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Old 12-06-2012, 03:40 PM   #16
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The big question is how Polaris handles management of the the brand.

Do they let exist as a separate entity, or do they try and bring it all under the corporate "roof" and screw it up?

If Polaris is smart it made a deal where the current management stays on for 5 years to ensure the brand survives the transition. This is what Columbia did when it bought Mountain Hardwear and it seemed to work.

Just my $.02
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:41 PM   #17
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Got some Traverse pants this year, really thinking about picking up a Badlands jacket while they're not garbage. I don't expect them to go totally down the shitter, but I expect their quality will probably come down to many of the bigger brands.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:59 PM   #18
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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.


And you got a new bike this year. Enjoy both and hope you have great rides ahead of you

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:09 PM   #19
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Polaris and quality?

Not usually in the same room together.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:16 PM   #20
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I dunno, it worked pretty well for Buell.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #21
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Lots of noise about this on the snowmobile forums.

Tekrider brands stuff for Polaris. Ogio brands stuff for Polaris. Fly Helmets and 509 do too. You can still buy all these brands at non-Polaris dealers, and non-Polaris-branded parts are still available.

I hope:
A) They continue to grow and nurture their motorcycle/dualsport products
B) Prices come down to compete with Motorfist and HMK gear
C) Their warranty process improves. Klim advertises a solid warranty but are hit-or-miss when it comes to delivering.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #22
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I can see the snow clothing side making sense,
but the ADV & Moto gear side? Polaris is not in that motorcycle segment who so ever. My guess is Klim will add more cruiser looking gear that is also hi-tech in material but still looks low.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #23
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Hopefully it's rebranded as Polaris so Klim can keep the ADV image.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:45 PM   #24
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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?

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:46 PM   #25
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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?


I saw $1499 for a Klim jacket and $899 for a pair of pants in a cycle world ad.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:49 PM   #26
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Polaris and quality?

Not usually in the same room together.
Yep....if their QC is the same on the gear as the motorized products I've purchased, expect eternal quality issues!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #27
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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.
I never thought the product was worth the price. I handled and tried on the adventure suit. It was heavy and ungainly. Maybe Polaris has the bucks to hire a proper tailor.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:09 PM   #28
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Polaris and quality?

Not usually in the same room together.
I concur. I worked on their ATV's at a dealer in the early 90's. Job security.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:41 PM   #29
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I concur. I worked on their ATV's at a dealer in the early 90's. Job security.
glad I got my Badlands suit last month. steep price, and at $1100 I hope I am buried in it - just not right now.

I had a Polaris 800 atv. crank bearings went out at 200 miles and they wouldnt warranty it or split cost because it was a year old. fuck polaris and their shit product
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:01 AM   #30
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I own a Victory(Polaris) and looking at their apparel online they don't get into the pirate apparel like H-D does.

I'm guessing Polaris made the move mainly for the snowmobile portion of their business, but I hope some of it will go to the Victory side.
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