If I don't use the pad it's actually a bit more comfortable. I believe the old design of the pad was just a thinner single piece of leather. The one on mine is two pieces: the top piece being a thinner leather and the bottom piece a thick piece. I fee like it's the thick piece that jams into my traps and shoulders when I wear it. I've considered cutting the stitching as to remove the bottom piece. Not sold on doing it yet though.
10/15/14 at 10:30am