Review: Ogio Grom 2005 Stand Bag
Very cool looking bag with some innovative features
Back in early 2006, I purchased the Ogio Grom Stand Bag from a local Dick's Sporting Goods store when it was on sale. At first I was drawn to the style of the bag. I really love the contrast in blue/black color. Then when I saw the ball pouch, little 3 ball clip, and how light the bag was, I was sold.
I have used this bag about 10-15 rounds now, and can say that I do find it a pleasure to carry. The straps are well padded, and the bag is easy to get up on my shoulders. I love the Wood-e system at the top. It has a built in shaft divider for each of your woods, your putter and your irons. There is also ample pocket space:
One large pocket: Which I use to carry a jacket, headcovers, the rain protector
Two smaller pockets: One used for tees/divot tool/markers, one used for sun block, snacks
Nice water bottle holder: Reachable while the bag is slung over your shoulders
Valuables Pocket: Nice fleece lined pocket for your wallet, sunglasses, keys, whatever
Cell Phone Pocket: Internal Cell Phone Pocket, though I generally just use the Valuables Pocket
Score Card Pocket: Holds your score card and pencil, reachable when the bag is on your back
The Ball Pouch: Which doesn't require a zipper
There are two negatives that I see at this point:
The Stand Legs
No ring for towel
Most bags I have used seem to suffer from this leg problem. Eventually, the stand legs seem to not 'spring out' as quick as they once had. It often requires a little manual manipulation to get the legs out completely. Then when I've put the bag back on my shoulders, the legs sometimes jiggle and slap around. It's quite disappointing.
The other 'problem' I find with this bag is there is no place to clip a towel, or other clipable items, like a brush. My previous Ogio bag had a nice little plastic ring toward the top of the bag, where I could clip my towel. This bag, no such thing. I have to clip the towel to one of the rings which support the bag straps.
All in all though, I definitely would recommend this bag to anyone who walks the course often. It is quite light, there is plenty of storage, and it looks great!
4/5 Balls - Deep Rough Rating - Recommended
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