that the bag only had four dividers and not 14.