This case is bomber, nothing else can compare with the protection that it affords your expensive snowsports equipment during travel. Yes, it is heavy-I took it to Colorado with two complete setups(2 snowboards with bindings and 2 pairs of boots) and it weighed in right at 50 pounds, but then again I never worried for a second that my boards would be damaged in transit. I did not have the optional pull handle that atttaches to the nose of the case, but it would have made things MUCH easier. Pulling the case by the handle that comes standard puts a great deal of strain on your arm. For the price of this case, the pull handle should be included, and if so would rank 5 stars. I highly recommend this case, especially for airline travel and shipping. Plus you can cover it with tons of stickers.