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RTTEC Series: CamelBak

Selected Industrial Views with Jon Austen, Head of Product Management, CamelBak


On the occasion of SHOT Show 2017, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY publishes the Second Annual Rugged Tactical Tools for Extreme Conditions (RTTEC) Series that conveys the thoughts and messages of the world’s tactical equipment leaders, according to the question: “As soldiers and Special Forces operators expect their gear to be 100% reliable, how do you step up to offer extremely durable, rugged gear to keep operations running?”


Jon Austen, Head of Product Management, CamelBak. (Photo: CamelBak)

CamelBak invented hands-free hydration and has been the industry leader and gold standard since 1989 all over the world. With a reservoir manufacturing facility wholly owned and operated by CamelBak and staff, the quality control and durability testing standards are second-to-none. Every single reservoir is pressure tested before it goes into packaging for the end-user to ensure they will perform to the highest standard.

Before production reservoirs and packs are built, years of research and development go into every component of every pack. With a laboratory for prototyping and testing on-site at CamelBak headquarters in California, the R&D team is capable of not only building and testing equipment on-site, but also putting gear though pressure testing.

This includes environmental chambers to freeze or boil things, simulate humidity and weather, plus durability-testing machines that twist, bend, push and pull reservoirs, as well as pressure testing and other unique rigorous tests. Every part and component is backed up by a lifetime guarantee.

They know that when it comes to hydration and the pressures that come with being in the field, failure is not an option, which is why they are the chosen packs of elite Special Forces groups around the world.

SHOT Show is showcasing the future of innovation across the tactical gear and weapons arena and https://monch.com/mpg/news/shot-show-2018.html brings together key developments from the show. For more information and a print version of the RTTEC series, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #1/2018, available at the show; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.


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