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).
Andrew Peterson – Verified Buyer
I got the buckles to use only occasionally when needed for a little extra security or when carrying extra gear in the bag. Thus I don't use them all the time and they hang down. A possible improvement would be to design the buckles to be hidden or less obvious when not in use. For example, what if the male component (for lack of a better term) was sewn to the flap rather than the body of the bag. Perhaps this would allow the buckles to remain hidden when not in use. Just an idea and I'm sure one of your awesome team could do it better!
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.
W. Anthony Colbert – Verified Buyer
I'm glad I got the buckles as they bag is undersized and would not stay closed without the straps.