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Vista Outdoors Has Agreed To Acquire CamelBak Brand

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Vista Outdoors has agreed to acquire the CamelBak brand from Compass Diversified Holdings for $412.5 million. The full release can be read below:

CLEARFIELD, Utah, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CamelBak Products, LLC. CamelBak is the leading provider of personal hydration solutions for outdoor, recreation and military use. The company’s products include hydration packs, reusable bottles and individual purification and filtration systems.

The CamelBak acquisition will strengthen and expand Vista Outdoor’s presence in outdoor sports and recreation, with products that complement every outdoor activity where Vista Outdoor’s products are used. The acquisition will provide Vista Outdoor with another highly recognized and well-respected brand that is a preferred partner to leading retailers. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Vista Outdoor anticipates closing the transaction within the next month.

“The acquisition of CamelBak greatly advances Vista Outdoor’s strategy to grow and strengthen our leading position in the outdoor recreation industry,” said Mark DeYoung, Vista Outdoor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “CamelBak fortifies our presence in the mainstream individual outdoor recreation market, creating an opportunity to increase the scale, reach and growth of several current offerings through an expanded global sourcing capability and a broadened retail distribution network. With limited overlap between our key customers, this acquisition creates significant cross-selling opportunities, increased channel presence and access into expanded domestic and international markets. As a market leader and preferred partner, Vista Outdoor can leverage the technical expertise of CamelBak to deliver innovative solutions and quality product offerings that will create value for our shareholders and customers.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Vista Outdoor will purchase CamelBak for $412.5 million, subject to a customary working capital adjustment, utilizing cash on hand and borrowings under its existing credit facilities. Management expects calendar year 2015 net sales for CamelBak of approximately $160 million. The purchase price includes an approximate net present value of $35 million in future tax benefits associated with the deductibility of intangibles from a prior acquisition of CamelBak. The purchase price, net of the previously mentioned tax asset, represents a resulting effective multiple of approximately 11x CamelBak’s expected calendar year 2015 EBITDA. Vista Outdoor intends to refinance the expected borrowings under its credit facilities with long-term debt financing. Pending such financing, Vista Outdoor has received a commitment to provide $50 million of secured debt financing from Morgan Stanley, which the company does not at this time intend to draw upon, but which provides additional flexibility pending completion of long-term financing. Absent transaction and transition costs, Vista Outdoor expects the acquisition to be accretive to Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) earnings per share (EPS). Vista Outdoor will provide information relating to CamelBak’s impact on FY16 financial results as part of its first quarter earnings press release and webcast on August 13, 2015.

“CamelBak is enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the Vista Outdoor family of brands,” said Sally McCoy, CamelBak CEO. “Their successful platform will accelerate CamelBak’s growth as a global brand. Vista Outdoor supports our mission to continue to reinvent the way people hydrate and perform through innovative hydration products.”

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Petaluma, California, CamelBak is the category creator for hands-free hydration and meets the needs of diverse consumers with a comprehensive product portfolio. CamelBak has an expansive network of marquee customers ranging from REI to Target. CamelBak has approximately 300 employees and will be integrated into the Outdoor Products segment of Vista Outdoor, increasing the scale of the business and reinforcing a culture focused on delivering high-quality, technologically advanced products.

CamelBak is a subsidiary company of Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI), an owner of leading middle market businesses headquartered in Connecticut.

Morgan Stanley serves as transaction and financial advisor and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP serves as legal advisor to Vista Outdoor in connection with the transaction.

Rampart International Announces Exclusive Distribution Of CamelBak Tactical For Canadian Market

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Rampart International has announced a partnership with CamelBak as the exclusive distributor of CamelBak Tactical gear in Canada. The full release can be read below:


Rampart International Corp. Announces Military Distribution of CamelBak® Tactical Gear

Rampart International Corp. is pleased to announce a partnership with CamelBak® Products LLC for the exclusive distribution of CamelBak® tactical gear in Canada.

The addition of CamelBak® to Rampart’s portfolio of world-renowned brands highlights Rampart’s ongoing commitment and investment within the tactical gear market.

Mike Klein, President of Rampart International Corp. had this to say about the new relationship:

“Rampart International Corp. is honoured to be the exclusive master distributor of CamelBak® products in Canada. This is an exciting opportunity to make the CamelBak® line of tactical packs, bottles, reservoirs and accessories more available than ever before to Canadian end users and operators. With extensive inventory in Ottawa supported by Rampart’s world class service our growing dealer network, online store customers and Mil/LE end users will have rapid access to the complete CamelBak® Tactical product line. We look forward to working closely with the CamelBak® team in Canada! “

“We are extremely enthused about our partnership with Rampart. We look forward to working together to build the CamelBak business in Canada”, remarked CamelBak® International Military Sales Manager Mark Crawford.

