The clamping force can be mitigated by gently bending/reforming the tubular band or, as sfwalcer stated, by using a "pad-over-pad" mod.
After extended use, coupled with user habituation, the clamping force seems to diminish on its own.
BUT, it does help on this thread to have somewhat of a masochistic tendency anyway.
NO PAIN, NO (sonic) GAIN!!
I just ordered my first pair and also the sonic storm headphones for their replacement pads. Do you have any other pads in mind cause I feel bad buying these headphones just for pads.