Let me play devil's advocate here: I think it is important to support local bike shops, and for this reason I would consider paying the surcharge to keep them in business. But I wouldn't do it to get a cheaper crash replacement.IMHO, not worth it. 10,000 JPY cheaper is a good way there to another bib short pair. I've never had a tear in my (Castellis) even with a couple of falls I took in 2019. Assos is a great brand, btw. Probably my next pair.