I wish I could offer some assistance. I would love to be able to help you test your new gear, but I don't have anything big planned for next year and don't really have time to spend that much time on the trail with school. I may be doing the PCT in 2009, but that's still a ways off. If I were to test some gear next year it would give me excuses to go hiking more often. The girlfriend always tries to get me to stay but if I could pull a "but Ron's business depends on me testing his stuff this weekend" she might understand.
You make some great stuff, I have two of your tarps and I'm sure you'll have no problem getting some qualified testers for your new gear.
I can't wait for you to start production on the eVent mitts, I've been looking for some shells to wear for hiking in the rain and they seem to be just the ticket. I can't wait to see what else Ron has in store for us, its sure to be good.