I wear shin pads on most rides, even though I don’t ride bike drops or big jumps. Armour turns most crashes into non-events, and I got tired of pedal strikes, and just getting scratched up, since many of our trails aren’t maintained enough to keep foliage back of the trails. I rarely wear the elbow pads, unless I’m expecting to try something gnarly, or dirt jumping, and even pump tracking because it’s not unusual for me to slide out if I’m pushing hard in a berm.
I wear a set of Kona Launch Pad shin pads from the early 2000’s.
I like them. They don’t have a full hard shell plastic cover, but just plastic plates across the front. They’re probably cooler for that reason, and since I’m not doing full-on DH, I don’t think I need as much protection from a full hard shell. It might be hard to find something equivalent these days, as most of the full-shin pads seem to be heavy duty meant for DH, and may be hot and restricting for a normal trail ride.