not sure what the deal was in the early agent outfitting, but whatever they did they definitely got it right -- I've *never* had a backband work so well for me. I've not had the boat long, but i've tossed it around on all kinds of waves/holes/etc and have been thoroughly impressed with the outfitting (esp the backband system) in that thing. Not once did i roll up with my ass sitting on a flattened out backband ready to auto eject out of the boat.
If you liked the boat w/exception of that early outfitting problem I'd compltely recommend getting it and scratching the idea of any retrofixt backband. If the shop(s) you demoed from don't have boat with this backband fix and you'd like to try one that does, drop me a pm and come by the golden park before the waters completely gone.