When performing any outdoor activity, staying hydrated is key. Water helps to increase your endurance while improving your performance. However, it’s often cumbersome to pack a significant amount of water (with traditional water bottles) and take it on your hiking or backpacking adventure.
Quite literally the heart of our heritage, our collection of reservoirs provide wearable hydration for any adventure imaginable. Whether you’re hiking, cycling, trekking, or running, reservoirs provide leak-proof and reliable solution to keep water at the ready, allowing you to do what you love - longer.
Reservoirs and hydration bladders feature a flexible plastic design, making them easily manoeuvrable to fit inside your backpack, allowing for more much needed storage space.
An I.V. Bag and a Sock - The Rest Is CamelBak History
Bicycle enthusiast Michael Eidson was competing in the "Hotter'N Hell 100," and that's exactly what it is to this day: a 100-mile road race, over four days in the gruelling summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas. Water is vital to surviving the race, but there are few places to refill, let alone time to stop. An emergency medical technician by trade, Eidson came up with a solution on the fly: he filled an IV bag with water, slipped it into a white tube sock (yes, an actual tube sock), and stuffed the whole contraption into the back of his bike jersey. He then threw the hose over his shoulder and clamped it shut with a clothespin. Hands-free hydration was born. And CamelBak was created to pursue it.
A Thirst for More
Jeff Wemmer, a competitive cyclist who fell hard for CamelBak, was so impressed by the product that he started bringing packs to races to sell them. Talk about a fan. CamelBak eventually hired him, and in 1993, Jeff embarked on a road trip to keep the startup running during very tough times. Company lore has it that Jeff visited bike shops from Florida to California, pitching our product from the back of his motorcycle. Each order Jeff faxed back to the factory breathed another day of life back into CamelBak.
Today, CamelBak is a Household Name
A lot has changed since our days of an IV bag in a tube sock sold by a motorcycle-riding sales force of one, but our core values remain the same—it takes courage, conviction, and imagination to quench our thirst for better—from inventing the hydration category to becoming the world's leading maker of hydration solutions.
Looking for even more information in order to make the most informed purchase possible? Our hydration bladders offer features that include:
Bite Valve On/Off Switch
To prevent unwanted leaks, the hydration bladder bite valves feature an on/off mechanism, allowing to stop water flow when not in use.
Quick Connect Valves
Some reservoirs include a drink tube that disconnects from the hydration bladder’s body, making it easier to refill. Simply press a button to disconnect the tube and pull the reservoir from your pack.
To ensure that your hydration bladder stays where it should be in your bag, the storage hook allows you to securely attach to the top of the bag pack.
Some water bladders also feature a convenient carry handle, allowing you to stabilize them when refilling, opening and closing the bladder.
How do I wash my CamelBak reservoir before first use?
Follow these steps:
How Often Should You Wash Your Hydration Bladder?
It’s important to deep clean your hydration pack once or twice a month, while remembering to rinse your reservoir tube and drying it after every use.
How do I remove my reservoir tube to clean and/or adjust it?
To remove the tube from the reservoir (or to take off the bite valve), soak the end of the reservoir with the tube connection in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. This should soften the plastic and make it easier to pull the tube off. You can use the same trick to reattach the tube or bite valve: soak everything in warm water before pushing the parts back together. Once the plastic cools, it will firm up and seal itself more securely.
How do I install the quick link conversion kit?
If you have an older reservoir (like an Omega or Antidote constructed with a standard exit port), you can install a Quick Link conversion kit to make it compatible with newer reservoir accessories like filters, flow meters, and insulated drinking tubes. Here’s how to attach the Quick Link components to your reservoir: