CamelBak was an idea born from the most basic human need – thirst.

It’s 1989. Bike enthusiast Michael Eidson, is competing in the “Hotter’N Hell 100.” Water is vital to surviving the race, and there are few places to refill a water bottle. So Eidson, an emergency medical technician, fills an IV bag with water and slips it into a white 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 CamelBak was created to pursue it.

Then Jeff Wemmer, a competitive cyclist, fell hard for CamelBak. He was so impressed by the product that he started bringing packs to races to sell them. Eventually CamelBak hired him, and in 1993, Jeff embarked on a road trip to keep the startup running during very tough times. It took courage, conviction and imagination to evolve from an IV bag in a tube sock sold by a motorcycle-driven sales force of one.

Our core values remain the same and drive everything we do. It still takes courage, conviction, and imagination to quench our thirst for better. We are inventors, we crave challenge and answer with innovation. We’re inspired by the ever-changing needs of the diverse outdoor community.

We are fully dedicated to what we make, how we make it, and for whom we make it. We envision a future without single-use plastic water bottles. Ultimately, our goal is to achieve the best, most reliable products in a way that impacts the environment the least.

Our mission is to continuously reinvent outdoor hydration and carry solutions that empower an active lifestyle.

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