I have Alpinestars GP Pro's.... you can find them on sale for around 150 shipped. They are $$, but worth it. Very high quality stuff right there.
Also, most people don't know this, but don't buy gloves that have a carbon fiber knuckleguard!!!! Carbon fiber, although STRONG, is also quite BRITTLE... if you hit the ground hard, the carbon fiber plate will shatter into hundreds of little carbon fiber "needles" that will then proceed to enter your hand. Yeah, it looks cool, but it's not safe.
A good ABS or thermoplastic plate beats CF flashy bits every day of the week.