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 Shoulder pads for plate carrier?
BJohnson383  [Team Member]
3/13/2011 8:11:15 PM
I have an Eagle PC with cumberbund that I have been using for about 3 years (LE). I only wear it, other than for training, maybe 5-10 times a year but when I do I find that the Eagle shoulder straps are pretty narrow and cut into my shoulders. I have seen the Eagle pads but does anyone have any real world experience with these or another brand? I have slimlined my PC so that will take some of the weight off, but it still has two Level 4 plates, 4 rifle mags, 2 pistol mags, radio, IFAK, and hydration pouch on the back.

Thanks,
BR
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NapeSticksToKids  [Team Member]
3/13/2011 8:55:49 PM
Originally Posted By BJohnson383:
I have an Eagle PC with cumberbund that I have been using for about 3 years (LE). I only wear it, other than for training, maybe 5-10 times a year but when I do I find that the Eagle shoulder straps are pretty narrow and cut into my shoulders. I have seen the Eagle pads but does anyone have any real world experience with these or another brand? I have slimlined my PC so that will take some of the weight off, but it still has two Level 4 plates, 4 rifle mags, 2 pistol mags, radio, IFAK, and hydration pouch on the back.

Thanks,
BR


i have the MLCS shoulder pads. they are a PITA to install, but they are worth it. i got mine from triad tactical. very comfy.


also, the HSGI shoulder pads are great as well, and are wider but do not cover the straps which is what i wanted.


ETA pics of the MLCS pads on my PC

jinx667  [Team Member]
3/13/2011 10:12:03 PM
When I was using a Eagle PC I used both the CIRAS pads and the HSGI Wa/We pads. HANDS DOWN the HSGI were more comfortable.

Here is a pic:

CIRAS pads:

HSGI:

SKD_Tactical  [Industry Partner]
3/13/2011 11:48:20 PM
Either the HSGI pads or the Mayflower APC pads are my recommendation. The APC pads are slim (but much larger than the Eagle PC shoulder straps) and very comfy, while the HSGI are larger, very comfy but also grippy. I wore the HSGI pads for over a year straight in Afghanistan with more crap on my Wasatch than I care to think of.

SOS
jtb0311  [Team Member]
3/14/2011 12:42:25 AM
About seven years ago I had a mix and match rig with paraclete shoulder pads, they were nice.
ohno  [Team Member]
3/14/2011 2:51:39 AM
HSGI. I have them on my Weesatch and on my work vest. There is no pressure or discomfort at all on my shoulders while using them. Without them it is a very different story.
PFC_Kramer  [Team Member]
3/15/2011 7:08:52 AM
I had good luck cutting a couple of small 2 x 6 strips off the bottom of my iso-pad and green duct taping it to the inside of the straps. It worked liked the cats ass.
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