I'm thinking of investing in some Chimera Softboxes but I'm torn. From what I've seen at my buddy's studio the materials seem great quality but the stitching is not completely straight and is kinda handmade looking (and I mean by someone's grandma not a high end tailor so not in a good way). On the other hand I hear that on brands like Elinchrom and Profoto the silver material will eventually peel off or they will tear if taken on location often and so on.
So what I.m wondering is this: Can these truly last an entire career, being repaired and fixed if needed? I guess what bothers me the most is the absence of hems inside the softbox (where the first silver material joins the second) which I was always taught were essential in any piece of quality clothing... Are they really as durable as their reputation seems to indicate?
I'm interested in the Video Pro Plus line by the way as we plan to do a lot of video too. By the way said buddy is selling off his video equipment to pay his wife's debt and so I could pick up his Video Pro Plus softboxes for cheap. (they're only 6 months old)