Short of the emotional trauma of having to explain the paramount necessity of taking a golf trip to our boss or significant other, nothing can ruin a golf vacation before it starts faster than a bad travel cover. Navigating the parking lot, airport terminal and baggage claim with a lopsided body bag with Matchbox car wheels is a sure way to put you in a foul mood, injure your rotator cuff and/or make you wish you had taken up a more travel-friendly hobby like knife-collecting or hockey goaltending. That's why the Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian is again our selection for best travel cover. It takes the suffering out of golf travel by allowing your bag to travel to, from and through the airport like King Jaffe Joffer in "Coming to America."
The ingenious design of the ClubGlider, with its retractable rolling legs, aims to reduce some 45 pounds of pressure on your arms and shoulders. You don't have to believe that's true, but we will say this: You can push your fully loaded travel cover through an airport with the tip of your index finger.
Of course, a travel cover with even twice the standard number of wheels like the ClubGlider needs to do more than roll. That's why we greatly appreciate the commitment to durability and club protection. There's heavy-grade nylon in wear areas, a fully padded top for club protection and two ample external pockets for shoes or extra apparel. The 52-inch length and 14-inch-by-14-inch girth are just the right size for an easy fit to any normal golfer's bag, and the internal strap helps doubly secure your clubs from bouncing around on the way to your next golf trip. Even better, the whole unit folds up so it doesn't crowd your trunk. You know, so there's room for your boss or your significant other.
Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian, $290