As a result of this partnership, Rampart will take over distribution of CamelBak® Tactical gear as of January 1, 2015.

Both Rampart and CamelBak® confirmed that the transition period would be seamless and that consistency and continuity of product supply and service will be of utmost importance.

CamelBak Launches New Lumbar-Based Hydration Packs

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

CamelBak Launches Tactical Lumbar Packs; Rubicon and Skirmish
Lumbar Reservoir-based hydration packs reposition water weight on the hips for a lower center of gravity and increased upper mobility.

Las Vegas, NV (January 20, 2015) – CamelBak announces the launch of the Rubicon and Skirmish as part of its Maximum Gear line for 2015. Utilizing a unique 100 oz. (3L) Mil Spec Antidote Lumbar Reservoir, these packs re-invent the way water is carried in tactical hydration packs. The low profile, baffled lumbar reservoir integrates into a specially-designed insulated hydration compartment at the base of each pack. This exclusive reservoir design moves the weight of the water onto the hips for a more comfortable and ergonomic load-carry and is built from the same material as the standard Mil Spec Antidote Reservoir, which meets the USMC hydration system requirement for tensile strength, puncture resistance and burst resistance.


With cargo capacities of 2,868 and 2,014 cubic inches respectively, the Rubicon and Skirmish are two of the largest packs in the Maximum Gear line. To reduce bulk, both packs are equipped with innovative, sleek and low-profile laser-cut composite MOLLE panels on the face and harnesses that provide secure attachment for pouches and gear.

“Water is one of the heaviest pieces of gear to carry, and is essential to staying hydrated and surviving in hot climates,” said Jeremy Galten, VP of R&D of CamelBak Products. “Our unique lumbar reservoir design gives warfighters the ability to carry their water low and around their hips for a lower center of gravity and more stable load-carry.” Designed for extended missions, both packs feature full clamshell openings for easy access to main compartments, additional lower access to the main compartment to quickly stash or grab items, a front pocket organizer pocket, internal mesh pockets keep items organized and easy to find and an internal MOLLE panel allows custom configuration of essential gear/pouches. The larger of the two packs, the Rubicon also includes low-profile padded side pockets to protect critical gear, a second large main compartment with full clamshell opening and additional internal organization mesh pockets. It also comes with a deployable internal panel to create an upper/ lower compartment in the main cargo pocket for added versatility.

Calemlbak Packs

Other shared features include a contoured back panel for a more comfortable fit, side carry handles for loading and unloading, top grab handle, two main compartment adjustable lash straps to secure large or bulky items, multiple drink tube exit ports for routing the tube over the shoulder or under the arm, ASIPS radio attachment points with dual antenna ports to hold communications securely, quick-release shoulder straps, a removable and stowable fully adjustable padded waist belt, upper and lower compression straps, an adjustable sternum strap and hook-and-loop panel for the hassle-free removal of nametags and unit badges.

Given all the gear a warfighter carries, CamelBak helps lighten the load by using lightweight, durable 500D Ripstop Cordura material, which has a tighter weave and is significantly lighter than standard 1000D Cordura . Using this material with the unique design of the Mil Spec Antidote Lumbar reservoir makes these the most advanced and versatile tactical packs for carrying ammunition, cargo, and hydration. Both packs come with the Mil Spec Antidote Lumbar Reservoir that includes the essential features CamelBak is known for, such as the Quick Link exit port, Big Bite Valve, HydroGuard technology for easy cleaning, and QL HydroLock for secure shut

Available in October, 2015, the Rubicon and Skirmish measure 21.9 X 14.5 X 13.1 and 20.3 X 14.6 X 12.1 inches respectively and come in Coyote and MultiCam.

Available on GSA contract GS07F-9727H, at Exchanges, and all usual CamelBak Maximum Gear distribution outlets.

WPRC Announces Newest Members

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

We are pleased to share this announcement from the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition regarding new membership. We see several great companies joining this organization and it’s been quite educational to join them each year in Washington as they engage Congress on equipping issues.

Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Welcomes Three New Additions to the Board of Directors and Six New Industry Members

MARBLEHEAD, MA (July 31, 2014) – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) is pleased to announce three new members of its Board of Directors and the latest additions to its membership, including several leading companies in the warfighter equipment and clothing industry.

