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Sun Mountain's
Superlight 3.5: Worth Their Weight in Gold

By David R. Holland,
Senior Writer

Sun Mountain has made it easier than ever for those who love to walk and carry their own bag with its new Superlight 2.5 and Superlight 3.5 line of golf bags.

If you have ever played at The Old Course at St. Andrews, you probably noticed an unprepared American, who declines to hire a caddy, carrying a large golf bag, huffing and puffing around the historic course.

Many unsuspecting Americans arrive in Scotland for their first golf vacation on foreign soil not realizing most courses don't even have golf carts. You hire a caddy or you carry your own bag.

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Sun Mountain says its new Superlight 2.5 and Superlight 3.5 weighing in at the slight 2.5 pounds and 3.5 pounds, respectively, are not just some lightweight sack that holds your golf clubs.

These bags have plenty of storage and the first time you lift them with your whole set of 14 clubs you will be amazed.

Says Sun Mountain: "The Superlight line of bags are fully featured golf bags that not only have the essential top and bottom but also boast the patented roller-bottom stand mechanism, dual straps, graphite shaft protection, clothing pockets, ball pockets and hip pads. The Superlight 3.5 has a suggested retail prices of $146 and the Superlight 2.5 is priced at $138."

The Superlight 2.5 is lightest full-featured golf bag on the market. Features include a full-sized 9½" top with graphite shaft protection, patented roller-bottom stand with composite fiberglass legs, Sun Mountain's exclusive Dual X-Strap and four pockets including a valuables pocket, ball pockets and clothing pocket.

"To get a full-featured golf bag down to this weight requires rethinking every detail," explained Sun Mountain founder Rick Reimers. "Every single ounce matters when the entire bag weighs only 40 ounces. The top, the base, the fabric, the zippers, the legs, every component had to be retooled to find the lightest, yet durable, materials on the planet. Our mission was to sacrifice nothing but weight, and we accomplished it. It's the equivalent of taking four irons out of your bag."

Superlight 3.5 is built on the same premise as the 2.5 - sacrifice nothing but weight - with additional storage and comfort features. Superlight 3.5 has a 9½" top with graphite shaft protection, two full-length club dividers, a top mounted stand mechanism with high-tensile strength aluminum legs, Sun Mountain's new E-Z Fit Strap System dual strap, plus six generous pockets.

For more than 20 years Sun Mountain has been designing and manufacturing functional, high-quality, lightweight golf bags for the serious golfer. Sun Mountain is responsible for many industry firsts, including being the first to use backpacking technology to produce a lightweight nylon golf bag, and being the first to develop a stand bag with integral legs.

In addition to golf bags, Sun Mountain Performance Outerwear is dedicated to finding the most innovative fabrics, the latest weaving processes, and the best designs to manufacture a line of performance outerwear that includes rainsuits, windshirts, microfiber and fleece garments.

600 College, High School Teams Use Sun Mountain

Sun Mountain, an industry-leading golf equipment designer and manufacturer, continues to expand their School Program. Last year alone over 600 colleges and high school golf teams were equipped with Sun Mountain gear.

Offerings for 2002 include a new and improved Collegiate stand golf bag plus an assortment of performance outerwear from embroidered hats and earbands to full rainsuits. To learn more about Sun Mountain's School Program, college coaches call 1-800-457-6306 and high school coaches call 1-800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com/information/programs.asp.

Sun Mountain's Collegiate bag has an 8½" round top with four internal dividers, plus a litany of Sun Mountain's newest features including the new mesh GSP (graphite shaft protection), a woods separator to keep the woods and irons from banging together, and the new E-Z Fit Strap System dual strap.

The Collegiate includes the roller bottom stand mechanism, top mounted for stability, with high-tensile strength aluminum legs plus five generous pockets including a full-length clothing pocket, a spine cooler pocket and a velour lined valuables pouch. The Collegiate is very competitively priced at $75 including an embroidered school monogram.

Sun Mountain's Performance Outerwear is designed by golfers, for golfers to allow a quiet swing with a full range of motion. Included in Sun Mountain's School Program is the Headwind Solo windshirt, available as a long sleeve pullover and as a vest; Provisional packable rainsuit; Cirrus rain jacket and pant; and ear warmers and hats. All available with complimentary embroidery Performance Outerwear prices range from $19.95 for the Headwind vest to $62.90 for the Cirrus rainsuit.

When the road calls, Sun Mountain's Travellight travel bag with in-line skate wheels (school program price $49) will ensure clubs arrive safely. But this isn't the only piece of Sun Mountain equipment familiar with travel.

World University teams used Sun Mountain rainwear at last summer's matches in Ireland, the U.S. team used Sun Mountain bags in the U.S. - Japan matches this year, and Palmer Cup Teams used Sun Mountain bags and rainwear in England last summer. And, Sun Mountain continues to show their commitment with their sponsorship of the NGCA and the GCAA Coaches of the Year.

Look up the entire Sun Mountain line of products on www.sunmountain.com. Sun Mountain is located at 301 North First Street in Missoula, Montana.

David R. Holland is an award-winning Senior Writer for TravelGolf.com, named Best of the Web by Forbes Magazine. Contact him at dave@travelgolf.com

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