‘Neat features, a comfortable, stable carry with a semi-vented back system and just the right degree of knock-about toughness make the Mutant 28 a cracking all-round technical mountain daypack’
Outdoors Magic: Light, supportive, comfortable back system with ventilation, easy main bag access, rope and helmet carriers, neat ice-tool carriers, top pocket, general build quality, handy gear loops, ace compression system, general Osprey-ness.
Outdoors Tragic: Mesh back potentially not as long-term tough as some others.
Outdoors Grabbit? The smaller of Osprey’s two Mutants makes an excellent all-round technical mountain pack, winter or summer. It’s super refined with an ingenious helmet carrier, differential zig-zag compression, neat attachments for leashless or other axes and more. Top zip opening gives great access and there’s a top pocket too. The back system uses non-snow gathering reversed mesh over a ridged foam base and is actually comfortable. Decently light, but tough too and capable of carrying climbing hardware without crippling you. Genius.
Lightweight mountaineering and climb pack / main fabric 210D Nylon Dobby / Dual ToolLock™ for ice axe attachment / Integrated ski/climbing helmet storage / Removable HDPE framesheet with T6061 aluminium stay / Abrasion resistant PU texture to front panel / Glove friendly buckles / internal hydration sleeve / sewn-in reverse wrap stowable hip-belt with gear loops / side ski carry / under lid zipped mesh pocket with key-clip.
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