When it comes to golfs bags most Hackers think the same thing, “It’s a golf bag, they’re all the same right?” They’re designed to be put on the back of a cart, carry your sticks from hole to hole and back to the trunk of your car. That’s how I use to think until I discovered the Jones Utility Trouper. This bag which helped redefine what I thought I needed in a golf bag and then some.
The Utility Trouper uses a simple design that should appeal to most golfers. As simple as the Utility Trouper’s design looks at first glance, its details separate it from the competition. From the small leather straps that keep your umbrella in place to the Jones logo which is placed on each of the zipper openings. The bag has 5 different club compartments for you to set up your bag the way you’d like. The Utility Trouper comes in a wide variety of colors and if you’re looking to make it truly unique, Jones offers custom embroidery options for a small fee.
Favorite HACKER Features: Dual side pouches: These dual side pouch are lined with two different materials, one with a soft cloth for your valuables, and the other lined with nylon. I found myself putting my valuables in the nylon side on rainy days because it seemed to be more waterproof.
Cooler compartment: Jones designed this cooler compartment to keep two cold drinks chilled for the whole round. So naturally…for pure scientific purposes, I had to test it out with some adult beverages. When I was in need of some liquid courage, I reached into the compartment and to my surprise the beers were still cold! Now granted, they weren’t as cold as I’d like them to be, but I’ll do anything to save a few bucks at the course, so skipping a beverage cart visit is great in my book.
Speaker slots: Music on the golf course is a taboo topic these days. The “Country Club” golfers see it as a distraction while the “Next wave” can’t play a round without it. I’m a firm believer that music brings us together, and I love golfing with tunes…the team at Jones clearly feels the same way. The Utility Trouper has a mesh pocket which is a perfect compartment for your phone. If your phone speakers aren’t cutting it, they also included a carabiner style clip on the outside of the bag that’s perfect for holding a Jones x JBL Clip Speaker or a bluetooth speaker of your choice.
Durability:From the stitching, to the zippers, Jones truly outdid themselves and picked only the best materials to make sure this bag stays your bag for years and years. We had a really wet spring in Chicago, and I was frequently getting caught in random flash storms out on the course; but have no fear, the Utility Trouper kept all my personal belongings safe and dry.
Performance:The bag is extremely lightweight, tipping the scales at only 5 lbs. No matter how many golf balls, drinks, or other unnecessary items you pack in the bag you’ll comfortable the whole round. Coming straight out of the box the straps are well padded but incredibly rigid. First time carrying the bag I struggled with comfort no matter how I tried to adjust the straps. But like a fine wine, the straps get better with age! Having this bag for the past 3 months and taking it through testing, the straps have finally found their groove and feel fantastic.