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April 15, 2014

Sun Mountain Front9 Lightweight Stand Golf Bag

Posted at 11:05 AM by Michael Chwasky

Sun-mountain_640The new Front9 ($169.99) from Sun Mountain is specifically designed for players who like to walk. Compact and lightweight (3.8 lbs), the Front9 features an 8.5" oval top that can hold a full set of 14 clubs due to a flared opening that allows clubs to slide in and out with ease. Sun Mountain's X-Strap Dual Strap System promotes a balanced walking position and can be used as a double or single strap depending on preference.

Other features include high-tensile aluminum legs with roller bottom leg mechanism, full-length dividers, lumbar support hip pad, umbrella attachement, towel holder, six storage pockets including velour-lined valuables pocket and beverage pouch, rainhood, and leg lock system for use with golf carts. 

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October 06, 2011

Sun Mountain outfitting United States Presidents Cup team

Posted at 11:24 PM by David Dusek

Matt-kuchar-rc_300x341 Sun Mountain announced Wednesday that it has been chosen as the official outerwear provider for the 2011 United States Presidents Cup team. This is the second consecutive time Sun Mountain has been chosen to outfit the team.

Last year, the company provided the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team with outerwear that became a big story at soggy Celtic Manor in Wales. After heavy rains on the first day, the American players abandoned their leaky rain suits and purchased another brand's suits in the merchandise tent.

After the Ryder Cup, Rick Reimers, Sun Mountain's founder and owner, said it was "highly unlikely that water came through the fabric." He suggested that the suits stuck to players during the heavy rain, making them feel wet; that water had run down players' necks and entered through the suits' cuffs; and that players had taken the suits on and off, exposing the inside to water.

Taking no chances, Sun Mountain says that it worked with the United States team to design jackets and pants that will protect players from wind and rain while remaining breathable. The new woven material being used also stretches in four directions so players can make an unencumbered swing. Sun Mountain says it is fully waterproof and has a water-repellant finish.

Members of the U.S. team will each get a full-zip rain jacket, short- and long-sleeve rain pullovers, short- and long-sleeve wind pullovers, rain pants and a bucket hat.

Like its agreement with the PGA of America for the Ryder Cup, the official gear made for the Presidents Cup team will not be made available to the public.

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(Photo: Matt Kuchar in his Sun Mountain raingear at the 2011 Ryder Cup; Angus Murray/Golf Magazine) 

October 01, 2010

U.S. Ryder Cup team switches rain gear Friday

Posted at 11:18 AM by David Dusek

Matt Kuchar When it comes to things like rain jackets, bags and other golf accessories, no news is good news. Golfers don't scrutinize these items like they do drivers, irons and putters, but when you need them to work, they had better work.

Earlier in the week the company that made the U.S. team's rain gear, Sun Mountain, wrote on its Facebook page, "Weather will most likely be a factor at this year's event. May the team with the best outerwear win."

But on Friday during the opening four-ball matches at the 2010 Ryder Cup, the rain gear worn by Matt Kuchar (above) and the rest of the U.S. team got heavy, retained water and didn't keep the players dry as water poured from the sky.

Darren Clarke"[The raingear] didn't perform the way we would have liked it to perform," said U.S. team captain Corey Pavin when interviewed on ESPN. "So we have remedied that and have some new raingear."

 Once the course was deemed unplayable and players retreated to the clubhouse, staffers for the U.S. team hit the merchandise tent and bought several rain suits made by the company that is outfitting Darren Clarke (right) and the rest of the European team, ProQuip.

The Scottish company supplied the European team with foul-weather apparel in the previous two Ryder Cups and is the official suppler of waterproof gear for the European Tour. It has also made foul-weather apparel for the last two U.S. Solheim Cup teams.

Rory McIlroy couldn't help but needle the U.S. team during the delay, Tweeting, "Just have to say that our waterproofs are performing very well."

Sun Mountain's public relations firm released the following statement Friday afternoon:

Sun Mountain has been designing and selling outerwear for more than two decades. We have provided rainwear to 3,000 plus PGA of America Professionals and over 150 tour players, and supplied outerwear to numerous U.S. teams, including the Walker Cup and the 2000 and 2009 Presidents Cup teams. Sun Mountain has staff on the ground at the Ryder Cup working in conjunction with the PGA of America on this issue.

Had the rain gear worked well, it's likely that few people would ever have known that it was made by Sun Mountain. The PGA of America forbids the companies that make apparel and accessories from publicizing the relationship, selling the merchandise or using it in advertisements. Sun Mountain couldn't even put its logo on the products. Neither could Belding, the company that made the golf bags for the U.S. team, which allegedly leaked during Friday's deluge.

In light of current events, maybe that anonymity is a good thing for the companies involved.

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(Photos by Robert Beck/SI)

January 29, 2010

Sun Mountain continues to innovate

Posted at 3:51 PM by Gary Van Sickle

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Small innovations can add up to a lot. For instance, Sun Mountain came up with a handle near the top of the golf bag, which evolved into an opening carved into the bag. It doesn't sound like much, but that opening made lifting the bag out of the trunk or hoisting it onto a cart a lot easier. It was one of the great bag innovations of recent years.

Sun Mountain, which specializes in bags, outerwear and pullcarts, seems to come up with a few new twists every year. I checked them out at the PGA Merchandise Show here in Orlando. You may have already seen my report on the Mantys, a motorized golf buggy that you drive like a Segway. Sun Mountain also has the Micro E-Cart, a new motorized pullcart that allows you to adjust the speed to match your pace, or set it to automatically roll ahead 15, 30 or 60 yards.

It's easy to use and folds up without much fuss. The suggested price is $799.

Two other novel tweaks are worth a mention. Sun Mountain makes Rainflex waterproof jackets and vests and has a new accessory for the vests -- a pair of slip-on thermal sleeves. They're not waterproof, but they offer extra warmth and can be removed easily. Simple yet effective, for $20.

Another innovation is the Dry Hood, a golf bag attachment. It comes in a small tube-like pouch, attaches by a Velcro connector around the mouth of the bag and unfolds like a fan to provides an arched rain cover for your clubs. You can easily push the fanned cover back to get to the clubs, which is way better than wrestling a conventional zippered cover. It's $25 and pretty darn clever.

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