“For many years, customers have asked for a removable waist strap on the Brain Bag – they had no need for the waist strap and wanted to temporarily or permanently remove it. The available options for making the strap removable were never very appealing: you always ended up with some large piece of hardware left behind on the bag, in my mind more-or-less negating the idea behind removing the strap in the first place.
But now we’ve started using a new plastic fastener that allows us to offer completely removable waist straps on most of our bags, including the Brain Bag.
The part is called a “Gatekeeper” and it works sort of like a mini carabiner: it has a tiny stainless steel gate that keeps it closed. It’s very tough and best of all, if you choose to remove the waist strap from a bag, all that is left behind is a small, rather innocuous loop of nylon webbing. No more clunky hardware to forever remind you of the waist strap that isn’t there! We’ve been transitioning to the new part over the last few batches of bags, so now all new Brain Bags are shipping with this new option.
Be warned: Gatekeepers have shown themselves to be quite tough and very secure, and the trade off is that they require some patience and dexterity to clip and un-clip. You probably won’t find yourself taking the waist strap off and on that often because of this. But otherwise, you’ll be impressed.”
Bags that now have or will have the Gatekeeper waist strap include: Brain Bag, Synapse and Smart Alec backpacks, ID, Imago, Ego and Super Ego messenger bags, Small, Medium, and Large Cafe Shoulder Bags, and the Buzz sling bag.