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CamelBak Products, LLC
Privately held
Industry Sport equipment
Founded 1988
Founder Michael Eidson
Headquarters 2004 South McDowell, Suite 200, Petaluma, California, U.S.
Products Hydration pack, bottles, gloves, large combat/tactical packs, accessories
Owner Compass Diversified Holdings
Number of employees
An example of a civilian CamelBak pack. The blue tube coming off the top enables the wearer to drink from the internal water bladder without removing the pack.
A water bladder from a CamelBak pack. The large opening makes it easier to clean the inside of the reservoir.

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 1988, CamelBak founder Michael Eidson was competing in the "Hotter 'n Hell 100" bike race in Wichita Falls, TX.[1] 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.[2]

CamelBak was purchased by Vista Outdoor in July 2015 for $412.5 million.[3]

Hydration packs[edit]

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.

Water bottles[edit]

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,[4] these water bottles are manufactured without BPA, a potentially toxic chemical commonly used to harden polycarbonate plastic.

See also[edit]

Media related to CamelBak at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Felton, Vernon. "Bag to the Future: How CamelBak changed the way we all ride". Bike Magazine. Retrieved 7 October 2014.  Missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "Camelbak acquired for $412 million". BikeBiz. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "CamelBak Announces Entire Bottle Line Now BPA-Free". 25 April 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 

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