Mammut Creon Pro 2011

The Mammut Creon Pro takes a radical look at back system comfort by providing a mesh frame that allows airflow across the back, which can also be adjusted to allow a closer fit when scrambling. This works surprisingly well, although when adjusted to sit closer to the body it’s not as comfortable because it lacks the cushioning or airflow.
The sack is reasonably light at 1590g and you can strip out another 104g by ditching the removable rain cover.
Along with a hydration pocket, it has two main compartments, but you can zip out the divider to make one.
The front pocket has mesh at the base, so water can escape if it gets in, which it surely will. On the side you get compression straps with quick-release buckles and there are stretch-wand pockets too, so it’s easy to stash trekking poles on the sides. There’s also side entry to the main compartment.
An unusual set of features with the Mammut Creon Pro, but they all work well.

Price £125
Weight 1590g
Capacity 45 litres
Internal compartments 2
External pockets 2
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Ice axe loops 2
Back lengths 1
Floating lid yes
Women’s option no
Contact (01625) 508218; www.mammut.ch

Features 5
Design/build 5
Comfort 4
Performance 4
Value 4
Overall 4

Verdict
For a mix of walking and scrambling or via ferrata, the original back system of the Mammut Creon Pro is very useful, and the weight and price are good, too.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011