I don't know about US versus anywhere else, but I think the situation is better than it was. The first vendor I ever noticed that came right out and said they had something better was Bonneville Shop, out in Denver. I bought a few pairs from them, but only the earlier version- 67 and older. They are definitely better than the trash I had been buying. I have 2 pair on bikes for maybe 3 years now, still look good.
But. None of my bikes get ridden much, never out in harsh weather. Still, this is way, way better than before........I had some of those cheap bastards split before I even got the bike project done........they never even saw daylight. So check with them and CBS, or call around looking for the forty some dollar ones. Instead of the 20 some dollar ones.