Going on my second season with the low profile one. I'm very happy with it. Especially since it will fit into my garage while most other boxes are too tall. While it is the only box I've owned, I like the overall design & quality - and the two-sided locking/opening. It strikes me as better than average quality - and a ton lighter than the Packasport styles. Holds several pairs of big long (195) rockered skis. Getting the biggest in requires some fiddling so the ends don't catch on the hinge - so I'm not sure I'd want to give up volume or flexibility to have the bars. OTOH, I bet the bars simplify life if they leave you enough room.