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About Domke FA-031

The best shoulder pad you can buy. Ergonomically designed and constructed of comfortable, thick foam rubber permanently mounted to a tough leather backing. Identical to the indestructible shoulder pad used by letter carriers, with the convenient addition of Velcro tabs that adjust to accommodate straps up to 2.75" wide.

The Domke FA-031 is commonly used for Comfort, Daily transport, Stable and more.The Domke FA-031 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Domke FA-031 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Domke FA-031: Adjustable, Comfortable, Comfortable strap, Does not chafe, Strong construction and Well padded

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Comfortable (11),Well padded (11),Strong construction (8),Does not chafe (7),Adjustable (5),Comfortable strap (4)
Best Uses:
Comfort (11),Stable (9),Daily transport (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (7),Professional (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Domke FA-031 Reviews

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(based on 17 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Wish I'd Had This 15 Years Ago

I'm amazed at how this distributes the load of a heavy camera bag. I've suffered with shoulder pain for years from straps digging in and this solved the problem. It works whether I carry the bag over one shoulder, or messenger style with the strap crossing my body. I wish I'd had this 15 years ago. It would have saved me a lot of pain.

Reviewed by 17 customers


Distribute the weight


from Middletown, NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use with a Domke bag and it helps spread the weight of the bag. I plan to try it on a camera strap for my heavier camera/lens combinations.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great pad


from Hong Kong  -  Semi-pro Photographer

My gear is quite heavy, so messenger bags tend to make my shoulder ache after a couple of hours. I use a Crumpler 6MDH and a Billingham Hadley Pro with the Billingham pad, both have the same problem. I bought this to try since it was relatively cheap, at least cheaper than not using my bags or selling them. It helps a lot. The wedge shape means the weight of the bag is better distributed across the width of the pad, and means it will not slip. Unfortunately, with the Billingham, this pad is ugly. Very ugly. If Domke had just made it completely black, or even tan/brown leather, it would look so much better. Also, mine seems to have a lot of excess glue where the velcro straps are attached to the pad, which is a bit disconcerting as regards build quality. The packaging of the pad was also opened when I got it at Adorama, which is not Domke's fault so no stars knocked off the product for that. I was in a hurry and couldn't be bothered asking for a sealed one. It is a bit of a disappointment however, that I was handed what is effectively an open box item at the store, face to face.


Just Right


from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this for a Brooklyn Industries bag that came with no shoulder padding. The strap was made like a seatbelt, and so it slid along my shoulder very easily. I needed a shoulder pad that would accommodate the width of the strap and that you could secure to the strap w/o removing it. When I first received the pad, i thought it might be too 'substantial' for my uses: it's easy to understand why this design is used by mail carriers. But I find that it's not too heavy (so far), well padded (maybe too much?), and the wedge-shape really helps keep the bag level when I walk around, and thus, it doesn't tend to swing against my hip or side, rather, stays evenly parallel to my body as I carry. I guess if i could, I'd have chosen a thinner, slightly smaller version of this, but this will do just fine.


Saves my shoulder


from Portland, ME  -  Pro Photographer

Really helps save my shoulder on those days I just have to lug too much gear around.


PO Pad take the Pain out of heavy bags!!


from NE Missouri  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great Item! Domke quality throughout! I now have one for my briefcase as well. Great for travel, adds tremendous stability and end the slip and slide at inopportune moments. As usual Adorama had the best price & shipping was fast and cheap!


Awesome strap


from Gilbert,AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

I received this as a gift to go along with my Domke bag. Very comfortable strap. Pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Domke Postal Shoulder Pad


from Toronto Canada  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Pad should be part of every Domke bag purchase! Makes all the difference with heavy gear.[...]

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Necessary accessory


from San Juan Capistrano, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great for stabilization & weight distribution, makes it possible to carry a loaded gear bag on the shoulder for long periods of time

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Helps ease the load


from Long Island, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this with a Domke F-2B. Cushions the load and minimizes slipping off the shoulder.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Finally a pad that works!


from Seattle, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

If you have ever been looking for a should strap pad that actually works, look no further. I installed the pad on one of my Domke bags and walked around all day with it. It was supremely comfortable and never slipped once. The secret is the bevelling of the pad itself with one side being thicker that the other. It naturally follows the slope of the shoulders and thus keeps the strap level. After trying it, I just bought three more for all my other bags!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RICHARD A  The one I bought with the original Domke F803 eventually wore out, but not until I got about 12 good years out of it. The new one feels even better. It may last longer. It's extremely comfortable and distributes the weight so well that it makes the bag feel lighter than it is. The main thing is the rubber padding of it does not slip off your shoulder. It does a better job of clinging to my shoulder than my Billingham bag strap.
David K  What color is this strap?
JEFF H  The top is dark brown and the rubber underside is a cream or off-white.
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