I think the OP is confusing comfort with protection. Certain things like the hardshell armor and D3O is designed to protect you in a harder fall and prevent serious injury. It's not as comfortable as say a softer foam, but is going to perform much better in a hard fall in terms of impact absorption or energy disbursement or whatever you wanna call it.
To anyone talking shit, that's laughable. Nothing wrong with wearing some body armor or helmet or whatever as a preventative measure. If it means you can ride longer/harder with more confidence, it's a good investment. After I broke my tailbone a few years back, I wore impact short for a couple seasons of snowboarding and FR/DH mountain biking until it was more healed. Don't wear it anymore, but wouldn't knock anyone who does.
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Last edited by Triple8Sol; 02-09-2013 at 11:34 PM.