CamelBak Day Star

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



Overall - I was very pleased with the Women’s Day…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $55

Overall - I was very pleased with the Women’s Day Star hydration pack. I am petite (5’ tall) and this pack was short enough to fit comfortably on my back. I purchased it for a strenuous 12.2-mile day hike in the Grand Canyon. The hike lasted 8 hours and the Day Star allowed me to carry everything I needed in a compact, efficient, minimalist way.

Pros - The pack was large enough for me to carry three 1L bottles of liquid in addition to the 2L reservoir filled to capacity, snacks, a small lunch, suntan lotion, and other small supply items. I clipped two carabiners to the daisy chain that were handy for carrying layers of clothing which started to come off during the heat of the day. The carabiner/daisy chain system made it convenient to attach gear to my pack without having the hassle of unloading and rearranging the contents inside it.

Cons – The bite valve is made of a soft, rubber material that easily collected lint and dust whenever it touched anything, and even though a small Velcro pouch is built into the shoulder strap to house the end of the tube, the pouch itself also tended to collect dirt. It would be useful and more hygienic if the bite valve could be covered by a small, all-enclosed casing when the pack is used in transit, like when traveling through airports and stuffing the pack under the plane seat in front of you.


The Daystar is a really nice daypack offering good…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


The Daystar is a really nice daypack offering good comfort and storage and an excellent hydration system.


  • Camelbak's hydration system is unmatched, functional, durable


  • No waist strap, so keep the load manageable

Picked up this women-specific Camelbak for my wife and it's a winner. If you're looking for a nice daypack with a good hydration system, this one should be near the top of the list.

The front of the pack features a very tall and spacious storage compartment that spans nearly the entire top-to-bottom area of the pack. Inside is a small organizer pouch with a couple of zippered pockets for items such as wallets or other small or important items you want to protect, and plenty of room for additional storage. 

The front storage area isn't deep but will work great for smaller and flatter items like maps, beanies, snacks, etc.  The front of the pack also features several daisy-chain style loops which can handle smaller carabiners or clips for items you want to access quickly. Two external mesh pockets, one on each side, are provided and are deep enough to handle extra water bottles or other fairly tall items.

The main storage compartment here is definitely "day pack" sized, offering enough space for an extra layer or two, hat and/or gloves, an extra water bottle, food, camera, gps, sunscreen, and just about any other item you might need for a day trek.  It's not meant for multi-day backcountry adventures, but it's plenty big for a day outing.

The pack has a special zippered storage area for the included 2 liter hydration bladder on the back of the pack.  Camelbak's bladders are awesome — never had one leak or fail on me. The drinking tube runs through a small slot in the storage area and secures onto either shoulder strap. The bite valve that activates water flow is simple and effective, and features a shut off valve for times when you won't be drinking (before or after hitting the trails or slopes when you're transporting the pack, for example).

This pack has a chest compression strap but no waist strap, again affirming that this is for shorter day trips instead of longer, more physically demanding outings where the added support of a waist strap would be needed.  The shoulder straps have velcro ties to keep the loose ends of the straps bundled up and out of the way.

What makes this pack women-specific is a slightly tweaked fit on the straps, suiting them to a generally shorter and more narrow torso size. The straps also have a nice soft fleecy binding that adds a little comfort. 

All in all this is a great day pack for the ladies and is recommended.


The pack details recommend it for 2-3 hour hikes.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $54

The pack details recommend it for 2-3 hour hikes. For that length of a hike, it's great. It's sleek and provides a snug fit for my short torso, although I'm 5'7". The reservoir is super durable and doesn't make the water taste like plastic.

However, when taken on a longer 5-hour hike, it really seemed to pull on my shoulders and that is where I could see that a waist/hip belt would really come in handy to take the load off of my shoulders. I almost got the Camelbak Ventura, which has a waist belt, for this very reason - but the Daystar was a better fit for my short torso. 

I was carrying a gore-tex jacket, lunch, wallet, phone, some protein bars. I had both the reservoir filled as well as two, sixteen oz. water bottles. (16 oz for my dog.)

By the way, I agree with the other reviewer, who said the reservoir tip gets dusty easily. However, wrapping a tiny bit fabric to hang down over it with a rubber band could easily solve this, since it's really a great backpack.

