I was looking for a bag to take my board and gear on a flight from NY to Colorado and after reading the description and a few reviews, I assumed it was "fully padded." However, when I received my bag, I noticed there was very MINIMAL padding, and no padding AT ALL on certain surfaces (like the sides). The quality is great, and so is the size, but for a "fully padded" bag, it doesn't seem like it would do much to protect your gear. I'm going to have to add extra padding to it to prevent any major nicks it may pick up from being tossed around. If you're going to take this around in a car or use it for storage, great. Beyond that, this bag offers VERY little protection.