Camelbak began in 1988 when idea was born from the most basic human need... thirst.
Michael Eidson a Bicycle enthusiast was competing in the “Hotter 'N Hell 100” the largest sanctioned century bicycle ride in the USA. Water is vital to surviving the race and with nowhere to refill a water bottle, Eidson decided to fill an IV bad with water and slip it into a white tube sock. He straps his new invention to the back of his bike jersey, places the hose over his shoulder and clamps it in place with a standard clothes pin. I must point out, just in case your wondering Eidson, at this time was an emergency medical technician by trade.
However, as primitive as the invention may seem, the first hands-free hydration was born.
The hands-free hydration pack was used by a competitive cyclist, Jeff Wemmer. He was so impressed by the product that he started bringing packs to events to sell them and in 1993 he was eventually hired by Camelbak. Jeff ventured on a journey to promote the business and products further by visiting bike shops from California to Florida, pitching the unconventional device from the back of his motorcycle.
The hydration pack as we know it now has come a long way from being a simple IV bag in a sock. Camelbak is a worldwide leader in hydration technology. If you thought the name Camelbak was a little strange, it's a play on the myth that a camel stores water in its hump, when actually camels store fat in their hump.
Camelbak has gone on to build its reputation by engineering hydration products that exceed consumer expectations for durability & quality. For 2011 Camelbak has introduced the “Got Your Bak Lifetime Guarantee” for all reservoirs, backpacks, bottles and accessories. Camelbak warrants all Camelbak reservoirs, Camelbak backpacks, Camelbak bottles, and Camelbak accessories from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.
Camelbak will repair or replace at its discretion any manufacturing defect in these products free of charge. This warranty does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear, accident, combat damage, improper care or cleaning, non-standard usage or negligence.
You can contact the Camelbak warranty department with any questions or concerns at
Warranty Service, USA firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips on how to clean your Camelbak reservoir.
The best way to maintain your reservoir is to clean and dry it after every use, especially if the reservoir has been filled with anything other then water. Theoretically, if you don't clean and maintain a reservoir after every use, mold and discolouration can occur.
Use hot water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda or bleach. Mix the solution inside your reservoir and hold it up above your head while you pinch the bite valve, allowing the bleached water to run through the tube. You can also use Camelbak Cleaning Tabs.
Let the reservoir and cleaning solution sit for about 30 minutes.
Wash the reservoir with hot water and mild soap. Be sure to completely rinse away any bleach or cleaning solution before using again. You can also use Camelbak brushes from the Camelbak Cleaning Kit to scrub your reservoir and tube. Brushes are the best way to ensure you are scrubbing all of the areas of the reservoir clean.
Once the reservoir is clean, be sure to air dry the reservoir so no moisture is trapped inside, which can cause mold to grow.
These steps will make your reservoir safe for use. If you have spots left from the mold, they will never come all the way out because the reservoir is permanently stained, but still safe and usable.
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