The wait times actually make production alot smoother for a few reasons.
Many of our items are highly customized. Our sleeping bags for example have 4 temperature ratings, 6 lengths, 2 widths, 2 types of down, and several zipper configurations. That is well over 100 different combinations.
An Arc Blast backpack has 5 torso heights, 3 belt sizes, 6 colors to choose from, plus all the other options. Again, over 100 variations on just one pack.
There are some steps that we can prepare ahead of time, but it is very difficult and inefficient to try to stock inventory. Production is smoother and more efficient with a queue of orders since we don't have to guess what to build.
The second reason, is we usually get a big influx of orders in the spring when everyone is planning their thru-hikes and summer trips. That demand levels off in the summer and fall. We actually did increase our production capacity significantly this year, but we don't want to get too carried away and have to fire anyone, or build inventory that may take a long time to be ordered once things slow down.
We give every customer the opportunity to request a due date when they order, and we can usually rush things when necessary. So please just ask if you need something sooner than the specified wait time and we will schedule accordingly.