I'm having quite a bit of trouble finding a women's specific hydration backpack which will accommodate a 100-oz. reservoir for my short torso, so I went with the short Day Star with the 70-oz reservoir.

The bag is compact and it really distributes the items you are carrying throughout the pack, so that it's not pulling you backward and throwing you off-balance. It feels like it's part of your body when you're going up rocky hills and such. I've ordered the Osprey Sirrus 24 and I'm a bit concerned about this issue.

If you're using this for 2-3 hours, which I did today, then I highly recommend this pack for: the comfort, sleek fit, organization pockets, reservoir and price, since it's on sale at many stores.

Manufacturer's Description

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The women's CamelBak Day Star Hydration Pack offers a sleek, gender-specific fit and comfort while letting you hydrate easily during active pursuits.


CamelBak Day Star 18 70 oz. Hydration PackKeep your rendezvous with the great outdoors carefree with the CamelBak Day Star 18 70 oz. Hydration Pack. The Day Star 18 hydration pack comes with an Antidote reservoir that holds up to 2 L or 70 oz. of water. This hiking pack incorporates elements specific to women s body structure, such as an s-shaped harness, and a shorter torso length for a better fit. The Day Star 18 also has several pockets, lashing points, as well as a roomy main compartment for you to keep your trekking gear and other smaller items secure. A central air channel on this pack s back panel keeps you cool even while hiking on a hot and humid summer day. And just in case it rains out of nowhere, don t worry because the CamelBak Day Star 18 70 oz. Hydration Pack is made of water-resistant coated nylon.

- SunnySports

Hydration packs don't have to look gaudy or strange; the Day Star Hydration Backpack looks so casually stylish that it can actually (with the reservoir removed) double as a daily-use backpack. The two-liter Antidote reservoir is the perfect solution to the needs of any short hike, while the 975 cubic inches of extra storage let you pack a lunch, your camera, a sweater, and even some extra water in the side pockets if need be. You'll be hard-pressed to find another one-pound backpack this size with such lightweight and durable materials like the DWR and PU-coated double diamond and nylon fabric, fully able to withstand rain without soaking or absorbing water. An Air Channel back panel directs air currents to cool your back and keep you from overheating on strenuous treks. Interwoven with Diamond Mesh, the S-shaped harness that is specifically designed to fit a woman's figure comfortably hugs your shoulders and chest without too much pressure. Season after season, CamelBak's super scientists have been hard at work refining and perfecting the Antidote reservoir, the industry's most popular solution to hydration. At the turn of a cap (a quarter turn to be exact), you can open or close the reservoir, refilling and securing it again in seconds. Center baffling and a sleek design prevent your water from jostling about inside your pack while running, hiking, or hitting the park. When not off exploring the world, simply disconnect the tube using the Quick Link System and hang up the Antidote for proper drying or storage. Since last year, CamelBak's go-to reservoir system has actually lost some weight, reducing bulk in the fill port and offering you that much more convenience.


Designed for women with a shorter torso length than a man's pack, the Camelbak Day Star is a sleek way to bring hydration and your essentials for a day on the trail. The S-curved shoulder harness allows for more comfortable carry and the harness hardware was moved to base of pack to reduce potential friction points. A soft-touch fabric harness lining adds comfort next to bare skin, a fully adjustable sternum strap adds stability and narrower harness spacing fits women's shoulders. A sleek women's pack designed to hold hydration and essentials for day hikesIncludes the new 70 oz (2 L) Antidote reservoir BACK PANEL: Air DirectorHARNESS: Women's Diamond Mesh with Slider SternumStrapHike essentials organizer pocket, side pocketsFully adjustable sternum strap for added stabilityReservoir Features: Lightweight fillport with 1/4 turn - easy open/close capDryer armsCenter baffling and low-profile designPatented Big Bite ValveHydroGuard technologyPureFlow tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth openingNumber of pockets: 3Torso Length: 17 in (43 cm)Material: 100D Double Diamond & 420 Nylon with DWR & 1000 mm Size: 19.5 x 10.5 x 9 in Weight: 1.36 lbs (.62 kg)Hydration Capacity: 70 oz (2 L)Total Capacity: 1098 cu in (18 L)

- Campmor