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Black Diamond
Creek Mandate 28L Backpack

4.65625 out of 5 stars
32 Reviews



Creek Mandate 28L Backpack

Black Diamond's Creek Mandate 28 Backpack is a carry-on-friendly commute and travel bag that mirrors a high-quality climbing bag. The most obvious similarity is the full zippered back panel for ease of access, allowing you to get to everything you packed without digging around blindly. Additionally, the durable, treated shell sheds moisture . Despite these similarities to outdoor packs, the Creek Mandate still contains all of the features you would expect from an exceptional travel pack. It has exterior laptop access for convenience on the go, haul loops on the top and side for getting through the airport, and an easy access passport pocket.


  • Commuter pack inspired by Black Diamond's climbing backpacks
  • 28L is the largest commuter in Black Diamond's Transit collection
  • Zippered back panel provides ease of access
  • Padded sleeve protects 17-inch laptops
  • Carry how you want with haul loops on top and side
  • Removable webbing hip belt for comfort and versatility
  • Item #BLD00U4
840D nylon, 1200D polyester, TPU treatment
28L (1709cu in)
Shoulder Straps
Waist Belt
back panel, top
[external] zippered top, [internal] zippered stow
Laptop Sleeve
17in, padded
Claimed Weight
2lb 6.3oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 33 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

July 20, 2024

Great Bag

Construction feels solid and it looks really good in person. I wasn’t sure about the big pocket being on the back, but it hasn’t been an issue; most of the time I just leave the zippers staged between the shoulder straps and reach in like a grab bag. Overall, it’s been great for everyday commuting with work and workout gear.

Gerald C.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 23, 2024

For the One Baggers....

I've been using this bag for over a year now for one bag travels, having downsized from a Cotopaxi 35L. The Creek Mandate has a sleek form factor, is lower profile and low key (it doesn't scream tourist), and it's light and versatile. I've taken it all over the States as well as Europe and Africa. Fully packed, it fits in Frontier Airlines' personal item bin as well as in the overhead compartment of small regional planes in Tanzania. The 28L is just enough for me to carry clothes for 10-14 days, an extra pair of shoes, my toiletries, 11" iPad, GoPro and accessories, with a good amount of room to spare for snacks and other gadgets. It's a great bag, almost perfect. The only thing I don't like is when accessing the main compartment, you have to take the bag off and move the straps to the side to get inside. Other than that, I have yet to find a better bag for my purposes.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 27, 2023

Creek Mandate 28 Pack

Nicely design and functional commuter day pack/briefcase. Great for hikig as well.

Douglas S.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 26, 2023

Commuter and Weekend Bag

Great bag, lots of pockets. Still getting used to all the locations to fill in the spaces. Seems durable for commuting into NYC and also for weekend trips. My last Black Diamond bookbag lasted me over 10 years so I suspect this will last just the same.

Adam S.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

August 10, 2022

Sleek and Functional

I purchased this backpack for work-related travel and was not disappointed. The construction is rugged and it does not collapse when not entirely filled. Lots of pockets, but not bulky when full.

Colin D.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

August 8, 2022

Well-designed backpack

With the backpack opening like a suitcase, it takes a little getting used to. Once you are used to it is designed really well.

Ethan H

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Cool Travel bag

The only reason this Bag is not 5 stars is the way the main compartment opens. Its is more like a suitcase style than a standard back pack which isn't a deal braker but will take som getting used to.

Maximilian M

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Bullet proof, good space, well thought-out design

I have had this bag for a few weeks and I really like it. While I can't speak conclusively to durability, the materials feel very high quality and I believe this bag will last a LONG time. I needed a bag that I could use both as a day pack for some winter gear, gym clothes etc. but also use as my work bag so I didn't have to lug two separate bags. Remarkably, the bag does both pretty well. While the main clothing compartment is not super easy to acess, I found that the zipper configuration does make it easy to find the right items quickly. Love all of the loops and extra features. I've worn it fully packed for a half day of skiing and it stayed comfy the whole time. Would definitely buy this again. May even look for a larger size to use for traveling.

Andy D

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

June 25, 2022

Great Backpack

This is my second one, the right strap on the first frayed over about 2 years, but I love the side layout, pockets and capacity so much I can't go back to a different backpack

Pryce Q.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 26, 2022

Fantastic travel pack!

The attention to detail and durability in this new pack is a standout. Plenty of specific functionality in spaces for your gear and tech. Use it cycling to work but also for all my travel as a go to overnight or few days with essentials. Computer pocket is by far one of the most protected and ease of use that holds 16” MacBook easily. Great job BD designers!

Jurgen H.

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