fit a loaded rucksack put your arms though the shoulder straps and tighten
the straps using the buckles at the bottom of the straps where they
meet the rucksack body. Then tighten the tension straps on the shoulder
part of the shoulder straps (if your rucksack has them). With the rucksack
high on the shoulders fasten the waist belt at a comfortable fit and
then release first the shoulder tensioners and second the shoulder straps
themselves until the rucksack settles comfortably on the hips.
How you distribute the weight between hips and shoulder is a matter of personal
preference and some walkers don’t like their hips pelvis constrained
at all. Also, needs vary throughout the walking day and if your shoulders
ache towards the end of the walk you may wish to transfer more weight
on to your hips..