The whole binder feels so much softer and more comfortable to hold. it's hard to explain. I wish we had touch-a-vision so you could feel the difference.
I guess the removal of the rings created a more comfortable feel to the binder overall. It feels just lighter and more balanced in my hands. Along with the softness of the Malden leather and the flexibility of the pocket size - it feels better and more improved.
All in all, it is coming together well and I am finding my groove with it as a set up.
At this stage - there's no regrets.