Originally Posted by raybert
Definitely worth it even if you are intending to use the shoulder strap. When I purchased my 256 I got the handgrip installed. I can imagine it would be quite awkward and harder on the fingers without them if carrying a full bag/load. (e.g. books, laptop etc).
Thanks, I'll probably be sending it off to Seattle in the next couple of days. I'll try to take pictures when they send it back to help others with...