i don't think i'm particularly hard on gear, but i have experienced a series of minor fails lately. i have made warranty claims for all three, we'll see how it goes.
1. small osprey hydration pack, the sternum strap buckle broke and the compression straps are both pulling away where they are sewn to the top of the pack. it's about a year old, one of those super light backpacks. i haven't really stuffed it or banged it around.
2. Deuter day pack, the plastic hip belt buckle broke. in almost the same spot as the buckle on the osprey. i figure they'll send me a new buckle.
3. mountain hardwear 'butter' liner gloves. love the gloves; a seam along the thumb failed, so i have a hole about 1 cm long. they're about 3 months old. that's probably a replace.
i'll follow up on how these companies deal with the claims.