Man, I hadn't heard anything about a recall on the Versalite. Super bummer, awesome pant, and I've had no problems with mine!
We're not always able to procure each and every model of an item on the market. Sometimes the manufacturer doesn't have the product available, or maybe we're already testing other pieces of gear from them, or the product availability somehow didn't jive with the beginning of testing, or or or... We focus on doing an awesome job with the materials available :P
Greg, I'd never make it as a historian! Dates are a bit vague for me. I worked in the mid/late 90s (roughly 96-98?) & roughly '03-04. Not sure of the exact date of the images in my mind of the little Golites hanging next to the Danas, but it would've been somewhere in that time. If it was the second phase, I guess the packs had been hanging around the shop, unsold, for a while. Which, er, just sorta reinforces my point ;)
Robert, I thought I felt a bit of stretch in the Paclite, and I thought that might have been what they were thinking by using it in the knee, but... really? Ever watch NCIS? Gibbs giving Tony a head slap? Just a weird use of the fabric.
In case I was unclear, I do wear rain pants in the summer... but if I do, it's pretty much only in camp, after the days hiking is done and things are cooling off.