That is beyond disgusting. I cut my shin pretty bad last season but it luckily healed on its own (with some nerve damage). I went and bought some R.E.D hard shell knee and shin guards the next day. They're not the most comfortable, but have saved me when I hit th exact same spot the next time out. As for ripping my pants, I feel that the velcro does more damage to my inner lining than the hard shell, but I wouldn't hit another rail without protection.