Sport

Aug 1, 2015

Portable rehydration

Running, biking, climbing, hiking. No matter what outdoor activity you're fond of, rehydration is a priority, but keeping a fresh and clean water source near isn't always possible. Camelbak has the solution, and the name says it all.

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Brief history

It's 1988. Bicycle enthusiast Michael Eidson, is competing in a 100-mile race in the grueling summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas. Water is vital to surviving the race, and there are few places to refill a water bottle. Eidson, an emergency medical technician by trade, decides to fill an IV bag with water and slip it into a white tube sock. Yes, a tube sock. Then he stuffs the contraption into the back of his bike jersey, throws the thin hose over his shoulder and clamps it with a clothespin.

Hands-free hydration is born. And Eidson is able to drink as he pedals...while the other racers laugh and fiddle with their water bottles.

Jeff Wemmer, a competitive cyclist who fell hard for CamelBak, was so impressed by the product that he started bringing packs to races to sell them. CamelBak eventually hired him, and in 1993, Jeff embarked on a road trip to keep the start-up running during very tough times.

Company lore has it that Jeff visited bike shops from Florida to California, pitching the renegade product from the back of his motorcycle. Each order Jeff faxed back to the factory literally breathed another day of life back into CamelBak.

Products

CamelBak's hydration packs come in capacities of 1.5 to 3.0 litres in a back pack style primarily for biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities, with smaller belt-type 830 mL to 1.3 litre packs designed for runners and walkers.

CamelBak manufactures a line of water bottles, including water bottles with a dip straw and a collapsible bite valve, as well as one designed for cyclists with a centered valve, no dip straw and a squeezable body. These and similar reusable bottles increased in popularity when bottled water consumption was denounced by environmentalists. Since 2008, these water bottles are manufactured without BPA, a potentially toxic chemical commonly used to harden polycarbonate plastic.

Also available are general purpose backpacks, and some specialized military and law-enforcement gear, ranging from simple back-worn water reservoirs with little to no cargo capacity, to large rucksacks with various accessories, even PALS webbing to accommodate MOLLE gear.

Contacts: CamelBak Products, LLC. - 2000 S. McDowell, Suite 200 - Petaluma, CA 94954 – phone: +1 800-767-8725 – www.camelbak.com


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