I got my Specialist on Gear Swap, and it came with standard straps.
I don't use them above 40 degrees, as the width is plenty for me and at those temps, an occasional draft isn't bothersome.
I have taken it out in the winter, temps in the teens, gusting winds, and found the straps to be essential in keeping warmth from escaping when I roll over a few times at night. (I have and use a bivy when necessary, but prefer to got w/o if I can to avoid condensation issues and mainatain the primary selling point of a quilt - freedom of movement.
They do get in the way in the summer, I could use them loosely clipped, but setting them up under my pad isn't worth the trouble to me. But I wouldn't cut them off for resale purposes, as Steve mentions. I just need to buy some ul buckes and make them removeable like Justin's.