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    Sheepskin shoulder strap protectors

    One of the things I like about Winter flying is that I can eliminate getting my neck irritated from the shoulder harness rubbing against my skin. I see a number of you with what appears to be sheepskin coverings for your shoulder harnesses.

    Where did you get them?

    How do you get them from sliding up and down?

    Thank you.

    Randy

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    Randy it sounds like you don't have an inertia reel on your front seat. With the IR the top straps move with you not against you.

    Glenn

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    I just got some cheapo ones from Target or some place like that. Mine move a bit but I don't have IR straps so need to adjust them and am not sure I would want too commit the pads to just one spot.

    Rene

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    Randy, this is serious!!! Wear a shirt with a collar.

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    I have an inertial reel and have the same problem. I bought some cheapo ones on a suggestion from Flying Miss Daisy, but he must have a thicker neck than I do. I was thinking some coyote skin harness covers would be ideal. Eaton, can you stitch some of those together for Randy?

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    I bought a very nice set at Wal Maht that seem to work just fine. No inertia reel, though.
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    They would have to be Irish sheep if they had an intertial "reel"....

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    It was just shear luck that I thought of that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    It was just shear luck that I thought of that...
    Ha! Poor old Johnny Ray......
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    Well, who really gives a flock what Randy does with his harnesses? I mean, all's wool that ends wool...

    sj
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    SJ, there is truly only one of ewe.
    Never stay level!!!!!

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    And Dr Papp knows his sheep....

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    Randy, maybe Julie will get you some for Christmas, you know, Fleece Navidad....
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    this is getting baaaaaaaad!!
    Never stay level!!!!!

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    You are not KID-ing....
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    Sorry, I knew that last one would get your goat.
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    on a serious note i've thought about rabbit fur, muskrat, or beaver.
    Never stay level!!!!!

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    Funny, I was just thinking about this yesterday when flying. About the shoulder straps on the neck. None of the other stuff your talking about. .

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    Besides adding warmth, silk scarves like the old barnstormers and fighter pilots wore work
    Never stay level!!!!!

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    I had an instructor that told me he knew of an accident where the strap had severely cut a pilots neck when the belt tightened and his momentum went forward. I can not confirm it but as stiff and sharp as that edge is I can see it happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    Sorry, I knew that last one would get your goat.
    ...I am speechless...

    Glenn, I do have the inertia reel type, but the straps still kill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindOnHisNose View Post
    ...I am speechless...

    Glenn, I do have the inertia reel type, but the straps still kill...
    I thought you midwest boy's were made from hardy stock. mine never bothered me. I thought that the hardy folks left here 200 years ago and headed west but sometimes history is a little fuzzy on the facts.

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    You know up in Montana they just grab a couple sheep and


    oh never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindOnHisNose View Post
    I see a number of you with what appears to be sheepskin coverings for your shoulder harnesses.

    Randy
    I never thought of sheepskin. I don't have a problem with the harness irritating my neck. If I don't shave right before I go flying, my whiskers will chew right through a shoulder harness in a day. Always replacing them. Bruce
    Life in Alaska isn't always easy, but it has its rewards.

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    Mink is comfortable.

    Randy, Is the shoulder strap adjustable so that the splice behind your neck can be moved further aft towards the reel further away from your neck? If the "Y" splice is too close to your neck it will pull the harness towards your neck.
    N1PA

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    Randy,

    Any auto parts store.

    MTV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Papp View Post
    on a serious note i've thought about rabbit fur, muskrat, or beaver.
    Nevermind

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    SJ, you deserve to join this site

    https://www.facebook.com/PUNYPAGE?ref=stream

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary reeves View Post
    sj, you deserve to join this site

    https://www.facebook.com/punypage?ref=stream
    sweet!
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    Make a spreader bar. 6" of 4130 should be good. Make sure you install it BEHIND your neck.

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    GR: To misquote a famous linguist (Ambrose Bierce?? I forget...): "Hanging is too good for one who makes puns. He should be drawn, and quoted."

    Thanks. cubscout

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    My wife had a riding saddle rebuilt a year or so ago and I used some of the unused sheepskin material the saddle maker put on the bottom of the saddle. They're 'stitched' onto the shoulder harness using plastic ties through holes punched in the leather.

    Hopefully we'll get some Tee-shirt weather one of these days and I can feel how nice they are. Three days ago we got 6" of snow at our Montana-low-elevation of 2500'.
    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." Wyatt Earp

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    Dan, I saw two fellas wearing those at the
    French Quarter Decadence Festival.
    Well, one each.

    (not that there's anything wrong with that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubscout View Post
    GR: To misquote a famous linguist (Ambrose Bierce?? I forget...): "Hanging is too good for one who makes puns. He should be drawn, and quoted."

    Thanks. cubscout
    HA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun Joe View Post
    Dan, I saw two fellas wearing those at the
    French Quarter Decadence Festival.
    Well, one each.

    (not that there's anything wrong with that)
    Ok Joe, I googled that.... yoiks.

    sj
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    Well, did ya see the fellas????

    and by the way "shear luck" was pretty neat

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    I have been doing some instructing with a local lady who has a new Husky A1C. She had these really simple but effective alternatives to the huge fuzzy (and sometimes hot) sheepskin neck savers. I remarked about them, and at our lesson yesterday, she gave me a set. They are nice because they don't slide around like the sheepskin, they are small, they are cheap, and they are effective!

    She gets them at O'Reilly's I think, but here is an amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Custom-Accesso.../dp/B005LY1WT8

    Note: There is only one in a package, so you need two packages.

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    Those are the same basic style I purchased at WAHL Martian. I also purchase a package of velcro at a later date to hold in place. I attach a glued strip to the belt and the opposite to the fur in a section that is about right. So far so good. Double sided tape did not work in attempt one.
    J
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    Jeff Jones was kind enough to point out that his wife, I believe, found sheepskin covers for seatbelts at Brookstone, and I found them, too, thanks to his help. They come in a couple of colors, so I ordered two pairs...and they work great!

    I had to sew a single pass of nylon thread through them, attaching them to the seatbelts, so that they won't slide down, or up. No big deal.

    Thanks to Jeff for the suggestion...

    Randy

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