[ in the 8 years I've owned mine, I did it once just to replace the zipper. I have no signs of wear on the bladders or the tubes from silt on the inside. Its really a non-issue that all the Sotards like to complain about even though they have never owned and AIRE/Trib. As long as you keep your zippers in decent working order, the benefits of ease of repair far outweigh the "downfalls" of the AIREcell system.[/QUOTE]
Yep, I'd have to agree. I don't repair too many Aires. That zipper thing can ofen be headed off by keeping zipper lubed(I'm talking twice a year-you rich guys can do it once a year-and zipping it a couple times), make sure bladder is aligned well(look for ceases or a leaning fill valve) so pressure is evened out, and the big one.....pay attention to wear areas or threads letting loose, (you can beef up the remaining thread and new sewing you do with "waDered" down aquaseal-the miracle formula. Always got a big 8 oz tube in the freezer. Repaired my Vibram 5 fingers last night, reinforced a car battery connector and reattached some lining on a motor cycle helmet today.