I just bought a 2009 Conduit. I will try to post some pics of the top closure later today. I think it will add a bit more functionality to the pack in that it is a bit less "fiddly" to open. The top can still be rolled up a bit and then secured with the top strap.
Incidentally, I have a 2008 Conduit, size S/M that I will be selling. I will be away for the holidays, so it may be after the first of the year before I post it. I bought the pack used on these forums, but it is in virtually brand new condition. Unfortunately it is just a bit too small for my torso, so I bought the new 2009 model in M/L. It seems to fit very well, and it is light as a feather! I think I'm really going to like it.
If anyone is interested in the '08 Conduit, please PM me or email at jyancey AT ktis DOT net