I will not board without these. They are comfortable, flexible, and saved me more than once. I like to think of myself as a pretty good snowboarder and while hitting up the parkI like to know that if I try a new trick there is something between my hip and some hard packed snow.
These pads are actually fairly comfortable as well, when I picked them up I was expecting some restriction but honestly I forget that I am wearing them until I mess up a trick. I will always wear these when I go boarding because even if you are not hitting up the park they are nice to have and besides you can barely feel them when you are wearing them