If you've ever worn a full combat load for a patrol, on post, or during a field exercise you'll understand how sore the muscles in your neck and shoulders get as well as the back pains your gear causes. Do it for long enough and you'll have the same back problems most of us have. We invented the LBB to protect your back and spine from injury and to counter the fatigue in your neck and shoulders that degrades alertness and combat effectiveness.
Officer Sanchez, LAPD SWATThe LBB system lets the operator distribute some of the weight of your tactical vest from your shoulders to your waist. How much weight is up to you and how you set the adjustment. Like many middle aged cops I have lower back problems. The ability to put 40% of the weight, on my waist and off my shoulders helped me immensely. There was a notably difference the day the LBB was attached to my tac vest. I found myself much more comfortable during training and less sore after a full day in gear. I highly recommend this to anyone with "old guy" lower back issues.
Officer Montero, NPPD SWATI've been a Marine officer for twelve years, and approximately eight of those years have been spent in operational units which spend significant time in the field. I have three combat tours and am preparing for a fourth currently. I've worn different types of tactical vests (both with and without armor plates) and I've carried quite a bit of tactical gear. One consistent problem with all of this gear is the amount of weight it has placed on my neck and back. Shifting the weight to my legs via my hips is an ideal solution. The Load Bearing Brackets (LBBs) have facilitated this solution. Recently, I spent six days in the field wearing my vest (plate carrier with armor plates) for about six to nine hours each day. We conducted live-fire training, patrols, hikes, MOUT training and convoy training. I attest that the LBBs helped to ease the weight of my vest. Approximately 60% of the weight of my gear was distributed to my legs due to the LBB, adding a great deal of comfort and efficiency to my training. I will use the LBBs during my deployment to Afghanistan, and I anticipate that the three or four combat patrols/movements I conduct each week will be measurably improved due to the LBBs.
McAvoy, 1st CAGI have been on my department's SWAT team for a little over 4 years. During that short time, my body has felt the effects of carrying heavy loads during training/callouts. Recently I had the opportunity to try the LBB and was extremely pleased with the results! I was able to distribute the weight to both my shoulders and waist, and at the end of the day did not feel any of the shoulder, or back pain I commonly feel after training days. During the day I constantly changed how the weight was distributed (between my shoulders and waist) to see what worked best for me. I personally prefer a 50/50 split of weight on shoulders and waist. I also had the opportunity to test it during an activation and again, was very pleased with the performance. I would absolutely recommend this product! After using it, I can't see myself ever going without it!
Officer Compte, NPPD SWATThe LBB does as advertised. It shifts the weight off my back and onto my hips. I wear it with 30% of the weight on my shoulders and the rest on my hips. Great product.
Bayer, 15th MEU