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CamelBak Cloud Walker

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: CamelBak Cloud Walker hydration pack

Really great daypack — durable, spacious, awesome hydration system.


  • Durable
  • 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.

Source: bought it new

For its uses, no pack can dominate the Camelbak Cloud Walker. I'm a search and rescue operative and this pack is perfect for holding enough gear for 24 hours of comfort and possibly much longer in terms of survival.

The bladder is in a separate compartment with easy access in front (so you don't have to pull everything out to refill it) and that compartment has enough room for a second, unfilled bladder (which I keep in case the first brakes. With about 1200 cu. in. of space in the main compartment, you have room for extra layers, survival and first aid gear.

I have fit a large down jacket, a waterproof shell, a survival kit (matches, goggles, flashlight, compass, pens, notebook, maps, 2 ponchos, space blanket, 2 glowsticks, multitool) first aid kit (lots of blood sponges, an assortment of typical ointments and pills, an epi pen) as well as an extra liter of water in this pack.

The straps on the outside do an excellent job of compressing, and also offer some lashability for trekking poles, etc. The straps are perfect, strong, comfortable, broad and lightweight. The material is excellent, water and dirt-resistant, rip-stop nylon I think.

My favorite part about this pack is the rain cover. It is part of the new models and is attatched to a zippered compartment on the bottom of the pack, allowing for easy application and storage without ever having to worry about losing the damn thing or getting other gear wet with it.

Oh and lastly, the zippers have not jammed or failed on me once.

I do a lot of hiking, biking, kayaking and jeeping with this pack. It's my go-to pack for everything from gym clothes, airline carry-on or any other activity. For its capacity, no pack is better for 24 hours outdoors in any activity. 

Price Paid: $40

I bought this pack back in 2010 to carry my work clothes on the days I biked the 22 miles to work. It had plenty of space for the clothes and shoes and even though it doesn't have a waist strap it never moved around on my back.


  • Good day pack size for 1-2 people worth of gear
  • Side pockets hold full size Nalgene bottles
  • Organization pockets/sleeves in front pocket to stow smaller items
  • 70 oz water bladder for long hikes/rides


  • Back ventilation could be improved upon

This day pack has been my workhorse. I've used it on numerous road bike rides to/from my former job in downtown Denver. It is so comfortable, I hardly knew it was there. My only wish is that it had a center channel to let some air pass through to pull away some of the heat. Mine is the older style so maybe the newer model has done this.

It has storage a plenty. For hiking, the main pocket will hold a couple of puffy jackets and lighter rain shells, along with hats and gloves plus some food and extra water. The two side pockets are almost full size and they will hold larger water bottles, such as our two OllyDog OllyBottles for our dogs.  

Between the five of us in our family, we have at least that many different kinds of CamelBaks. We are a big fan of their products.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60

Its great, whether you are mountain biking, hiking, dirtbike riding, or jeeping. I have put this bag through the tests, and it has survived! BUY A CAMELBAK! Many have duplicated it but no one has it down like they do! People I ride and hike with people who have off brands, ie Coleman, Walmart, No names ect, and they are always having problems, leaks and complaints. When it comes to mountbiking in 110 degree heat in the desert I don't want my pack to give me any problems and this one and other Camelbaks I have owned have never let me down. I had a Cloud Walker for years before it got stolen in Costa Rica and upgraded to a HAWG afterwards. It's a great day pack.

Max. Load Carried: 25
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $55

This is an awesome day pack. Plenty of room for your biking, hiking, kayaking, carrier on, whatever bag. The Hydration bag is a good size and stays Very Cold for hours.

I've used this pack biking in south Alabama in 95+ degree weather and it has stayed cold, also used in Steamboat Springs, CO, while on a ski trip this past Feb. and the water didn't freeze. It's a very secure pack with chest clips. Also has a few loops for other gear you can clip in with a caribiner or whatever.

Awesome pack!

Price Paid: $65

I have used this pack for 2 years around town - biking, airlines etc. just finished a week in Yosemite backcountry and used it in conjunction with REI Mars 85 pack. I just slipped the daypack in behind the bear canister (rented from NPS) and slipped the mouthpiece out through the side onto the shoulder strap.

Perfect fit for dayhikes from basecamp and while on the trail. Highly recommend both (the Mars 85 performed exceptionally well and has a sleeve for the water bladder as well).

Design: daypack
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 12 lbs
Height of Owner: 5/10
Price Paid: gift

Very flexible day pack, that has just enough room to carry the essentials on a day hike. Good room in the main and front pockets, and easy access to the hydration system.

Design: Top loading hydration pack
Number of Pockets: 1 Main, 1 Front
Max. Load Carried: 10 lbs
Height of Owner: 6 ft 1 inch
Price Paid: $75

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