Other reviews indicated this was a good product, so I decided to give it a shot. It only took a few minutes to figure out how to use the carrier, and I am very impressed with the quality of materials and construction. It seems very durable and tough. Wrapping my skis and poles together is actually fairly easy when laid on the floor, but seems almost impossible to tackle in the upright position. If you wish to carry poles & skis together, plan on laying the Bowtie down on the snow (or ski lodge patio), and putting it on that way. I did this, and it was really no big deal at all, so I still give this product a full 5-stars. Once the Bowtie has your skis & poles wrapped, carrying your gear around is *MUCH* easier. I was able to easily carry my own skis & poles, as well as my two young kids' skis as well (three sets of skis). This would have been insanely difficult if my own skis & poles were loose.