The M50 style shoulder pad is designed for Offensive Linemen, Defensive Linemen, Linebackers, Defensive Ends, and Tight Ends. The M50 pad is designed as a FLAT, low-profile pad, with belts and buckles. The Air-Management System, consisting of open cell foam, a top redundant, and a streamlined plastic shell along with 1” belts and buckles, creates the FLAT PAD design that helps disperse the energy of collisions. It’s lightweight, streamlined design makes it the perfect pad for players that want solid protection yet a great range of motion. With larger epaulets, reverse cups, and solid front, this pad gives the player more stability to give and receive hits.
The protective padding (cushion) of the shoulder pad is made of open cell foam. Within the foam are thousands of tiny air cells. By adhering the outer fabric to the foam, a sealed environment is created trapping the air inside of the cushion. When an outside force is exerted on to the shoulder pad shell (load spreader), the force causes the shell to push on the cushion, forcing the air to move within the cells of the foam out 360 degrees, thereby lessening the blow from being felt straight in to the point of impact. There is a much wider area of dispersion, resulting in less trauma to the body.