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  • #61
    Got mine a few days ago. THe learning curve is definitely steep, and it's easy to get frustrated with trying to snap the keepers and making sure the gear on your duty belt is in the right place, having to make adjustments and re-adjustments, etc. I've also noticed that the "down members" that have the metal clips have started to rub my pelvic bones raw. The instructional DVD says to wear them over the hip flexor, which is what I'm doing, but it's rubbing those pelvic bones raw. Maybe I need to loosen it up some or move them further inside, I don't know. Either way, I can handle a little surface pain over my pelvic bones if it steps my lower spine from hurting. I can definitely tell it helps my lower back, but I can also notice more tension in my shoulders/traps from supporting all of the weight up there instead. Again, maybe i just need to loosen it up a little. I"m going to keep tweaking it and trying it different ways each night until I find what works best for me. Hope this helped.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by JKralC104 View Post
      Hate to bump an old thread back but my Back Defender is being made this week and I hope to have it by the end of the month. I have pants are a little bigger than I normally wear ready for the rig but MAY need a new belt. As soon as I have the rig set up I will post reviews. Any other wearers of this product have new input or advice?
      it really doesnt effect your pant size, i wear the exact same size pants i just wear my inner belt a bit more loose. My duty belt is actually on the same notch as before, all depends how tight you like to wear your inner belt. highly recommend wearing it over your vest and looping it through your inner belt and then tucking your shirt in. gets hard to get situated if you try to put your shirt on and then loop it through your belt. Just my opinion...let me know if you need any help we had to wear them during academy for 7 months and now i wear it every day on patrol
      In Valor there is hope

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      • #63
        Originally posted by SCSU74 View Post
        it really doesnt effect your pant size, i wear the exact same size pants i just wear my inner belt a bit more loose. My duty belt is actually on the same notch as before, all depends how tight you like to wear your inner belt. highly recommend wearing it over your vest and looping it through your inner belt and then tucking your shirt in. gets hard to get situated if you try to put your shirt on and then loop it through your belt. Just my opinion...let me know if you need any help we had to wear them during academy for 7 months and now i wear it every day on patrol
        That's cool that your academy actually provided you with them. Wish my academy was as concerned about our health as yours was. I firmly believe I would have never had back problems to begin with if not for some of the senseless, trivial things they had us doing in DT that are of no help whatsoever on the street.

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        • #64
          Ok, I've had a backdefender for a while now. It works great, holds you gear better when you run, don't have to hold on to your belt as you do. It does alleviate the weight of the belt on the hips and lower back. For those of you saying 200 is a bit pricey, it is tax deductible since it is a uniform/safety item that is job related. Since it is under the uniform it is unnoticeable, the only pieces visible are the belt keepers. There is a learning curve for getting it adjusted, but that should only take a couple times of wearing it. I think it was well worth the money to get, at least your back and hips will appreciate it.
          GOD IS A NINJA WITH A SNIPER RIFLE, WAITING TO TAKE YOU OUT.

          "For weapons training they told me to play DOOM"

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          • #65
            Looks like an interesting system. My main consorn with entering the LE field has been of back pain. I injured my lower back while deployed. It doesnt bother me much on a daily basis, but while wearing my battle rattle for more than a couple hours I begin to feel the pain. I believe I'll be investing in one of these to try and help discourage back pain from a duty belt. After watching the video and reading the FAQ's, I have to wonder....does it allow for normal movement without discomfort? It seems to me that bending over, sitting, ect would cause the user's pants to ride up. Constantly picking out a wedgie on duty doesnt seem too profesional. Or is that not even a problem?

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            • #66
              Not a problem.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by 13MWZ View Post
                Looks like an interesting system. My main consorn with entering the LE field has been of back pain. I injured my lower back while deployed. It doesnt bother me much on a daily basis, but while wearing my battle rattle for more than a couple hours I begin to feel the pain. I believe I'll be investing in one of these to try and help discourage back pain from a duty belt. After watching the video and reading the FAQ's, I have to wonder....does it allow for normal movement without discomfort? It seems to me that bending over, sitting, ect would cause the user's pants to ride up. Constantly picking out a wedgie on duty doesnt seem too profesional. Or is that not even a problem?
                A. I wear under armour so that really isn't a problem B. it really doesn't ride up, stays in place and i hardly even notice that im wearing it anymore. Biggest thing is finding a good place for the front two keepers so they arent poking into your hip bones
                In Valor there is hope

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