Four ordinary golfers give their verdict on Rovic’s £159 RV1C push trolley.
Lugging a laden golf bag round a golf course is bad for your back. Fact. It’s no surprise then that more golfers are turning to trolleys. And not just electric ones. Push models have gone through a bit of a revolution over the last few years and are now lighter, sturdier and more manoeuvrable than ever. We asked four TG readers to put one of the market-leading models to the test, Rovic’s RV1C.
How easy was it to set up and get going?
ST: The trolley was incredibly easy to set up, was straight from the box, bag on and off to the first tee. It folds into itself and the snug shape takes up very little space in the boot.
JW: No assembly is required, so top marks from me. It’s very light to lift and incredibly compact (considering its size when set up), it fits easily into my boot with my clubs.
PH: I didn’t look at the instructions so setting up the trolley was self-explanatory. It was very light and folded down extremely small.
JE: I was a bit daunted pulling it from the box, but in reality it was very easy to set up. It glides along effortlessly and folds really compact.
How about the build quality?
ST: Considering the trolley is so lightweight it felt really sturdy and capable of carrying a heavily-laden tour bag. I see no reason why it won’t last for years.
JW: The trolley felt incredibly well made, the frame was solid and the wheels sturdy. My
only niggle was the lid of the accessories compartment, which was a bit flimsy. Overall though the trolley is well-made and I have no doubt it will stand the test of time.
PH: Experience tells me there can be a conflict between weight and robustness when it comes to trolleys. But even though the RV1C’s so light, it doesn’t feel weak.
JE: Quality was excellent, feeling sturdy, robust, but also lightweight and easy to push.
How did the brake perform?
ST: The brake worked perfectly, even on the steepest gradients. The bag straps were really good too; my bag stayed in place for the entire round, which hasn’t always been the case with other trolleys I’ve used.
PH: The brake worked fine when I remembered to activate it! I purposefully tried it on a number of different slopes and it coped really well.
JW: I had no issues at all with the trolley rolling away while playing.
JE: The brake held the trolley even on the steepest slopes, meaning you don’t need to angle it across an incline.
The RV1C comes in at £159 – does that represent decent value for a push trolley?
ST: It’s probably a little more than I’d usually pay for a push trolley. Considering the build quality though and how it’s a joy to use,
I reckon £159 represents decent value.
JW: I’ve looked at buying a cheaper (£120) trolley before, but they were not as well-built and you had to pay for the extra accessories.
PH: The price is at the top end of what I’d consider paying for a push trolley. But because of the excellent design, foldability and the apparent strength I think it’s justified.
JE: When you consider how many times you use a trolley and how much less tired you feel with an easy to push one, I think it’s worth the price.