I have been having back issues off and on for the last several years. Currently I am assigned to the Traffic Division and work 4 10 hour shifts on my police motorcycle. Add in my commute time, and I am on the bike sometimes in excess of 12 hours a day. Same thing on my off days when I am doing escorts as a side job.
From day 1, I felt instant relief. The Backup Brace works as advertised. The weight of all the gear on my duty belt has been more evenly distributed. It too a little bit to get used to it and I had to adjust some of my gear on my belt, but I did not have to eliminate any that I have been accustomed to carrying.
I no longer have the back pain when I get home after a long shift. As stupid as this sounds, I have even contemplated putting my duty belt on around the house if my back starts hurting again. I would definately recommend it to any officer suffering from back pain that had to carry a lot of gear on their duty belt.
I have suffered from lower back pain from the result of disc issues for nearly 8 years in law enforcement. Anyone in the career knows that regardless of ones physical fitness level, the sheer weight of the equipment we carry can apmlify fatigue and injury on the job. Most patrol vehicles seats are not designed to accommodate the ergonomics of a duty belt and can take a toll on the body in addition to reaching over for the MDC to type. I ordered the Backupbrace in hope I would see some relief from 'on duty' pain in my lower back while in a duty belt. So far, so good and am pleased with the support it provides. It has definitely been a small price to pay for comfort and relief while on the job. I would absolutely recommend this addition to any officer's belt. I was even able to use my standard high gloss brass keepers which is a plus.
I have L1 through L5 bad disks in my back. I've worn the brace around a week now on just my trouser belt. I also carry hand gun, cuffs, extra magazine and two cell phones. This brace has lowered my back pain considerable. I'll highly recommend it whether you are wearing it with a duty belt or trouser belt.
Awesome belt accessory. No more back pain! Love that you can't really tell it's on the belt. Also, very happy it comes in basketweave pattern, so it matches the rest of my gear.
Right off the bat I noticed "Comfort," it was like a instant relief that my gun belt wasn't just bearing down on my lower back, hips and spine. it felt like my belt was hugging my lower back and not cutting into it when sitting as well.
Helps keep my belt up on my waist. Helps weight distribution for long shifts. Very sturdy material that can survive the wear and tear on the street.
I have only been using this product for 2 weeks but I can tell you it is well worth it. I have had back problems for some time and now with the BackUp Brace....NO more!!! I would recommend it to anyone that wears a duty belt. Only problem and I have worked it out was getting the keepers on the first time. Again, best money I have spent on equipment in a long time.
Started experiencing major middle and lower back pain from constantly getting in and out of the squad. To the point where it was effecting my workout routine. Another trooper recommended this to me and it's hands down the best equipment purchase I've made. After a few weeks, the pain disappeared! I have a size 34 waist and the smaller size one fits perfectly.
I was a Police Officer for 27 years, the last 10 or so in investigative or administrative positions where I didn’t have to wear a gun belt. I have a couple of degenerative discs and arthritis in my lumbar spine. After 2 1/2 years of retirement, I went back to work for a PD assigned to a local high school as an SRO/school security. Full uniform, vest, full duty rig. My lower back was killing me immediately and was almost unbearable after one week. I decided to give the Back-Up Brace a try.
At first, I had instant relief, but after walking around and being in my feet all day my back was killing me again (maybe a little less painful). I think if your issue is muscular in nature, the Back Up Brace May be a solution. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t provide the relief I was hoping for. I’m going to try the 5.11 hip inserts next, and maybe suspenders if that doesn’t work.
I honestly don’t know how I’ve gone so long without a BackUpBrace. On my feet all the time, bending up and down after a shift my back would be smoked! Being a bigger guy the belt causes sciatic issues where constant chiropractor adjustments have been a staple. Since using the BackUpBrace my back thanks me, my legs thank me and even my feet! My chiropractor is definitely on board with it and said my back has absolutely yielded the benefits! I’ve already got guys I work with wanting one!
I have only been a officer for two years and prior to wearing the gun belt, I never had any back pain. About one year into working I started experiencing back pain after my shifts were done. The pain then increased where I was experiencing it on my days off. Being a new officer I was worried how this was going to feel 15-20 years down the road, so I googled braces for gun belts and found the Backup Brace. The first shift that I tried the Backup Brace, I noticed a immediate difference in that the pain was much less predominant at the end of the shift. As I use the brace more often, I have noticed that the pain is less pronounced at the end of my 5 day stretch of shifts. I have allready recommended this to several co workers who experience the same pain/discomfort and will continue to do so.
Thanks and stay safe from northern Ontario, Canada.
The back up brace is such an amazing product. I purchased this with skepticism but needed to try something. Prior to the brace, I was experiencing pinching in my low back and nerve pain extending down and through my legs. It was hard to come to work because I was in so much pain. The brace on the first day immediately took away the pressure and painful pinching. After about 3 weeks of wearing it, my back pain has diminished greatly. I am 5’3 with a 27 inch waist and was unsure if this product would work for me, but it’s wonderful. Smaller stature officers would benefit from this completely. Cannot thank this company enough. This product will improve your quality of life and experience on the road.
Have had the lumbar support pillow for about a month. Very happy because it really provides good back support while I sit in my recliner. It has also made the seats in my wife's minivan much more bearable.
I recently had a major back issue that caused me to miss several days of work. Some of my co-workers have the back brace so it was the 1st thing that came to my mind when I was looking for a preventative measure. They all have good things to say so hopefully it will help me too!
I just switched from an outer carrier back to a belt, due to a change in assignment. I’m not sure I would be able to wear my belt without the BackUpBrace. My back thanks you.
As a 40 + year veteran of Law Enforcement, this is the first time, in a very long time that my back does not hurt at end of shift.
I was a little skeptical about this brace at first, but I decided to try it out and I’m very glad I did! I felt an immediate difference the moment I put my duty belt on with the backup brace. My lower back pain did not persist like it normally does throughout my shift and made the duty belt feel like it was lighter. I can now stand with my duty belt without experiencing any discomfort or shooting pains in my lower back.
I told my co-workers about the backup brace and they too love the product.
Thank you for making the Backup Brace!
Great product. Before the backupbrace I'd come home after a shift limping from hip and lower back pain. Now, after using this product for about a month, the pain is not gone but greatly reduced. Took some getting used to and had to completely reconfigure my duty belt, but it was worth it. Recommending this product to all my partners.
Since I’ve had this brace my back pain has been mitigated. I can go to work and be more confident knowing my back isn't a ticking time bomb.
I bought this at the recommendation of a fellow officer who couldn’t stop talking about it. I had my doubts but after wearing it a few shifts in patrol, I immediately noticed a difference. It takes a lot of the pressure of the back. Takes some time to get used to it on your duty but it is well worth it and your back will thank you.
I’m a 32 year veteran police officer who spends a lot of time on his feet. We carry about 30 pounds of gear for daily operations. This has been a great relief for the back. I’d like to see one that goes all the way around.
After years of working patrol and wearing a duty belt I developed chronic lower back pain. I reached the point that my right leg would go numb while walking around on duty. I spent my days off laying on the couch because any movement was too painful. I then moved to a special division and was freed from the dreaded duty belt. After numorous visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist the pain was reduced to a manageable level. Years past and then came the promotion that forced me to put the duty belt back on once again. I purchased the backup support brace for my duty belt and have wore it for over a month now. I have not had any back pain since wearing the back up support brace. I highly recommend it to anyone wearing a duty belt.