So after much debate ... I FINALLY took the plunge and got myself a Speedy 30 in mono! (I actually ended up with 2 but I'm looking for a another home for the newer one.) Thank you everyone for all the helpful advice which led me to get this on top of the speedy 25 I already had! I'm officially a speedy addict now (I never thought I'd ever have more than 1). I carried it for the first time today and I LOVE it!! I noticed that the dark patina made it look smaller which is a good thing for me. Now, I just want a saleya PM azur and the Speedy Azur 25!