so, the debate over the quality of older pieces vs. newer releases has been discussed, but lately i have been revisiting this question. i have some older pieces that have not been abused and they have held up very well. i have also read about a number of issues that have been reported on some of the newer bags. i asked myself the above question, and i really think i do have more confidence in the durability and longevity of the older bags. for instance, lately i have been thinking about the sperone backpack. i am hesitant to purchase it for a few reasons. one is that the canvas seems thinner than my older pieces. another concern is that unlike my montsourris backpack, the drawstring goes through slots that have no grommets. these types of changes make me feel like a piece i buy today might not pass the test of time. soooo, i was wondering how others felt. do you feel as confident in the durability of the new pieces as you would in an older item? i thought it would be interesting to see how the responses stack up. so here goes.