I bought this bag to take my ski boots as hand luggage, just used it for the first and last time! Firstly, it's larger than hand luggage size so there's no guarantee you'll be allowed to take it on board. I wasn't prevented from taking it on with me but I had to put my boots in a 69 position as the bag/boots were too wide to get in the overhead locker. Secondly, the zip bust after opening and closing only a few times. The only thing in it's favour is that it does fit a pair of boots in the boot compartment and a helmet and other bits and pieces in the main compartment but perhaps only use if you're travelling by car or train. Still, the zip might not last long.