Also have used a double Sport Tube for 6+ years. It's been handled by Ship Skis (Fed Ex) twice, and by the airlines the rest. The case has scrapes, scratches and dings, but the contents have always been undamaged. With the the two packing tubes, my gf and I can put enough clothing, gloves, etc. in the tube that our suitcases are 7-8 lbs. under the weight limit, even for a two week trip.I have had the Sporttube 2 for 5 years now and although bulky does a good job at protecting the ski's and I am able to get many of my extra clothes in there too. I am very happy with it
Without the packing cubes the tube is easy to load. The packs make fitting the two sets of poles a challenge. Once loaded, though, the tight fit keeps everything in place. The nice thing about shipping the tube via UPS or FedEx is that they don't open it up like the TSA does (at least, I haven't seen any evidence of being opened).I also have a sport tube 2 for 6 years. I did have to tie a string to the pin after DELTA LOST IT!
I like that my skis/bindings are not bashed by the baggage gorrillas.
I don't have any problem loading my skis- usually a front side carver and a fatty for powder.
I put one in pair then the poles, then the other set. I do it by myself in about 3minutes.
Baggage handlers have somehow cut one of the velcro straps on one side :-(
I used to have a soft bag and would bubble wrap my bindings and pack w/clothes but I got tired of TSA going thru my clothes :-(