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Nicholas Miller
(nmiller08) - F

Locale: Montana
spinnaker from Prolitegear? on 03/01/2009 21:18:43 MST Print View

Has anyone purchased spinnaker from It's about $1 more per yard than thru-hiker's, but I have a gift certificate from prolite and would like to use it on some raw material for projects. Just wondering if anyone has any pros/cons from experience.

Xiaoguang Wu
(wifarm) - MLife

Locale: Nanjing,China
$19 per feet, not per yard on 03/02/2009 19:24:07 MST Print View

The price from prolite is $19 per feet, not per yard.
I used to buy it from prolite, but they sent me $19 per feet, then I return it to them.

Nicholas Miller
(nmiller08) - F

Locale: Montana
WOW on 03/02/2009 23:13:04 MST Print View

Thanks for the warning! Their website says "sold by the continuous linear yard," did they make an effort to correct the situation with you? Such as "oops, we accidentally sent you 5 feet" or anything? If it was an accident I still might give them a try...I drive by their shop every month or so, I'll try to confirm the yard vs. foot issue. If it doesn't pan out I'll just stick with thru-hiker. Thanks again,

Xiaoguang Wu
(wifarm) - MLife

Locale: Nanjing,China
by foot on 03/03/2009 00:26:23 MST Print View

I email them later, they reply "The item is sold by the foot". Then I return it.

liang kong
(mcluxun) - F

Locale: Tulsa,OK
Re: WOW on 03/03/2009 01:46:59 MST Print View

Hi miller
Hope you try to buy from prolitegear,and tell us what's wrong with it.You know Wu feels really bad,when he found it is sold by feet,some how it's just like cheating

Nicholas Miller
(nmiller08) - F

Locale: Montana
Prolitegear spinnaker on 05/05/2009 13:33:26 MDT Print View

Hey guys, I did get a chance to stop in to Prolite gear in Bozeman a couple weeks ago and took a look at their spinnaker. I talked to a nice guy who just pulled up thier website and saw the "sold by the yard" notation and said it should not have been sold by the foot. However, it certainly isn't their primary item of sale so maybe you contacted one of their employees who wasn't aware that the price should be by the yard?

At any rate, it is a very small company and they seem to only have a few employees. All of them have been helpful with my questions so far and certainly don't seem like the sort of people who would try to trick you, at least I hope not. I made them aware of your complaint that you got it by the foot so hopefully it won't happen again. If you decide not to try ordering from them again, consider giving thru-hiker a try. Many people on this website have had good experience with the guy who runs that website, Ayce. I don't know about overseas shipping though. Good luck with everything.

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
Re: spinnaker on 05/05/2009 14:06:20 MDT Print View

Hi All,

Note that the Spinntex EXP avialble from is the eact same spinnker we use at MLD and is a new 2008/2009 formulation that is superior to older spinnakers.

Also note that MLD and work together on fabric sourcing and we are the ONLY small cpmpanies currently that have an in-house certified ASTM water resistance pressure testing machine (from germany $$$) to insure standards in what you get.


Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Re: Re: spinnaker on 05/06/2009 11:58:53 MDT Print View

thanks for that info Ron, I've been contemplating where to buy my spinnaker for an upcoming tarp.

Nicholas Miller
(nmiller08) - F

Locale: Montana
thanks x2 on 05/06/2009 15:49:54 MDT Print View

Good to know Ron. I had seen the EXP designation on the thru-hiker site but since I didn't have the two to compare I wasn't sure whether the Prolite stuff was comparable. (and from the sounds of it I wouldn't be able distinguish with the naked eye anyway?) At any rate, I'm glad I ended up using the Prolite gift certificate on some soft shell pants and decided to get the Spinnaker from thru-hiker.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: by foot on 05/06/2009 16:21:31 MDT Print View

It is always possible that there has been a big misunderstanding here.

I would interpret 'sold by the foot' to mean you can specify how much you want by the foot. Like maybe seven feet.
And I would interpret '$19/yd' as meaning just that.

So 7 feet at $19/yd should cost $44.33.

Of course, if whoever filled out the order did the calculations wrongly ... anything is possible. We don't know.


Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
spinnaker from Prolitegear? on 05/07/2009 14:28:14 MDT Print View

Considering I paid $17/yd for my spinnaker (from BPL'er Mike M.) I have trouble believing that Prolite would be selling their for 3x as much. I suppose I could just walk over there and ask them in person but it's kind of rainy out today and I've got some good tunes playing out of the computer speakers.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: spinnaker from Prolitegear? on 05/07/2009 14:49:44 MDT Print View

Sam, repeat after me .... Rain is just another kind of good weather.

Nicholas Miller
(nmiller08) - F

Locale: Montana
Re: spinnaker from Prolitegear? on 05/07/2009 14:57:16 MDT Print View

Just to clarify, Prolite did confirm that the price is per linear yard, both over the phone and in person. However, I also don't want to dismiss Wu's complaints out of hand because I have no reason to disbelieve him. I'm going to guess that Roger is right in thinking it's either a miscommunication or simply a billing error.