What is the difference between a gathered shoulder and a pleated shoulder?

There are different types of shoulders on ring slings. The most common types are gathered shoulders and pleated shoulders. You can also find box pleat shoulders and hotdog shoulders around too. They are all different and most people find one style suits them best, so it is worth trying a few out.  

Simple gathered shoulder:


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With a gathered shoulder you are able to get a good spread of fabric across your shoulder and back.

Pleated shoulder:


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With a pleated shoulder the fabric is kept in a narrower distribution on your shoulder but still spreads widely across the back.  Different brands will have smaller or larger pleats and more or less of them, so all feel slightly different. 

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