one issue with the MCB (for smaller people)
After getting a bunch of TB bags delivered to me on a recent trip to the US, of course I had to try them out right away. In general, I'm very happy with them, except for one small issue. I carried the the Medium Cafe Bag on a jaunt into Center City Philadelphia, which involved about 4 miles of walking (literally), with a medium-ish load in it: a Kindle, Wallet, iPhone, and small knitting project in a Stuff Sack. It was fine just hanging from my shoulder, but after a while that got heavy and I ran into problems when trying to use the waist strap.
I'd cut off the original slider in order to put on an ultrasuede strap wrap. Now, if I snug the strap up enough to be able to use the waist strap, the ultrasuede wrap is no longer on my shoulder but hanging down my back. The strap buckle is in the way of the wrap. If I move the buckle so the wrap can sit on my shoulder, the bag hangs at my hip, which is otherwise fine but too low to use the waist strap. I donít know if Iíd have had better luck with the original slider grip because itís shorter than the wrap, but thatís gone now I guess Iíll end up taking off the waist strap, since I canít use it.
I'm told the ultrasuede wrap can be forced to fit over the buckle, but even with the wrap I can't imagine that it would be terribly comfortable to have the buckle sitting on the point of my shoulder.
Iím 5í2Ē and short-waisted, of a medium build. So I'm small, but not really unusually tiny!