I'm going to patch it and let my son use it, if the tear aid makes it useable. I am planning on getting another. I haven't heard of poor quality or any complaints about these products and the simple fact that the ceo took the time to give some input on my problem means alot in my book. I'll see if I can post some pics.
As far as fabric strength....the tear is about where my back was and it didn't drop me on the ground