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Belt Padding

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Sam Spade, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

    May 4, 2003
    Looking for any information regarding some type of padding that can be put on the inside of your basic duty belt. Something like foam and neoprene that snaps in place, covering only the inner surface.

    I've found a bunch of pads for war belts or battle belts, but they are all set up like sleeves, which then require MOLLE gear attached. Need to be able to pad the belt against the back and hips and still attach standard duty holsters and pouches. TIA.
  2. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox

    However long I spend in this damn thing, it needs to be more comfy.

  3. 1041TX


    Jul 4, 2011
    Other than the Bianchi ergotek or whatever it is which has the padding built in, I have yet to see a solution. The Bianchi looks comfy, like surrounding you with "pillows of justice".

    Tagged as well.

    Posted on my iCrack......errr iPhone.
  4. Narc1911

    Narc1911 Anchora Salutis

    Jun 8, 2007
  5. Newcop761

    Newcop761 CLM

    Jan 29, 2001
    In Existential Crisis
  6. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    My concern with any of this type of stuff is that it makes for a THICKER belt, which could affect the way that the spine rests when placed against an object, such as a car seat. I think this is a big part of the problem with the belt in the first place.

    In any event, all that I've ever seen are the Ergo Tek and TD Labs solutions


    Jun 30, 2008
    Tactical Design Labs has worked great for me. After 5 back surgeries, I need all the help I can get as far as comfort is concerned.
  8. maddog3241

    maddog3241 Parttimer

    May 28, 2011
    I am not a fulltimer by any stretch of the imagination, in fact I have only been a reserve for 3 months, but I have worked up to 12 hour shifts, both sitting and standing. I have also had several back surgeries in my lumbar area.

    My wife bought me a pair of football compression shorts that have the hips padded.

    That had done an unreal job of relieving some of the pain for me. And it was cheap, and hidden.

    You can get them at basically any sporting goods store, I think she got mine at Dick's Sporting Goods.
  9. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

    Jan 2, 2008
    Lost Coast, Cali
    I just asked my sergeant, who wears a padded belt.

    He's got an Uncle Mikes EVO, it's a padded section that runs basically around the sides and back, velcro's to the inside of the existing duty belt, and uses bigger belt keepers to accomodate the extra height and thickness of the padding.

    At it's "tallest", it is about 4" so it is noticeably taller than a 2.25" gunbelt.

    I think it looks like ass, but I guess if it helps your back it's a good idea.

    Me, I have no such problems and will keep on keepin' on with a standard Sam Browne.
  10. I wear gym shorts underneath, it helps me. I like the padded shorts idea.
  11. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    I have used the ErgoTek belt since it came out... forgot when... 2002? In any event, it is light years ahead of any other belt I have used, including the same non ErgoTek belt from Bianchi. The pain and discomfort from the stiff sidewalls disappear and I can wear that belt comfortably for 12 hours... and the only pain would be from the weight... not the belt digging into my sides.

    I can't recommend the belt enough. It's the only one I would wear. The Safariland Levitation system died a quick death... because it's not compatible with a lof of gear.
  12. No such problems yet. Wearing all this crap on a belt will catch up with you eventually.

    I had 2 MVAs on duty (both as a passenger with female drivers) and a third where my personal car was rear ended. I stopped to avoid hitting a 3 car rear ender and was hit at about 30 mph. Each accident was exatly 3 months after the other. That was one hell of a year.

    That was about 9 years ago and my back is still not the same despite treatment and regular exercises. I currently wear suspenders and an external vest (to cover the suspenders) but wouldn't mind trying something else.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011