- Aug 5, 2020
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I largely agree with this sentiment. Plus I think high QC failure rates are somewhat part and parcel of having everything MTO. If guys on the line were cranking out size 12 black smoke jumpers all day, there would be fewer errors. Any person who makes stuff knows how important fixturing is, and when you're not making a standard product, there is very little ability to create fixtures. I bet people would be surprised how small margins are on these with all the touch labor involved, and I'm guessing it's hard to find craftspeople who work at the desired rates.I think you're grossly overstating. Yes, there have been mistakes. Also plenty of really nicely executed boots between here and Redit. What I have noticed is a lot of newer members here. And it appears several found their way here after a less than ideal situation. At the end of the day the handful of us enthusiasts on a SF/Reddit thread is a microcosm of their total production. I do full heartly agree however, that you should get what you pay for and at $500+, your specs should be what you order. Just not ready to join you on the tirade of declining quality.
knockoffhomage Whites. Shit, you think White's has execution issues you are in for a treat. All things (QC wise) being equal, at least White's has good service to get issues resolved. Can't say the same about Nicks.
That being said, the fact that this stuff doesn't get caught before it leaves the factory is insane. Here's a boot I got in mid 2017. Notice anything missing? While it would be fixable, the other side had uncorrectable errors as well. At least Baker's/White's make it largely painless to resolve.