Polaris buys Klim

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hyperboarder, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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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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  2. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Gore-tex doo rag :huh

    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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  3. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Hopefully it's rebranded as Polaris so Klim can keep the ADV image.
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  4. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    :lol3
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  5. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    :lol3

    I saw $1499 for a Klim jacket and $899 for a pair of pants in a cycle world ad. :huh
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  6. CBACH

    CBACH Aimless Wanderer

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    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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  7. Gun Smoke

    Gun Smoke Banned

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    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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  8. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    I concur. :nod I worked on their ATV's at a dealer in the early 90's. :arg Job security.
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  9. vwboomer

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    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 :flip
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  10. zilla

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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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  11. cchoc

    cchoc Outdoor Photographer

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    Thanks, I hope so and plan to. :D
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  12. Sadlsor

    Sadlsor Been here awhile

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  13. swimmer

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  14. Sadlsor

    Sadlsor Been here awhile

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    Okaaaay then...

    Dang, no one gets over my pals on ADVrider! Sheeessshhhhh.

    (But at least I guessed the right forum. Just didn't dig deep enuff!)
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  15. Klim Home

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    Greetings I would like to address all of your concerns on the recent news, and also thank you for being passionate about the Klim brand. Please read and if you would like to speak to me about it in person I would gladly take your call. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Offical release

    KLIM and Polaris

    As was announced earlier today, Polaris Industries Inc. has, in fact, acquired KLIM. While the ownership of the company has changed hands today, the KLIM brand fundamental function and focus has not and will not. <o:p></o:p>

    KLIM is the leader in technical riding gear. And KLIM got to the top by going to work every day to tirelessly source the most advanced material technologies to put into the most innovative designs in riding gear. And that’s exactly what we continued doing after the exciting Polaris announcement this morning. <o:p></o:p>
    While there are some questions, speculation and assumptions coming up after such big news in the powersports industry, rest assured of a few things: KLIM will remain an independent business entity and it is “business as usual” going forward. <o:p></o:p>
    KLIM will continue to work in its existing facility in Rigby, Idaho with its existing (and growing) workforce. KLIM will continue to develop the same premium-quality products our customers expect. KLIM is still incredibly focused on supporting its fantastic group of dedicated dealers. Nothing about the way KLIM is or has done business is changing. <o:p></o:p>
    Justin Summers, KLIM founder and CEO, will continue his focus on continued product innovation, as he has throughout his career at KLIM, with the same passion for research, development, product innovation and customer service that has come to define the KLIM brand. <o:p></o:p>
    KLIM is proud to continue pushing the limits of apparel innovation and customer service and satisfaction. And we know the secret to our success in the future will be the same as it was in the past. <o:p></o:p>
    Polaris Industries’ acquisition of KLIM is exciting news. KLIM is thrilled to have such a solid resource foundation to base the future off of. Polaris is a global powersports leader with worldly reach that can increase visibility for KLIM. KLIM will benefit from increased international brand exposure as well as investments into what Polaris sees as a major growth area—apparel sales. <o:p></o:p>
    Here are some FAQ’s we’ve compiled. We hope they help answer questions you may have.<o:p></o:p>
    Co-branding of Polaris and KLIM products.
    Polaris will not be co-branding KLIM with their existing apparel products. All of Polaris’ apparel brands will remain independent of each other. Polaris does not want to change what KLIM is doing to be successful—which is being the premium technical riding gear developer. <o:p></o:p>

    KLIM Dealerships
    KLIM dealerships are the heart and soul of KLIM’s success. They have invested great amounts of time and money into selling the KLIM brand and that will never be taken for granted by the KLIM family. There will be no changes to the KLIM sales staff, strategies, dealership agreements, etc. More importantly, there will be no changes to KLIM dealerships’ status or standing regardless of what type of machines they sell.<o:p></o:p>

    What about the other brands Polaris owns or may acquire in the apparel realm?
    Polaris is focused on letting KLIM do what KLIM does best—design and develop the best riding gear in the world. Future plans to develop KLIM’s home in Rigby, Idaho into the Polaris Center for Apparel Excellence are being developed. This is exciting and holds great opportunity for the local community. While it is possible additional brands will call Rigby, Idaho their home in the future, it’s incredibly important to remember that each brand will have a distinct, dedicated team (including product development teams) to ensure that each brand benefits from clear and distinct product positioning. <o:p></o:p>

    <o:p> </o:p>
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  16. oldschoolsk8ter

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    I'm glad I bought my suit this year. I hope that things go well, but for some reason this just feels wrong to me.

    Klim is still hopefully calling the shots, but now they have management above them, that can make decisions that differ from the original intent of the company.

    Well see how this plays out, but I cant think of any small"ish" high quality gear company that I know of that got better by being bought out by a mediocre large corporation.

    sounds like someone followed the trail of the all mighty dollar. :deal
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  17. ghostryder

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    Good for them, I'm glad that they made the sale and I hope he is happy.....however I can't think of ONE business that was sold to a big corporation that got better. I hope that I am wrong, and I wish them the best but I don't hold out much hope.
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  18. WADE-O

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    I have full faith in KLIM staying true to what it is and continue to press forward. Gotta support the guys that put out great stuff just ten minutes from where i used to live. Keep up the good work guys. :D
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  19. Lucky Explorer

    Lucky Explorer Traveled the world

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    I don't see this as a bad thing. I have their gear and visited their facilities a couple years ago. A total 'family' experience, with everyone working together for a very common goal. They all seemed perfectionists striving for more, and I don't see that changing as it is a corporate culture.
    I see them becoming a separate organization within a larger structure. This works far better than you would realize. It offers expanding opportunities for growth of the business and strength for R & D.
    I think Polaris needed Klim and Klim will reap the rewards. When you have a great product, you don't buy it to destroy it, you build on it. Think globally and think positive.
    Allen
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  20. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Has anyone considered the possibility that partnering with Polaris just might give klim cashflow needed to further develop products? It works both ways.
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