Yeah, we call them Limb Risers out here. Dana (the black X) usually has them on when he knows he's going through thick covered trails. I don't know if he expected anything like what we had that day though.
But back on topic, obviously it depends on where you wheel on how many scratches you get. Around here, you get a lot so you learn to live with them. The first few hundred were hard to accept. After I couldn't tell where a new one was any more I quit caring.