Our Mammut Ducan 30 rucksack review details a lightweight pack with a variety of innovative features. We really hope you find it useful.
Having reviewed a selection of Mammut rucksacks, I felt I knew my way around their design style. However, this rucksack proved that they are innovators and, as a result, they keep morphing that style. Nothing stands still with Mammut! This allows them to use new technologies and introduce new features that will benefit the user. Their Ducan 30 rucksack proved to be a great example of this and here is my review.
The Ducan is a mid-sized pack which Mammut state as suitable for hiking. Having said that, I also think this would be perfectly suited to general mountaineering and scrambling.
It comes in at an extremely lightweight 920 grams. This is possible because of Mammut’s use of lightweight fabrics and the lightweight frame system. The fabrics are a combination of 100D fabric on the main body and 210D on the base. The fabrics are coated with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating.
Talking of the frame, the Ducan features Mammut’s Contact Stream back system. This comprises a metal frame and suspension back system designed for comfort, efficient load transfer and effective ventilation. This is combined with an anatomically shaped padded hip belt and sculpted shoulder straps made from mesh and die cut foam. There is also a forward pull hip belt adjustment and elasticated sternum strap.
The storage comprises a single large main compartment. There are side pockets purposely positioned within easy reach even when wearing the pack. The lid also contains two zippered pockets – one accessible from outside and one accessible from underneath the lid. The waistbelt also has a zippered stretch pocket and there are two more on the shoulder straps.
The Ducan 30 is hydration system compatible and includes a trekking pole attachment system that can be operated with the pack on. There’s also an integrated detachable rain cover and twin ice axe attachments.
Finally, the pack integrates the Mammut Connect system. To use this you simply download the app and scan the Connect logo on the shoulder strap. As well as extending the warranty to 5 years, this also gives you an overview of the technology in the pack. The app can also be used to log your adventures and share them with friends. The pack I reviewed came in Sapphire Blue colour and RRP is £120.
Firstly, as a starting point for this Mammut Ducan 30 rucksack review, let’s consider appearance. Well, this is simple enough. I really like the look of this pack. Mammut always seem to do a great job of getting the style of their products right and this pack certainly follows that trend. The blue and black colour contrast together really well and the large Mammut logo (which stretches across the front) looks great. From the front the pack looks to be of traditional style with a large lid that buckles down and the usual features of ice axe holders. It is on the back where things really change.
The principle behind the Ducan 30 is that things should be in reach for the user and the design is clearly informed by that. The shoulder straps fold around the chest and are sculpted to allow for two large pockets that sit perfectly placed for items like a phone, compact camera or energy bars. This is a really clever design. I have used plenty of packs that feature shoulder strap pockets. They are a useful addition, but often too small for anything other than an energy bar or compass.
The easy access storage also follows with the elasticated side pockets. These are designed to be reached with the pack on and the openings are oriented specifically to allow this. These pockets will hold items like a folded map or a drink bottle with ease. Finally, there is a small zippered pocket on the waist belt that is also easily accessible. It all works extremely well. Stowing trekking poles while on the go is also easy. The poles slot into purpose attachments and can be stowed and deployed in seconds.
Mammut have carefully considered carrying comfort. The Contact Stream back system combines a suspended metal frame with well padded shoulder and lumbar support. The die cut ventilated padding and mesh on the shoulder straps is supportive and comfortable. The waistbelt is also constructed from die cut foam which allows it to be supportive while also venting well.
Mammut have also ensured the Ducan fit is capable of fine adjustments. There ia an innovative elasticised sternum strap which works really well. They have also included adjustment straps on top of the shoulder straps to help pull it comfortably into the body. These straps also allow for fine adjustment of the shoulder strap tension against the shoulders.
I have used the pack with a full climbing rack and rope plus other climbing equipment for a cragging day. It is extremely comfortable even with fairly substantial loads. Besides comfort, the other advantage of the suspended back system is that items can’t stick through from the main pack to cause discomfort.
I have also used the pack for scrambling. I wouldn’t normally choose a suspended back panel system and solid frame design for this activity. However, I was very impressed. The pack feels secure and stable on the back. It also feels low profile enough to not get in the way. It is a proficient scrambling pack.
The main storage compartment of the pack is a single compartment design common to many packs. It works well and makes effective packing easy. This is closed with a single drawstring and this is covered by a buckle closure lid. The lid has a large zippered pocket and smaller internal zippered mesh pocket. It is all a fairly conventional system and makes sense. The reason it is common is because it works well. There are also side compression straps to allow for attachments on the side. This also allows the load to be cinched in if the pack isn’t full.
In terms of durability I have found the 100 denier and 210 denier fabrics, despite being quite lightweight, hold up well to use. For general mountain use you would need to be aware of wear particularly if rubbed against rock. But that is the reality for many similar packs of this type. It is well engineered for its intended use.
This Mammut Ducan 30 rucksack review highlights an extremely well designed and constructed pack suitable for various mountain activities. It may lean towards hillwalking, but is actually great for general mountaineering too.
It features many innovative features but the on the go storage options really set it apart. If you are moving through the mountains and want easy access to essentials you can’t go wrong. I also think it offers good value at the £120 RRP. Full marks to Mammut on another great product. Full details about the Ducan 30 are available on the Mammut website here.
We have recently reviewed a range of other Mammut products including the Trion Spine rucksack here, the Nordwand MIPs helmet here, Taiss Light GTX Mid boots here, Alugator Pro snow shovel here and Masao Light HS jacket here.