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Charge of the Light-Bag Brigade

You'll have to decide on one pair of shoes and a single sweater to stuff in your carry bag for that next trip across the Pond to Scotland. Or would you rather haul a cart bag/wardrobe through Edinburgh, up the M90 and then loop fifty pounds around the Old Course?And even if you're headed to the local muni and looking to ride, who wants to lug an elephant out of the trunk?It's 2003, people: The bulky bag is a thing of the past. So even if your legs won't take you, here are four carry bags easily strapped to the back of any buggy.
—Josha Hill

Ogio Exo $214; 800-922-1944; ogio.com
Specs Top: 8-way full-length dividers.
Pockets: 8. Weight: 5.75 pounds.
Strap system: uni-strap dual shoulder.
Color combinations: 5.
Comments You may not have heard of Ogio, but you should have. The Exo—for exoskeleton—features a frame that allows more room for clubs inside, along with plenty of other bells and whistles, including a new Woode Club Management System: four wood dividers holstered along the side of the top, plus a putter well for easy access to the most important stick in the bag.
Bottom Line Best Overall: Innovation is to Ogio what a six-inch tap-in is to Brad Faxon.

Nike Golf Tour Air $175; 888-799-6453; nikegolf.com
Specs Top: 7-way full-length dividers. Pockets: 9. Weight: 5.5 pounds.
Strap system: Izzo dual strap.
Color combinations: 5.
Comments Comfort was clearly the prime design factor in Nike's latest carry bag. The company used its Air technology to pair an Izzo dual-strap system and a puffy, custom-molded hip pad for a fit like a glove. Isolated driver and putter wells and two waterproof bottle pockets complete the package. A Flex Base Stand System stands up to repeated use either on the ground or on a cart.
Bottom Line So comfortable and sleek it might become a fashion accessory.

Ping Hoofer 3 $185; 800-474-6434; pinggolf.com
Specs Top: 4-way full-length dividers.
Pockets: 7. Weight: 5.4 pounds.
Strap system: dual strap.
Color combinations: 10.
Comments The third generation of the popular Hoofer line has some new features, including two valuables pouches hidden behind a semidetachable apparel pocket. Another hidden pocket hangs inside the ball chute for tee storage. Full-length club dividers on top are a fine feature, but the lack of separate dividers for putter and driver are a surprising oversight.
Bottom Line Water-repellent fabric makes this the choice for wet-climate walkers.

Jones Golf J-Tech Hurakan $160; 800-547-8447; jones-golf.com
Specs Top: 5-way full-length dividers.
Pockets: 8. Weight: 5.8 pounds.
Strap system: dual strap.
Color combinations: 4.
Comments The Hurakan is named for the Mayan god of wind and storm; this bag stands up to both use and abuse. The company's Compression Pocketing System allows the bag's pockets to be packed full of golf goodies without stretching out the tough Dobby nylon. The putter well on top is a required feature, and a Reactor Back Pad makes the bag easy to carry. A water-bottle holder seals the deal.
Bottom Line Best Buy: Attractiveness and functionality make a strong one-two punch.


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