#Uniball | DC Kits You Out – Shoulder Pads

DC has chatted with the #ballers over at EP Sports to bring uniballers and beyond a guide to purchasing their own football equipment ahead of the season kicking off.

We’ve split our guide by each core bit of kit, and also by loose purchasing brackets to help you select the best tools to compete whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or a Rookie still unsure whether Britball is the game for you!

If you missed it, go check out our guide to purchasing your arguably #1 piece of equipment (besides bicep bands) – your helmet.

Today we move to the quintessential piece of equipment that comes to mind when people think of American Football – your shoulder pads!

Shoulder Pads

Those outside of American Football like to tell you the pads are there for protection… And yes, that’s partially true. A good set of shoulders will allow you flexibility while absorbing impacts. But they’ll also let you MAKE impacts!

Much like helmets, the pads you club has available to lend you can potentially be years old and won’t necessarily fit correctly.  It’s also important to get the correct size and design that best suits your build. You want them to be comfortable (you’re in them for the better part of four hours), well fitting (to offer the best protection and utility), and yet still allow you a good amount of flexibility (for end zone dances. And probably other things too).

Your pads can be customised by adding accessories such as back plates or rib protectors.  They generally come in four styles matching to your position and they are designed to give benefits particular to each position.

Pro tip: The size of shoulder pads refers to the width of the shoulders not the circumference of the chest. 

 

rookie

New member of the #BritballNation and not sure American Football’s your jam? Let’s start you out with a few great value options to hide the fact you’ve ‘fallen a little behind’ on your gym sessions.

Schutt Varsity Flex 4.0 (£119.99):

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The best entry-level pad available.  The flat pad design allows them to sit closer to the shoulders giving a more secure fit.  This allows for a smaller profile, which is rare for an entry-level pad.

Available in ‘Skill’ (Wide Receiver, Quarterback, Defensive Back, Running Back) and ‘All Purpose’ style (for everyone else that does all the hard work).

Warrior Shield (£59.99-67.50):

warrior-skill_1Your most economical option, similarly available in ‘Skill’ and ‘All Purpose’ configurations. Also available as part of a starter kit… which, by the way, did we mention you could win FOR FREE?

 

Pro tip: Back plates are SWAG. #Fact.

 

returner

You’ve gotten through that rookie year and been bitten by the Britball bug – or perhaps you knew this was the sport from you right from the outset? Either way, these upgrades step up the price a little, but also the quality and comfort offered.

Schutt 02 Pro (£184.99):

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The perfect pad for any 2nd year player.  This pad combines protection and mobility whilst providing position specific styles.  Energy lock technology powered by D3O dissipates the force from high impact collisions.  Clavicle channel system absorbs impact around the AC joint providing maximum shoulder protection.  Available in 4 different styles; QB/WR, Skill, All Purpose, OL/DL.

Schutt XV HD (£139.99): 
xv_hd_apFirst step up from your rookie pads.  High density EVA foam for greater impact absorption and durability.  Four position options available.

 

 

 

Rawlings Spartan (£124.99):

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A low profile pad design provides excellent mobility and comfort due to memory foam structure.

 

pro

You’re set on #Britball4Life and want the best quality kit available. Protect yourself while putting others on their butts and pulling shapes in the end zone as you swag it out in the same gear the pros are stepping out in on Sundays.

Douglas Custom Pro (£389.99):

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Best shoulder pad currently available.  The most popular pad for NFL and NCAA players.  This pad delivers top level protection at a reduced weight.  The custom options allow you to personalise the interior padding and the trim to suit your team colours (#SWAGGALICIOUS).  Available in 11 different specialist styles and the choice of add-on options such as back plates, rib protectors, butterfly restrictors and many more.

Schutt Air Maxx Flex 2.0 (£244.99):

2014_airmaxxflex_2_0-front-allpurposeSchutt’s top pad combines all it’s trademark technologies to provide maximum protection at an affordable price point.

 

 

 

 

Riddell SPK (£314.99):

spk_qbwrDesigned for ultimate player protection without sacrificing mobility, due to its cut away design.

Women’s Pads:

Last, but certainly by no means least (as the currently fastest growing section of the #BritballNation!!), we have pads that have been designed to better suit our female #Ballers.

A rapidly emerging section of the game, those opting to play co-ed ball this year may however find their programme has very limited availability of women’s pads – never fear, EP is here!

Douglas Zena (£139.99): 

zena-25These pads are anatomically designed to better fit female players.  Some love them, others prefer standard pads.  Best bet is to try as many different options on as possible to ensure the pads suit your body shape.

 


EP Sports are a British American Football supplier that pride themselves in having the most knowledgeable staff in Europe when it comes to American Football equipment

EP are a company built by #Ballers FOR #Ballers, with their staff having a combined experience of having played and coached football for well over three decades at some of the highest levels in Europe. Joe and his team at EP Sports hold stakes in two Swedish National Championships, one European Champions League win, a Britbowl, a Norwegian National Championship and three UK Divisional Championships.

EP currently offer the largest range of American Football product in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, working with top brands including Nike, Under Armour, Schutt Sports, Rawlings, Adidas, Wilson, Douglas Pads, Cutters Gloves, Shock Doctor, Riddell, Xenith and many others.

Their combination of football experience and years working with top brands allows them to provide customers with the best advice and knowledge on football equipment in the UK. Their aim is to put players and coaches in the best position to win before they step onto the field.

#PrepareToWin

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1