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Old 04-09-2012, 02:02 PM #85
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so what should we expect to see from this? I have Never liked any valken gear, but there prices are decent, and i Love everything i have from Sly, but your prices have went up in the last 1-2 years. Will we see a drop in Sly quality?
If you read the press release closely, you'll notice that the old majority share holder\primary designer at SLY will now be overseeing Valken product development, and that SLY will remain as a brand with the same quality and innovation that you've come to expect over the years.

With the release of the 2012 line, there was a perceptible price increase--primarily because of increased fuel\transportation costs, labor shortages at the factories, and all around price increases in raw materials and other business development costs. Last I checked, we are still below most other "premium" brands pricing on a per-item basis, with few exceptions.

For the future, I'm very hopeful. With Valken's increased purchasing capability, excellent forecasting, and dedicated sales team, I think we'll see a fantastic increase in the amount of SLY gear in circulation. With more purchasing power at the factory level, our costs should drop--meaning we'll be able to still stay competitive on pricing while still pushing the envelope of performance and material innovation.

This will be a exciting year for SLY and Valken, with a few new releases to come with the new year. See you at World Cup!
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:12 PM #86
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If you read the press release closely, you'll notice that the old majority share holder\primary designer at SLY will now be overseeing Valken product development, and that SLY will remain as a brand with the same quality and innovation that you've come to expect over the years.

With the release of the 2012 line, there was a perceptible price increase--primarily because of increased fuel\transportation costs, labor shortages at the factories, and all around price increases in raw materials and other business development costs. Last I checked, we are still below most other "premium" brands pricing on a per-item basis, with few exceptions.

For the future, I'm very hopeful. With Valken's increased purchasing capability, excellent forecasting, and dedicated sales team, I think we'll see a fantastic increase in the amount of SLY gear in circulation. With more purchasing power at the factory level, our costs should drop--meaning we'll be able to still stay competitive on pricing while still pushing the envelope of performance and material innovation.

This will be a exciting year for SLY and Valken, with a few new releases to come with the new year. See you at World Cup!
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Very nicely put Don, I was looking at the profits before I heard about this, now I am looking at them more. I have always thought Valken made a great product at a great price, only the future will tell how great this move is.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:21 PM #88
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will everything be produced under valken's name or will valken basically just get the money/work the finances from sly's business?
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will everything be produced under valken's name or will valken basically just get the money/work the finances from sly's business?
SLY will remain as a brand under Valken ownership, and be distributed through Valken's dealer network.
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SLY will remain as a brand under Valken ownership, and be distributed through Valken's dealer network.
For the dummies, Sly will be to Valken what Lincoln is to Ford.
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i question the quality of valken gear as well as sly. the sly profit (only item from iether manufacturer that i own) i bought brand new from my local field, always keep it in the bag it came with in my house, not even in my gear bag, because i dont want to damage it. i have only played one day with it at gfoa, i got shot in the face twice, once on the lense, and once on the frame and the paint (i guess) on the frame is chipped. i cleaned it immediately after the game and the chip was there. i thought sly would have fixed this problem by now, i have a good amount of friends who had this problem and sent theres back and got new ones i just dont want to be without my mask for that long. its a decent mask but i think i want my old profilers back now
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As long as Sly continues to make their products as they do today, I will continue to buy their mask. Valken has some plain old ugly designs and I'm not a fan.

Yes, I understand what your press release says, but as always things change over time and your industry is no different, business is business.
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Cool. Maybe I'll get some Pro-Merc pads again if they last more than 2 games...
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will everything be produced under valken's name or will valken basically just get the money/work the finances from sly's business?
Don posted maybe 2-3 posts above you that SLY will still be a brand under the company Valken much like the Kee-Empire/JT relationship. Finances will go to Valken but the main staff with SLY will stay with SLY just under the Valken family tree.
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Cool. Maybe I'll get some Pro-Merc pads again if they last more than 2 games...
Or, you could just buy the Valken pads, which are the best thing since Trace was still around
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sad to see sly coming to a situation where they aren't self standing, but much much better to keep sly around - great move by Valken overall, more products and they're keeping a name in the game! Excited to see what they do with this combo.
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Forget what the haters say. I think this is a great move by Valken and should help SLY develop even better products for the future.

I love both companies current gear as I use it almost exclusively.

I cant wait to see what new gear they are going to release from both companies. This should be a great move for the sport of paintball and a good counter to KEE.
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wish we didn't have to wait till world cup to see the new stuff...I'm so impatient
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Forget what the haters say. I think this is a great move by Valken and should help SLY develop even better products for the future.

I love both companies current gear as I use it almost exclusively.

I cant wait to see what new gear they are going to release from both companies. This should be a great move for the sport of paintball and a good counter to KEE.
This will help sly make nicer stuff? You mean help valken make good stuff right?
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I had a problem with my sly pads so they gave me a shipping label to send them back to sly. Now I can't contact sly and havnt gotten replies from email or through the website. This was a few days before thus news came out.

How do I get in contact with sly to see what happened with my pads?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:31 PM #104
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I had a problem with my sly pads so they gave me a shipping label to send them back to sly. Now I can't contact sly and havnt gotten replies from email or through the website. This was a few days before thus news came out.

How do I get in contact with sly to see what happened with my pads?
Hi Kevin,

We spoke on the phone just a moment ago--I didn't see this until after. You should see your pads in the next 48 hours. Sorry about the trouble!
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Hi Kevin,

We spoke on the phone just a moment ago--I didn't see this until after. You should see your pads in the next 48 hours. Sorry about the trouble!
^Sly is a hard working company and sees customer relations as an important asset; that shows it! Stuff happens people.
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