How do I wear IceVents?

How do I wear IceVents?

IceVents were originally launched in November 2018 as a way to make plate carrier shoulder pads more breathable in an effort to cool the body when wearing body armor. IceVents Classic Plate Carrier Shoulder Pads were a near-overnight success. The unique combination of lightweight, ventilation and load-dispersion made them ideal for many applications far beyond just plate carrier shoulder pads. Today, four years after the debut of IceVents Classic, IceVents solutions are available from head to toe. We put this quick guide together to help you figure out which IceVents ventilated load bearing pads are best for your military, law enforcement, civilian, safety or sporting application. 


If you are in a hurry, here is a quick video showing just SOME of the ways to integrate IceVents®:



#1. Ear Pro Ventilation

Products: IceVents® Headband Pad - Aero or Classic

Best for: Nearly any brand of ear protection

Markets: Any person who wears hearing protection



IceVents® Headband Pads augment nearly every brand of ear protection headsets to deliver unrivaled end-user comfort. The modular and flexible form factor makes it simple to adapt IceVents® to support your hearing protection headband.

Choose IceVents® Aero for a pad that fits around the button on the top of your favorite range hat or choose IceVents® Classic for maximum coverage. Click here for details on the difference between IceVents® Aero and IceVents® Classic. We run IceVents® Aero pads on our personal ears at the shop for the contoured fit around the hat button.

#2. Vented Shoulder Pads for Minimalist Plate Carriers

Products: IceVents® Aero Minimalist Plate Carrier Shoulder Pads

Best for: Plate carriers, backpacks, or rucks, who prioritize efficiency, speed, and agility.

Markets: Military, law enforcement, security contractors, prepared citizens, and competition athletes (Tactical Games, Patriot Games, Crossfit, etc.)



Ergonomically optimized to deliver maximum mobility for overhead movement and prone positions, IceVents® Aero Plate Carrier Shoulder Pads bring load carriage and ventilation to the next level at an impossibly light weight.

IceVents® Aero shoulder pads are ideal for minimalist plate carriers including, but not limited to the Crye Precision JPC 2.0 and SPC, Spiritus Systems LV119 Overt and LV119 Covert, Ferro Concepts Slickster and FCPC v5, IcePlate EXO, etc.

IceVents® Aero on IcePlate EXO®

Above: IceVents® Aero Shoulder Pads on IcePlate EXO® 

#3. Vented Shoulder Pads for Full Duty Plate Carriers / Backpacks/ Rucks

Products: IceVents® Classic Heavy Loadout Shoulder Pads

Best for: Heavier, more protective plate carriers.

Markets: Military, law enforcement, security contractors, and prepared citizens



IceVents® Classic Shoulder Pads bring load carrying and ventilation to the next level at an incredibly lightweight. Designed specifically for use with Combat Shirts and other collared uniform shirt styles, IceVents® set the new standard in high performance plate carrier shoulder pad technology.

Due to IceVents® unique omnidirectional ventilation architecture, IceVents® Classic are designed to be worn with Combat Shirts and other duty-type uniforms with collars. Some users might be able to wear IceVents® Classic with a t-shirt or other non-collared shirt depending on exact body type and setup preferences. However, wearing IceVents® Classic without a collar is not recommended. For shirts without a collar, we recommend IceVents® Aero. IceVents® Classic are recommended for heavier, more protective plate carriers. If you are running a t-shirt or other low-collar shirt, we recommend IceVents® Aero Plate Carrier Shoulder Pads.

IceVents® Classic Shoulder Pads

Above: IceVents® Classic Shoulder Pads on the Velocity Systems Scarab LT 

#4. Chest Rig Ventilation Pads

Products: IceVents® Classic Chest Rig Ventilation Pads

Best for: Any hook-backed chest rig on the market today

Markets: Chest Rig Owners



IceVents Classic Chest Rig Ventilation Pads (hook-receptive loop) provide stand-off ventilation and padding for any hook-backed chest rig on the market today (D3CRM by Haley Strategic Partners shown above). Stand-off ventilation behind your chest rig promotes evaporative cooling (click here to learn more about the different types of cooling/energy transmission) to help reduce sweat build-up and absorption, keeping you drier, and more comfortable on the job. Being dry keeps you cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather.

Say goodbye to heavy, bulky, and sweat-absorbing legacy spacer mesh or foam and switch to wafer-thin, ultra light, and hydrophobic IceVents.

IceVents® Classic Chest Rig Pontoons

Above: IceVents® Classic Chest Rig Ventilation Pontoons on a Haley Strategic D3CRM chest rig 

#5. High Mobility Ventilated Duty Belt Pads

Products: IceVents® Aero High Mobility Ventilated Duty Belt Pads (PowerMesh backing)

Best for: Two-belt systems like those from AWS Gear, Lead Devil USA, Blue Force Gear, Ronin Tactics, Blue Alpha Gear, etc.

Markets: Military and Law Enforcement



IceVents® Ventilated Duty Belt Pads distributes load evenly across your waist, eliminates hotspots, and makes wearing a duty belt more comfortable than ever before. The unique honeycomb matrix disperses loads up to 5,000 pounds, removing pressure on your sciatic nerve and hips while also providing unmatched omnidirectional stand-off ventilation. IceVents®’ hydrophobic, anti-microbial construction is nearly indestructible - built to take the punishment of the most demanding user in the least forgiving environments.

