CamelBak started simply in 1988 when Michael Eidson was competing in the “Hotter’N Hell 100” and needed a way to carry more water. The solution, a IV bag in a tube sock. From there the hydration reservoir backpack was born.
We’ve noticed here at Tahoe Mountain Sports that when somebody wants a hydration pack, they ask for a CamelBak – a brand name synonymous with the category just like Kleenex is with tissue.
The heart of the system is the hydration reservoir, and CamelBak hasn’t rested on their laurels since the old IV bag and tube sock, constantly making improvements, culminating in the CamelBak Antidote. The hydration bladder features a baffled design so it lies flatter when full, built-in arms that aid in drying for daily care, a easier to open lid, and a quick disconnect hose. As for durability, you can find videos on the internet of them being run over by bicycles – and trucks – without springing a leak.
Here’s a quick overview:
A new innovation that’s proving to be a big hit both in the backcountry and for travelers is the All Clear Water Bottle that has a built-in ultraviolet water treatment system in the lid. Just fill the bottle up from a lake, stream or other suspect source, turn it on, and disinfect.
Here’s a quick look at this great new backcountry water treatment system:
We’re also carrying a full range of BPA-free water bottles, stainless steel water bottles, hydration packs and accessories from CamelBak this year, so if you’re looking for the best way to stay hydrated on the go, check out our full selection of CamelBak gear at Tahoe Mountain Sports.
CamelBak Antidote 50
CamelBak Eddy Kids Bottle
CamelBak Day Star Pack