Barely 2 days after the last day of CNY, I took the plunge (albeit having done lots of research and checking out the best prices in town) and got a friend to bring in the Hadley Pro for me.
It came in this really cool bag.
And here it is. The Billingham Hadley Pro in Khaki-tan trim. I chose canvas instead of the fibrenyte one because I'd love the bag to age gracefully on canvas, rather than fibrenyte. Although some say fibrenyte is more resistant to colour loss, so another fibrenyte bag will retain its colour more easily than a canvas one after a few years.
The bag came with a nice leather tag as well!
The front features the quick release leather straps and accompanying brass fittings. The method of opening the bag is very cool yet classy looking. You pull the strap upwards, then outwards and the brass fitting just pops loose from the leather strap silently. Totally different experience from Crumpler velcros. It may get addictive after awhile, like it did for me.
Here's how it looks when you open the front flap up. Also present are the twin flappy pockets.