I actually enjoy buying softgoods. It's like tacticool dress-up.
I do have a problem finding pants that are worth the price. If I'm going to pony up $150 or so for paintball pants they need to provide impact protection as well as have adjustable ventilation. I've been inner-thigh-shot countless times and I demand more from my gear than a thin layer of nylon. From what I've seen PE distortion provide the best impact protection but they fall short of what I expect for the $.
Built in kneepads aren't a big draw for me. I have several excellent sets of kneepads the least of which(cheap Kuny's foamies) put the integrated units to shame. I prefer to wear my Race Face Flanks with shorts, weather permitting of course.