I had the original version of this product (it definitely has been improved) in my backyard when my son was a young player. We used it and had a lot of fun with it over those years and it only popped one of the connecting bands in all that time. More importantly, it gave me the idea to place many of our new training aids outdoors all year long to see how they handled the weather.
Our Pitcher's Catcher (original design was called the Canvas Catcher) finally was given away when we moved and was till doing what it was built for, though it did get a bit ugly after 7 years. Bottom line is that you definitely will get your monies worth from our newest version of the original Canvas Catcher pitchers target.