Petaluma, California (ots/PRNewswire)
- Early Adoption of Hands-Free Hydration Systems by U.S. Military
and NATO Countries Help Spur Demand by Armies Around the World
CamelBak(R) Products, LLC., inventor of the hydration-on-the-move
water-backpack system, today announced that its drinking
system-already standard issue for U.S. military and some U.K.
forces-is now in use by more than 500,000 troops fighting for modern
armies worldwide. The global reach of CamelBak is an impressive
achievement for a small business located an hour north of San
Francisco, in California's wine country.
Over the past few years, military commanders from NATO countries
took notice of CamelBak's use by U.S. and U.K. military. They noted
the benefits of mobile hydration systems as a superior way of
hydrating the body, particularly in combat conditions. The ergonomic
gear allows military personnel to carry three liters of water, drink
without removing hands from weapons or stopping and assures peak
performance while remaining focused on the mission. Most recently,
the Belgian Government purchased 8,000 chemical/biological reservoir
(CBR4.0) 3Litre systems in Belgian camouflage material with Cleaning
Kits, In-Line Micro Filters and Gas Mask adaptors, for delivery in
early 2005. The Hong Kong Police Force has also recently adopted the
In 2003, CamelBak's use by international military forces came into
its own as interest in the equipment transitioned to purchase
agreements. Increasingly, CamelBak systems are becoming standard
equipment around the world for troops, as well as for elite units of
law enforcement. By 2004, military forces in more than 40 countries,
including all NATO Armed Forces, were using CamelBak systems.
Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, Portugal and the
U.K. have adopted CamelBak systems not only for elite branches of
the military, but also for regular military personnel.
"CamelBak's phenomenal success among international militaries is
due in large part to its combat proven success in the field and
popularity among enlisted troops who rely on it," said Chuck Hunter,
senior vice president and general manager of CamelBak Product's
military government and industrial divisions. "CamelBak meets the
demands of individual countries by modifying our standard system to
meet specific requirements for camouflage patterns and
CamelBak has created customized versions of its hydration gear for
the Australian, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabian, British,
Canadian, Dutch and German Armies.
CamelBak's Military History
CamelBak systems first gained popularity in the 1980s with
American and European consumers who understood the benefits of
hands-free drinking during outdoor recreation, such as cycling.
Athletes noted significantly better performance when they consumed
water by consistent sipping rather than gulping periodically from
water bottles. Scientific studies later confirmed these perceived
physical benefits with tests providing that consistent hydration
resulted in better athletic performance.
Some of these athletes then began using CamelBak systems at work.
Among these were members of the U.S. military's elite Special Forces.
Before long, CamelBak systems were used in combat by troops in
Operation Desert Storm. Over the 1990s, the use of CamelBak systems
expanded from elite forces into regular U.S. forces. Today, CamelBak
systems are found across all U.S. military branches, where CamelBak's
are described as "hydration-on-the-move."
But just as the military benefited from CamelBak's invention,
troops benefited CamelBak with invaluable feedback from the most
demanding environments in the world. Troop recommendations from the
field result in an ongoing list of product innovations that keep
CamelBak at the forefront of the industry. The most recent example is
CamelBak's CBR 4.0, Chem-Bio Reservoir system designed to provide
safe drinking water in the most dangerous chemical and biological
As with many of CamelBak's advanced military products, the CBR 4.0
was first used in combat situations with U.S. Special Forces. It also
is used by elite elements of the New York Police Department, U.S.
Secret Service and the Department of Health and Human Services.
CamelBak Products, LLC., is the originator and world leader in
hands-free systems for hydration on the move. Since 1991, CamelBak
has built a reputation with first responders, law enforcement
officials and military personnel as the product of choice when
seeking state-of-the-art hydration. CamelBak continues to refine and
evolve its products for situations that demand peak hydration to
support peak performance, whether dealing with natural disasters at
home or potential biological and chemical threats abroad. The
privately-held company is headquartered in Petaluma, California.
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