Ooooh, Molly/Temo, I didn't even really notice the plastic zip until you mentioned it! I did like that the track matched the fog/feather print. Hmmmm... At least it's not sticky like some of the metal zips...? Hey, so I FINally was able to double the strap on my black, and it's BRILLiant!!! With the strap doubled, it's the perfect handbag drop, but then, if I pull it by only one strap, it's an awesome regular long handbag length/crossbody on me (5'4 and I'm the only hottie that likes higher crossbodies above her bum, on her back!)... But THEN, I thought about it, and the doubled straps can make it a backpack (ok, it is kinda awkward like this, but mamas may need it in a pinch) and omg, I !!!! So, basically the doubled strap makes the bag do eeeeeverything and still not get in the way if I just want to carry it by the shorter handles or the bottom of the bag (ala all of the runway models lately!).