Wildcat - the final sale

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by darbeze » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:17 am

This is a shame. I have a seatpack, which every time I use, makes me happy. It is seriously well made, well designed and does exactly what I want. I fit it and forget it, with full knowledge that it will do what it is supposed to do.

An excellent product made by people who are clearly very keen on cycling, bikepacking and the outdoors in general.

Sorry to see Wildcat go.

Thank you Beth and Ian.

Si

:-bd

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Ian » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:22 am

There's some wonderful comments here, thank you all :-bd

It's been a lot of fun, and hard work too, as DB points out. Overall the last 9+ years has been rewarding, especially when reading some of these comments, and we're pleased the gear stands up so well (perhaps too well?) to the serious abuse that bikepacking in the UK and wider world throws at it.

To answer a few specific comments, in no particular order;

Bob - I think I know what you're referring too, I'll have a rummage in the garage and see what I can find :cool:
JC - sorry old chap, these were a one off to see if we could. But you knew that was going the answer anyway :wink:
Jameso - thanks dude, that means a lot to us.
Ian - that would be cool, keep in touch
Various others - thanks for all the positive comments and well wishes. We've definitely not been forced in this direction, but we felt is was time to call it a day or a variety of reasons. The hard bits have been trying to keep everything UK made in the face of product development / marketing / sponsorship from major manufacturers. From where we started, the market has changed a lot, and there's a lot of choice out there now with pricing for far-east made kit being competitive. The good bits have been making gear that works, without the major produt development programme, marketing, sponsership and fancy manufacturing equipment and processes. We always tried to innovate, not immitate, and as Steve says, we were the ones they copied :ugeek:

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:30 am

I can only echo what others have said, although I can add that being 'there' for the conception, birth and now demise (wrong word probably), I wonder just where the time has gone. Things have changed but those who innovate tend to be remembered, where as those who simply imitate, are soon forgotten.
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by psling » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:33 am

Sad news to hear that Wildcat Gear will be no more; innovative and ahead of the game in a market that is now, shall we say, "well served" by all and sundry!
Best wishes for the future, keep those pedals turning (and maybe some more tales on Middle Ring?) :-bd
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Stevemorg » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:37 am

Sad news - my Wildcat kit is great and seems to last for ever (which is not good if you want to sell more!) - All the best to Beth and Ian with whatever they do next!

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Richard G » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:04 pm

Wishing you guys all the luck in the world for future endeavours!

:-bd

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Teetosugars » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:13 pm

All the best Guys, all the best.. :-bd

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by 99percentchimp » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:17 pm

Wishing all the best and good luck for the future Ian and Beth... 2 custom frame bags that fit perfectly and are still going strong here... best bits of kit ever. :-bd

Just picked up a double ended stuff sack too... been thinking of one for ages.

Thanks for trashing me all those years ago too on the first trans wales Ian - opened my eyes to what could be done if I tried harder too :grin: :-bd
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Zippy » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:17 pm

So long Beth and Ian. Not a lot to add to anyone else, but wish you all the best, thanks for what you've done to the community :-bd

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Ian » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:27 pm

Thanks Zipp, Mark and others. Just to be clear; we're not the leaving the planet or anything :lol: there will still be riding and bikepacking going on quietly in the background. I might even update my blog one day... Don't think I'll make the WRT this year, but and I hope to make it down to other events in due course.

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by summittoppler » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:27 pm

Sorry also to see the Wildcat brand go. Although having never owned any of your gear, I've always heard fine positive comments about them.
All the best for the future...

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by boxelder » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:00 pm

Another thanks from here - for the kit I've been using for years, and in advance for the stuff that this "vulture" has just ordered to have in (and be able to change colour schemes :grin: )
All the best.

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Alpinum » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:07 pm

Ah... well... sub standard.

Thanks.

For what you did and how you did it. Unpretentious, authentic, innovative and in a style I can much relate to.
The two of you. Both of your riding and how you managed Wildcat.

