Have you considered doing a key strap with an o-ring on one end? That way I could hang two or three mini/small pouches off the side o-rings of my Smart Alec. I carry a few of the mini and small pouches for (first aid, sewing kit, ear plugs, spare keys, etc) and the split zip pocket will not hold them all. So some of them have to go in the main bag. I would prefer they not hang at the top of the bag but more towards the middle.
Just a thought. I jury-rigged one up by putting a keyring on one end of a short key strap and attaching 3 mini pouches to it.