| PADS, PADS, then.......some more PADS!
I wear helmet, knee, elbow, wrist & underarmor shorts as well to protect my tailbone (the worst bone I've broken skating out of several!) & hips.
Here's a pic of my pads & sk8s:
Wear it all! Like Biff said: how many 40 year old skaters are wearing pads? All of 'em!
And, pads ARE cool! LOL! So is living to skate again!