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  • Walker
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    How old are these bags?

    My Co-Pilot has developed wear spots along the top of the main section and the front pockets. However, on the outside, no visible wear - it looks sharp. Bag is from the Portable Culture days - it is ageing gracefully, me thinks.



    This CP has been my EDC for many years. It has served me well. Too lazy to fix color balance/ take a better - this CP is original nordic/ steel.
    Last edited by Walker; 12-18-2016, 06:29 PM.

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  • pw1224
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    Frankly, I think the disintegration just happens as the treated material ages. It's not a design flaw. I had an Eddie Bauer duffel bag that was maybe 15 years old and the treated material disintegrated into sticky rolled up bits. I did not want that stuff on my dirty laundry (let alone clean clothes) so I ended up throwing the thing in the trash.

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  • ZoeBios121
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    Can confirm part of design. This the a picture of the worst case: loaded with about 6lb gross weight, main and water bottle compartment upzipped:

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    Seems the weight from the 2 attachment points of the handle cause the middle to bend downwards, the fabric bends and the stress is concentrated where the fabric meets the horizontal piping, the 'sharp corner' (shown next to the top of the water bottle zipper), likely puts extra stress on the urethane lining at that point. I should emphasize that the problem is still there when everything is zipped up, just not as dramatic. Putting my schooling to work, haha.

    Still love my Pilot, first TB bag.

    Originally posted by Rufus View Post
    I think I've found why this peeling is happening and I think it's a design flaw. I haven’t used my pilot much since I got it, but I’m also starting to see this issue. Whenever you hold the handle of the bag, it will bend and flex a little (Depending on how full it is) in that particular spot in the top center of the main compartment.

    Over time, repeated flexings will cause the urethane to come apart.

    At least, this is my theory, especially since it seems to be happening in the same spot on people’s bags. What do you think?
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  • adalangdon
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    Originally posted by gadgetgeek View Post


    These are the pictures of my S25 bag, and the peeling
    From my experience, when the backing peels like that it's because the bag is really old and/or hasn't been used in a long time. Unfortunate! And unusual. Hope you get a replacement soon.

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  • gadgetgeek
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    Originally posted by adalangdon View Post
    BTW, I've seen that happen to parapack too (i.e. lining disintegrating and turning brown). Sorry to hear of this happening to your S25 after so short a time.

    Did you try and get a replacement from CS? I'm asking because you might have just been unlucky. I live in a very hot and humid place and some of my bags see lots of use, but this hasn't happened to me yet. Same for many folks here, I reckon.


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    I haven't asked CS for a replacement. I wanted to see how common this was and whether TB had replaced some with the same issue before asking.

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  • gadgetgeek
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    These are the pictures of my S25 bag, and the peeling

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  • BWeaves
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    I'm curious if this peeling is happening all over the inside of the bag or just in areas of "wear." In the very first photos it looks like it's peeling where the center pocket zipper is. Could the bulkiness of the center zipper rub the inside of the fabric? I know the end of the zipper is enclosed in the seam binding, but it is bulky and sharp. The other photos look like the peeling is happening in corners of the bag where items might rub when being carried or pulling in or out of the bag.

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  • adalangdon
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    BTW, I've seen that happen to parapack too (i.e. lining disintegrating and turning brown). Sorry to hear of this happening to your S25 after so short a time.

    Did you try and get a replacement from CS? I'm asking because you might have just been unlucky. I live in a very hot and humid place and some of my bags see lots of use, but this hasn't happened to me yet. Same for many folks here, I reckon.


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  • operator
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    Originally posted by gadgetgeek View Post
    Sorry to latch on to this discussion, but my synapse 25 has the same issue with peeling. From what I'm reading here I'm not the only one with the same problem. I also received a similar response from customer service when I contacted them.

