I'm out folks. Guess this still isn't the time where I'll finally give Cru-Wear a go haha... My curse will never end!
But to be honest, I pretty much saw it coming as soon as the first images started rolling out. This one was always going to be a highly sought after sprint, pretty much the combination that makes the most sense for a user like the Shaman. If anything, I would only change the satin finish to a stonewash instead to go for that full-user style, but I don't know if that would affect the rust resistance in any way, which would explain the satin.
Sal, it would be ridiculous for me to tell you how to run your business (which you've pretty much mastered at this point), but one thing has me very curious. From all the coverage the Shaman got, all the good reviews and general love that it received, I pretty much considered the chances of this sprint to sell a silly amount of units kind of a no-brainer. I know that sprints of "niche" models always run the risk of not selling out, which is obviously something you don't want to happen, but in my opinion, this one had home-run written all over it...
With that said, could you share some thoughts on what kind of metrics you (or probably Eric) used to decide how many units to produce for this one? My personal theory is that the micarta part of this wasn't a walk in the park to get realized, since you've mentioned before that you were getting testing done for it not break under different temperatures and so on (paraphrasing here), so that would explain why you couldn't just push out a million of these out there. Any knowledge bombs you might want to throw at us?
Either way, congratulations on selling all of those Shamans! Well done