just noticed the necro... oh well. It's still true.
I'm actually glad you necro'ed. I missed this thread when it premiered last fall. These follow up reports on failed gear are so rare, yet so important.
Gushing reviews of newly purchased gear are dime a dozen on the net and are often little more than self-rationalizing, self-congratulatory gloats about beating the system by finding a bargain alternative. They often amount to little more than unboxing table top reviews with no insight on how the item will hold up under hard use. When they fail (and I suspect they often do) you never hear from the reviewer again because they're unwilling to publicize their mistake. The end result is a page of Google hits showing positive initial "reviews" of an item and precious little information on how they fare 6 months down the road.
Makes it harder to identify the real bargains out there (sounds like the LA Police Gear 3 Day bag is one of them).
Crypto: a belated thank you. If we had a rep system at ZS, you'd get one from me for starting this thread.