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russell dean
Summit Shelters on 04/01/2006 09:58:35 MST Print View

Does anyone have any experience with Summit Shelters [Big Sky]. I am looking at the Evolution 1P as a possible purchase. It's lightweight with either the option of alum poles or carbon fiber. Concerned with condensation and durability.

Robert Molen
(bigsky) - MLife
Big Sky Evolution 1P reviews on 04/01/2006 17:05:22 MST Print View

Russell, is currently reviewing our Evolution 1P shelters... we have a link to the reviews at the bottom of the Evolution 1P web page:


We will also be happy to answer any questions you have.

Thanks for your interest,

Mary Simpson
(maryphyl) - F
Re: Big Sky Evolution 1P reviews on 04/26/2006 11:21:09 MDT Print View

Two questions-- How do you set the tent up with just the fly? What do you recommend for reducing slippage on the sil floor? Mary

William Stoddard
(mstoddard) - F
Evolution tents on 04/26/2006 12:03:08 MDT Print View

Several months ago I favorably commented on my Evolution 2P as being very storm worthy. I had no condensation problems in a heavy rain and wind storm. I recently used it on a fishing trip in the deep South, where mosquitos are already thick (mid-April). With the flaps up and the doors zipped, I had great ventilation and not a skeeter inside. So far so good on durability, but I have not used it enough to say more. I'm still very happy with my tent.

Is it really worth the wait? on 04/27/2006 13:25:21 MDT Print View

Placed an order for a 2P-EX with BigSky last December. Haven't received product yet. Not quite sure what the real holdup is. Be prepared for a long wait, and a lot of song and dance.

Jeff Black
(thehikingdude) - F
What about the new single wall version? on 04/27/2006 21:41:19 MDT Print View

Any word on the Znorkel version?

Big Sky? Is it real? on 05/22/2006 12:20:33 MDT Print View

Still no Big Sky product. Going on 6 months now.

Starting to wreak of a big rip off to me. Can I also play with my $250 too Bob?

Sorry, just getting a bit disgruntled here.

Has anyone received their 2P as "promised" yet?

Ronald Davis
(rond) - F
same with me on 05/22/2006 15:36:18 MDT Print View

no tent, no refund, very little communication and then nothing but a song and a dance. Be safe with your $'s and look elsewhere.

Steve Robinson
(Jeannie) - F
No tent either on 05/22/2006 21:12:22 MDT Print View

I ordered in Jan. for April ship date and nothing yet. Email response to questions prior to ordering was good, but now .... still waiting.

Cris Reifsteck
(unsuperguy) - F
yuck on 05/22/2006 21:41:46 MDT Print View

Add me to the list of unsatisfied Big Sky orderers with no product. I got an email about the new revision D of the Evolution 2p but no info on WHEN.

Ronald Davis
(rond) - F
Refund on 05/22/2006 23:34:01 MDT Print View

I've asked them twice via e-mail for a refund but they will not respond. Needless to say, I've yet to receive either the refund or the tent. At this point I don't want the tent no matter how good it might be. I want me $'s back. The way they are handling this whole situation is not doing much for their image to say the least.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Refund on 05/23/2006 00:33:16 MDT Print View

First off, only just jumped into this Thread by reading the 22may Posts. Didn't bother to read the earlier ones. Also, I'm not familiar with either the specifics or the time frame of anyone's dispute with this company. Here's some advice that may help (it helped me a few years ago).

If you have paid by CC, you should get the bank that issued the CC involved.

I did this a bit over 5yrs ago with good results. First, i disputed the charge and didn't have to pay it. Second, the bank contacted the merchant and threatened to have their ability to process M/C and Visa removed. This would seriously hamper their business. Third, since over 180days had expired and no delivery of product, no refund to my card as i requested them, and no responses to my attempts to contact them, the bank also threatned to have criminal fraud charges brought against the company. Apparently, there are laws regarding this type of thing and according to the bank that issued my VCC, criminal fraud was now involved. It may be so in your case also. I don't know your specifics. If the transaction crossed state lines or used the internet, maybe it's even a Federal Criminal Fraud issue, but that's one for law enforcement, and prosecutors to figure out.

If you've been nice all along trying to be civilized in resolving your conflict, then maybe it's time to "play hard ball". For some people, this is all that will get their attention - i.e., big-time criminal lawyer fees, fines, and prison time have a way of waking up some people.

You're the best judge of what actions to take next. In my case, over six months, no delivery, and no return contacts to my many civilized requests for resolution. So, at that point i chose to get my bank involved. If you've used a CC, you might want to follow my advice. If you used a personal check, then contact the BBB or State Attorney General's offic of your state and whatever state the company is located in to find out what steps to take next.

Hope this info helps.

Jordan Hurder
(jordanhurder) - F

Locale: Southern California
I know this won't make me very popular on 05/23/2006 10:44:09 MDT Print View

... But part of dealing with cottage industry product is waiting out long lead times on product revisions. I'm definitely not trying to tell anyone that they shouldn't be mad about having to wait this long, but a company like Big Sky just doesn't have the resources that someone like Marmot has to keep a steady stream of production going, especially when they are revising product continually in order to bring the best products to market. I have worked with (and for) companies like this in the bike industry, and let me tell you, predicting ship dates from Asian suppliers, especially when you're small, is impossibly difficult. A ship date in mid-June that was promised by a supplier in April is not rare. The Big Sky people, from the sound of it, need to be better about responding to emails, but, in their defense, they may also be in Asia working with suppliers (or finding new ones that can meet hard deadlines), and they may not be in touch over email. Regardless, once you get your tent, you'll still have, according to BPL, one of the lightest, most useable tents on the market, so that's pretty cool. Ultimately, I can understand why you guys are *BEEP*, but I'm just trying to offer another perspective.

