Review: Belding By Kiel Christianson,
Other welcome features in the NXT Gold are 10 total pockets, with a plush-lined one for valuables and an insulated one, apparently for a water bottle, within easy reach while walking. This insulated pocket is pretty small, however, so it can be put to better use housing an icy-cold flask of Stoli. (Takes the sting off those miss-hits, don'tcha know!)
The stand is extremely rugged, with aluminum legs rather than graphite. And the aforementioned super-soft dual strap is a four-point, "Quad-shock" backpack-style number, which distributes the weight about as evenly as possible within the laws of physics.
Knocks on the NXT Gold are hard to come by. Although the bag comes in five colors - onyx, merlot, platinum, indigo, evergreen (a.k.a. black, red, gray, blue, and green, for you unwashed cretins who don't videotape the Martha Stewart show) - the styling is decidedly less eye-catching than that offered by some other carry bag makers. But those of us who know that driving is for show and putting is for dough also know that the staid exterior of a carry bag is nothing compared to superior functionality, quality, and, ultimately, the sticks that reside in it.
So how does this bag perform? I'm writing this literally minutes after walking 18 holes on the Michigan State University Forest Akers West course (over 7,000 yards from the tips) on a 90-degree day (80% humidity), and my shoulders and back feel absolutely no stress or fatigue. And if I'd had my flask of Stoli, my feet wouldn't hurt, either.
Simply put, if you want to walk in comfort, the NXT is as good as it gets.
Belding NXT Gold Carry Bag
Materials: 400D Dobby Rip Stop material with water-repellant coating
Weight: 6 lbs.
Height: 35 in.
Top Diameter: 9 in., with 4-way, 3-tier full-length dividers
Pockets: 10 total
Belding Sports, Inc.
1621 Emerson Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93033