PMGear has experienced delivery problems but has NEVER failed to ultimately deliver. Everyone I know who waited felt the wait was worth it. Your best course of action is to call or email Pat (email@example.com) and get the real low-down on what to expect. You can count on his being honest and candid with you if they are having problems. At least start with that before you let anxiety spoil an opportunity to have some really nice skis that will give back every time you use them. For sure if you back out, someone will step in on the order and be happy, but you owe it to yourself and Pat to make sure that is your best course of action.
If I was in a financial position to drop what I am doing and road trip to Reno and help out I'd have left a week or two ago. I'll be in touch with Splat today and see what else I can do from here. Splat has a lot of issues going on right now family, health/injuries, supplier related etc. So I'm sure that factors in to his lack of better customer communication.
RR I don't see pat ever selling out to a larger corp. I know he spent a lot of time this spring summer trying to find a way to outsource production and keep the slim product margin without going to China. Once again I hate to beat the horse but Pm gear is not the only indie ski maker with production/delivery issues, and one of them is outsourcing to china. Shit Bluehouse, also outsourcing to China is recalling skis. The business is tough and growth is often measured in small increments, but I feel these products are worth the wait.
If you have ever fondled or skied an igneous ski or a hand made flyrod you may understand