I admit to being skeptical when researching different soft cases for my drums. The photos don't necessarily show what actually exists. That being said, upon receiving the bags, looking them over and feeling the drums within them I feel pretty confident that I chose a good quality, well-priced bag set. Like any soft case they are not going to completely protect your drums from damage, but this is about as good as it gets within this price range and though they aren't stiff from thick padding they are also not overly limp. The fabric seems durable and the assembly is clean at the seams, not risking any loose threads or drums catching and ripping the inner surface. Very please with Gator products.