When I received the LUSCIOUS Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap sent to me by my bag benefactor today! zomg, it is so squishy, and so soft, and so cuddly. . . I'm going to be moving this around to use on various bags! I just sat and pet it for a while, it's really that delightful.
It's a great product, and I'm having a hard time committing to carrying my MCB for a day or two with it to "be sure" before cutting off the low profile molded plastic strap pad. My snipping finger is twitching!
IMHO, this is one of those things you just have to experience to appreciate. It kind of just appears to be a sleeve that fits around the strap, but it's like a hug for the strap and your shoulder. I seriously consider it the Absolute strap equivalent (or as close to it as you are going to get) for the Cafe Bags!
The design is simple and blends with the overall effect of the patterned weave of the black nylon webbing. It is for sure on par with the "luxurious" design that maverick described the webbing to exhibit. It's just wide enough to span wrapping around the layer or two of the strap material. There are high quality embossed metal snaps at each end. Sandwiched in between the a length of hook and loop (completely encased when closed) is hardly noticable and aids in the tight fit and prevents slippage.
Maybe it's because I have a tendency to load my bags down with heavy things. Maybe I have anemic shoulders that are wimpy to bearing weight. Maybe it's just full of awesomesauce and something that you can love or not. . . I don't know, but I do love it.
It's longer than the LPMPP and substantially thicker. While the LPMPP has grip, for my shoulders and does help the MCB strap not slip off, it doesn't distribute the weight over the same area as the USSW so for me the overall effect with the USSW is that the bag feels lighter for longer.
As a sidebar, TB decision making folks, could it be a consideration for the Swifts to have Ultrasuede inserted in lieu of the ballistic portion of the handles where the Poron foam is? I bet they would be so soft, and for those with issues of them slipping off, they would be grippier.
Seriously, love the stuff these shoulder strap wraps are made of people, good stuff!