Not sure I understand the back order complaints. They are upfront about it when ordering. They make fantastic products, so just order with plenty of time. Simple as that. I ordered some gaiters two weeks ago. I don't need them until October.
When I made my order nothing was on backorder I got part of the order then was told the rest was on back order .. I actually made my order 4/8/15 for spring bear in May .. Granted at this point of the year I won't need anything till fall.. But if I knew the order wouldn't have been shipped complete. I may have went a different route.
I just placed an order for a guide jacket from Kuiu. They told me the ports on the west coast where their products came through have all been on strike. Evidently the strike prevented Kuiu from getting any product for a while. The sales rep said they would be shipping orders in July. That's fine with me I don't need it till October. They also gave me free shipping because of the backorder and said they will not charge my card till it ships.