MLD NEWS December 15 , 2014
Silnylon shelter and bivy orders are shipping in 1- 2 days. All small items are in stock. Cuben Shelters and bivy order wait time info below.
MLD will be closed from Dec 24 - Jan 5. Orders for items in stock items received by Dec 21 will ship before we break for the holidays.
******************ORDER INFO & NEWS: December 15, 2014**************
Dec 10, 2014
Cuben Fiber Orders Update
First- Thanks for your long wait for cuben shelters- we are sorry for the delay.
All non-cuben shelter orders are shipping daily.
In August we met with Cuben Fiber at the Outdoor Retailer Show in SLC and product availability looked good - same as usual - 3-6 weeks for production. We usually order 4 - 6 times per year to keep the very expensive Cuben inventory here at a reasonable level so we would not have to raise prices. In late August CubecTech hit a production/supply problem getting raw materials. Our order took a bit to longer so we doubled our next order. That order was further delayed and so we quadrupled it. That shockingly large and expensive order was to arrive to us this week but has been pushed out to Christmas week. We are sorry for the long delay. The cuben fiber base film we spec for our fabric is the very best at UV resistance and so that is all we use.
What this means for orders placed in Oct and Nov: If we receive our shipment before Christmas we should have all of those orders shipped by mid Jan. Orders placed in Dec should ship as expected - about 8-10 weeks from order date.
New orders after Dec 10 for cuben shelters should ship early to mid Feb. - New orders should ship in our normal times.
Cuben bottom Soul Bivys are shipping in 1- 2 days - a different type of cuben we do have in stock.
One upside for many non cuben customers is that we have 100% caught up on all orders for silnylon bivy + shelters products and all backpacks and small items. All small accessories in cuben fiber are also in stock. We have extra silnylon shelters built up for Spring so by mid Feb all orders for silnylon or cuben shelters should be shorter waits than last year.
To help a little with the wait for cuben shelters, we note that two of the most experienced long distance hikers in the world Justin Litchner and Shawn Forry are currently using two MLD cuben Pyramids for the first ever attempt to Winter thru hike the PCT. They could use any gear in the world and they chose MLD Mids. Andrew Skurka also has been using a Cuben MLD Mid this winter. Feel sure that when your cuben shelter arrives it will be AWESOME!
If your trip is pressing and you need a shelter now we can also change your cuben order to silnyon and ship it fast.
Thanks for Your Support
MLD offers a wide range of very unique and diverse UL gear, more than any other five UL cottage companies combined. Counting size, color, zipper, fabric and frequently ordered custom options over our product range- we offer over 500 permutations of products and we often must wait to receive an order before scheduling it for production. We sew all the gear ourselves in the US.
Orders are built in the order they were received. Most orders for major items - Packs 2 weeks, Quilts 6, Bivys 6, Tarps Silnylon 1, Tarps Cuben 4, Tarps Silnylon 1 Day, PyraMid Shelters Silnylon 1 day, TrailStars Silnylon 1 day, Quilts 4 weeks, All Cuben Shelters 6 weeks to SHIP after an order is placed online. Most smaller items (stakes, poles, guyline, Ti Pots, mitts, gaiters, chaps, etc) usually ship in 1 Days. We estimate the wait time based on the orders coming in and projected trends. Shipping estimates can vary during very busy times.
In the US - If you have not received your order after 8 full weeks from order date, send us an email. Outside the US please wait 10 weeks. Your order viewed online will always only say "Pending" and that is normal. If your credit card or paypal account has been charged your order is in the production queue. Please see our Shipping and Warranty Info Under the INFO link.
Thanks for your patience while we build your Super Awesome UL Gear.
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