Brendan Turner – Verified Buyer
These buckles aren't that useful in practice. I imagined (and the sales rep told me) they would allow me to overstuff my bag, allowing me to stuff things in that would normally prevent the flap from closing. However, the straps are so short, that if the top flap can't reach the velcro, it can't reach the straps.
It would be much more useful if the straps were twice as long, that way I could stuff a large jacket, yoga mat, etc. on top of my already-full bag and still have the straps hold it in place. As it is, they merely serve to back-up the velcro (which can be handy on occasion).
Gonzo75 – Verified Buyer
For smaller bags such as the Zero Small, I think these are great and keep the bag from bursting open. I'm also paranoid and like an extra line of security when walking about with my bag.
Jennifer Ruch – Verified Buyer
I wouldn't necessarily recommend adding the buckles to your bag unless you plan on strapping a jacket or yoga mat across your bag. The buckles (when unclipped) hang down and look a bit funny on the bag. In general the velcro is probably sufficient for most trips across town.
Kristyn – Verified Buyer
These buckles were definitely the extra protection I needed to reassure me that my belongings were safely ticked inside my bag! While the velcro is super strong, the buckles are even better. Plus I think they make my bag look great.
Peter Fredrickson – Verified Buyer
I wanted the buckles for additional security when in crowds. I got a chance to try out my Zero Medium in a crowd and it does exactly what I was looking for. Additional security for the contents while in a crowded situation. The buckles snap underneath the flap. Again making it more secure so that no one has easy access. Normally when using the bag I leave the buckles off, taking the bag from my home into my work truck. When I go out into public, I just snap the buckles and fold the flap down and I don't have to worry with the bag slung on my back, or rotating the bag to the side or front position. I love this bag, the many different color/material combinations, and having buckles on each bag (3 total) I feel secure with my bag "stuff". Thanks Rickshaw.