Burton makes splashy debut with new cart golf bags
I’ve always been a stand bag guy. With a bad back, it’s just easier to lug a lighter bag around.
And from time to time, yes, I actually walk the golf course.
But secretly I’ve always wanted to be a cart bag guy. It’s a status thing. If you’ve got a nice quality bag, it gives off the impression that you’ve got game.
That’s why owning a great stand bag made by Burton, a division of Dynamic Brands, is really appealing. Earlier this fall, Burton revealed its new collection of men’s and women’s golf bags, the first new products since Burton was acquired by Dynamic Brands in 2009.
Dynamic Brands isn’t as recognizable in the golf industry as a name like Titleist or Callaway, but the company is well-regarded by those in the know. It sells walking carts, golf bags and travel bags - and other accessories such as towels - through other name brands you might recognize … Bag Boy, Datrek, Devant and Sir Christopher Hatton.
Burton bags stand out for the quality of the leather and the workmanship. They are made strong and sturdy like luggage yet still look and feel elegant and refined. Every bag goes through a 75-point inspection.
The leather accents set them apart from other stand bags. Burton as a company dates to 1907 when T.C. Burton began creating the finest leather horse collars and harnesses. It later branched into golf without losing the notion that creative leatherwork is an art.
“Golfers who demand quality craftsmanship and traditional designs will appreciate our new line,” Craig Ramsbottom, President of Dynamic Brands, said in a statement. “The unmatched Burton legacy of form, function and quality are prominent in each of these new bags.”
Both the men’s and women’s series come in three distinct styles.
The high-end Premier men’s bag ($279.95) features genuine leather accents, a traditional six-way padded top and eight pockets. The Signature ($259.95) comes with a 14-way padded top, one spot for every club. Both offer four color patterns. The Executive ($239.95) has two less pockets than the Premier (six total, not including the valuables pocket) and an eight-way top but comes in five color patterns. All come standard with a hidden umbrella well and matching rain hood.
I actually like the women’s line better. (Go ahead and chuckle). I’m jealous that each bag comes with four matching head covers and rain hood. All that color coordination looks sharp riding down the fairway.
The luxurious Siena ($279.95) melds fashion and function with its color schemes and explosion of pockets and pouches. The Verona ($259.95) offers a 10-way fully padded mesh top with full length dividers and 10 pockets, including a cooler, valuables and oversized ball pocket. The Milano ($239.95) is probably the most practical, thanks to the traditional six-way top and six pockets, including one for valuables and golf balls.
There’s enough variety in all the styles that the perfect choice is in the eye of the beholder. I wanted my wife to order the blue-and-pearl Verona. Instead, she chose a dark brown and pink Milano with a more girlie pattern.
Some of the other women’s colors schemes go even more dynamic and bold … think mint or lavender with pearl.
With this splashy debut of new products, Burton is definitely back in style.
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