This is bad news, not good to see a multi-product manufacturer abandon Disc Golf, but it’s especially bad news for people who like their discs. We will be trying to put together a final order for those who want some of their last runs.
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Greetings Vibram Disc Golf Dealers,
We have made the very hard decision to exit the sport of disc golf. We feel that the sport of disc golf deserves more attention and effort than our business is able to provide, given the volume of resources needed for the much larger segments of our business. We have had a hard time developing a disc golf focused business unit that can offer the product lineup, marketing efforts and event support needed to properly support the sport of disc golf in the role of manufacturer.
We do have enough raw material on-hand to create some unique multi-colored discs as ‘final run’ discs but would need to hear from you with PO’s in order to meet the minimum order quantities (600 unites) to manufacturer a limited run of these. If this is something that you have interest in, please let me know.
We truly appreciate your partnership in our disc golf business and believe that in the end, this is the very best direction for us as a brand, no matter how hard of a decision this has been.
If you’ve been sitting on the fence, today is your last day to get off it and register for the Ogopogo Open this weekend in Kelowna. There’s lots of people going so you can probably carpool if that’s a deciding factor. On site camping is free, so you can keep the travel costs down.
Today is also your last chance to let us know what custom discs you’d like to see at Provincials.
We haven’t really been promoting this yet, but essentially our full disc inventory is now on-line in our store. Bags, hats, shirts, minis, stickers, etc… are not there yet, and the details and photos for the discs may be sparse, but the inventory should be accurate. Here’s where we are:
If you’re going to be in Kelowna, make your special requests today/tonight because the full inventory can’t travel with me. There may still be the odd bug in the system, but given there’s about 2,000 discs in the system hopefully you won’t encounter one. Happy shopping.
Tomorrow is the Vibram Birdie Bash at Jericho. The original plan was to do one of those massive Jericho courses, but with the smaller number of participants it seemed impractical to set up such a sweeping course. As such we’ll be using primarily the regular course area. Here’s the sequence of events:
- 9:30am I arrive on site (hopefully sooner, but we’ll see)
- Player packs are available for distribution
- Additional Player packs available for purchase (C$42)
- If we run out of player packages, additional people can get in the event for the reduced price of C$35, they get 2 Vibram Discs but no shirt or mini and such (but still $5 less than retail). They are eligible for all prizes. Or you can go the premium route and go C$50 and get two Vibram Glow discs.
- Driving Clinic is provided free of charge to participants and the general public (Hector Diakow is leading it)
- I will probably be setting up the course during this time, unless I did manage to get there early.
- 10:45am Player’s meeting
- 11:00am First Round starts
- 01:30pm Second Round starts
- 04:00pm We’re all done.
First in the coming flood of registrations: Vibram Birdie Bash, scheduled for March 21st at Jericho. Registration is through Disc Golf Scene.
Date: March 21, 2015
Check-in: starts at 9am
Player’s Package: Two discs (one driver, one putter or mid), One VBB Shirt, One Vibram Coaster Mini, One Vibram Disc Golf Sticker ($60 value)
Who: You! And a bunch of your future disc golf friends. The VBB is great for beginners (a relaxed, fun, low pressure disc golf outing) and seasons players (a chance to have fun competing, with a chance to go to the national VBB Championships!)
What: A two disc, two round tournament where we only count success. Everyone throws one shot less than par. Eagles are five points, birdies are two, and metal hits are one. If no one scores on a hole, the CTP after final throw gets a point.
Registration Closes: March 9th.
- Champions Discs for top man, woman and junior
- One Spirit Award Disc
- Additional prizes for card winners and CTPs
Course: It’s Jericho, but we should have the rest of the area available, so we’ll throw in some longer holes.
I will be placing a Vibram order next week as soon as their glow rubber is released, I will additionally be ordering some of their restocked X-Link Soft. If there’s anything you are interested in, let me know by end of day on Monday, order goes in on Tuesday.
What follows is a list of what is now in stock for Vibram. For those of you unfamiliar with Vibram discs, they are available in 2 main materials: X-Link Medium and X-Link Firm which correspond to the rigidity of the discs. Once a year (in the fall) Vibram produces their discs in X-Link Soft, which means that by this time of year there’s limited availability in Soft. If you want something in Soft, get your pre-order on the books now, so that I can be sure to bring it in for you when it’s available. Additionally around October they also produce X-Link Glow, but my understanding is that’s only available directly from their on-line store and not to retailers. Keep in mind that we’re not talking “plastics”, this is Vibram after all, so these are compression molded rubbers.
Also it’s worth pointing out that most of these discs are not a single solid colour, but instead a variety of colours. Unlike most I-Dye or Fly Dye discs however these are opaque and the disc is not translucent at all. So you are less likely to lose these discs when compared with them. Also, the discs do not have hot stamps, but rather have the model information included as part of the mold. However, because of this nature, I will not be listing the colours of the discs, just their weight and firmness (S, M or F).
- 158m, 167m, 171m, 172m, 173m x 3
- 159f, 171f, 174f, 175f
- 162m 164m, 168m 169m, 171m x 2, 173m x 2,
165f, 168f x 2, 170f x 2, 175f x 2
- 165m, 168m, 170m x 2, 173m x 5
- 165f, 169f, 170f, 171f, 173f, 175f
- 157s, 171s
- 152m, 168m, 171m x 2, 174m x 2
- 171f, 175f x 2
- 156s, 171s
- 154m, 167m, 170m, 172m, 175m x 2
- 170f, 172f, 173f, 175f
- 155s, 172s
- 159m, 172m,
- 175f, 176f
- 155s, 170s
- 153m, 171m, 175m, 178m
- 174f x 2
- 155m, 173m, 174m
- 158f, 174f, 175f
- 147m, 173m x 3, 174m, 175m
- 151f, 174f, 175f
- 145m, 173m x 3, 174m
- 154f, 174f, 175f
- 148m, 173m x2, 174m, 175m
- 152f, 173f, 175f
All Vibram discs have an MSRP of $17.95, so their with tax price is $20.10. I’ve also got one starter pack of 3 discs (Ridge, Ibex and Lace): $56. I also have some minis: 4 x black, 3 x green, 3 x pink ($4.00), and camo x 10 ($5.00).
We’re very interested in serving the needs of the Disc Golf and Disc Sports community, so if we don’t have a product you’re looking for let us know, we might be able to bring it in for you.
Some of the new products we’re researching and looking to bring in for you include:
- Backpack bags (with GripEQ being the preferred brand, although we’ll consider others if it doesn’t work out)
- Disc Beeper (by request)
- Fly 18 pads
- Westside discs
- Vibram discs
- Keen shoes
- Aerobie discs
- Friction gloves
Is there anything else we should be looking at?