The large majority of bait binders I’ve tried have had zippers and to be quite honest, I’m not a zipper guy if I can help it. They’re hard to operate when your hands are cold on the water and eventually, they’re going to break. It has happened to me more times than I can count.
The Berkley Max Capacity Bait Notebook, however, has a velcro strap instead of zippers. I wasn’t quite sure how I’d like this design at first, but it turns out that it’s incredibly convenient. Because it doesn’t have zippers, the Max Capacity Notebook can hold a lot more soft-plastic bags than you’d think. If you can fit ’em in the included bait bags, you can get it to shut securely. I can easily fit over 20 bags of plastics in each notebook.