I used to buy the most inexpensive brands of garden trash bags, I figured as they were only going in the trash the quality didn't really matter. Since then, I have been converted, largely because of Glad ForceFlex. Clearly the products biggest attribute has to be the stretchable elements in the plastic. The box states that the bag is tear resistant guaranteed and I have put this to the test. Bearing in mind this is a garden bag and the fact that you'd probably be putting in leaves, grass clippings and the odd thin twig, I did manage to deliberately spike a hole in the bag. It wasn't that difficult. The picture on the box does suggest the stretchy bag can accomodate thin, bendy twigs. I would point out that apart from the one time I was deliberately trying to spike a hole, the bag has never split on me. This incident does not in the least prevent me from spending that little bit of extra money on trash bags and generally, whoever invented the stretchy-element of the product is a complete innovator. The bags really smell nice, which is good as rotting leaves and grass do not give off the most pleasant of odors. I'd definately recomment this product.