Well I bid a fond farewell to my Held gloves today. Three years of hard service has left them unspeakably filthy and with a funk that has finally forced the wife to issue an ultimatum of either getting rid of them or I have to stay at least 20 feet away after I wear them. I tried one last ditch effort to cleanse them of their impurities and they pretty much disintegrated.... Im not one to get attached to gear but damn I loved those gloves. Im now in the market to start a relationship with a new pair and the Held "Akira's" are starting to look like a candidate. I dont know where to get them in seattle though. Im not going to Ride West.... Anyone know of a Held Retailer? Seattle Cycle Center didnt have them.