I have Level gloves with Wrist guard and I always wear a helmet (plus it keeps my head real warm). I don't care what anyone says. Even if wearing all that gear above, it's better than the alternative. Getting brain damage and breaking bones isn't "cool", ever. Although... I don't think any of that gear above would have helped my broken shoulder at the end of the season last year.
I was in the terrain park all day and got really tired and decided to try a really tweaked out method for my last run. I got too excited and I must have tried to do it before I left the lip. It's funny to say that now... I was so tired I hadn't even strapped in my toe cap on my back foot! Anyhow, I was sideways in the air and landed on my side and my arm popped out of the socket, and when it snapped back in, my humorous impacted with the socket and created an impact fracture.