Whats the best piece of equipment you've ever bought?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Jeffro115, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. GtiKyle

    GtiKyle Been here awhile

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    Sorry, but "first world" doesn't really apply to American anymore. We barely manufacture anything these days. I looked around at christmas, and 95% of everything we had opened was NOT made in America.

    Good stuff can, and does come out of china. It's not like they have a decree that says every item exported from China is garbage. It's just easier for companies to cut corners to turn profits, so sometimes things turn out junkier than our expectations. So far I think my Klim gear is top notch, regardless of the country of origin.

    Iphones are made in China. I couldn't find many people that would say they are poorly made.
  2. Lornce

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    Quality wasn't my point, rather it was cost of production. Like most sports shoe manufacturers, Klim fails to pass along Chinese production savings to the customer.

    The beauty of the market, and power to them, I guess. :dunno

    But as a first world consumer I prefer not to support that particular business model whenever possible.

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  3. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I don't disagree that the price deosn't seem to be in line for overseas production, but, as big as KLIM is, it's still pretty small potatoes, when it comes to series production . . . . it's not like they are churning out millions of Badlands jackets in Size Extra Chubby Jumbo everyday . . . . . .. .

    Comparing them to Nike or the like isn't really apples to apples . . . . . . .
  4. Lornce

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    It's entirely comparable. Differing only in scale.


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  5. GtiKyle

    GtiKyle Been here awhile

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    I guess I don't understand NOT buying something because the company is using all the resources available to minimize their cost. It's acceptable to make a profit, but not a BIGGER profit by using cheaper production methods?

    It's all economics, supply and demand. The price is dictated by what people are willing to pay, and what is available to the consumer. The competition is low, for high-end motorcycle gear. So their price dictates that, regardless of production cost/methodology.
  6. jimrobinette

    jimrobinette Been here awhile

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    Actually, America does manufacture a lot. More than we ever have. Not only the value of the products produced, but the amount. What is happening is due to modernization, automation and technology, the amount produced per worker has skyrocketed and we don't need as many workers. So there is an appearance that we don't manufacture as much.

    Our manufacturing output has never been higher than it is right now, contrary to what most Americans think. In fact, the US manufactures even more than China does, or any other country in the world.

    US manufacturing output

    But manufacturing employment is down.

    Because worker efficientcy is up.

    And now, back to our regularly schedule broadcast:

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  7. Lornce

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    1. I'll generally choose quality over marketing hype and/or fashion trends.

    2. Given the choice I'll support a domestic producer, especially if I'm convinced their product is superior.

    3. Supply/Demand and economic realities: I'd feel dumb knowingly overpaying for anything.

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  8. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    Perhaps. But I think you may be underestimating by several orders of magnitude the cost of materials... materials that often aren't made in China or that comes with healthy licensing fees regardless of where made. Gore-tex is not Chinese. Neither is Cordura. Nor 3M scotchlite. Etc.

    They may be making a killing by not passing on production savings, but I don't think so.

    FWIW Klim gear is too expensive for me... I wear Aerostich gear.
  9. DiamondLie

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    Good points made on both sides of this argument. Having owned two high-dollar full suits from them, only to resell later at a loss due to dissatisfaction with the pieces, I do think KLIM could bring their gear prices down from the stratospheric levels they are currently at and still make money. No statistics to quote to prove so but c'mon...what do you think they are paying for labor in China to sew these fancy fabrics together? :deal
  10. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    The BMW gear I had with the fancy German (Schoeller?) fabrics that also cost a fortune (but not quite as much of a fortune as the Klim gear) was made in China. At least the Jacket was. The pants were made in Eastern Europe. Nice gear, well made, lots of little details, but.... the jacket main zipper had to be replaced within 3 years and the pants were completely shot in 5. My 'stich gear cost a touch less and lasts at least 2x as long.
  11. Lornce

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    In ten years the only issues I've had with Aerostich gear were crash related.
  12. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    :nod At 8 years I sent my roadcrafter in for some new velcro down the front and a repair to the back reflective flap that got damaged in a low side. It's one of the reasons I went back to Aerostich for two piece touring gear (Darien Light plus the bottoms from a Roadcrafter two piece suit) after trying some other gear.
  13. HAYVIATOR

    HAYVIATOR Don't be me dude.

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  14. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Only one? Isn't that generally a recurring multi-unit purchase?
  15. DiamondLie

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    Does anyone here know enough about KLRtastic to make that determination? :evil
  16. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Nah -- I'm only projecting based on my usual buying patterns for said protective gear.
  17. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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  18. Megaplow

    Megaplow Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing all your posts. There are some fun toys out there. When shopping for a drill press I scored a hiring bonus from work. The extra money helped me put this in the shop:

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  19. ducnek

    ducnek Satisfied customer

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    I'm sure its been posted before, but I bought the warm & safe WP jacket and a set of w&s heated gloves with the remote this year and it has totally transformed riding for me.

    I have been riding about 15 yrs, on all kinds of bikes, and have suffered through the winters either freezing my ass off, or wearing so much bulk that it was a pain in the ass.

    I wish I would have wised up, and got the heated gear 15 yrs ago! It's expensive, but worth every penny IMHO
  20. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    +1 on Gericke. I bought a Touareg jacket & pants from NewEnough Leathers 12+ years ago & still going strong & looking good. They are too warm for summer use so they are only worn for winter riding, so they get fewer miles than other gear. So far they look like they will still look good & perform well, long after I'm gone.