Massdrop x Sorensen Shadow 28L Fast Pack

Discussion in 'Reviews & Previews' started by Balagan, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Mine arrived this morning and, boy, am I underwhelmed... This is based on a quick inspection so look at the following as something of a YouTube review without the video and the annoying music. ;)

    Apologies for the poor quality pics...

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    The harness is pretty comfortable and seems to promise to carry well. Shoulder and arm movement feels a lot better than a more conventional pack. The pack itself is very simple (hint, hint, nudge, nudge) and workmanship appears to be relatively good overall. And here closes the chapter on positive points.

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    As for the rest...

    It is tiny, even if you know the main body is only supposed to be 22 litres! My Montane Ultra Tour 22 could almost swallow it whole...

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    And Massdrop has seriously messed up on the stretch pockets. Apparently, they had some problems with the initial material and switched to one that had a lot less stretch but they didn't bother to compensate by pleating. And they made the harness pockets a lot smaller than on the preseries packs! I can just about fit my phone in one (not that I'd carry it there) and they're probably good for a couple of Mars bars each at most. The large front pocket is pretty much the only one that will hold a useful payload but, on my pack at least, the fabric has more stretch vertically than horizontally which appears counterintuitive.

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    The roll-top closure is also a little strange: it has a single metal snap in the center and a single band of stiffener that only covers the front edge of the pack. There is nothing on the sides or back which are limp as a wet biscuit. In addition, the side release buckle is only attached to the back edge of the back and by a wafer-thin piexe of grisgrain at that (even my roll-top stuff sacks are more solid). Roll the top down three times and you reach the top of the front mesh pocket so there is zero allowance for extra room.

    Oh, and if you carry poles of any kind other than z-poles, you are basically stuffed: they are bound to be too tall to carry securely in the side pockets unless dismantled. And the simple trick of wedging them horizontally between the pack and the small of your back is made difficult by the way the harness is attached to the back with a strap effectively forming a small loop through which you'd have to thread your poles.

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    Speaking of the harness, this is only attached to the back of the pack by a small box (not even an X-box) of thin thread which hardly inspires cast-iron confidence.

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    The tiny ribbon through which the main strap goes also looks a little underbuilt. Which begs the question: why use 210D Robic if you are going to make shortcuts such as these?

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    The optimist in me likes to believe that I will discover redeeming features once I use it for real but I'm not really banking on it.
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  2. tallest of pauls

    tallest of pauls Ultralighter

    Sold! How much do you want for it?
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  3. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Limited edition product (only 384 made worldwide), designed by ultrarunner and ultralight guru Aaron Sorensen, pack now requested by more than 600 people on Massdrop. Yours for £75. :angelic: :biggrin:
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  4. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    That was fast! Not my pack, BTW.

    I think I'll keep mine as it does have potential: I'll eventually take it apart, replace all mesh pockets with decent mesh (main pocket) or solid fabric (side pockets), add an extension collar and a couple of missing doodahs. At least, it'll provide a simple intro to pack making.

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  5. Ken T.

    Ken T. Section Hiker

    Meanwhile mine is in Indianapolis. Has been for five days. Might never see it. So apparently no big loss. Balgan what size did you get?

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