Ok, I really don't think this needs to be an ego thing. If something's useful to you great no harm in that, my doubt was in the difference that they make. I obviously worded my post badly in general. Clearly people feel they are strongly beneficial and that's cool with me.
In a bit to try and bring this back to a positive thread, perhaps people that don't use them could offer tips/techniques on how they manage without them?
Though I do think they spoil the aesthetics of the board.
I think people slapping stickers all over the cool top sheet designs is ugly but I never thought to mention it. It is there style and what works for them. Like you I like seeing all the cool designs and graphics.
I don't sport one but I do see their value. If it makes a person more comfortable skating off a chair and not wiping out and jamming up the off load ramp, that is a good thing right
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Stomp pads are for newbs that can't balance on just the front foot if necessary. I used to ride with one and I wouldn't slip if I had one. I rarely slip but sometimes do. I just don't like the way they look and I don't slip much. I don't like stickers and all that either, but to each there own.