Sorry for the delay, the Klim person that I needed to talk to was busy at the Jackson HIllclimbs working the booth and racing, but here is what I was told on the supply issues. Similar issues as most other products that have anything to do with Asia. The condensed version is: Fabric Shortage,(The fabric for Gore-Tex is made in China and shipped to the US to have the membrane applied and then shipped back to Asia but not China for sewing into garments), factory shutdowns because of scheduled power outages before and during the Olympics, not being able to get container ships unloaded ( Klim has diverted alot of cargo to Texas and Florida which takes extra time but still faster than sitting for months at Long Beach), actual container shortages( products sitting in warehouses in Vietnam and Korea waiting for containers). Not much else to say, It's just the times we live in. Side note: Gore-Tex fabric cannot be sewn just anywhere, A factory has to be certified to sew Gore-Tex and not very many world wide factories are Gore-Tex certified so production is planned months ahead to schedule factory time slots so it makes it difficult change on short notice.What is the issue with distribution?
@Frogman I have the Apex jacket that as you noted vents for hot days and the Latitude pants that cover all my riding conditions. I use a Gerbings heated jacket for the cold days.Watching the video on Revzilla, I like the Apex. Its looks like a less biffy version of the Badlands and short cut. Good venting.
I wonder if they very slowly get them in stock and then sell out. For example; my wife has been wanting Klim Altitude pants and bought a pair in October that we had to return because she needed the tall size, which they didn't have in stock. I literally looked every day to check. A month ago they had her size in stock. Emailed for the discount, ordered, the stock showed zero again, and has ever since!Looked at Dennis Kirk and they have the Latitude and Hardanger in stock in my size. So does Chaparral and Cycle Gear has Latitude in Black. BMW of Denver has both black and grey Hardanger. Klim has neither the Latitude of Hardanger in stock, what gives?? I want to use my military discount at Klim.
Klim is going to supply their dealers before they supply their direct to consumer channel. If they supply themselves first and the dealers second (or under cut their dealers), that is a sure way to lose dealers....and, in the long run, lose business.Looked at Dennis Kirk and they have the Latitude and Hardanger in stock in my size. So does Chaparral and Cycle Gear has Latitude in Black. BMW of Denver has both black and grey Hardanger. Klim has neither the Latitude of Hardanger in stock, what gives?? I want to use my military discount at Klim.