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    It just gets better

    This is a repost of our annual Way Point Series of Articles.

    Jacks ‘R’ Better LLC Way Point and Azimuth 2013

    We are over the Fiscal Cliff…And Rebounding. What is next for the economy is anybody’s guess.

    The Jacks have spent the Holiday season, like always with family, and stealing a few hours to ship the post-Christmas orders. This period is, more importantly, used to close the books on the old year and set the goals, priorities, projects and key timeline details for the year ahead. Yup, planning 2013 has been a challenge.

    Luckier than most small businesses Jacks ‘R’ Better LLC has come through almost nine years of strong growth and investment. The business is now mature, facilities for all functions are first class, a huge operating inventory has been capitalized and is on hand to start the year, computers, servers and commo systems have all been upgraded along with the new website in 2012. The budget is planned and costs have been continuously trimmed over the years.

    Sooooo, JRB figures the best way through the fiscal uncertainty and the possible recession or near recession that will again grip our economy and has mired the country is to focus on doing what we do best and delivering even greater value in JRB products. 2013 at JRB is the year of Greater Value.
    For some time now JRB has been reducing baffle width and increasing the number of baffles in its top quilt, multifunctional rectangular and large family quilt models. This significantly improves down stability in use for top quilts, especially those used on the ground. The Sierra Sniveler and the High Sierra Sniveler were increased from their initial 10 to 12 baffle sections. And by the end of 2013 they will be again increased to 14 baffle sections. The summer season Sierra Stealth has already been increased from its initial 10 to 14 baffle sections. The multifunctional rectangular quilts, our high value economy valued quilts; Shenandoah Quilts, Hudson River Quilts, and the Old Rag Mountain Quilts have all been increased from 10 to 14 baffles. The JRB Large Family of Quilts including the Mt Roger Quilt and the Katahdin Quilt have both had baffles increased from 11 to 14.

    For 2013 there will be a special limited quantity run of digital camo and and intrepid 20, 900 fill power, 13 oz. down quilts. Like always, these 40 degree summer quilts will have great value pricing and will likely sell out within days of announcement. First announcement of availability will be to subscribers of our newsletter.

    Several new products have been added to the web site. These include an ultra-light, full quart capacity pot with a heat exchanger for faster boils and better fuel economy that will work with virtually any stove to include alcohol, wood burners, and esbit tabs. A nice addition to the Enertia meals and Ti long handled spoons and sporks which were added last fall.

    JRB now stocks Hennessy Snake Skins #4 and the value priced large Hennessy Hex Tarp. While this tarp is a bit heavy at 24 oz. it comes complete with hanging cords and pockets for cord storage in each corner and the center seal is sealed by factory taping.

    Later in the year the web site will gain an “Our Favorites” section that will feature products we use and have grown to cherish. Again these are from other manufacturer’s. All products that combine top function, low weight, and value level price points. “Jack Certified”, if you will. Two of these items, the head lamps, are already in stock in the miscellaneous section of the site.

    Finally the web site will get new photos and have videos added this year to enable better understanding of the tips and tricks of use for various JRB products.

    Come May you will find us at our Tenth Annual Trail Days in Damascus. Stop by, say hello, share a story, and grab a piece of trail sugar or just hang out for a while.

    And Best Value of all, against all trends, though refined techniques and management JRB quilt prices have been reduced across the board.

    2013 and Jacks ‘R’ Better; More choices, Better Quality, Better Value, Better Prices!

    Hoil fyn!
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    www.jacksrbetter.com ... Largest supplier of camping quilts and under quilts...Home of the Original Nest Under Quilt, and Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock. 800 595 0413

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    Nice report. Do you plan to carry the spinnmaker tarps again? What Is the wt limit on the stool.
    Thanks BigRed77

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    That is awesome, thank you very much Jack & Jack.
    Happy Hangin!!!


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    Congrats on a solid year. 2013 looks very promising.

    Thanks for helping make up one of the best cottage industry setups around!
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    any thoughts of making a sock for the bridge hammocks
    Last edited by Ewker; 01-17-2013 at 16:13.
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    Very nice. Sounds like your ready for another great year.....RR
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRed77 View Post
    Nice report. Do you plan to carry the spinnmaker tarps again? What Is the wt limit on the stool.
    Thanks BigRed77
    When we can get spinnaker that meets standards again we will.

    The stool is an unated item.

    Pan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    any thoughts of making a sock for the brige hammocks
    No immediate plans on a bridge sock.... Socks present condensation issues...Winter conditions are better handled with winter TQ and UQ on any sustained basis than season TQ, UQ and a sock.

    FWIW the DDP with WS Mod on the bottom and an ordinary DDP draped over the top will achieve sock like results with far better than average breathablity (less condensation issues)...and for about $50 and have multiple uses.

    Pan
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    Best wishes on 2013 for you, and hope the entire year is really good to you as well. Can't wait to see your sales.

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    Best wishes

    Best wishes for 2013

    So far the bulk of my gear has come from J R B.

    There is always a few more things that need to be purchased.

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