ShockEater Recoil Pad
The pad is designed to simply slide into the shooting pocket on your garment. Some brands of gear may have the pad sliding into the pocket from the top and others sliding in from the side. Depending on the size of the opening, you may need to bend the pad to insert and then return to flat position once inside.
The pad is designed to work with either side facing out, however we recommend placing the pad in the pocket of your garment so that the smooth side will be against your body. The ShockEater® logo should be on the bottom and facing out.
At first touch, the ShockEater® material does not feel as soft as traditional gel, foam or rubber pads and this is by design. One of the most common misconceptions about any type of padding is that “soft and squishy” means better absorption. With advances in technology we’re happy to put that myth to bed. Soft and squishy no longer means better performance. Gels, foams, and rubbers simply create a buffer between you and the recoil. As a result, there is a direct correlation between how thick those pads are and how effective they will be. Mounting your gun often compresses these materials reducing their effectiveness. ShockEater® absorbs recoil differently. With our Nano-Poly technology, softness or thickness have no bearing on how much recoil the pad can absorb, because it absorbs the recoil based on the science of the material, not how soft it feels. Our technology allows the pad to absorb recoil in two ways:
- Improve gun fit – The ShockEater® Recoil Pad is designed be soft enough to conform to your gunstock when mounting, creating a “sweet spot” in the pad that will be unique to your mounting style. This provides a customized position for your shoulder, supporting consistent mounting and proper gun fit.
- Eat the Kick – Forget about creating a buffer… ShockEater®works at a molecular level to literally “Eat the Kick” and absorb recoil within the material itself. When moved slowly the molecules within the polymer will just slide past each other, making the material soft/conformal to touch. But when a high-energy impact occurs, the molecules grip onto one another, locking together to absorb and dissipate energy for just a few milliseconds before releasing and becoming soft and conformal once again. That’s why we call it the ShockEater®… it will literally “eat” the shock and vibration associated with recoil.
The ShockEater® Recoil Pad is designed to fit in the recoil pad pocket of our ShockEater® Shooting Shirts, as well as variety of shooting vests, shirts, and jackets made by ShockEater, Wild Hare, MizMac, Peregrine Field Gear, Browning, Ball & Buck, NICA, & B.E.S.T. The ShockEater Recoil Pad was not designed to fit perfectly the Beretta or Eddie Bauer vests. We do have many customers that use our recoil pad with those brand, however the pad will need to be pinned or secured due to each having an oversized pocket. For additional information, visit our page “Compatible Shooting Vests & Shirts”
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