Monday, December 22, 2014
SKB Cases: A Long-Awaited Visit, Tour, and Announcement
Protecting my gear is a priority for me and should be for you. When I invest money in my archery gear, I want it to be safe from damage when I am traveling or if it is sitting in my garage. For five years I have used the SKB Cases ATA Parallel Limb bow case and I love it. I have checked out their injection molded cases and have been more than impressed. When SKB's Creative Director, Brian Torres, contacted me and asked me to come out for a visit, how could I refuse? If you aren't familiar with SKB and their history, start here, but if you are a hunter and have been around for more than a few minutes, you know SKB Cases are the best in the business.
Having some free time with my daughter on vacation from school, I accepted and we took the drive out. I am very fortunate to only live about twenty minutes away. When Riley and I arrived, we were met by Brian and Vice President of Sports, Steve Kerpan. I give super props to anyone who introduces themselves to my daughter and both gentlemen were awesome. Many thanks to your hospitality and kind words!
Steve took us to the showroom and shared knowledge about the sport cases, music cases, and all new lines. It is incredibly impressive how SKB has grown, even in just the last five years. While I love my archery gear and case, I was really interested in the crossbow travel case. Steve showed me how it worked, how solid it was, and didn't hold back that it is a bit on the bulky side. That being said, if you travel a lot and hunt with a crossbow, this case is THE case for your crossbow gear. I don't travel a lot with mine, but if I start to, this case will be purchased.
I sat down in Steve's office and again, he was super cool with my daughter and made her feel like she was part of our chat and part of the team. When she turns down playing a game or a piece of candy, she's involved. I like that. We talked family, archery, and the future. I did feel bad that I took up so much of Steve's time as SKB was gearing up for multiple trade shows, ATA being one of the big ones! As Steve said his goodbyes and tended to his duties, Brian offered to give us a tour of the facilities.
It turns out, I knew very little about the entire injection mold process that SKB uses to make military-grade products. Not only is the process incredible, but the injection molded cases are Made in the U.S.A. and THAT is a wonderful thing. We were able to see the entire floor, the giant injection machines and molds, and the smiles on everyone's faces as we walked around. Everyone was courteous, said hello, and they were working their tails off! The process of the custom cases was really interesting to witness. Riley had great things to share with her mother about the tour that evening, too.
I am excited to announce that I am partnering with SKB Cases for 2015. I am humbled to have been asked and am proud to continue to show my support of such great products from a wonderful company. Look for reviews and photos (maybe some video) on the iSeries 4217 Double Bow Case and the iSeries camo wraps that they offer. My hunting gear won't be protected by anything else!