Klim aquired by Polaris

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by awshouse, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. awshouse

    awshouse Downwardly mobile

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  2. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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  3. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    Expect the dirt bike line to be converted to kwad gear.
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  4. NWBoarder

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    Oh, you mean wife beaters, jeans and tennis shoes? Lol

    I sure hope not!
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  5. tommybelvedere

    tommybelvedere Adv alacarte'

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    We'll see how it works out, i'm not optimistic. Small company sells out to the larger company, so tired of crap like this. One more local company to scratch off the list for purchases.
    TB
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  6. 81husky

    81husky Been here awhile

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    Unless I'm mistaken, none of it is manufactured here.
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  7. lincolnlock

    lincolnlock Been here awhile

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    I sure hope the brand stays the same. I've had my pants rebuilt a couple of times when I burn huge holes in them with my chainsaw. It's a 3 day turn around for repairs. Awesome customer service as well.
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  8. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Dunno,

    Kinda like my Klim Valdez, vintage '08 . . . . . . Just wouldn't feel the same without the powder skirt ! :rofl:rofl:rofl

    'xpect it'll last forever . . . . .


    YMMV
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  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    The guy built a high-end brand out of nothing and convinced many of us to spend $2000 for a jacket and pant! That's pretty amazing, since his market was dirt.

    He sold his baby and made his money. Bravo.
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  10. IdahoRenegade

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    The company was started and is based in Idaho. At the price of their gear it better be made here.
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  11. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    China, Idaho :evil

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  12. WetSideRider

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    My gloves say China
    My Dakar pants say China
    My goretex sox say China

    I guess that could be China, Idaho, but they left the state name out.
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  13. 81husky

    81husky Been here awhile

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    There is almost zero riding wear made in the USA.

    http://www.sledmi.com/forums/index.php/topic/4882-klim-american-made/

    The above link is internet info, so take it for what it's worth, but I believe Klim is made in China. I've seen this other places too, but don't remember where.
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  14. IdahoRenegade

    IdahoRenegade Long timer

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    Well, bummer. Didn't know that...might as well shop Walmart. I was thinking about buying their gear, even though it's out of my budget, to support an Idaho company.
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  15. crackhead

    crackhead Long timer

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    For US made stuff, you are buying Aerostich. AFAIK, other than some custom leather guys, that's about it.
    There is a guy in Vancouver BC that is doing some one off stuff, but it looks sketchy (non YKK zippers, cheapish velcro).

    Dunno.
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  16. obrianmcc

    obrianmcc Been here awhile

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    China or not it currently is very well made and IMO worth the $$$

    Kind of sucks to hear….. another solid biz being bought up by another larger entity…. Hopefully they can maintain their direction and culture and don’t dumb down the product.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  17. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    The company is still an Idaho company.
    - They still pay US taxes
    - They still have 40 Americans earning a living in this US based company, that contribute to the economy
    - Their goods get shipped with American companies, sold through American stores, often with sales taxes that go to American companies.
    - They pay American advertisers to advertise in American Magazines sold to Americans all of which contribute to the economy
    - Etc.

    Just because something is manufactured in China, doesn't mean you aren't still supporting a local company. Also just because something is made in China it doesn't = crap. China can make anything to the customer's specifications. The customer just has to keep them on a short leash, and keep the quality up.

    That being said...way to go Aerostitch.
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  18. byways

    byways byways

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    Klim is an authentic American success story (although the China part does suck). Not only is it the brainchild of an Idaho entrepreneur, but it is located in rural eastern Idaho, out in the country, where the ADV riding and snowmobiling are world-class. We're proud of what Justin Summers built. Just hope it stays here, and that it retains its friendly small-town Idaho culture.
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  19. Chip Seal

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    Many small manufacturers have to sell out.

    I would wager, Klim developed their product, began selling it and their reputation grew. Sales grew, and then they expanded the line to cover all bases. Takes a lot of cash. Banks currently are tight assed for any loans. Possibly Klim could not keep up with demand and feared loosing it all. They probably searched for a buyer with certain conditions to apply if they sold.
    Polaris, seemingly a deep pockets company, came along and made them an offer. Potentially a win win situation for both parties.
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  20. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    They don't make clothing in extra lard-assed sizes. :cry
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