A month after ordering, just as promised, the bags have arrived and I am simply blown away by them. I love how they look, and the construction is solid. The design is well-thought out, from D-rings for shoulder strap to compression straps where they should be. The pockets are the right size and where I would have put them. The materials are wonderful; waxed canvas, cordura, and waterproof vinyl interior linings. They fold flat when empty, but bulge out (and unroll to tower upwards) generously.
For simpler, shorter rides, I have also added a Little Dear saddle bag. It is just the right size for a lock, lunch, jacket, and critical tools. Attaches with leather straps and a wooden dowel to the loops at the back of the saddle. It looks huge on my tiny bike but is actually a fairly petite bag when compared to other traditional saddle bags.
I'm looking forward to breaking these bags in, and I would not be surprised to see these bags outlive me. It is a real pleasure to find companies taking the time to build things slowly and properly, and relatively close to home.