I've had my Kaw Flame Gel Seat for barely 2 years now and there are small (1/8" to 1/4") slits showing up. There's about six slits now all orgininating next to the flame stitching; all are showing up within the last few weeks. I only have 7,600 miles on the bike and it's garage kept. At 164# I doubt my butt is straining the material too much. Although I've never been happy with the seat I don't need to be spending a fortune for another one so soon.