I'm looking into the Maxpedition MPB, and trying to confirm some things. I notice that a few years ago, Maxpedition changed the shoulder strap on the MPB. This doesnt bother me much. However, I have read at least one review stating that about this same time, Maxpedition also changed a couple other aspects of this bag. First, I read that the velcro loops on the top of the bag were shortened to the point that it can no longer hold a maglite. This was surprising to me, as it seems to be exactly what those loops were made for. Either way not a huge issue for me, as I don't intend to use these loops. More important to me though, the second thing I read is that they shortened the straps on the buckles on the inside of the big side pockets -- the ones used to secure items in the bigger slip pockets. The reviewer stated that the straps are too short to allow the securing of an iPad. Is this true? Are the buckles that short? If they are, that's a pretty big annoyance to me. Then again, if the slip pocket is strong enough, I could just cut the buckles off. Can anyone comment from experience? Thanks.