Re: if you use a cover...
I have a Balboa that I got on clearance from BRU. I like it because it has the rigid neck so I can still see what's going on underneath. It's easy to tighten/loosen, just by pulling on a strap through a ring. It also has a front pocket, but I've never used it.
Trace, married to Shaun 2.21.04
Kyleigh 11.8.04 ~ Tegan 12.29.06 ~ Emmerson Kate 2.21.13
Forever missing Colton 11.5.11 (15w)