Well when it comes to helmets and boots, spend the money. Im writing this review a month after I bought them. I went cheap becuase I had just spent 3000 dollars on my bike for the season. and my pair of tech 6's were worn out. The first race I did with them the stitching came apart. Next race a buckle tore off. I was practicing at a buddies track, came out of a corner, ripping through third gear, hit a big root, lost my front end. boot twisted as it landed, twisted my ankle until the bone broke. a pair of sidis, or alpinestars, I'd a been fine. now I cant race this weekend, or work this month. spend the money. Its not worth hobbling around on a pair of crutches for 6 weeks.