Been shopping for new gear. Off to the Himalayas next year - Dont want to take new gear - want to wear it in a bit first. Did plenty of research. Settled on SIDI boots, and am still looking for a good textile jacket that will do the 35 and -5 degrees, coupled with monsoonal rain. Of course, SIDI Discoveries are not sold in Australia, some comparable boots are, but around the $500+ mark. Plenty of 2 page spreads in the mags for the TOURMASTER Transition II jacket from Matmladin inports. Lets go find one! Hey, I am spending a grand on kit (other stuff too). What retailer wouldnt want a piece of that. Hey, I even buy stuff NOW, not in 6 months. Couldnt try on these boots, but places like Bikemart in Ringwood LISTENED to my tale, and I tried on some SIDI boots, and they also sugggested some others like the TCX. - Will buy stuff from Bikemart - as I trust them!. (and they earned it). They were my first port of call for a jacket - not too sure about the dri rider range though. Bought the boots online from the US, and had them delivered to my door within 10 days (NOT 10 BUSINESS DAYS), 10 days. Sized perfectly, email updates on shipping progress etc etc COuldnt have had a better experience. Extreme supply - you will set some more business too!. Go online - to matmladimports website - locate 4 dealers that supposedly stock their gear, and head off to look at jackets. Result - NOT ONE dealer had even heard of that jacket. Send an email to matmladin imports, and got a reply, where the rep had actually tracked down two dealers that supposedly have the jacket so I can check quality, weight etc. Tomorrow I will see if they have that jacket to look at - but this took 3 weeks so far. The jacket is $285 here in Aust, on sale for $145 (USD) with $30 shipping online. Even with the exchange rate, is a big gap. I am buying from retailers there, so someone is making money. If after my third trip I cant see one - I will just buy it online. No doubt the rep will be scratching his head, as will the 6 dealers I will have visited if that is the case. So in summary - I can buy stuff overseas and have it shipped here before I can even see a product that is sold here? I am sure that their 2 page spreads in AMCN, Two Wheels etc have generated some interest - but there is no stock anywhere!. Have they wasted their advertising budget? Maybe halve the adv budget, and get some stock into the stores instead would be a strategy? Oh and Bikemart are the good guys here, not the baddies.