Just an idea, never tried it.
What about those padded type things people have on seat belts in cars, secured by velcro.
It comes back to Rod's point: if you've got any sort of real weight you want to be taking it on the hips for maximum comfort. How well a pack will allow that will depend on how well it fits you, subject to some physiological limitations (if you've very narrow hips then you'll be a bit snookered is my assumption).
All the shoulder straps really do with 11 Kg in my expedition pack when I've got the hip belt done up tight is stop it from sagging: there's hardly any weight taken there. Padding the shoulders is trying to deal with the symptoms rather than the cause, which is very likely too much weight on the shoulders.
In that I agree that the shoulder straps shouldn't take much weight. I do know of peeps who, after losing weight, their pack 'just' doesn't "fit the same".
If it's newish or good condition, why not try and find how to keep using it? Rather than dumping it and buying a new one.
correct size etc as mentioned....does seem prob.you need a large?
but also hip belt should be "on" the Iliac crest (hips).
but not above (waist)or around hips (lower)
also use the load lifter straps to ajust and bring load closer to your centre of gravity
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