Review: Clicgear 3.0 Cart
In 2007 Clicgear entered the pushcart market with, in my opinion, the best pushcart period. That was version 1.0. I have been using one since then. I had yet to find a better cart to replace it. The 2.0 was good, but I couldn’t find enough reasons to upgrade. But the 3.0 model has changed my mind. I think there are ample improvements to make one seriously consider upgrading to Clicgear 3.0.
I think there are 3 main reasons to upgrade to Clicgear 3.0. The first would be the improved console area. This is definitely an upgrade from versions 1.0 and 2.0. It is very deep and wide. It fits any rangefinder, wallet, cell-phone, sunglasses, etc. and depending on what items you have, you can probably get more than one in this glove box. It also has a great 3 ball holder down one side. This too, is much nicer than the little groove in previous versions. Probably the most popular feature is the net below the console. At first I was a little skeptical how much I would use it, but after 5 rounds I found that I use it all the time. I throw in headcovers, keys, wallets, balls, water bottles, or whatever I need to just get out of my hands quickly. In connection with the console, the beverage holder is now a clip on attachment to the side of the main handle. There are 3 tabs for interchangeable accessories. The umbrella holder also has place right under the handle. Wrapping up the console area is the new grip on the handle. It is much firmer and much more durable than the softer previous material. It repelled water, rather than soaking up rain.
The second would be the brake. Versions 1.0 and 2.0 used the same braking system, while version 3.0 uses a flip up brake verses the pull and twist brake. The locking part down at the wheel is the same, but the lever is much better. The only danger can be if you are not paying attention, you can get jabbed right in the stomach with the lever. But the old system was dangerous too when you went to push the cart and forgot the brake was locked. The other part of the new brake that I didn’t care for was the location. It flips up right under the umbrella mount, which is also where my GPS mount from Clicgear sits. I can’t use both. They say there is a new GPS mount coming out soon.
The third would be the wheels. Clicgear 1.0 had pneumatic tires that worked very well for me over the last 3 years. I would check them at the beginning of the season and never worry about them the rest of the year. But I can imagine that there were many a headache for people upon arriving at the course with flat tires. Versions 2.0 and 3.0 have very similar tires. They are a wide solid core tire. The tread pattern on the 3.0 tires is designed in a way to roll smoother while picking up less grass and dirt compared to the 2.0. I found it to push with the same effort as Clicgear 1.0. While the new tire might not be as fast racing down the hill (which isn’t always best anyways) there is no difference in effort to push or smoothness of ride.
The other changes are nice too. They mostly deal with the various levers to open and close the cart. The front tire lever, which allows the front tire to twist for its compact shape went from a squeeze lever to a push button. It seems minor to me, but is very easy to use. The next lever is the main hinge lever, which is probably the biggest improvement. It is a full loop style handle. I found this much easier than previous versions. The final change is the lever near the handle making the connection to the cart. This lever too is much safer and flatter for easy use. The best is that the new handles lock the cart in place when folded. It really is a tight secure box when all folded up.
I believe Clicgear produces the absolute best cart on the market. I also think version 3.0 has many reasons to get the upgrade. All the reasons mentioned above are what make the 3.0 models the best, but still the seller for me would have to be the size. The ingenuity to make such a solid, big, balanced cart unfolded, capable of folding up to fit in the boot of my MINI Cooper is what sold me from day one. It is simply a perfect fit and size for my car. Every version has had that same small folded footprint, yet perfectly balanced and solid feeling unfolded.
I easily found 3.0 reasons to get a new Clicgear.
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