Pads?! We don't need not stinking pads!
Yep no pads here, I did buy my first pair of pants with a small degree of padding in the knees, but other than that...I find pads get in my way.
And FE....right there with you on the running out on the field and realizing you forgot something important...only for me it is usually to fill the air. or to turn it on...when I used a strap to the back remote..I would always forget to turn it on...and it was always where I could not reach it well...so I would have to bunker down...pull the belt off...turn it on..then strap it back on. Is why I am switching back to 12s or a smaller tank on the marker
So now I will probably be like you and start to forget paint.