For many years it baffled me why there were never any waterproof golf bags around when there were materials that we could wear to keep us dry when golfing.
Sun Mountain were one of the first to bring out their H2NO range of waterproof bags, which started at cart bags, but never seemed to make it into Sunday or pencil bags, until now.
The Sun Mountain H2NO Sunday bags is the first I have seen made from a fully waterproof material that is light yet robust enough to do the job.
Yes, there have been bags that have a water-resistant panel on the bottom, but really for the great British summer and winter you need something that can be completely waterproof.
Maybe it's because I remember pencil bags from my youth that I like these types of bags for carrying as they are light and easy to transport.
Great for holidays or the winter when you want to take a half set out and keep your hands warm in your pockets, I think every dedicated golfer should have one.
The Sun Mountain H2NO Sunday bag weighs 1.5kg and comes with a broad padded single strap, which is the classic way to carry it in my book.
There is also a firm plastic carry handle around the top to make it easy to pick up and hold.
It is quite a rigid style of bag as there is a lightweight pole going down the spine of the bag to the base to keep it from collapsing.
The 3-way padded divider is 20cm tall by 17cm wide (6.5 inches) at its widest point and easy enough to use and keep your clubs separated.
Underneath are two retractable stubby legs that are ideal for keeping your clubs off the ground and making the bag easier to pick up and shows that a lot of thought has gone into this bag.
These come into their own when it is wet underfoot as it keeps your club heads and headcovers off the ground, which in turn keeps your grips drier as water does not get picked up off the ground to run down your shafts.
The bag material has a bit of shiny look to it which I am not sure about, but it is waterproof to 2000mm. This means that any section can cope with that amount of water landing on it before it permeates, which is more than even the UK climate can through at you and so far has kept everything dry for me.
Each of the pocket zips closes to create a waterproof seal so everything inside them stays dry too.
On the inside there is a padded hip pad for extra comfort and to protect your clothes and together with the pop-on hood, umbrella sleeve and a couple of loops on the outside provide the little touches that make up a good product.
The whole idea of these bags is not to carry too much weight, but there are a couple of decent size pockets on either side.
The generous outer pocket can easily fit a full set of waterproofs so the Sun Mountain H2NO Sunday bag could be one for every day if you wanted.
Inside the outer pocket is a zip up valuables pocket that can easily take a wallet, phone and car keys and it is good to see this hidden away, as securing your valuables during the round is usually the issue with pencil bags.
The smaller inside pocket on the opposite side has plenty of room for tees, balls, laser and everything else you need to play the game.
It is probably towards the pricey end of the market for this style of bag, but really I would have to say that it worth it. It is strong enough without being too heavy and looks like it will stand the test of time.
The design features are well thought out and the storage is amongst the best available in class, so if you are looking for a pencil bag, then the H2NO Sunday bag would be my choice any day of the week.