I recently had to have a defibrillator implanted, I have the OK from my cardiologists to still backpack once it heals fully. ...But my left pack strap go directly over the implant site and causes some pain and discomfort.
I have been looking into possible solutions, and the best one right now looks like one of the Aarn bodypacks. Specifically the Mountain Magic 50, which is more volume than I need, but the lightest one with full size front packs.
They claim the front pack design pulls the shoulder strap away from your chest, thus alleviating the pressure to my implant. It sounds like a good theory, but I would appreciate any firsthand experience.
I have searched and read every review I could find, and It seems like they work pretty well, with many happy users. It looks like the main drawback is more adjustment straps make for a more complicated pack to adjust and they are a bit more complicated to pack between the three separate pack bags.
If anyone has any comments or advice, I would appreciate it, I certainly don't want to quit backpacking if possible.