Born out of idle conversation and a chance meeting at the Tri Show, we have found a new company that could provide us with Pirate Kit to rival LG.
LG (in my opinion) are falling short of competition by having such a long drawn out process and making work for one person with regards order, collection and onward dispatch.
Cuore http://www.cuore.ch/custom/us/en/TRIATHLON/ is a Swiss company and comes highly recommended (more later), they have a good range of gear and seems to fall into four catergories, cycling, tri, running and sort of casual wear, within this there is mens and womens specific kit and then there are four standards of kit that they call the gold, silver, bronze and allrounder range. Mostly its the same style but the quality and cost goes up through the range, so it looks like it would suit most budgets.
The days of minimum orders would be cast to history but clearly the more you order the cheaper the kit. If an order is likely to be over E4000 euros they will set up an online shop for us, we can control when this opened, (say 4 times a year) and this will give a bit of control over who can order kit. No need for lists or waitng for non payers or sizes, people sort it out, themselves like on amazon.
Cuore mail direct to the buyer which cuts out the labour intensive ‘receipt and dispatch’ middle person and will also speed up the process. Turn around time is about 40 days.
There is a start up cost as there is with all these companies, this is in the region of 160 euros but this is a small price to pay for a better service.
‘we used them for our kit and were amazed at the quality and service (we paid full price, we weren't sponsored) and were so full of praise on twitter that they asked me to represent them in the UK! I accepted because I would love others to have the experience we had.’
For the older ones amongst us the irony will not be lost on the last paragraph