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post #1 of 10 Old 07-19-2006, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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good bike clothing stores in GTA?

I'll supposedly be in the GTA for a few days in a couple of weeks and was wondering where I might go looking to try on boots and jackets (errr... before I order them from NewEnough.com, probably :roll: ).

A 1st Gear Kilimanjaro 4.0 is at the top of my list for a jacket for when the colder weather arrives (which should be any day now here in Northern Ontario :wink: ). For boots, I dunno, but I need something more presentable than my beat-up and grimy Gaerne Explorer ATV boots.

Sadly, I won't be on the Wee but will be with the family in the RAV4 (which isn't too bad, it's kinda like the "Wee of SUV's").


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You could try Parker Brothers Powersports on Dundas St. just east of HWY 427 (north side). Just a block or two east of that is Cycle World with a pretty good selection. Also on Dundas St. just a couple blocks east of Keele St. is McBride Cycle with a good selection as well. Good Luck!

I ended up ordering my Sidi Thunder boots from Newenough a few weeks ago since I couldn't find anything comparable that I liked in my size in Toronto. :roll:

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GP bikes.

they have a full section of men & women`s motorycle clothing. Great prices, excellent service.

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A question for those of you who have ordered from the states.

I'm looking at boots and am wondering how much I would expect to pay in duties?

Does anyone have any information as to what percentage the duties are on a pair of sidi or oxtar boots?

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Just so happens I found my customs brokerage receipt from when I ordered my Gaerne Explorer boots from Kneedraggers.com (now defunct) last year...

For these boots, made in Italy, there were no duties charged, just GST+PST and the usual outrageous UPS customs brokerage charge ($38.40 in this case). YMMV of course.

I usually take advantage of the fact that I live in a border town and have my U.S. orders shipped to a Michigan address where I pick it up (for a $4 fee) and import it myself but the vendor of these boots would only ship to my billing address.

Anyway, at our border station, 9 times out of 10 if an item is less than $50 the border guard says "see ya" and I get away with no taxes whatsoever .

On one memorable occasion, the border guy let me through no-charge with a $600 double-bass bow . I think it was Xmas Eve.

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I just bought a pair of Sidi Thunder boots from Newenough.com.

They sell for $230 US on their web site. There was 21.89 for shipping. The exchange rate brought the price to $284 Cdn. Now the killer - $88.96 for the brokerage fee. :evil: Final total: $373.51 Cdn. Was it worth it? To me, yes, absolutely. These boots were exactly what I wanted, not available in stock in the GTA and would have been a special order meaning going to a store to place the order, waiting for the shipment, going back to the store to pick them up. The price would have been at least the same if not 10 - 15% more locally. I saved all that running around, and had them within about 5 business days including a day lost because I was not home when UPS came the first time. If I see what I want on line, I never hesitate to order. Usually the price is quite close to local prices unless you can get a special deal with your motorcycle dealer. At times I have found that to be the best price even if they have to special order.

If you are comparing the Oxtar's to the Sidi's, Oxtar's fit wide feet better. Mine are regular width and the Sidi's are perfect.

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Thanks for the info.

Now my problem is finding a pair of the boots to try on first since I am not quite sure what size I need

I've tried on the AlpineStar Web Gore-Tex and a 47/13 fit pretty good, but the conversion between Euro sizes and US sizes is different with all the manufacturers, especially at the larger end of the range...

I've also tried on the Oxtar Matrix here, but I'm pretty sure that the pair in stock here that basically fit were the older model without the goretex liner.

About the brokerage charge, newenough claims that UPS does not charge "extra" brokerage fees for their Expedited and Express service, which is what newenough claims to use. You might want to contact them about it and see what is up.

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I just bought a pair of Sidi Thunder boots from Newenough.com.

The exchange rate brought the price to $284 Cdn. Now the killer - $88.96 for the brokerage fee.
That $88.96 fee must've included PST+GST right? If not, then it seems unusually high.


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I assume so but it was not broken out. It would be about $42 tax and about $47 brokerage fee which would be about in line with other similar sized items. Still, it seems outrageous. :evil:

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Thanks for the info.

Now my problem is finding a pair of the boots to try on first since I am not quite sure what size I need

I've tried on the AlpineStar Web Gore-Tex and a 47/13 fit pretty good, but the conversion between Euro sizes and US sizes is different with all the manufacturers, especially at the larger end of the range...

I've also tried on the Oxtar Matrix here, but I'm pretty sure that the pair in stock here that basically fit were the older model without the goretex liner.

About the brokerage charge, newenough claims that UPS does not charge "extra" brokerage fees for their Expedited and Express service, which is what newenough claims to use. You might want to contact them about it and see what is up.
The sizing information on Newenough.com is quite good. I went by the sizing chart they have for Sidi and found that it was accurate to my shoe size.

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