I'm a backpacker and was wondering how to protect my PM from a heavy backpack strap. Are there any devices available commercially to 'attach' to a backpack strap that will protect my PM. Thanks for any ideas.


Thanks for the insight

by ela-girl - 2007-04-30 02:04:36


I'm a backpacker, too, and am 5 months post op. I've been doing day hikes this past month with a 12 pound pack. This really hasn't caused any discomfort, but I was wondering about when I have to carry a heavier pack for longer hauls. Thanks for sharing your friend's idea! Let me know how if works for you! I'll be hiking the Grand Canyon this summer, so...

If anyone else has their 2 cents to add...please do so! Especially if you have had your pacer and backpacked. Your experience matters!

Happy packing (and pacing)!

Just A Thought

by StarWish624 - 2007-05-05 07:05:06

I just bought 2 SoftTouch seat belt cushions. I bet you can adapt them for a backpack strap. Perhaps get some self-sticking Velcro, and put the soft side on the backpack strap, and the "catchy" side on the inside of the Soft Touch to grip on to the strap where you need it for the backpack. Have fun!

Back packing

by lady4law - 2007-05-12 02:05:16

I'm not a backpacker but prior to surgery carried one for my computer. I just returned from a 3-week vacation in Italy and of course need a small backpack for daily use.
I thought I could carry it over one shoulder, but it continued to slide down my arm. I then came up with an idea...I reversed it! This will not work if you are climbing, etc., but if you're just hiking or doing small hills, it may work for you. It reminded me of when I was pregnant. However the good did not push on my PM as it dide when wearing it as designed. - (As a tourtist it also protected me from theft. -Jean


by jlesher - 2007-05-21 09:05:20

Thanks for the advice. I'll buy a Soft Touch and try that out. Also, please let me know how your Jerry-rigged foam works. I have a bunch of old sitting pads just 'sitting' around and have thought about what you did, but never worked anything out. I'll try that too. Let me know.

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