Yeah the shoulder doesnt release, it has a HUGE cam buckle though. The pad is sewn into the bag, so it doesnt shift at all. It also has the cross strap but i took off the receiving end of it from the strap because i never use those things.
yeah Ive been using it all week at school now, and im pretty much in love with the bag. I picked up all 16 books (history majory) i needed this semester, plus a couple new binders and got it all crammed in there. ridiculous.
also, funny sotry about the coffee pot. i dont even drink coffee all that often. I called Dan up at seagull and was like "my bag finally gave out, school starts in 2 weeks. you HAVE to have a bag lying around." He apparently loves coffee, and this bag he built for himself, basicly to look at. He felt bad i was bagless, and sold me his personal bag which incidentaly was the only bag he had lying around because he makes each bag as they are ordered, not beforehand.
so if THAT doesnt attest to the type of dude he is, i dont know what will. support the dude if you can. I hope this bag lasts me for years, but when i need a new bag he will be the dude i call up.
ps- that is such a weird coffee pot. like a cross between clip art and a stencil. haha i think i like it precisely because i dont drink it. my bag is an enigma.