Instructions for a CamelBak

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Instructions for a CamelBak
CamelBak's products include BPA-free water bottles and hydration packs. (David McNew/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

From an IV bag worn by company founder Michael Eidson during the "Hotter'N Hell 100" mile road race in 1988, CamelBak evolved into a multimillion-dollar company. CamelBak quenches the active person's thirst while on the go. From its various-capacity hydration packs to some of its BPA-free water bottles, use CamelBak's patented "bite down" technology for convenience. This leakproof system has proven to be so durable and reliable that NASA now uses CamelBak's drinking valves in their astronaut's spacesuits.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Hydrate from a CamelBak pack by inserting the bite valve into your mouth. Gently bite down and suck up the fluid. Adjust your CamelBak pack for personal comfort by tugging or releasing the shoulder straps and/or waist straps and sternum strap. suggests removing or adjusting the reservoir drinking tube by submersing the connection area in hot water for five to 10 minutes. This softens the plastic making it easier to move.

  2. 2

    Use any of CamelBak's Podium line of water bottles by simple putting the nozzle either in or near your mouth. Squeeze the bottle to release the fluid. Biting the valve is not necessary for this line of water bottles, which were designed specifically with cyclists in mind. Open the rotary valve located on the flip side of the cap when in use. Close the rotary valve when storing your full water bottle, or for an extra-tight seal when on a bumpy ride. Freeze this water bottle only three-fourths full to allow for liquid expansion. CamelBak recommends washing these water bottles by hand with warm soapy water; however, the caps are top-rack dishwasher safe.

  3. 3

    Drink from any CamelBak water bottle, except for their Podium line, by gently raising the valve (located on the top of the bottle) to an upright position. Contrary to regular water bottles where you have to tilt the bottle to get the fluid out, keep your CamelBak upright and bite down on the valve while sucking up the fluid -- the valve works like a straw.

  4. 4

    Change the filter in your CamelBak Groove water bottle every 300 refills. This equates to approximately every 3 to 4 months according to CamelBak. Remove the filter when cleaning your Groove water bottle. Disassemble your Groove water bottle and either put the parts in the top rack of your dishwasher (except for the filter, which does not need cleaning), or clean by hand with warm, soapy water.

  5. 5

    Clean and dry your CamelBak reservoir after each use. Use a scrub brush and warm, soapy water. Let it air dry. CamelBak recommends mixing a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda with hot water inside the reservoir, and letting it sit for 30 minutes to get rid of built-up mould or discolouration.

  6. 6

    Disassemble the Kids' water bottles and Better bottles and put the small parts in a basket on the top rack of the dishwasher. Put the bottles in the dishwasher, too. If you prefer, wash all parts by hand with warm, soapy water.

Tips and warnings

  • CamelBak sells replacement parts for its products, special cleaning solutions and brushes to make cleaning their products easier.
  • The CamelBak Groove water bottle with changeable filter is intended for use with water only.

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