“Hello, I understand that there was a defect in a batch of this model of backpack that went out, that caused the plastic near the rivets in the hip belt to crack and break, resulting in several people winding up part way through a several-day hike with a fully loaded pack that no longer had a useable hip belt. It's also my understanding that Gregory realized this and recalled the backpacks from the batch that was affected by this defect. i just purchased this pack from STP - is there a way to confirm that these specific packs weren't part of that recall? I plan to use this on a month-long hike this summer and don't want to end up with a broken hip belt in the middle!
Thanks so much!”
Sorry, I know nothing of this defect or recall! I have only backpacked with it 4 times so have had no structural problems. My biggest complaint is that the side pockets aren't made big enough so you can't fit much in them and still get them zipped up.