Ronald Davis
(rond) - F
Either Asia, or at a backpacking on 05/23/2006 11:12:20 MDT Print View

gathering trying to sell more tents they don't have.

here is the last correspondence I received from them on 5/16

Thank you for your email.... we are traveling to and from a backpacking gathering. Email is not always available so it may be a few days before we are able to respond.

Thank you for your patience,

I may not be as wordly as some but I think one can still send and receive e-mails from China. Maybe scheduling does not permit same day response, but at least a response some day.

Ronald Davis
(rond) - F
By the way on 05/23/2006 11:22:10 MDT Print View

I'd certainly like to see Robert Molen weigh in on this. It's apparent he reads this forum from his earlier response. When he's done with his reply here, I would also invite him to respond to a similiar thread posted LWBP site too. Then he can get out his check book and send me a refund on a tent I ordered and paid for on Dec. 31 expecting a March/April Delivery that still has not arrived.

Henry Shires
(07100) - F - M
Re: I know this won't make me very popular on 05/23/2006 12:09:08 MDT Print View

At the risk of stoking a flame, I'm going to weigh in on this because this situation hurts all of us -- customers/users and gear makers. I think the biggest problem here isn't order delay per se but rather order delay in conjunction with lack of communication and CASHED CHECKS. A cashed check puts an order into an entirely different category with accompanying buyer expectations and seller responsibilities. IMHO, there is no excuse for cashing a check (or running a credit card) on an order without very prompt delivery of product or very high level of communication explaining a delay if, by some Act of God, delivery isn't possible within expected timeframe. In addition, it seems highly unethical to me to ever cash a check prior to delivery unless moneys are needed by the vendor to satisfy a CUSTOM ORDER that requires materials or labor that falls outside normal product offerings. If I were such a situation as a buyer, I would certainly ask for my money back with interest.


cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
lack of communication - main nail on head on 05/23/2006 12:22:43 MDT Print View

that would be my main beef.

I noticed that at mountainlaureldesigns, Ron has stated that they will only take 1/2 payment if they are in delay on orders & will include small items as thankyous for waiting when product does shift, only collecting 2nd half payment when item ships.

Details like that go a long way - shows somebody is there and they are aware of your long wait and are sensitive to it.

Dan Cunningham

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
Bad Strategy on 05/23/2006 16:02:58 MDT Print View

It sounds to me like Big Sky is financing their business startup with customer money, which is not a good way to do business.

They just got an interest free multiple thousand dollar loan from a bunch of backpackers that just wanted a tent.

Not cool at all if you ask me.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Big Sky on 05/23/2006 16:14:01 MDT Print View

Before I read your post that is what I thought too.

In all fairness though, we really should wait and see what happens here. It would be prudent for Big Sky to answer some of these post and or emails explaining the situations. I almost bought one of their tents and at this moment I am glad that I have not due to the problems that I have read about. Big bummer for ALL involved.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Re: I know this won't make me very popular on 05/23/2006 17:07:03 MDT Print View

Kudos for Mr. Shires. Weighty words from an honest business man, and a man of integrity.

I believe too often such pre-purchases are used as an interest free loan instead of attempting to obtain a loan from a financial institution.

Now, i'm no big fan of borrowing money, particularly at interest, and can readily understand the reluctance to do so. I would guess that IF one's business plan was deemed sufficient to obtain an interest bearing loan from a bank in order to start up a business, the end cost to consumers for fine UL products would undoubtedly be more. The question is "Would we consumers be happy paying more?" For many, the answer would probably be "yes"!

Communication is the key as someone else has already stated. Keep customers informed within a reasonable period of time and also the reasons for a delay, the corrective actions being taken, and provide the lastest info from the suppliers as to when they expect to deliver and a customer will feel better about waiting longer in order to be part of the first production run of a product just being introduced to the market. They (i.e., any business) should also be more up front about the fact that they really don't have a product yet - only a design and a handful of prototypes. In the software field, we call this "vapor-ware". So, here, maybe it's "vapor-gear". Having a few prototypes only is just a small step above "smoke and mirrors".

More than once when dealing with other companies, I have written back after receiving letters of apology about delays, that I understand that they are only passing on info that they themselves are being given by their suppliers. I don't personally hold the small startup company responsible when in good faith the make a committment based upon info given to them by their suppliers. They really do hope to deliver in the promised time frame, but are at the mercy of their suppliers. I do however, expect them to be responsive to my emails and/or phone calls, and i expect them to immediately cancel a pre-purchase and refund my CC if i ask them to, though i know that this may further exacerbate a cash-flow problem, and perhaps they really don't even have the cash on hand any longer.

I'm speaking just generally and really don't know how much of this applies in the particular instance referred to in this Thread, not personally being involved.