I guess the proof is in the puddin' so to speak. We'll have to see how the imported gear holds up, how it's backed up, and how it prices out. Could be really good for Brandon... Could be a black eye...
I don't want to buy my hammock gear from Wal-Mart or Amazon.com... I want to buy a quality piece of gear one time.
One of the great things about this little HF.net community is the cottage businesses that have blossomed from the demand for gear. The quality and workmanship I've seen in my Warbonnet gear and gear from the other cottages is cannot be matched by high-volume manufacturers. The gear the cottages products harken back to my grandpa's time, when things were hand made with pride and were definitely NOT disposable.
I know Adam and Jen are themselves working on two quilts for me. I've heard before that Warbonnet was a one man shop, but in communications with Brandon, he has referred to sending gear to and receiving gear from his "sewers," so there has been some outsourcing of work already. I know my BMJ was made by his "sewers" and it is a first class piece of gear.
That said, I'd still want the option to buy "MADE IN THE USA" Warbonnet gear. If I can't get that, I'd probably look to another "MADE IN THE USA" cottage shop for my gear first (I know, I cant get a BB anywhere else, but I expect mine to last FOREVER).
We live in a global community, and the hammock community is going global, but there is still something special about our current gear manufacturers, their skills, and their quality.
I guess I'm a little bummed about this, too...