I'm in the market for a new pair. I've been using an old, musty pair of CCMs since high school, which is over 10 years and more pounds ago. I play in a fairly competitive beer league, and I want good protection against slashes and the occasional crash. So I don't want top of the line, but I do want good value. I'd say my budget is $30 USD tops or so.
Thus far I've been eyeing RBKs, Eastons, and CCM Vectors.
I upgraded myself to some Rbk 5ks. I like them a lot...there's a reason why a large number, I would say majority, of NHLers use Rbk/Jofa pads too. But for beer league, a 4k is enough, and is $22. The 5k is only like $3 more for a little more protection, but personal experience tells me I don't need that much for an adult league.