|Headquarters||2000 South McDowell, Suite 200, Petaluma, California, U.S.|
|Products||Hydration pack, bottles, gloves, large combat/tactical packs, accessories|
|Owners||Compass Diversified Holdings|
CamelBak Products, LLC (stylized as CAMELBAK) is an outdoors equipment company based in Petaluma, California, best known for its hydration products, such as hydration packs and water bottles. CamelBak is also a supplier of hydration packs, protective gear, and other products to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies around the world.
In 1989, CamelBak founder Michael Eidson was competing in the "Hotter 'n Hell 100" bike race in Wichita Falls, TX. Eidson, who was an EMT by trade, filled an IV bag with water and stuck it in a tube sock. He then pinned the tube sock to the back of his jersey, pulled the tube over his shoulder, and secured it with a clothespin.
Within a few months, Eidson began selling the first CamelBak product, the ThermalBak, which quickly became popular among cyclists.
CamelBak's hydration packs come in capacities of 1.5 to 3.0 litres (50–100 US fluid oz) in a back pack style primarily for biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities, with smaller belt-type 830 mL to 1.3 litre (28–45 US fluid oz) packs designed for runners and walkers.
CamelBak also makes bottles, 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.
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.
Media related to CamelBak at Wikimedia Commons
- "About Us". www.camelbak.com. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- Felton, Vernon. "Bag to the Future: How CamelBak changed the way we all ride". www.bikemag.com. Bike Magazine. Retrieved 7 October 2014. Missing
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- "CamelBak Announces Entire Bottle Line Now BPA-Free". 25 April 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
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