If you like to hit the park, go fast or are a beginner, elbow pads are essential! You'll usually be on the floor a lot when you're learning and a bash on the elbow on some hard pack or ice isn't nice! Also if you've mastered the beginner phase and are picking up some speed, a wipeout can hurt even more! This makes elbow protection invaluable! For those who lap the park all day, nothing hurts more than a smash of the elbow on a rail, so get strapped up!