one of my 802 bags wore out in the same way
There's a metal bar in the top of the flap of the F802 bags, under the handle, that helps it stay rigid. One of the my F802 bags the bar eventually cut through the back of the flap. The bag was five or six years old and like a gold fish that lives past its prime I just figured it was time to replace the bag.
I've had several 802 series bags and they're great. That was the only one that wore out that way. I had another one wear out wear the strap is sewn to the side of the bag. That was a problem cause the bag literally fell apart while I was walking the streets of New York. Fortunately I was just a couple of blocks from Adorama, so I walked over there, with my gear cradled in my arms, and picked up a replacement.
A couple of years ago I got a J802 ballistic black satchel and I love it. It's a tiny bit bigger, which is perfect for slightly larger digital bodies like the 5D or 5D Mark II, and has a nice pocket that runs the length of the front, perfect for notebooks (paper ones, not computers) or tiny accessories (my Canon 270EX flash) or probably my iPad (if I get one). The ballistic bags seem to be bulletproof. It gets dirty and I wipe it off and looks like new.
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