Weighing in at just 1094g the Mammut Creon Light 45 is deceptively lean, and yet it boasts a feature set to match sacks that are far heavier. The back system is designed to hold the body of the sack away from the user, thanks to a convex alloy frame that has a mesh panel stretched across it. The result is a close fit that allows good airflow across the back. The back system can also twist a little with the body, so it doesn’t feel quite as restrictive as some packs when scrambling. The body of the sack is made from relatively lightweight fabric and this is where much of the weight saving is made, and it does still feel reasonably durable, but will no doubt need a little more care than most heavier packs. The Mammut Creon Light 45 has one main compartment and this can be accessed from the top as well as via a side zip, which could be useful for retrieving a water bottle or waterproofs stashed outside a waterproof liner. The stretch mesh side pockets are very deep – again, ideal for water bottles or small jackets – and they can be combined easily with the compression straps. There’s a good front stash pocket too. The lid is a floating design, and while water could potentially creep down between the lid and the pack and seep into the main compartment, this area is better-designed than some others so it shouldn’t be a major problem.
Capacity 45 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 2
Wand pockets yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s (unisex) back length adjustable
Women’s back length none
Great weight and good airflow across the back, coupled with a very practical set of load stowage features, make the Mammut Creon Light 45 ideal for lightweight backpacking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2013