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All photos via Russell Athletic Russell Athletic recently released their new CarbonTek shoulder pad system, which pretty much puts your current protections to shame. The outer shell is constructed from aerospace-grade carbon fiber, which is stronger than competitive products while weighing about 10% less. The pads also feature a military-grade buckle designed to reduce bulk …

If there is a good fit for carbon fiber, this is the world of contact sports. The material is stronger than steel while remaining incredibly light, a great combination for any activity where speed and range of motion is as important as protection. In recent years, carbon fiber has been used in golf club shafts, …

Russell Athletic It’s not just football helmets that get a full review and overhaul; the shoulder pads are also being redesigned. Carbon fiber – what they use in super light cars and the combination – is now used to make shoulder pads lighter, stronger and (it must be said) more expensive than ever. Although carbon …