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Anthony David
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I don't know but it seems that on some days I can operate for long periods of time without any significant ache in my lower back but on other days, I can't really operate for more than  5 minutes! I've tried everything to ensure my vest is sitting on my shoulders and hips on every occasion. Anyone got any ideas what the problem might be?

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There are a multitude of reasons for back pain when it comes to Steadicam. Vest set up, balance of the rig, adjusting your socket block screws properly, where your vest sits on your body, how you stand and move. What kind of vest do you have?  

Also, do you have an exercise program to strengthen your back and legs? Stretching, yoga, physical therapy and massage are all things that can alleviate back pain. I switched to the Exovest and have almost zero back fatigue. Feel free to PM me with any more questions.

 

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That will do it. I remember when I first began operating the waist latches on my vest weren't tight enough. I could fit my hand easily up my vest from the back. Once I cinched that down a bit more (I like to have my waist straps pretty tight) the pain at the end of the day went away (or, at least subsided. all day steadi shoots you'll feel it for sure).

I've had that problem with Easyrigs in the past––it can be hard to get them to fit properly (I have a narrow waist). I always feel a little bit of pain on my lower back when using them due to this problem. I like the Gimbal vest the best because you can ratchet it nice n' tightly I find.

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Loren, in regards to backpain and Easyrigs, I had the same issue, where even with the vest waist straps super tight it's still a bit lose. What I can reocmmend is getting a windbag / air wedge liek shown in the picture below and place that in the middle of your back at waist height. Then have the AC pump it up to your liking. Massive improvement 

 

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