I bought the Helena 22 from another site for about $50. This is an amazing deal for $40! The bladder alone costs around $30 so you are only paying about $10 for a high quality pack! I just got the smaller Day Star 18 so I have more size options. Here’s my review of the Helena 22:
This is a great hydration pack with 19L of room to stow your jacket, lunch, snack bars and other items on your hike. The included 3L Antidote bladder is stored in a separate pocket so it is well insulated and stays upright with the ledge custom made for the Antidote. For extreme winter or summer days, you can always buy the insulated tube to replace the included uninsulated one to keep your water cool. In addition, there are also 2 side packets that fit 1 L Nalgene bottles so you can even swap out the bladder for bottles on certain trips if you desire. When not hiking, the Helena can work as a great commuter or campus bag. You can take out the bladder and use its compartment to hold a tablet as this compartment has great padding for extra protection, far better than most dedicated laptop backpacks.
The pack is relatively narrow and the torso length fits women well. I am 5’1" with a 15.5 inch torso length and this pack is a great fit for me.
The Mykonos Blue/Blue Jewel is a great color as it screams less of “girlie girl” than the other two available colors. Material quality is excellent and I expect many years of enjoyment from this well-made pack.
I highly recommend this hydration pack to all women.