First time poster and recent convert to Bihnism here. After being VERY impressed by the selection, quality, word of mouth and amazing customer support from Tom & company, I'm just about ready to make my first, of perhaps several, purchases (a lovely Aeronaut to replace my bulky, falling-apart-at-the-seams, cheap travel bag). I actually have a number of questions regarding different products but, for the time being, I'll just stick to asking for the forum's opinion on my most immediate query:
Regarding the absolute strap, is it necessary to get the full Aeronaut experience? Do owners of the bag use a shoulder strap regularly? The only reason I'm asking this is that, the hidden 'backpack' straps seem to handle the situations when I would normally use a shoulder strap (on heavy loads). I'm sure the absolute strap is great but, if it's really a feature that is rarely used, I could save my $20 for future purchases (will be in the market for a laptop bag in a couple of months).