Tracer Stand Bag:
Major design features of the Tracer are a 9-inch, 5-bay top with full-length dividers and trademark Putter Pit, 420 D hexweave nylon and 600D Ripstop poly construction, new 4-point Triple T shoulder strap, improved high-mount stand for added stability, and five roomy pockets. Unlike the pretenders youll find in discount stores, the Tracer wont tear apart after only a season or two.
The legs/stand are improved over the O-Zone nothing short of a minor hurricane could knock the Tracer over. And the rugged yet sexy looks are as impressive as ever. One nice aspect of the O-Zone has been replaced, however. Gone are the Velcro fasteners on the rain hood, replaced by traditional snaps. When asked about this change, Joe Novak of Ogio said simply, Snaps hold up longer than Velcro when used on a regular basis. Fair enough, but those straps were sure easier on the fingers.
We passed the Tracer around a bit, and response was generally very positive, with some slight exceptions. The super heavy-duty shoulder straps, although well-padded, are wide and tend to dig into your arm pits after a few holes. The ridges meant to keep your clubs in place dont really do the job (didnt in the O-Zone, either); added padding to protect club shafts would be better. And if you dont spend some time messing with the straps, the bag will hang horizontally from your shoulders, making you worry that your clubs will slide out. But, with the right adjustment, the angle improves.
Finally, if you like to walk but not carry, the bag sits well in a pull cart, too. But then again, who wants to take a pull cart AND their golf clubs mountain climbing?