Lightweight Quivers

New, light golf bags for 2011

Remember your first carry bag? Until recently, you pretty much had to choose between a multifunctional bag, with plenty of pockets and storage, or a lightweight bag with virtually no room but to store your clubs and a couple sleeves of golf balls. Thankfully, this year proves we've come a long way with carry bags, and nowadays, you can have both functionality and less weight–the ideal combination in a golf bag.

Here's a peek at some of our favorites so far. And, while it may hard to believe, not one of these bags weighs more than four pounds.

MIZUNO AEROLITE IV ($119*) This lightweight bag is full of cool stuff: a Velcro patch to hold your glove, a big "Pelican Pocket" for easy access to balls and accessories, a comfortable hip pad and a shoulder harness that's super comfortable to use. The "Divide and Slide" technology uses the club's weight to separate the clubs for easy access during play.

SUN MOUNTAIN SUPERLIGHT 3.5 ($139*) We love the big, roomy mouth of the 3.5, not to mention one of the most comfortable strap systems (E-Z Fit Dual Strap) we've tried. We also dig how the bottom of the bag was designed so it doesn't slip off a golf cart. That's smart stuff.

CALLAWAY HYPER-LITE 4.0 ($159*) There are 11 pockets on this wide-mouthed, lightweight bag, not to mention a 4-point double strap that's very comfortable to wear. The pen and water-bottle pockets make sense, but we really like how easy this bag is to pick up and put in the trunk, thanks to handles in all the right places.

PING 4 UNDER ($134*) Simple and understated, the 4 Under bag has all you need from a lightweight carry bag without excess frill. The four-way divider mouth is plenty big enough, and like virtually every PING bag, the 4 Under promises to last a long, long time. The most unique feature? The retractable strap that makes it easier to lift the bag from a more upright position.

ADIDAS STRIKE AG ($139 estimated street price) Yeah, the white is sure to turn heads, but this bag isn't just for show. Its lightweight and sturdy construction makes it a cinch to use and carry. We really like the placements of the multiple pockets, and the wide mouth makes dropping and pulling clubs a piece of cake. It also has FAS-TEK technology, meaning you can attach a handful of devices such as GPS to it, using the type of clip you'd use on a belt or pants pocket.

*Price reflects price found online at a variety of retailers.

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