Were these two of many that have torn, or the only two you have used?I have been cutting my pouches in a rectangular shape, and placing the hole for the band at an equal distance from the two sides and the end. Since I started slingshoting I have had two pouches tear out to the side of the band and the pouches were made from two different types of leather. One made from suede and the other a from smooth leather and both were 5/64 inch thick.
What about the shape of the hole for the band? What about some kind of reinforcement? What about a different shape....bowtie or butterfly shape (which I am going to use to replace the pouch that broke this morning)? Thicker leather? Broken pouches is part of the game?
Leather will break down sooner or later. leather is of different qualities and even in a good quality leather (one with good strength for a pouch) it will have irregularities in various places in the hide. Thus weak spots.