Don't feel as though your being harsh! On the contrary, I'd be disappointed if I received no questions. It means someone is paying attention :-) ! I'd like everyone to be comfortable asking the hard questions and feel confident that when they buy from me that I WILL deliver as promised. I am well aware of the problems associated with Big Sky, and I think it rather unfortunate that these things happen. I'd rather not become a part of such events. Unfortunately, being a small company forces me to offer these products initially as a presale for this reason: being my 1st offering of any type of shelter/bivy system I have no way of anticipating demand. I've committed to growing E2E and have grown the company without a line of credit and wish to continue to do so. With a limited cash flow I've focused funds on items that have proven themselves to me (namely my stoves, which have sold on ebay for the past 6 months- ebayer user ID is hammer-two).I strongly believe in Ke's products: I have used both the Dual Flight and Wind Shell, and am sold on the product line. I personally believe in the items Ke sells as they have proven to me to be high quality.I know I'm going to answer your questions out of order, but I hope you'll bear with me.
1st, I was offering the items for presale with payment in advance, but as of tonight I will change that. I will change the website to reflect an initial payment of half the price at the time of order, to show a commitment on the part of the buyer(I will commit to the other half of the funding), with the balance at the time of shipment.I hope to be able to bring Ke's products to the table in the future as in stock items, since he really does have some innovative designs!
2nd, I am not an expert in fabrics, although I'm learning, (that is Ke's area, however)but I can tell you the material is a 20D*20D and the waterproof portion is PU coated. The breathable fabric works very well as I witnessed 1st hand on a recent above treeline bivy. It is also very strong and durable. To date I haven't had any problems with abrasion or failed seams and/or material. As far as water resistance,on my recent bivy above treeline the Dual Flight withstood steady rain all night, w/ steady wind. The wind was gusting well above 40 mph outside my protected refuge, so I realized about half of that where I was bivied. In the morning I had no penetration from rain, and only minor condensation associated with shelter being closed up tight.The Wind Shell bivy kept my bag 100% dry.I had no moisture from any sources inside, and it kept any rain spatter at bay with ease.
3rd, is it lighter than Epic? My tarp comes in at just a hair above 9 ounces, and that includes 1/2 being PU coated.I'd imagine the 100% breathable is a bit lighter. The fabric info is the info supplied to me by Ke Wu, so again I will defer those questions to him.