When in the course of human events... hmm, OK, this is never easy for us and not something we do lightly. As has been the case in the past, we've dragged our feet for as long as possible before raising our prices, absorbing increased materials and labor costs as long as possible. But now it's time: while the prices of some bags won't be raised at all, others, like the Empire Builder, will be raised about 5%. Last time we raised prices, you asked us for a heads-up, and that's what you're getting now: we'll be implementing the price increases sometime on Monday, July 23rd, so you have through this weekend to place an order for a bag at its current price.
One of the reasons we waited until now to increase prices is that we wanted to debut the new Wasabi Dyneema/nylon and Travel Stuff Sacks first, giving you a chance to order new bags available in Wasabi before the prices for those bags were increased.
If you have any questions about the price increases, please feel free to ask and we will do our best to answer. In the end it comes down to this: our suppliers have raised their prices, we've given our employees raises, and our rent and our cost of providing health care to employees has gone up, too.