This is a great thread, so I'll chime in. I've been lurking mostly for a while, but still a relative newbie. So for me, I've discovered several great brands that I'd never heard of before until browsing here. Many of them are German, like Sinn, Stowa, Dornbluth, and GO. I plan on getting a U1 in the not-too-distant future, and it's only a matter of time before I get a Stowa of some kind (and hopefully a GO some day). I've still never seen a Sinn or Stowa in the wild, and am really glad I've discovered them here because they seem like great values--can't wait to buy a U1, which would be much preferable for me than a Tag (not bashing Tag, just find the U1 and other Germans much more unique and interesting).