Okay I have emailed Spencer and he sent me an email that I should post here for those to read. My email consested of some of the questions some of you folks have PMed me about or emailed me about.
Not having one of the new 250's it is hard for me to answer some of the questions that have been asked so I emailed Clark to get some Idea behind the 250 after reading this email I hope you all might have a better understanding what is going on at Clark as much as I do at least.
They have been a very good company to do with and often go out of there way answering questions for me that I could not answer so that I would be able to give those of you who do read about the Clarks the right answer and not miss lead you all. So below this is what they had to answer to mine and many of your questions. I think those questions that you all have asked me have been great question and they needed to be answered.
I really hope this answers some if not all of your questions. I know that this will still not make people happy for what ever reason and some folks will still not be happy with the price but here you go.
I’ve noticed a lot of interesting comments about the NX-250 and I posted a message answering some questions about it on the Yahoo Group. You can feel free to share it with anyone else who is interested. Here it is:
We are starting to get a lot of questions about our NX-250 model (which we won't start shipping for a couple of months). These are the main questions:
1) Why did you make the NX-250 model?
2) Why does it cost so much?
Here are the answers:
First, we made the NX-250 because we have listened to customers for many years who love the features of our hammocks but wish they could have lots of open space around them. Now, the NX-200 was definitely a step up from our standard model. But the NX-250 takes interior space to a whole new level. The NX-250 feels very spacious from head to foot. It's a luxurious feeling.
There is another benefit to the NX-250: It's really easy to set up. It takes less time and you hardly have to pay any attention to whether the tension is correct.
As for the cost, you have to take two things into consideration. First, we are the design leader in the hammock industry. That means we can't just copy the latest competitor hammock and then have it made for $4 in Bangladesh. Second, we make all of our hammocks in the USA from virtually 100% American-made materials. Let me say that again: We do not import fabric from overseas. We know this makes our products cost more. It's worth it.
The NX-250 is not just a NX-200 with loops and poles. There are subtle differences that required many months and countless tests. The extra labor costs money. The poles (also made in America) cost money. The rain fly is also larger (the most expensive part of our hammocks). One improvement you will notice is that the WeatherShield zips directly to the netting, allowing you to exit the hammock with one zipper slider, even when the WeatherShield is up. This feature added weight and expense, but we figured that people who buy this model are more concerned with comfort than weight and expense.
We are the original lightweight camping hammock. If you would like a cheaper NX-250, simply wait a few months and you can buy one from our competitors who are sending the designs to China as we speak. You'll just miss out on the durability, quality and features you would get in a Clark.
In the meantime, we will continue selling the standard Jungle Hammocks that have stood the test of time. They are still my hammock of choice.