The new PSOF LG Kit order process

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02/03/2014 at 10:38

These are the most ordered items in 2013 and their respective prices

Cycle Jacket - £95
Cycle Top - £45
Gilet - £70
Monaco - £42
Tri-shorts - £33
Arm Warmers - £20
Women's Tank - £55
Race Cap - £12.50

There will be no order going through late 2014; instead it will move to early 2015 and is intended to be

1 February - I will start a thread which will, in effect, open the order book.  This will be the time for you to register the kit you would like to order

28 February - The order book will close.  There will be no more additions to the order book after this  time.  If you haven’t registered your order on the thread, you will not be  included in the order.

1 March - I will approach LG for a full quote based on the numbers given in the thread

Early/mid March - prices will be published, payment details given, and sizes and postal address requested

31 March - deadline for payments to be made

1 April - contract signed with LG

Points to note

  1. It will be YOUR responsibility to come back to the forum in February if you want to order kit
  2. The 2013 prices are above so you can work out your spending and budget accordingly knowing that payment must be made before 31 March 2015
  3. Any order not paid for by 31 March will not go through
  4. This order will be conducted through THE FORUM ONLY (apart from you giving me your postal address)
  5. It will be YOUR responsibilty to keep popping back into the thread (once started) for updates
  6. No chase ups. No reminders
Edited: 02/03/2014 at 10:39
02/03/2014 at 12:53

My only question is regarding pushing the order date back. People start racing from early to mid May and their kit may not arrive in time. Is there any room to negotiate on the new proposed kit order time line to make it slightly earlier?

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
02/03/2014 at 16:14
People who start racing before May are very much in the minority though? Most kit orders are surely aimed at the Ironman events?

With the amount of kit in circulation if someone desperately needs kit there's nearly always some available to be sold on or loaned?

I think the change will help streamline the process and reaffirm what the kits for. The order process has become a monster and a lot of issues in recent years, not least people putting their names down, being difficult to contact, ignoring instructions or even arguing about the process.
seren nos    pirate
02/03/2014 at 16:30

They need to train in their kit as well for some of their long bikes and runs to know where to bodyglide....more races are earlier now as well.........

but if this uis the easiest time frame then fair enough....

I suppose their is always the option if someone is desperate for a piece of kit they can do what has been done in the past and put an order for kit together themselves......I know thats what I ended up doing

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
02/03/2014 at 16:58
Do they really need to, i don't think most people train in their race kit? Certainly no one had the opportunity in Switzerland, the kit was handed out in the YH the day before the race.

If the kit arrives for May, just how many people either don't already have kit, don't have access to borrow kit and are racing before June?

The new process is about making it easier for the kit fairy and cutting the process back to basics, not catering for the minority of ifs and maybes.
02/03/2014 at 17:11

What's the turnaround time? Is it 8 weeks or 12 weeks? I would have thought any kit order should arrive in time for the start of the season and my concern is that this won't. I have the fullest respect for Schmunks and the job she is doing but I do feel that the order should arrive in time for the start of the triathlon season (by which I mean start May.)  Working to the above timeframe means that any slips in manufacturing or hold ups in shipping from Canada might mean people don't get their kit in time (ie kit may not arrive until June.)


Like I said, would it be possible to negotiate this time frame please?



Edited: 02/03/2014 at 17:22
cougie    pirate
02/03/2014 at 17:34
I've never trained in my race kit. I'd get some very odd looks out in a tri suit in the uk.
M...eldy    pirate
02/03/2014 at 17:51

I agree with the girls, bringing it forward even a month gives ample time for delays, for those newbies to get themselves sorted, for those with earlier IM races or races in the run up to get the kit ... I am all for cutting down the workload for someone who is volunteering time, effort and frustrations but at the end of the day it is still a service to those who want to race in the old black n yeller

Cougs you'd get odd looks regardless quite frankly

02/03/2014 at 18:13

cougs you never done it??? Unfortunately ive done it on a number of occasions and you certainly do get some very dodgy looks, especially when you go out in the full aero look with helmet etc and then have a mechanical... That was not a very fun walk home!!! Luckily i wasnt to far away 

cougie    pirate
02/03/2014 at 18:41
Its only warm enough to go out like that on about two days a year anyway !

Meldy - you're on my list...
M...eldy    pirate
02/03/2014 at 19:26

I'll get me coat 

seren nos    pirate
02/03/2014 at 20:15

i wore them for all the training for my first ironman as they were the only trishorts i owned...

seren nos    pirate
02/03/2014 at 20:21

my first tri is 11th May each year

02/03/2014 at 21:12

Looks good here, weeds out all the people that appear on the forum, put their name down for kit and then when the order is sorted 8 months later can't be found and then put some of the orders in jeopardy.

Lets not turn this into a can i wear kit to train/race a 5k/commute/do the gardening/pop to shops thread.


M...eldy    pirate
02/03/2014 at 22:57

... you mean you dont ??

flyaway    pirate
03/03/2014 at 08:41

I agree. Can the dates all go back one month?

Rafiki    pirate
05/03/2014 at 09:22

I hate to do this - but I'm forced to agree with FF!   Most of us have enough kit to wear for those early races, and if I  remember correctly, the turn around for kit orders last time was only four weeks or so - plenty of time for shiny new kit to arrive for the big summer races!

Having specific dates for ordering should make it easier for everyone and as Schmunkee is the only one who can be bothered to do this (with some hindrance from Barley ) I guess its up to her when its easiest to do it!

Blisters    pirate
05/03/2014 at 09:41

In Schmunks defence, most people are calculating their own version of the "right time" based upon delivery/receipt of kit and their own personal target race. With the kit list being the monster that it is, there is never going to be an optimum. Pulling the kick off date back up the calendar clashes with Christmas, pre-Christmas, and goodness only knows what else that is going on in our dear lady's life.

Be grateful that there is another offer of a kit list being considered, and remember that Meldy is always right, except when Schmunks says otherwise.

05/03/2014 at 10:01
Smunks does all the work so gets to dictate the process end of no discussion IMO
I wear my Gillet/ jacket and get some odd looks BUT at least the half blind feckers are looking
05/03/2014 at 10:22

All the posters, so far, on this thread are experienced Pirates. Haven't you all got enough Pirate kit?  

Would I be too much of a heretic to suggest that if Schmunks organises it, she gets to say when it's done?

So, I'm with Foo and Raf!  If new Pirates can't get their arses in gear to get the kit in a timely fashion they'll have to beg, borrow or steal it!  Plenty of kit out there!


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