Just wanted to do a comparison review between the Bennington Quiet Organizer 9 Lite and the Quiet Organizer 14. It can be really hard to find any info about these bags, but they have been sporadically reviewed elsewhere and links are at the bottom of this post.
Basically, I have become really interested in quiet bag technology that protect your clubs from the noise of bag chatter . The offerings like OGIO Silencer seemed a little flimsy to me. I wondered how long the click-lock system in the bottom of the OGIO bag would stand up. For that reason I looked at the Bennington Quite Organizer.
In general, left hand pic is the QO9, right hand pic is the QO14
Weight = 8.5 lbs
Height = 40-41 inches. For reference my current Hoofer 2 is 34-35 inches.
# of pockets = 10 pockets. A little smaller in general than the QO14.
Cart strap pass through
Weight = >11 lbs
Height 40-41 inches. For reference my current Hoofer 2 is 34-35 inches.
# of pockets = 12, maybe more, it’s a lot. Big luxurious pockets too.
Plus small ones for pencils, tees and divot tool.
Cart strap pass through
The QO system seems to be the simplest and best design for zero chatter tech out there (IMHO). The irons just fall nicely into the slots for each individual club hole with no flimsy locking mechanism (all isolated from each other by internal dividers). There are no internal dividers for the wood slots in the QO9 in the center. Each slot on the QO14 is isolated. Putter slots in each bag are also isolated.
The rubber tops are guaranteed not to break or crack and they certainly feel robust.
A nice little design feature is that the two longest iron slots are formed in such a way to accommodate hybrids.
I found the internal space for the QO9 a little more versatile than for the QO14. The QO9 internal space could easily store an Orange Whip or DST Compressor for example. But, the issue with the QO9 is that it can only sort 9 irons, which means I have one extra with my set up (4-Lob). I would probably just store my 4-iron in the center and it doesn’t rattle.
I didn’t really like the QO14 top for my wood head covers. I always keep the head cover on because I am paranoid about damage—same with keeping my push cart off of the green . My driver is 44.25” and the top tended to push the cover up and off unless I stuffed the knitted neck portion down a bit—which took extra time and could be an annoyance. I also think if your wood had the vintage-style covers that are longer and stiffer (all the rage right now), it would be even more of an issue. This seemed to be less of an issue with the QO9 central storage space. If you had Sumi Gs it likely wouldn’t be a problem at all (http://www.sumi-g.com). In fact, I think those style of covers would work the best with the QO14.
The QO9 has what is called an exterior putter scabbard. I was initially really turned off by the look of the scabbard, but now I appreciate its function. The scabbard can accommodate large putter grips and any kind of putter head design. It also places the putter for easy grab and go.
It’s also really easy to grab a putter from the QO14 slot. It might look like the QO14 is better suited to blade head putters, but the design accommodates mallet heads just fine (see link 5 at the bottom in previous reviews).
I don’t really geek out on pockets. I am a pretty light packer on the course. These bags come with tons of them though. In general the same pocket layout was on each bag, but the pockets were smaller on the QO9 relative to the QO14. The QO14 is also a much more luxurious bag, with thick padded pockets. The fit and finish is outstanding. The QO9 is the ‘lite’ version. So the material is thin and all of the padding has been stripped out except for a few of the side pockets. There are two nice lift handles on the side of each bag for loading onto a riding cart.
Both bags come with an
insulated, water-tight, drink pocket. You can easily fit 4 regular cans and I would imagine tall boys wouldn’t be an issue either.
One word of warning is that the drink pocket (located above the ball pocket) does rob space from the ball pocket when filled and vice versa. I only ever need one ball so this isn’t an issue for me .
The rain hoods fit snug but provide plenty of room for the clubs.
I loaded the bags onto my Clicgear and ran around my bumpy back yard—no chatter!
Here are a few other pics of the QO9 Lite…
QO9 Lite cart strap pass through
Here are a few other pics of the QO14…
QO14 cart strap pass through
So which one am I going to go with?
I was originally set on the QO14 because I loved the look of it, but once I played around with them and started pulling clubs in and out, I think I might go with the QO9. The QO12 is also a popular bag but I didn’t feel like buying 3 bags (note: I think the easy load handles on the QO12 are best for loading into the trunk).
QO9 Lite Pros
(1) Lighter – I typically push my bag and 3 lbs lighter is still lighter.
(2) I found the club spot in the center more versatile for storing woods with head covers and other items.
(3) I really like the way the irons flare around the outside in order—admittedly a subjective opinion—but it looks cool (see below).
(4) Slightly cheaper
QO9 Lite Cons
(5) Thin material to reduce weight. Not as nice or luxurious a bag as the QO14 (or QO12 from what I have read)
(6) Pockets are smaller – although still usable – not a huge issue for me.
(1) Beautiful – the bag to end all bags
(2) Big pockets – tons of storage.
(3) Thick luxurious material.
(5) Pricier – though cheaper than the QO12
(6) A tad heavy – if you mostly ride don’t worry about it.
(7) Wood slots were annoying with my head covers on. If you had Sumi Gs it likely wouldn’t be a problem at all (http://www.sumi-g.com). In fact, I think those style of covers would work the best with the QO14.
A note on the Bennington Golf Company
A big con of these bags is that, despite the quality and design being top notch, Bennington does not strike me as a company that wants to get the word out. Their distribution is almost non-existent (I could only buy through http://www.intheholegolf.com) and the supply chain makes it so you wait several months for items to stock. No direct to consumer marketing or sales. I love an excellent sales pitch but their website lacks detail and the specs I got from the company over the phone were not always accurate.
If you don’t have a place where I can check them out – at least have a gorgeous website full of pics for me to drool over.
Other reviews of Bennington bags. Some links are repetitive.
(13) German site, https://www.golflaed...lfbag-Blau.html
Post if you have any questions - I will likely return one of the bags in a week or so.