Same here. Never wore knee pads much for the exact same reason. Thats one of the reasons I like the Armed pants, but thats only half the reason. I like the cut on me, heavier duty material and I love the pockets.I hate wearing knee pads because they hurt the back of my legs. These I don't even notice they are there till I bend down.
Need to also get more when the weather cools, as my fat but out-grew the ones I have.