I took lots of inspiration from the front Harness to make my own and am looking forward to taking the Drover on some more trips.

All the best for your Wildcat-free future.

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by htrider » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:21 pm

All the best Ian and Beth, got a few things from you over the years (Inc 3 frame bags!) and its been good kit. Happy biking etc.
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by barney » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:02 am

Thanks Beth and Ian

Not just were the products great but the service extra special... you can't buy that with certain "bigger brands".

Sad but happy for you both as I can imagine it wasn't the easiest decision.
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by NorwayCalling » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:25 am

So just made my final purchase... completing the "full house" of Wildcat products (yes I have at least one of each) with the last Standard Cheetah in the shop (not needed but just would regret it if i let it pass... to make the full set) .

End of a era... having made my first forays into the world of "modern-era" bike packing 8 years ago with "front-and-rear" from Wildcat, its been perfect kit.

Thank you Wildcat.
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Dyffers » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:41 am

I'll add my best wishes Ian and Beth.

Used my seat harness for all sorts of on and off road riding, and fully intend to put it to use again on Paris-Brest-Paris or the TransPyrenees this year.

As my Revelate tanglebag is looking a bit worse for wear and also a bit small for my new frame this thread has prompted me to pick up a last of the line Ocelot. Perhaps it'll be a collectors item in years to come when everyone else has mass-produced generic framebags.

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Mactheknife68 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:01 pm

All the best for the future Ian and Beth. Gear is second to none. Have just purchased a new Ocelot and drybag to complement my other wildcat gear.

Good luck :-bd

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Blackhound » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:22 am

Sorry to hear. Only last week I was thinking of contacting Beth about a new frame bag for my next adventure but will have to look elsewhere now.

Best wishes for the future and will think of you whenever I use your bags over future years.
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by pistonbroke » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:42 am

Doh! Went out on the bikepacking bike for the first time in a few months as I've been favouring the gravel recently, lo and behold the frame bag zip broke! It peeled back from the closed side about half its length. I managed to close it working the zip opener backwards if that makes sense but I think it looks a bit wonky. From previous experience with suitcase zips this usually heralds the beginning of the end. Strange thing was there was nothing in the bag as I was just out for a quick recce of a new C2C section. Time to find a local seamstress I think!

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Ian » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:41 pm

Sometimes zips can be restored, but your bag will have done more miles than most! With the coil zip, sometimes the teeth recede slightly into the fabric they're wound into, and pushing them back out from the inside can work if the teeth themselves aren't too "blunt" to engage properly with each other. Similarly, the slider can benefit from a tweak with some pliers, gently closing the back of the slider so the pressue on engaging the teeth is greater - squeeze the slider 90 degrees to the plane of the fabric and its direction of travel, if that makes sense.

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by FlyingFox » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:34 pm

Just had my last purchase delivered from you. Needed a harness to complete my main setup, and so glad I could get hold of one of the double dry bags.

Delivered just 4 days after ordering, still fantastic service till the end.

All the best for your future plans. Your kit will be going for a long time yet!

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by mountainbaker » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:16 pm

Ian & Beth, I've just seen this as I've been out of the loop for some time with injury and other life stuff going on. I totally get it, and I'm sure it's a wise decision.

Your bolt on framebag is still going strong and took a lot of sub standard on tour divide, I'm quite sad I can't get another for my impending pinion frame. Maybe I'll get the frame made to be the extact same front triangle as my current one! :grin:

All the best in your future adventures!
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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Richard G » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:26 pm

Stuff arrived. Cheers!

I just have to hope my bar harness holds up for quite some time now as it's the only one I've ever found that I like!

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Re: Wildcat - the final sale

Post by Wotsits » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:43 am

Really sad to see this, one of our own hanging up their sowing machine! :cry:

Got a fair bit of stuff off you & its all been top quality, the service you've both provided has also always been top-notch too!
That incldes a few repairs that you've done for me very recently!

Just been on & amongst other things bagged the last Wayfarer..

Thanks Beth & Ian..

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