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hyperboarder 12-06-2012 11:00 AM

Polaris buys Klim
 
http://www.klim.com/en-us/news/snow/...47374719591232

Not sure how I feel about it, I love Klim and I love how they're still small and not big box garbage. Hoping this doesn't change that. Discuss.

Mr. Canoehead 12-06-2012 11:05 AM

I guess there will be Klim pirate outfits and assless chaps out next year. Too bad, they had a good thing going.

Xeraux 12-06-2012 11:22 AM

POLARIS ACQUIRES KLIM TECHNICAL RIDING GEAR

http://www.klim.com/en-us/news/snow/...47374719591232

:umph

Buster714 12-06-2012 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeraux (Post 20191344)
POLARIS ACQUIRES KLIM TECHNICAL RIDING GEAR

http://www.klim.com/en-us/news/snow/...47374719591232

:umph

Damn, you're quick! Haha

vibenation 12-06-2012 11:55 AM

Dunno if I like that or fear that...

On one hand, Polaris is a much bigger fish, and can pump even more money into R+D but now my motorcycle suit future is tied to someone concentrating even harder on snowmobiles....hummm

On another hand, Klim was having huge issues with getting suits turned out fast enough, retailers were shrugging their shoulders at people that wanted Grey Badlands suits....

Out of hands, guess I have to hope for the best.

Buster714 12-06-2012 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vibenation (Post 20191541)
Dunno if I like that or fear that...

On one hand, Polaris is a much bigger fish, and can pump even more money into R+D but now my motorcycle suit future is tied to someone concentrating even harder on snowmobiles....hummm

On another hand, Klim was having huge issues with getting suits turned out fast enough, retailers were shrugging their shoulders at people that wanted Grey Badlands suits....

Out of hands, guess I have to hope for the best.

Yep. Half empty or half full? More resources, better production, same management, win win win. Good PEOPLE at Klim. I'm very excited and optimistic about their future.

ghostryder 12-06-2012 12:45 PM

Oh well.....another one down the shitter.

bomber60015 12-06-2012 12:50 PM

The move makes sense given Polaris' Snowmobile bidness . . . . .

Perhaps it telegraphs a move from a strictly cruiser motorcycle business to something broader . . . . that'd be aces . . . more choices is better.

phreakingeek 12-06-2012 01:14 PM

Sales...
 
According to the press release "Calendar year 2012 sales for KLIM are anticipated to approach $30 million..."

So, guess they only sold 30 pairs of pants this year? Or was it 15 jackets and 15 pants?

concours 12-06-2012 01:25 PM

I lost a ton of respect for Klim sled gear when it went all offshore made. It was previously US made, and was better quality, IMHO:1drink. Each year, sled makers struggle with offering HIGH QUALITY gear, Gore-Tex, etc. that customers demand, then each year they have tons of unsold high end branded gear. :norton Paul Harris sleds have been trying to regain lost market segment since BRP stole their lunch 10 years ago. Buying success may or may not work out for them.

eddyturn 12-06-2012 01:36 PM

Bummer. Corporate mentality says they will have to find a way to pay for this acquisition and that ususally means cheapening the product down the road. Can't blame them for taking the big bucks as that is what it's all about. Good for Justin.

cchoc 12-06-2012 02:27 PM

Here's hoping the product stays good and the offerings increase. The good news for me is that I just got my Badlands suit this year and, at 65yo, it will most certainly last a lifetime. :evil

mario33 12-06-2012 02:40 PM

Buy current products while quality lasts... thats my comment...

JALnSC 12-06-2012 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mario33 (Post 20192583)
Buy current products while quality lasts... thats my comment...

+1:huh

catalina38 12-06-2012 03:34 PM

Well I'm glad I have a closet full of their stuff and we should be ok for a year or two then the mass market dumbing down will begin. I watched several small high end high quality out door clothing brands go down the toilet after being bought out.
It will become the "Adventure life style" look and feeling and inspired by adventure riding but will be junk.
I hope I'm wrong but I may get a second set of my favorite most used gear just in case.:cry:cry:cry:cry


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