Mammut Creon Zip Review
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Mammut is one of those companies that does fewer products than others, but what they do, they do very well. Every product they put out is specifically designed to fill a need. Simply put, they don’t make a product just to make it. The Creon Zip is no different. It may look like another daypack, but it has features and details that separate if from others.
To start with, the Creon Zip uses the new design of air suspension systems to keep the bag off of your back. This is to prevent your back from getting drenched in sweat as you hike. Mammut takes it a step further by attaching the shoulder straps to a mesh panel rather than direclty on the pack. This is done to allow hot air to rise and escape. Again, it’s the small features that make the Creon stand out. While hiking in the hot, dry climate of Fruita, Co. I found that the system worked well and kept me from overheating. Continuing with the fit, the shoulder straps are ergonomically designed to fit the curve of your shoulders. No more dealing with the pain of straps digging into your shoulders. This is also aided by the standard chest compression strap that can be moved up or down. The waste strap is simple and helps to distribute the load of the pack.
The 28 liter capacity is large certainly large enough to be used as a daypack without having to make sacrifices in what you bring along. Organizing the Creon Zip is simple.
Outside there are two side mesh pockets and single zippered compartment. Items like a bar or small water bottle fit easily into the side pockets and the zipper compartment was great for items you want handy, but also secured like a camera. The inside is accessed by a single zipper running the length of the pack allowing for easy packing. Inside, a small zipper pouch at the top is the perfect place for keys or a cell ph
one. The large dividing pocket is designed to hold a hydration bladder, and there is a small outlet for the hose. A neat feature is the removable waste bag that sits inside the pack and holds any trash you have. It’s not groundbreaking, but it is well thought out and simple to use. Lateral compression straps help keep everything in place.
Extra features include a velcro loop on the outside that will hold trekking poles and an ice axe loop. Almost hidden at the bottom is a small zipper that houses the integrated rain cover. This is a great feature you won’t find on many others.
The Creon Zip may just look like another daypack, but when looked at closely it is full of surprises. At the right size with the right features, this is one daypack you can use every day.
For more info on the Creon Zip and other Mammut packs, visit www.backcountry.com/mammut.