Where'd you do rip yourself? As you know, I just got a new top. I did all the research and then when in and tried them all on, felt the material, etc. Stohlquist has been great for me over the last five years and used to be the fucking shit (or is the correct phrase "rock-butt awesome" ?). But they don't seem to be as good as they used to be (I believe this is primarily due to substituting other materials for the Gore-Tex). Now, I'm not a name-brand junkie by any means, but if you go in and feel the different tops, the non-Gore-Tex ones just don't feel as sturdy. I know they claim to be just as good, just cheaper, but I'm a skeptic. Comparing the company descriptions/stats, they're all about the same, minus the fact that Kokatat is the only company using GoreTex. It's just how they look and feel/fit that is different. So, because it felt a lot more bomber, I bought a Kokatat. I think no one will dispute that they are the most bomber tops being made right now. I love mine and it keeps me bone dry (even when swimming
). Leaky skirt is now the problem.