When OGIO announced the 2020 Women’s XIX Stand Bag 5, they declared that the bag was designed by women and tailored to a woman’s needs. As often repeated in descriptions of the bag, OGIO “didn’t just shrink it and pink it.”
As folks obsessed with golf, we love this concept of truly tailoring a golf product to its users. We believe that many leading manufacturers have not taken the women’s golf bag market seriously.
So, how did OGIO do?
Well, to start…OGIO absolutely does not offer the XIX Stand Bag 5 in pink! Nor do they offer the bag in floral patterns or with a crazy amount of bedazzling.
However, for those who care about refined aesthetics, the bags have leather trim and come in four color options ranging from aqua to “smoke nova.”
Beyond aesthetics, there are a few key differences when comparing the XIX Stand Bag 5 to a standard men’s bag.
- The hip pad has been specifically designed to fit a women’s body better
- The shoulder straps are also better designed for females and are more adjustable vertically and laterally than in any other bag we can recall
- Customer reviews rave about the number and variety of pockets
- Lastly, it is shorter than a typical men’s stand bag to accommodate shorter clubs better. The XIX Stand Bag 5 is 34 inches in length, which is 1 to 2 inches shorter than most men’s bags
So, it is clear that OGIO has made a real effort to design a better bag for women golfers. And, the features and reviews indicate that they have succeeded!
Comparison to the BGCB Buyer’s Guide Specifications
As is typical with all of our stand or carry bag reviews, we compared the XIX Stand Bag 5 to our preferred 2020 Buyer’s Guide features and specifications to see how it would stand up. It met or exceeded all of our preferred specs.
The weight of the Ogio XIX Stand Bag 5 is 4.4 pounds.
This weight is within our preferred range but is at the higher end. In comparison, the XIX Stand Bag is lighter than the Sassy Caddy Bags that we have described but heavier than Sun Mountain’s 3.5 LS Women’s Golf Stand Bag.
Some might argue that a women’s bag should be light or even ultralight, especially given the overall stand market’s direction. In theory, we might agree, but in practice, weight is not the only factor in whether a bag is easy to carry for 18 holes.
We believe that OGIO has pushed the envelope in their innovative strap system to ensure a highly customized and comfortable carry, even if the XIX Stand bag isn’t one of the lightest bags on the market.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The XIX Stand Bag 5 has a relatively standard 9-plus inch, elongated, 5 top with full-length dividers.
We really like 5 and 6 tops, especially with full-length dividers. They offer sufficient separation without overly cluttering the top of a bag. The top design easily accommodates putters with over-sized grips.
One additional minor point, we like that the horizontal dividers aren’t straight. The curves tend to separate the clubs further and keep them from sliding around when the golfer is walking.
For those of you who might be curious, the 5-top is why the bag is named the XIX Stand Bag 5.
Ease of Carrying the Bag
The XIX Stand Bag 5 makes a big effort to ensure a greater degree of adjustability in its co-axial strap system.
Like many top bags, the XIX has a center hub called its “Fit Disc Technology.” The two straps are channeled through the Fit Disc and can move against each other to dynamically adjust the bag’s balance as one walks.
What sets the XIX’s co-axial strap system apart from other bags is its multiple potential attachment points. These attachment points allow a golfer to adjust the straps both vertically and laterally.
While the adjustments might seem a little complicated at first, once fully adjusted, a golfer has a fully customized shoulder strap system that better fits the golfer’s body and has the desired tilt to the bag when walking.
In addition to the co-axial strapping system, the XIX Stand Bag also features a redesigned, cushioned hip pad that is better contoured to fit a female golfer.
Lastly, in terms of “ease of carry,” the bag has an integrated top handle, cushioned spine handle, and bottom loop for easy lifting options.
OGIO stands out in terms of the level of innovation it has designed into the XIX Stand Bag 5. The adjustability of the strap system is unique and impressive. In addition, although OGIO doesn’t showcase redesigned padding/straps, customer reviews have applauded the enhancements for the female golfer.
The OGIO XIX Stand Bag 5 has six pockets, including:
- Full-length apparel pocket
- Zippered pocket, hidden behind the hip pad
- Water-resistant, fleece-lined valuables pocket with hidden stash pocket for jewelry
- Quick access magnetic-closure accessories pocket
- Zippered insulated cooler pocket
In terms of other attachment points, the bag has:
- Marker holder and tee holder
- Alignment stick loop
- Velcro glove patch
- Molded towel ring
- Umbrella holder
The bag has our preferred number of pockets and attachment points with ample storage and specialization.
Stability of the Bag
The OGIO XIX features a top-mounted, bottom-levered leg mechanism, with enlarged feet to prevent the legs from sinking into soft or wet earth.
The bag offers the leg mechanism features of a high-quality, stable stand bag.
The XIX Stand Bag 5 has:
- All of the specialized features described in this post for a female golfer
- Four color options (pictured above)
- A matching rain hood
OGIO’s suggested retail price for the 2020 XIX Stand Bag 5 is $249.99. We have seen some discounting in the marketplace.
The XIX price point is one of the highest of our reviewed bags. However, the price is in line with other low volume, highly specialized bags (such as waterproof bags). In many ways, the XIX is a standalone within the OGIO product line and the overall market. Serious female golfers should consider buying it.