I was curious about the gear straps as well. Since I am unsure if I will keep the Atrack 45L or the Anja, I didn't order the gear straps. If I keep the Atrack I will definitely order the gear straps, it looks like from Med's post that there probably isn't a good way to attach a tripod without those straps.I will order the Atrack 45l (black as I do not want more attention). I kind of disliked the non-matching back access of the f-stop backpacks to their ICU's, so the Atrack seems to solve this problem and is waterproof. I will certainly give it a try. Did you also order the optional gear straps for tripod mount, or are they unnecessary?