I just took my new Dakine bag on a ski trip that involved the bag getting checked through connector airports. It came through without a scratch, testament to its sturdy, rugged construction. I had plenty of room in the bottom layer for very large ski boots (I've got size 13 feet), a helmet, and ski clothes. When I first saw that the top half was split into three compartments I was not pleased, but now that I've used the bag I really appreciate this feature. Great job done by the designers! I further appreciated how the bag rolled quietly and easily and how it stayed put when placed upright on its end. I am very pleased with this bag and strongly recommend it for folks wanting a big bag for ski trips!