When we hiked the GDT the mesh panel on the back of my Arc Haul wore through, causing a strap to rub against my back for several hundred kilometers. This eventually caused me quite a bit of pain – my back had knots from everything being off kilter and rubbing.
I have only hiked short trips since, or done trail maintenance, so this has been on the back burner. But with all the time at home recently due to the Public Health Emergency, I finally got around to repairing it! I used an old lanyard as a donor for a strap and reinforced and repaired the top seam of the mesh.
At the end of the day this was a quick and free repair using scraps. The repair took less than half an hour. I think it will be a while before I can test it out on a trip, but we will see!