There is nothing out there on the Wilderness Threadworks Sondor 36L so I thought I would give a review on the pack. The best way to review this pack, is to compare it with the well respected Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Burn 38L.
Both target the weekend/long weekend ultra-light market. They are similar in design and volume, frameless and weigh under 0.5kg. Both can hold 1.5l bottles in the side pockets. Both are rain-proof and are well crafted.
The Sonder strengths:
A lot cheaper than the Burn, approx $80 AUD cheaper delivered.
Lead in times are 3-4 weeks as opposed to 16 weeks (MLD say 8-12).
Accessing water from the side pockets is good. I found accessing water from the Burn impossible.
The Sonder just feels a lot more durable. I've researched this and the ripstop is good, and the abrasive qualities are exceptional.
The Sonder is 2 litres smaller but appears a fraction wider and deeper. This allowed my EE Revelation -6C to sit square at the bottom of the pack. And everyting else just seemed to be a better fit.
Neither of these packs work well if you "stuff" everything into them but the Sonder held it's shape better. It didn't barrel as much.
On paper, the Burn has better shoulder straps but I found the Sonder shoulder staps more comfortable, maybe due to barrelling mentioned above.
The Burn strengths:
Lighter, advertised weight is 370g but delivered with a shoulder pocket (for water), and sternum strap is 435g. So 45g lighter than the Sonder at 480g.
Top rollup clips to the side which is nicer than the dry-bag rollup of the Sonder and collects less water.
The Sonder hip belt I am more than happy with but the Burn wings are more comfortable if you want to load these packs up. The Sonder hip belt is removable. So is the Burn but the removable version does not come with the wings.
The Sterum strap is the same except the whistle works better.
If I was to choose just one, it would be the Sonder. I feel it is more durable and access to water wins over over the Burn, which is lighter.
I think the Sonder is perfect for 2-4 day walks for UL walkers, definately when walking overgrown tracks or off-track with the understanding that it is an UL pack, so it wont last as long as a dedicated scrub basher.
The pack shown is XL Torso and hip. My son in the photos is 6 foot tall. A think a large would have been a better fit but the XL for me at 6'2" is spot on
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on Mon 28 May, 2018 9:54 pm, edited 3 times in total.