Want a good stomp pad story? I was so excited about my new Hovercraft I peeled the backing off the Burton stomp pad and stuck it behind the FRONT binding....lol. So I had to spend another 15 bucks and put in front of the REAR binding. And you know what? I love having both of them on there. Noticed I used both positions on the weekend. I would consider myself a intermediate rider (would call myself advanced if I was into tricks and the park). My knowledge of boards, bindings and technical gear is very basic though - probably due to the fact I was out of the game for a decade. I don't have a problem asking "stupid" questions (or posting things letting people know I make mistakes) on here as I am pretty sure that I could outride the vast majority of posters given my toth (time on the hill). I don't care about looking dumb, or what my board looks like, I just need answers so I don't buy the wrong gear and more days on the hill to improve my technique. So I give a big thumbs up to the stomp pads.
And yes. I have GAS (gear aquisition syndrome). I was broke for many years and now that I have found my passion, I say screw it and buy what I want and when I want it.