How important are pads and body armor for Mountain Biking? I know there are different elements of MTB like XC, Downhill, and Casual riding. I'm more into XC, but I've come across some technical situations where I thought pads wouldn't be a bad idea. I've accumulated a nice series of bruises, scrapes, and abrasions on my arms and legs from several small crashes. Granted, all of my crashes occured on technical downhills, or things like stairs. I don't see any off-road cyclists in my area wearing pads or body armor. So, either they're better than me, or they don't do crazy stuff. Or, maybe pads are for wimps? No matter what though, I always wear a helmet.
If anybody does suggest I wear pads and/or body armor, please give me some product suggestions.