hello UL backpacking community,
I come to you with a holy grail of an idea. I am in the plans for making a few bivy sacks for myself and my family, and want just a few yards of eVENT fabric for myself (maybe 10 yards, max.). I may or may not be able to get this miniscule amount as remnants from some of the top-end manufacturers, but it's impossible to find the fabric at retail yardage prices anywhere.
I called the eVENT company and found out why--they are a young company, swamped with distribution problems, and manufacturing the fabric itself out of only one factory in Asia. The person I spoke with told me that he may have some options available in a year, and to call back at that point. In the meantime, he quoted me his minimum wholesale prices:
about $11-12,000 worth of fabric, plus a few thousand $ worth of shipping, plus a 15% import duty on waterproof breathables. That's a LOT of money!
Here's the idea:
Do you want some eVENT? Do you want BPL to carry eVENT? Do your friends want it? Post here if you do. If we get going now, and really want the stuff, maybe we can form a co-op over the next few months and presale everything in minimum bits of 20 or 50 or 100 yards or so. Maybe we can get BPL or thru-hiker.com to help out.
Post your thoughts!