    From Kat:

    "Though we use the highest quality fabrics, finished to the highest standards in the industry, the clear urethane coating (the "waterproof" coating on the interior of the fabric) is often one of the shortest-lived of all components, in our bags as well as in those of other manufacturers. Occasional batches of fabric will have coating that becomes opaque or white over time. We've found this can be a result of the climate in which a bag is used and/or stored (particularly humidity), or to chemical reactions to certain soaps or cosmetics carried in a bag or used to clean it; or, sometimes it just happens as a natural process. Generally, this clouding of the clear urethane coating is purely cosmetic.*

    As you've noted, some peeling or degradation of water-repellant coating can be expected as a bag ages, but our coating is particularly likely to cloud if in a humid climate or machine washed and dried. Typically, we don't see a major effect on a bag's water resistance because of this, so we consider it within the realm of "normal wear and tear"."

    While I understand the reasons, I'm quite surprised to see this happening. I've only seen this with other bags after a number of years. My synapse 25 is less than a year old.

    Bag is great, but this situation is a bit disappointing.
    That is disappointing. I guess the only way to *repair it is to send it in for re-finishing/repairs?


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  • gadgetgeek
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    Sorry to latch on to this discussion, but my synapse 25 has the same issue with peeling. From what I'm reading here I'm not the only one with the same problem. I also received a similar response from customer service when I contacted them.

    From Kat:

    "Though we use the highest quality fabrics, finished to the highest standards in the industry, the clear urethane coating (the "waterproof" coating on the interior of the fabric) is often one of the shortest-lived of all components, in our bags as well as in those of other manufacturers. Occasional batches of fabric will have coating that becomes opaque or white over time. We've found this can be a result of the climate in which a bag is used and/or stored (particularly humidity), or to chemical reactions to certain soaps or cosmetics carried in a bag or used to clean it; or, sometimes it just happens as a natural process. Generally, this clouding of the clear urethane coating is purely cosmetic.*

    As you've noted, some peeling or degradation of water-repellant coating can be expected as a bag ages, but our coating is particularly likely to cloud if in a humid climate or machine washed and dried. Typically, we don't see a major effect on a bag's water resistance because of this, so we consider it within the realm of "normal wear and tear"."

    While I understand the reasons, I'm quite surprised to see this happening. I've only seen this with other bags after a number of years. My synapse 25 is less than a year old.

    Bag is great, but this situation is a bit disappointing.

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  • Kaz
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    Originally posted by Kirri View Post
    ... feeling generally discouraged about the impossibility of avoiding mold on EVERYTHING at this time of year.
    I hear you. I'm looking forward to the paradise of winter.

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  • Kirri
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    Hi Kaz, thanks that does make me feel better. The alarm stemmed from reading your post just after a weekend spent wiping mold off cupboard doors, inside and out, and feeling generally discouraged about the impossibility of avoiding mold on EVERYTHING at this time of year. (I don't even mind the leather shoes that suddenly spout white and green fuzziness all over as at least that wipes off, it is the stored antique fabrics I have and books that get me down.) The thought of it even attaching the precious TB items....!! I'll grab some crystals and hope for the best.

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  • Kaz
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    Originally posted by Kirri View Post
    Kaz, I wasn't clear, have you found that TB bags also get sticky/smelly/yucky from humidity? ... Have you taken any steps to avoid this happening? Any suggestions?
    @Kirri: I didn't mean to cause alarm! My experience was that tropical heat and humidity seemed to precipitate the demise of the lining of a bunch of our older, non-TB items.

    I have great confidence in the durability of my Tom Bihn goods. But good thought about strategies to maximise their longevity in our tough environment! I use de-humidifying crystals or other devices in our closets and storage cupboards (aka heat-and-humidity intensifiers) to help stave off mustiness and the mould that tends to appear on things (especially leather shoes and jackets). Now that I'm thinking about it, I should also store my smaller TB bags in a bin with a packet of crystals.

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  • Rufus
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    ah, that looks quite bad

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  • Hemel
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    I had noticed the discolouration in my ID and didn't think anything of it until I read this thread.

    Now that I've gone and looked at my bag more closely, I see the peeling is happening to mine as well.

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