The award-winning K.U.D.U. 12 provides gear storage and hydration with the highest CE-certified level of back protection, so every descent is covered. All of our packs are designed to take a beating, but none more than the K.U.D.U. The narrow-gauge counterpart to the K.U.D.U. 18, this pack is built for the enduro racer looking for a lightweight combination of hydration, protection and cargo. The flexible back protector panel absorbs impact in a crash and is designed to handle multiple blows. The Impact Protector is made of flexible, lightweight foam that moves with your body, so you'll get the protection you need without feeling like a tank. And the wider waist belt and dual sternum straps keep the pack positioned securely. With 3 liters of hydration and room for stowing body armor and a full face helmet, the KUDU can go the distance between far-flung stages in an enduro race. If the weather turns, an integrated rain cover pops up to shield your gear, and there's a secure half-shell helmet carry for aggressive descents while wearing your full face. We've also added a bike tool organizer roll that fits into a cargo space, so you can easily grab your tools and get to work.
AN IDEA BORN FROM THE MOST BASIC HUMAN NEED - THIRST
Bicycle enthusiast Michael Eidson, is competing in a 100-mile race in the grueling summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas. Water is vital to surviving the race, and there are few places to refill a water bottle. Eidson, an emergency medical technician by trade, decides to fill an IV bag with water and slip it into a white tube sock. Yes, a 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 Eidson is able to drink as he pedals...while the other racers laugh and fiddle with their water bottles.
OPERATION HYDRATION - THE ROAD TO SURVIVAL
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. CamelBak eventually hired him, and in 1993, Jeff embarked on a road trip to keep the start-up running during very tough times.
Company lore has it that Jeff visited bike shops from Florida to California, pitching our renegade product from the back of his motorcycle. Each order Jeff faxed back to the factory literally breathed another day of life back into CamelBak.
THE REST IS HISTORY
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 - from inventing the hydration category to becoming the world's leading maker of hydration solutions.