User Review: CamelBak Cloud Walker
Source: bought it new
Really great daypack — durable, spacious, awesome hydration system.
- Awesome hydration system
- Wish the small front compartment had top access instead of side access
The Cloudwalker is a great daypack. It features a row of gearloops on the front for clip-on storage or for holding a small-handled implement. There is a smaller front storage compartment with an organizer pouch inside with small zippered storage space (think wallet) and room for smaller items such as maps, snacks, camera, gps, phone, etc.
The front compartment is accessed via a vertical zipper running along one side of the front. I prefer a horizontal zipper for top access to lessen the risk of something falling out and for better visual access, bit it's a minor gripe. There is a mesh pocket on one side of the bag for quick-access storage.
The main compartment is roomy enough for a day's worth of stuff for most outdoor pursuits. I went caving with mine and took a fleece pullover, extra headlamps and batteries, extra water bottle, helmet, knee pads, and snacks and had plenty of room.
The bag itself is very durable in my experience. There is a chest compression strap that can be adjusted for tightness and for height. There are also velcro tie-downs at the ends of the shoulder straps to keep the excess lengths from flopping around — a nice touch.
Camelbak really excels with their hydration system. This has a 2 liter hydration bladder which stores in a special zippered compartment on the back of the pack. The drinking tube runs out of a small opening at the top of the pack and can be routed down along either of the shoulder straps.
I have long used Camelbak stuff and have never had a reservoir leak or go bad on me, and they are covered by a lifetime warranty. The bite-down valves are great — easy to use and they don't leak. There is a shut-off valve for the mouthpiece if you want to ensure no accidental spillage. The bladder also has a wide opening which makes it easy to use with icemakers if you want cold hydration.
All in all the Cloudwalker is a really quality daypack. I prefer the older Cloudwalker model from a few years ago which featured larger sewn-on daisy chain gear loops on the front and a top-access front storage compartment instead of the side access one now offered. If I could find the older model I'd choose it, but either way the Cloudwalker is a great daypack choice.