The Hyper-Lite family has had a bit of a dubious numbering system, so when the Hyper-Lite 4.5 came out two years ago, we expected the 5 to arrive sooner than it did. Instead, they puzzlingly reverted to a new version of the 4. Weird, huh? Anyway, we got there in the end, and the 5 looks to be a small, but significant step up from its predecessors. At 5.2 pounds, it’s the heaviest in the bloodline, but still very light in the grand scheme of things. And it’s oh-so comfortable too! It also has 5 dividers, with a 2-2-1 split, including one full length.
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Some cynics might say that the only difference between the Hyper-Lite 5 and its predecessors in the 4 range is that it is heavier! Of course, that’s a bit obtuse, and, aside from the fact that it has a 5-way divider (instead of 4 – although the original 4.0 had 6!) and a larger top, Callaway have brought a sturdier edition into the mix with the 5. Importantly, they’ve done so while pricing themselves competitively, and this bag will definitely carry particular appeal for the mid-high handicap golfer
Pros and Cons
- It’s light, and the shoulder and hip/back pads offer ample comfort
- It has 9 pockets – there’s plenty of storage space for apparel, and clever fobs and pouches for valuables, water bottles etc.
- It’s available at around $180, and that makes it hugely competitive in this market
- The legs seemed a bit flimsy to me, and didn’t retract/extend well. Be sure to test this with clubs in the bag. You don’t want your towel to get caught in there while carrying
Weight and Comfort
Callaway are commandingly-placed in the market in terms of weight, and although they’ve added a few ounces to the Hyper-Lite 5, you’ve always got to be happy with a bag that weighs in at under 5.5 pounds. The X-shape design for the adjustable straps is pretty standard, and the padding at the apex is pretty much in line with industry norms. It’s a simple, uncomplicated setup in terms of carrying, and that’s no bad thing.
We’ve mentioned above about the stand, and we must caution that by saying that this could be unique to the one that we sampled. The mechanism just didn’t seem as responsive as others we’ve man handled in the last week or two, and the legs didn’t tuck in as well as you’d expect. Nevertheless, they’ve done pretty well with the rubber at the bottom of each leg, which should ensure that it doesn’t slip when you put it down on a smooth surface.
Other than that, there’s nothing wrong with the build or versatility of this bag. It’s solid and balanced as a result of the Xtra Traction Technology; has 8 (or 9 – depending on your definition) pockets which are well located, and its features are pretty crafty when it comes to little things like finding a place for your GPS, stowing away your umbrella, slipping on the rain hood or popping your glove on the nifty little Velcro. To sum up, the design ticks all the boxes you’d expect from a decent carry bag today – no more, no less.
Value for Money
If you’re after a good-quality bag at a bargain price, you’ll struggle to look past the Hyperlite 5. It’s not the most gorgeous bag that’s ever come off the conveyor belt (nor is it the ugliest), and it doesn’t bring anything revolutionary to the table. But it’s another solid addition to the Hyperlite family, and that means you know what you’re getting – something that more than holds its own, and for a great price to boot.
Here is our side-by-side comparison of all the golf carry bags we reviewed in our assessment. You can see our detailed overview of the best lightweight golf carry bags here.
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|Product Details||Callaway Hyper-Lite 5|
|Launch RRP||From $180.00|
|Handicap Range||Mid – High|
|Bag Width||9 inches|
|Bag Weight||2.35kg (5.2 lbs)|
|Colour Options||Black; Navy/Charcoal; White/Charcoal/Green; White/Lime/Charcoal; Royal/Navy/Silver; Black/Charcoal/Red; Red/White/Black; and Charcoal/White|
|Manufacturers Website||Callaway Golf|