Originally Posted by R1100S-Rider
I'd stay away from Speed and Strength. Same with Icon, they are more of a fashion company then actual safety gear.
I don't have any S&S gear, but I have several pieces of Icon gear, and have been fairly happy with them. They are definitely a fashion-conscious company, but that doesn't mean their gear isn't safe. I was extremely happy with the protection their leather pants provided me when I wrecked last year. I probably won't buy more Icon gear in the future, as I'm moving in the adventure/touring direction with my riding and gear... But don't simply dismiss gear because it's made by Icon (not to say everything they make is good gear though).
Yeahtoast, I'd rather have a stiff leather workboot than those super duty boots. If you don't mind stiff boots you can also get some off road boots from companies like Fly, Fox, Thor, O'neal, etc. that start at or below around the $100 price point. Off road boots don't offer much mobility, but they offer way better protection than road/race boots (at similar prices).