To be honest, I own hardcases, never really liked soft cases. But this time money was an issue, so I ordered these for my Dad's kit. Honestly, these soft cases proved to be a lot better than expected. Handles are comfortable, material is quite thick, so they will provide enough protection if you don't throw your drums around, or not planning to drag them behind the car. The top pockets are a great little additions. Could have been better with some extra plastic strips as added protection and reinforcement (bracing), but this way you can fold these into very small pieces. So all in all, if you are not a crazy person with your stuff, these soft cases will provide enough protection to carry your drums around. Recommended.