+1 on the environmental impact that a discarded oil filter has. I'm not really sure how long it takes a paper filter to degrade buy it's probably a long, long time.
Oil prices aside, the filter costs about $12 a pop plus the time spent getting that filer (I buy my oil in bulk so it's already in the garage) the break even point on the filter is about 9 filter changes minus the cool factor which is priceless. The temp differences on a paper element v.s. a mesh is about 30*F depending on ambient which means 1. it is flowing better and 2. it is dissipating more heat.
The filter I use is less than $3.00. Sorry, no oil filter is cool enough to spend $100.00 on. I like my disposable filters.
To me, this is exactly why these types of products won't fly with the average person. The cost is WAY to high. There is no way that filter costs anywhere near $100 to make. I'm not against making a profit, but that's ridiculous.
And as far as the environment goes, if they were pushing their product as environmentally friendly, and were sincere about, they would definitely make it cheaper. If it were even close to the cost of the disposable filters, it would fly off shelves.
And another thing, where do the chemicals that you use to wash this filter go? Do you just flush them down the sink, used oil from the filter & all? That's good for the environment, for sure.
This is another thing that leaves a sour taste in my mouth; "its good for the environment, so you should pay more for it... a lot more..." *insert evil laugh here*; *and in the classic damsel in distress voice*, "its for the children... think of the children..."; *and the over dramatic news reporter*, "oh the humanity!!" (or is it "Oh the huge manatee!!")
I don't mean to rain on your parade, guy, but this sounds like more fluff to push a WAY over priced product to me. I'll pass...
Oh, and welcome to the forum!!