I wouldn't buy Icon, all that I've checked out is pretty low quality looking stuff to me. It's flashy looking, and better to wear than nothing, but not high quality from a safety standpoint.
I've seen a few threads on their gloves blowing apart and stuff like that.
I've seen one thread were the Icon T-Max glove was torn, I assume that is the "blowing apart and stuff" you're talking about. The guy crashed into the back of a big truck. Who knows what might have happened to the glove probably got caught on something on the truck as it didn't look like road damage. The guy never complained about any rash on his hands, only a sore finger.
I have used these gloves for well over a year, not just looked at them in the store. I don't know how you can look at gloves like the Ti-max series and say they are not good quality. Sure, they aren't for everybody, but that doesn't mean they are any less safe. When I first got the Ti-Max gloves, I thought the may be a little much, but after wearing them I found I didn't want to take them off.
I don't think that Icon is particularly marketing to stunters. I think Icon is making real world products for the street rider. Not all of us feel the need to wear full track gear on the road, especially when riding to dinner, movie or work. Icon makes protective gear that are more casual for the everyday rider. Everyone I know who has Icon products love em.
Damn, I sound like a Icon spokesman here.