The only chance I take is wearing riding jeans over my shin/knee guards. And even then, Im still on the fence on whether I should have more protection. Gloves should have palm sliders (not pads), knuckle protectors, and armor around the wrist bone. I use GP Pro and GP Plus gloves. Boots, Ive put over 30k miles on Sidi Vertigos. Hard shin, ankle, and heel protection. Fully vented. I recently picked up Alpinestars Supertech boots, also vented. Getting hot is worth the extra protection, but like I said, I'm more hardcore with my gear. I went down with my Alpinestars 365 gloves in the winter. Palm sliders worked like they should. The Sidis worked, as well as my leather jacket. Jeans didnt do squat, I had deep bruising on my left hip.