May I ask how does super-telephoto users strap their heavy duty tripod during hike? I tried that at the center of the back (most popular orientation), but it tired me our rather too fast!
The backpack I have is thinktank that has slot at the back and the side. The weight of the combo (everything include tripod) is approximate 20 lbs (8~9 lbs belong to super-telephoto).
I'm specifically refer to the duration of "hiking to the spot", where everything isn't suppose to be taken out during the hike unless opportunities come. This could take more than an hour.
I'm guessing the position of the tripod makes the center of gravity of the backpack much further than my body's center of gravity, hence reduce the balance provided by hip belt. I'm also worry tighting it to the side since I have a curved spin, but in that position the tripod is closer to the body.