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    We put in service the Petzl EXO bailout system December of 2010. Now we are discovering about a 20% to 25% failure rate in the pouch that holds the hook and rope. The pouch fails at the seam on the bottom and the eye and rope are then exposed to all the elements at a fire and there is an abrasion risk to both the hook and rope.Name:  IMG_4783.jpg
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    Yes, there is an exposure risk to everyday wear and tear....you need to reinforce those bags.
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    Vinnie, Thanks for the reply. With a 25% failure rate after a little over a year usage we're trying to make the case that we shouldn't have to make the changes to the pouch but that Petzl should stand behind their product. As of this point we have either repaired or taken out of service the damaged pouches, but it is getting costly. We have begun a dialog with Petzl about the product but would like to know if other department are having a similar problem. Kurt

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    Sew the reinforced bbp knee pads into it, that's what we had to do. My first bag got a hole in it within the first two months....I've since gone through 4, 3 from everyday wear and tear, getting in and out of the rig, and one from the flash over. They are just place in a tough spot not to get that much wear...lumbar bag seem to get the least wear from normal use.
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    I doubt it sees the use that your kits due, but my bailout kit is in a RIT Rescue bag and it is holding up great.
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    Ours goes in our turnout pants pocket.
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    Their are two replacement bags that seem to be much heavier duty. Here is a link:

    http://www.allhandsfire.com/Petzl-Ex...ment-Bag-Nomex

    http://www.allhandsfire.com/PETZL-EX...AG-REVERSIBLE-

    I have and use the bottom version and it is great. But if you are trying to have the manufacturer replace them, then buying new heavier duty bags is not going to help. But at least you can see what some options are. Not sure where you bought your EXO systems from, but check out www.allhandsfire.com they are a big dealer for them and have an excellent staff. They might be able to offer you some insight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieB View Post
    and one from the flash over.
    Did I miss something? Please post or p.m. a link or just give up the story already.
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