Today i was shopping for a new jacket... ive bought everything except a jacket. I really like the Alpine star equipment but it is a bit pricy... I saw a guy trying one on today, and i thought trying it on wont hurt... I found a size that suited me like a glove, looked at the price tag and it was $980 checked my pocket...moths came out the guy which was trying it on before me picked one up and quite easily forked out those $980... and walked out with a new jacket... after my jealousy subsided, i thought hey, ill buy it from the states, current exchange rate is so close to 1:1 it will be a steal! logged on and found the same jacket i tried on at the shop. asked for the same size i tried on and now i am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new A* jacket this is the Jacket that i got with the current exchange rate it only cost me AU$536.26 plus delivery now im laughing at the guy who spent just shy of a grand on the same jacket Point of the story...if you are in the market for new gear, take advantage of the current exchange rate! more often than not it will be cheaper even after the delivery costs!