Pair of Shoulder Strap Pads

50 reviews
$29.95 Weight 0.95 oz / 27.0 g

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Excellent, Immediately noticed that the pack was more comfortable with these pads helping to hike longer.

– Louis S., ★★★★★

Our Shoulder Strap Pads add extra padding to your shoulder straps right where you need it. These shoulder strap pads should be compatible with almost any backpack straps. They are made with 3/8" closed cell foam, and a layer of soft cushioning 3D mesh on the underside. 

  • 3D Mesh on the bottom, 3.1 oz/sqyd Hybrid Dyneema® Composite Fabric on the top, 3/8" Closed cell foam in the middle.

  • Two Velcro bands hold it in place. Attach the bands through your shoulder strap's daisy chain so they can't move up or down.

  • The pads have Velcro which wraps around your backpack's shoulder straps. If your shoulder straps have a daisy chain (like our straps) you can put the Velcro through the daisy chain to keep them in position. Otherwise use a safety pin so they don't slide up or down the strap.

  • All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.
  • Made in the USA.

Dimensions: 2.75" x 6.5" (6.9 cm x 16.5 cm)

Made with Bio-Based Dyneema® Fiber

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Made in the USA.

3.1 oz/sqyd Dyneema® Composite Fabric Hybrid

This material is made from the same 1.6 oz/sqyd DCF material as seen above on the inside, with a protective layer of 50 denier polyester on the outside. The outer layer gives it more strength, and abrasion resistance, prevents fraying, and gives it a nice solid color. 

Tensile Strength:
 245 lb/in (2150 N/5cm)

Puncture Strength: 
7.3 lb (32 N)

Water Resistance:
 >20,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.

5.3 oz/sqyd 3D Spacer Mesh

This mesh has a three dimensional structure which allows airflow and adds cushioning. It has a tricot backing so you can't see clear through the holes. We use it on the underside of our backpack's shoulder straps and belts to absorb sweat, add cushion, and add grip. Our 3D mesh weighs less than most other types.

 5.3 oz/sqyd (180 g/m²)

 About 3/32" (2.5 mm)

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Erin L.
United States

Shoulder Strap Pads

Got these for longer trips that require more weight such as bear cans and extra beers. A great lightweight addition to improve shoulder comfort on the trail!

Svetlana F.
United States United States

This seems to work

I had a pain in my shoulders, sometimes left one, which is expected, since it's higher then the right one, but sometimes right one was acing too. The pain was weird, not like my shoulders are tired, not a muscle pain, but like some nerves got pinched, and if I don't take backpack off, it would shoot into my elbow. Why I say "it seems to work", because I didn't had pain on most dais in my last 4 days trip, but I had a little bit on the first day, and I did make my backpack lighter, maybe that was the main reason, for improvement. But actually I think straps heled too, because at some point I did had a pain, and I readjusted one of the straps, moving it lower, and the pain disappeared and didn't come back, and then same thing happened with the other shoulder. Why didn't I readjust both shoulder straps at the same time? Because I was in a hurry (didn't want to stay behind), and because I thought other shoulder strap is fine - the shoulder didn't had pain. So conclusion, they help, but you need to find a sweet spot. I'm not giving it 5 stars, because why the heck do I need them! I have the backpack from this compony, why it doesn't work as it is?

Zpacks Pair of Shoulder Strap Pads Review
Ray A.
United States United States

These are great

I have an ultralight backpack with narrow straps that lack good padding. These shoulder straps provided the padding I needed for a 4 day trip.

Tracy C.
United States United States

Shoulder Straps

Great ! I developed a bad blister on my collar bone on a previous backpacking trip and these saved me on my most recent trip.

Penny W.
United States United States

New shoulder pads

They fit my Osprey pack straps, but have not been on a hike to try them out , looking for my next long hiking trip, sure they will helpful for my comfort while hiking