Backpacks / rucksacks / daysacks

Hi I'm new here - I came as I saw lots of old discussions on Google search but no real answers. 

I'm on my third pacemaker. This one was put in about three years ago. It's perfectly settled and I don't notice it too much unless it gets poked or pressed. 

I do a lot of walking. Just day walks with a 20 litre bag. My walks are what my friends call long - 15 to 20 miles. 

Recently I notice it gets sore where the bag's left strap crosses the site. I try to take the weight mainly on my waist but it is only a little backpack.

Previous discussions seemed to cover big backpacks with substantial waist bands to put the weight on hips. I didn't see much about smaller bags. 

My "manbag" I can wear crossways over my right shoulder but it is no good for a day out.

Has anyone got this issue sorted?

Thanks,  Mark. 



by AgentX86 - 2021-06-10 18:40:02

I also do what you might consider less-long walks (10mi/day) but don't carry anything with me other than a watch, phone, and buds.

One of the advertisers on the club has a PM shield that may do what you want:


I haven't tried it so...

Pack straps etc

by ar_vin - 2021-06-10 20:07:18

Like the OP I carry a pack when I go for longer hikes, runs etc

Knowing this *before* I got my PM, I requested and received a sub-pectoral PM implant. Once the healing process was complete I've been able to carry up to 45 lb packs with no problem at all while hiking or a smaller pack while running trails. Running jostles the pack around a lot more as one would expect but it doesn't cause much discomfort.

I would guess your PM is not sub-pectoral; you could request that the next one is placed under the muscle.

Sorry I don't have much else to offer.



by MarkC - 2021-06-11 02:38:04

Thanks. I shall check out the shield. When wearing a jacket it isn't an issue but as warmer weather is here and I am just wearing a technical t-shirt I am noticing it more.

Shield not for me.

by MarkC - 2021-06-11 07:48:12

I looked at the shield. It's a lot of money for what it is - and I don't need a t-shirt with a pocket in the chest: I'm already wearing clothes that I want to wear.

I guess I'm going to have to find a way to pad the strap out where it goes over my PM. I had hoped that someone might be making a bag-strap padding clip-on or some such.

Strap Pad

by Mike417 - 2021-06-11 17:57:43

Go to your local auto parts store and look for a seat belt pad.  This is what I use, with some additional velcro to keep it on the strap.  Also sold on Amazon, and women that have had radiation treatment for breast cancer.


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