A sleek, streamlined and exceptionally comfortable daypack that is ideal for hot hiking adventures
With a superb ventilation system, a female specific fit that is highly comfortable, even when fully loaded, and a simple, yet sleek design, the Mammut Women’s Crea Tour Daypack is a huge hit at Cool of the Wild. It happens to look rather lovely too. What more does a gal need in her perfect daypack?
Mammut Crea Tour: the stats
|Waterproof:||No, but rain cover is included|
|Number of pockets:||4|
|Material:||100D nylon flat ripstop|
Features of the Mammut Women’s Crea Tour Daypack
Suspension systemMammut’s trampoline-style Contact Stream suspension system keeps the back panel of the bag away from your back. This creates a ton of air-flow and is a very effective ventilator in hot conditions or on steep ascents when you’re getting your sweat on!
Although there’s no separate sleeve for a hydration bladder, the main compartment has a velcro tab to secure the top of a bladder in place, and an H2O port to feed a hose out to the shoulder strap.
Discreetly tucked away at the base of the pack is a velcro pocket that holds a rain cover. It is removable via a simple toggle — a nice feature for when you don’t need it, or if you want to use it on another pack.
Trekking pole carrier
On one side of the pack is a pole carrier system. The top of the poles are secured to the pack via a simple elasticated toggle whilst the bottom of the poles sit in two loops at the base of the pack.
The wide opening to the main compartment is cinched in with a drawcord. And the top lid is secured closed with a single clip-on buckle on the front of the pack.
There are two mesh side pockets on each side of the pack with elasticated tops. They sit close to the pack when not in use, but hold large, nalgene-sized bottles easily and securely.
The top pocket is zippered and spacious enough to fit all your frequently used items ( camera, snacks, sun cream etc).
Accessed via a zipper, the front pocket is larger that it looks. It spans the width and height of the front panel of the bag.
The lightweight padding on the hip belt is super comfortable and it has mesh panels to keep air flowing. It also has forward-pulling adjustment straps that make getting the perfect fit really easy.
There is a small (and very loud!) whistle integrated into the buckle of the sternum strap. The strap can be moved up and down on the shoulder straps with a pleasingly high option that sits comfortably on my chest.
Mammut Women’s Crea Tour Daypack review
I’m not going to lie… I’m a bit of a bag lady. When it comes to outdoor gear, backpacks are what really float my boat. Not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m so painfully practical and I can’t help but get excited by well organised functionality?!
Anyway, I’ve come to really enjoy the simplicity of zippered daypacks in recent years. So the Crea Tour and it’s top-loading buckle design was instantly on the back foot in my eyes. However, what zippered backpacks don’t offer is a spacious top pocket, and the option of overloading your backpack and securing stuff underneath the lid. Suddenly, a 25 litre daypack can become a minimalists overnighter making its versatility go up a few more notches.
This is one comfortable pack. It’s always a treat to wear a backpack that is designed specifically for ladies. The most noticeable feature, for me, is that the sternum strap can be adjusted to sit high up on my chest. The short and slim back panel also feels wonderfully fitted, making the bag feel super compact, especially when everything is cinched down nice and tight.
It fits so nicely, in fact, that I even took it out for a run recently. I usually really hate running with a pack on. But even with a full load it felt surprisingly secure and exceptionally comfortable. No rubbing or chafing. No annoyingly long straps that dangle round your knees. It made me want to do some overnight trail running missions!
What I love the most
The ventilated back panel is superb and feels very airy, even when hiking in hot summer conditions. The padded waist belt also has mesh panelling to help keep you cool — a really nice feature.
I also love the look of this pack. The colour is unusual and the style is sleek — girly and gorgeous, in the best kind of way!
What I’m not so keen on
Although the main fabric is made of 100D ripstop nylon, I’ve managed to damage it slightly already, and without knowing how! Maybe I scuffed it on a rock and there was something sharp on the inside of the pack? But I expected a little better from the fabric, in all honesty. The rest of the components are bombproof and I feel like it’s a bag that will last for years, providing I look after it with a bit more care.
Despite the fact that I really love the colour, it’s also a slight negative as it gets dirty really easily! I see a backpack cleaning article coming up!
It’s mega comfortable, unexpectedly versatile, very well ventilated, a superb fit, carries a lot of stuff, and it looks pretty hot, too! The Mammut Women’s Crea Tour Daypack will be featuring in many mini adventures for years to come, and is already the envy of every outdoorsy gal I know!
Double thumbs up from me.
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