Pair of Shoulder Strap Pads

22 reviews
$20.00 Weight 0.95 oz / 27.0 g

Lead Time Ships in About 2 Weeks

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: 2.5" x 6.5" (6.5 cm x 16.5 cm)

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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4.8 Based on 22 Reviews
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George J.
United States United States

They were comfortable and with the frameless backpack it gave some airspace to breath

George J.
United States United States

They were comfortable and with the frameless backpack it gave some airspace to breath

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Brooke S.
United States United States
Perfect add on to make backpacking more comfortable

I love my Osprey pack, but when it’s weighed down for a long trip I tend to get some tenderness, like a bruise, on my shoulder/collar bone area until I “toughen up” after a few days. This add-on pad is so simple yet effective, and it makes all the difference of making my shoulder straps more comfortable from day 1. I was worried they might slide around since they have just a simple Velcro system, but they stayed put unless I manually readjusted them. I’m buying more as stocking stuffers for my backpacking friends! Great little product and you can’t find anything this good anywhere else, believe me, I’ve tried. Order from this company, they know what they’re doing! Thanks for making me a happy backpacker Z packs!

Alice H.
United States United States
Fit the bill

I bought these shoulder pads in hopes they would alleviate the painful bruises and welts I get on my collarbones when backpacking. I've had this problem for a long time and tried various solutions but none of them worked. I was skeptical that this would work but after my first trip using them I can honestly say I had no problems, pain, welts or bruising on my collarbones during this trip which was a 35 mile strenuous backpack in the wallowa mountains in Oregon. I'm very happy with this purchase!

William G.
United States United States
Z Pack shoulder pads

The pads are thick and soft. Not sure I had a lot of time to evaluate them. It seems the belt did not slip down my hips so most of the time there was very little pressure on my shoulders.