They can be mounted two different ways, depending on your personal preference: on the duty belt itself for "set it and forget it" convenience, or they are also thin and flexible enough to thread through belt loops and run under inner belts. IceVents® have integrated slits for lacing Keepers from your existing duty belt setup.

IceVents® Aero Duty Belt Pads

Above: IceVents® Aero High Mobility Ventilated Duty Belt Pads on a Ronin Tactical Belt 

#6. Heavy Load Ventilated Duty Belt Pads

Products: IceVents® Classic Heavy Load Ventilated Duty Belt Pads (PowerMesh backing)

Best for: Two-belt systems like those from Ronin Tactics, Blue Alpha Gear, Lead Devil USA, Blue Force Gear, etc.

Markets: Military and Law Enforcement



IceVents® Ventilated Duty Belt Pads distribute load evenly across your waist, eliminate hotspots, and make wearing a duty belt more comfortable than ever before. The unique honeycomb matrix disperses loads up to 5,000 pounds, removing pressure on your sciatic nerve and hips while also providing unmatched omnidirectional stand-off ventilation. IceVents®’ hydrophobic, anti-microbial construction is nearly indestructible - built to take the punishment of the most demanding user in the least forgiving environments.

They can be mounted two different ways, depending on your personal preference. They can be mounted on the duty belt itself for "set it and forget it" convenience. Alternatively, they are thin and flexible enough to thread through belt loops and run under inner belts. IceVents® have integrated slits for lacing Keepers from your existing duty belt setup.

IceVents® Classic Duty Belt Pads

Above: IceVents® Classic Heavy Load Ventilated Duty Belt Pads 

#7. True North Concepts MHA Vented Holster Comfort Pad

Products: IceVents® Classic Holster Pad (True North Concepts MHA)

Best for: True North Concepts MHA (Modular Holster Adapter)

Markets: Any Owner of a True North Concepts Modular Holster Adapter



The all-new IceVents® Classic Holster Pad eliminates the pressure point (hotspot) created by the True North Concepts MHA (Modular Holster Adapter) on the nerves that control your lower leg. Despite weighing next to nothing, the IceVents® Classic Holster Pad also provides stand-off ventilation and is fully optimized for the True North Concepts MHA. The mount height/placement can be adjusted for use with or without leg straps.

True North Concepts MHA Vented Holster Comfort Pad

Above: True North Concepts MHA Vented Holster Comfort Pad with leg strap 

#8. IceVents® Aero Holster Pad (Safariland UBL)

Products: IceVents® Aero Holster Pad (Safariland UBL)

Best for: Safariland UBL (Universal Belt Loop)

Markets: Any Owner of a Safariland UBL



The all-new IceVents® Aero Holster Pad (Safariland UBL) eliminates the pressure point (hotspot) created by military, law enforcement and competition holster platforms on the nerves that control your lower leg. Despite weighing next to nothing, the IceVents® Aero Holster Pad also provides stand-off ventilation. Optimized for the Safariland UBL family of platforms (i.e. Model 6070UBL Mid-Ride Universal Belt Loop, Model 6075UBL Low-Ride Universal Belt Loop, Cubl Vertical Belt Loop, etc.).

True North Concepts MHA Vented Holster Comfort Pad

Above: IceVents® Aero Holster Pad (Safariland UBL) eliminates hot spots. 

#9. T.Rex Arms Sidecar 2.0 Vented Holster Comfort Pad

Products: IceVents® AIWB Holster Pad (T.Rex Arms Glock 19 Sidecar 2.0)

Best for: T.Rex Arms Sidecar 2.0 (Glock 19 with or without Streamlight TLR-7 + Pistol Mag Attachment, Right Hand Draw)

Markets: Any Owner of a T.Rex Arms Sidecar 2.0 with configuration above



Our abdomens, no matter how many salads we eat, are simply not a great match for the hard edges and angles of a high quality appendix inside-the-waistband (AIWB) holster. Traditional foam and neoprene pads can blunt the edges, but they are hot and sweaty (they are used as insulation after all). This is a suboptimal outcome at best. Enter the newest member of the IceVents® family: the IceVents® AIWB Holster Pad for the T.Rex Arms Sidecar 2.0 concealed carry holster. The IceVents® AIWB Holster Pad brings our proven IceVents® technology from deployments overseas to everyday carry for the first time ever. Appendix carry has never felt this good.

IceVents® AIWB Holster Pad (T.Rex Arms Glock 19 Sidecar 2.0)

Above: IceVents® AIWB Holster Pad on T.Rex Arms Sidecar 2.0 with Glock 19 

#10. Ventilated Insoles For Military And Law Enforcement Duty Boots, Work Boots

Products: IceVents® Insoles)

Best for: Military and law enforcement duty boots, occupational safety, hiking, or any other hard-use application where you are standing/walking for long periods of time while wearing shoes that need ventilated insoles

Markets: Military and Law Enforcement



Anti-microbial at the molecular level, IceVents® Insoles are constructed from the same Stimulite thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) found throughout our IceVents® line of ventilated load-bearing pads, making them absolute magic for your feet.

IceVents Insoles (Heavy Duty) - select these for total loads in excess of 220 pounds. They are EXACTLY the same as IceVents Insoles except that we reinforced the honeycomb walls to be a bit thicker for improved support of heavy infantry loads, so they are somewhat stiffer.

IceVents® Insoles

Above: IceVents® Insoles with LALO BUD/S Zodiac Recon Running Shoes, Oakley Light Assault Boots, and LALO Rapid Assault Boots (left to right) 


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