I just received my all-black cross body paddy today (finally, and yes, complete with lock!), and compared it to the castor cross-body paddy...I was completely surprised to feel the difference between the two bags!! The handles of the castor cross-body are really fat, whereas the handles of the black-paddy are significantly thinner. In addition, the leather of the castor is MUCH thicker, and the weight MUCH heavier than those of the all-black. Basically, the cow that made the Castor paddy ate its Wheaties, whereas the cow that made the all-black...didn't. I don't know how to feel. While I appreciate that the all-black is lighter because of the thinner leather, I miss that feeling of substance, the fat handles and the smooshiness of the heavier leather. I'll try it out a couple of days, and see how I feel I guess... So have you noticed a difference in different colored paddies like I have? Or is my situation an anomaly?