Backpacking with S-ICD

Hi there,
First time posting, new member of the club. Got a S-ICD implanted a few months ago and have been struggling finding backpacks that are compatible, or hacks. I'm sure this question is somewhere on the forum but wondering what others have done. Specifically about long distance backpacking packs with some weofjtt. It seems the device is right on the money spot. 

I don't want to let this thing prevent me from doing safe physical activities. I know my limits. 

Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!



by new to pace.... - 2024-01-13 23:13:00

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by Julros - 2024-01-13 23:24:25

Forgive my ignorance, but I thought S-ICDs were typically placed below the armpit. 

Is it possible to have a seamstress or tailor modify where the straps go? Or use some faux fleece to pad your straps? 


by BradyJohn - 2024-01-13 23:41:14

Hey there S-ICD, 

I don't know where exactly your device has been implanted,  I have had a pacemaker for close to four years.  At first I was really aware of it with seatbelts when driving and even more in backpacking.  Over time it healed in place and whether using a day pack or my big multi day pack I don't even think about it.  I hope that's your experience too.




by Tracey_E - 2024-01-14 12:13:03

Are you near an REI? They have weights you can load up in their bags and wear them around the store to find a good fit, and they have  a liberal return policy if it doesn't work out. 

Straps rubbing

by Mike417 - 2024-01-18 20:57:30

I was aware this might be an issue before my PM was implanted, and brought my pack to the EP doc before implantation; consequently he put it in closer to the midline.

Auto stores sell a seat belt pad that attaches with velcro. I recommend that you check them out. They add quite a bit of padding. I also carry more weight on my hip belt, and then adjust the chest strap. Alternatively, you can have someone who does pack repairs make you a pad.

Good luck



by sharinthegroove - 2024-02-04 10:34:27

Thanks for the feedback, i'm going to try professionally fitting in some padding


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