The bag would have been very difficult to carry without the back straps. If you travel light and you want a good quality bag to fit only your essential snowboard gear then this is the bag you need. If you want to include second pairs of trousers and multiple layers then the capacity will not be enough. I didn't score 5 stars as I realised that I could have purchased with £5-£10 another bag with wheels which makes life a lot easier and it fits a lot more. The customer service were excellent though and indeed very fast shipping ans pleasant seller to deal with. I would recommend you the product if you indeed want to travel light.