This apparently is somewhat of an issue with this year's Targas. They increased the tension on that lever for this year. I did notice it was tougher to close than last years, but not THAT hard. It must be really tough on some though, because I contacted Rome about a different issue I have with a new heel strap, and the guy thought this was what I was talking about. He told me to send them the strap, and they'd get it closed, and that once it's closed once it will be easier from that point forward.