MY new beater Essex is a bit heavy so after reading the "How Heavy IS It" thread I had one of those dangerous "light bulb" clicks. Digging through my auto parts and accessories box in the garage, I found two shoulder harness pads. You know, those semi-sheep, furry things they sell at Auto Zone and just about everywhere else? You velcro wrap them around your shoulder harness to pad them. I stuck two of them together and, lo and behold, they make a super comfy strap pad! Of course, you might wanna trim them down to size. Otherwise they look like a small, furry animal peering over your shoulder.I've already named mine "Thumper". Be prepared to deal with the sheep jokes at practice. I've already heard a couple but they were both baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.