'The Creon Tour 28 is a sleek, lightweight, hiking pack with a ventilated back-system that's comfortable, stable and has everything you need without being festooned in gimmickry. We like it.'
Outdoors Magic: Light, comfortable, streamlined design, vented back, fab, tough, matte-finish fabric, rain cover.
Outdoors Tragic: Rain cover pocket difficult to open.
Outdoors Grabbit? Mammut's fast and light alpine ethos extends to its hiking packs as well with the Creon Tour 28 mixing sub-1000g weight for a ventilated pack with pleasingly sleek lines and enough pockets and plushness to keep you happy without over-egging things. The matte-finished fabric feels tough and looks amazing and overall build quality is excellent. If you want a ventilated back system pack that's both light, cool and comfortable but not festooned with millions of ingenious features you're not sure you actually need, the Creon Tour fits the bill nicely and comes at a decent price too. Recommended.
Hiking backpack with ventilated back system / Contact Stream suspension system / integrated metal frame / lid with pocket / twin mesh stash side-pockets / hydration system compatible / integrated detachable rain cover / forward-pull hip belt adjustment / front zipped pocket / 100D Nylon Flat Ripstop main fabric / 420D Nylon reinforced base
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Mammut Creon Tour 28 Pack | Performance
Oddly we'd never tried a Mammut pack before the Creon Tour 28 rocked up, but we're impressed. For starters the pack is light for one with a ventilated, trampoline-style back system at a real, measured 970 grammes.
It works well too. The mesh panel with a big central hole to maximise air contact, is backed up by an integrated aluminium tube support frame and a sheet. The hip-fins are shaped to sit over the hip-bone and the end result with light medium loads is a comfortable, stable carry with the minimal air-gap not compromising load carrying at all.
It's not quite as plush as, say, the Gregory Zulu 30, but we liked the taut feel. We also like the unusual, tough-feeling, matte-finish Nylon fabric - there's a thin panel of heavier stuff on the base of the pack nearest to your back - and Mammut's approach of not adding stuff that's not strictly necessary.
You don't, for example, get an actual sleeve for a hydration reservoir, though there's still a Velcro hang-tag to secure one and an outlet on the righthand side. It works fine and saves a few grammes. Similarly there are no top-tensioner straps on the shoulders, but it feels just fine without.
What you do get are a lid complete with zipped pocket, handy mesh stash pockets on the sides, and a handy great zipped pocket on the frontier rapid access stuff and wet shell clothing. There's a single axe/pole loop, sternum and narrow waist straps and that's about it.
Nothing flash or extraneous, just what you need in a sleek, solidly built pack. Quibbles? The integrated rain cover sits in a pocket in the base of the pack fastened by a Velcro strip and it's a slightly fiddly process to prise it open.
Finally it comes in one back-length only with no adjustability and while it fits us fine, if you're shorter or taller than average, you might want to try before buying. There is a women's version too, the Crea Tour 25.
Mammut Creon Tour 28 Pack | Verdict
Quite a lot of ventilated daypacks seem a little overweight and over featured. Sometimes that's great, but if you want the hot weather benefits of a suspended mesh back system, but without excess weight and faff, the Creon Tour 28 hits the spot nicely.
It has everything you need for day hill or mountain walking including a rain cover and a taut, supportive trampoline-style back, but Mammut has kept things sleek and streamlined with just enough pockets, but no unnecessary features.
We like unusual, tough-feeling, matte-finish Nylon fabric as well and our only niggle were with the hard to access rain-cover. In an ideal world we'd also maybe add some belt pockets. Last but not least, the price is decent too for a really well-built pack.