The Mammut Creon Light 45 looks like any other well-designed rucksack, but plonk this on the scales and it weighs just 1094g, which is far lighter than first appearances suggest. There’s no skimping on features here, though, as you get a back system with a mesh panel to hold the pack away from the body to create masses of airflow. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are also perforated for more airflow and, of course, less weight. The back system has a wire frame for support, which helps transfer the weight onto the hipbelt, while preventing items from digging into your back. I also liked the firm twist in the back that ensured it was stable and comfortable when loaded. The body of the Mammut Creon Light 45 is made from a relatively lightweight fabric, which while not the toughest is tough enough in my view for general hillwalking. You get one main compartment with a lid that can be raised for bigger loads. This lid sits on the pack quite well, so even when not fully loaded it doesn’t easily allow water to drain into the main compartment. You also get a zipped side entry to the main compartment of the Mammut Creon Light 45. Like many sacks these days you get stretch side and front stash pockets, and these work well. I particularly like those on the side, as they’re very deep and work
well for holding trekking poles or tent poles when combined with the compression straps. It’s perhaps slightly pricy compared to some other options though.
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
The Mammut Creon Light 45 is a very practical sack with a good weight for its feature set, plus very good airflow across the back for warm weather comfort, making it ideal for lightweight backpacking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2014