racerx_ Yes, the quick release makes the crotch strap much more functional. The standard Zeagle crotch strap has it and the webbing on the crotch strap is soft and comfortable. When I put my Express on I step through the closed quick release, pull up the shoulders and then tighten the waist strap (works well for me) and I don't have to change the tension on the crotch strap. Now, when I remove the BCD I always open the crotch strap quick release first. I absolutely love my Zeagle Express. I did change to the 35lb bladder, but the 24 worked ok for diving I just wanted more lift on the surface.