The three new industry representatives who have joined the WPRC Board of Directors include; Don Vavala of W.L. Gore and Associates, Frank Montie of Brookwood Companies, and Nate Smith of Oakley/Eye Safety Systems (ESS). The WPRC Board of Directors represents a cross section of the personal protective equipment industry, providing organizational governance and setting the strategic direction of the WPRC. These new Board members join current WPRC Board Chairman Luke Hillier and WPRC Secretary David Bohannon as leaders of this not for profit industry

The new company members of the WPRC include: Lion Vallen, Outdoor Research, Burlington/International Textile Group (ITG), New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., Patagonia, Inc., and CamelBak Products LLC. The added voices of these leading companies will be critical to advancing the WPRC mission to support the equipment and advanced clothing needs of the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.

Lion Vallen – Lion Vallen is a global leader in supply chain and lifecycle management of protective clothing, equipment and uniforms. LVI has a deep commitment to delivering superior services that support customers’ personal safety, readiness and professional identity needs.

Outdoor Research – Outdoor Research is a designer, developer, and manufacturer of apparel, glove systems, and accessories designed for the military and outdoor markets. Products for the U.S. military are manufactured at their own facility located in downtown Seattle. A full range of products is commercially available at

Burlington/ITG – Burlington leverages its advanced R&D with a diverse range of high performance manufacturing capabilities and a complete range of fiber/fabric blends that deliver state of the art military and commercial solutions worldwide. Their fabric portfolio encompasses applications for extreme weather apparel; camouflage combat and utility materials, tenting, shelter fabrics, shipboard covers and ballistic materials. Information on their military product offerings may be found at

New Balance – Headquartered in Boston, MA, New Balance is focused on building global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is currently one of the few major shoe companies that continue to manufacture athletic footwear in the United States. In 2013, 1 out of every 4 pairs of shoes New Balance sold in the U.S. was made or assembled in the U.S.

Patagonia – Based in Ventura, California, Patagonia, Inc. is a leading designer and retailer of core outdoor, alpine, fly fishing, snow, surf and sport related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories. Patagonia is a world leader in apparel design, the development of protective garments and an industry pioneer in environmentalism. For more information on Patagonia and their commercially available products, please visit

CamelBak – CamelBak is the leading manufacturer of hands free hydration systems. Special Forces, soldiers and law enforcement around the world use their Military & Tactical products. These offerings include water bottles, hydration packs, backpacks, and protective gear designed for a variety of climates and terrain. A full listing of these military and tactical products as well as commercially available gear is available at

“The new Board members of the WPRC bring a wealth of industry experience and strategic thinking to our ongoing efforts to ensure our men and women in uniform have sustained access to the best American made equipment and clothing,” said David Costello, Executive Director of the WPRC. “We are grateful for their dedication to the WPRC as well as for the participation of our six newest Coalition members in our efforts to support those who serve our country”

The WPRC supports the readiness of the Armed Services by providing a unified industry voice to the U.S. Congress, the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security and other stakeholders. We work at the intersection of the Organizational Clothing/Individual Equipment industry, the federal legislative policy process, and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Our membership includes companies throughout the equipment and clothing industry and with companies at every point in the industrial supply chain who represent the best in American manufacturing.

Mil-Spec Camelbak Antidote 3L

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The Mil-Spec Camelbak Antidote 3L was selected for use with the USMC Pack System. It features a new lower profile fill port that opens with 1/4 turn which can’t be overtightened. Additionally, it offers a lower profile than other reservoirs for use while riding on vehicles. Finally, the Antidote incorporates a self-sealing Quick Link at the reservoir and manual QL Hydro Lock for easy refill and instant on-the-move component interchangeability.

Camelbak Antidote

Camelbak products are available for government and military organizational purchase through ADS Inc.

ADS Inc Hit 6000 Likes on Facebook – Celebrate and Win a Camelbak in US4CES Camo

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

ADS Inc has just surpassed 6000 Likes on Facebook. To celebrate, we asked ADS to let us giveaway a Camelbak Urban Assault Pack in US4CES OCIE pattern. You can be one of the first to own a pack in this sought after pattern.

Since we’re celebrating Facebook ‘Likes’ we’re going to run the contest on Facebook. To win, you’ll need to start by giving both ADS Inc and SSD a ‘Like’. Then, you’ll need to comment on explaining that SSD sent you and which US4CES pattern you like and why. For example, “SSD sent me here, I like US4CES OCIE Pattern because I like how it blends with all of the other patterns (btw, if we see that statement cut and pasted word for word, you won’t win). The comment should focus on which US4CES pattern is your favorite and why.

On Sunday 25 November at 2359Z we’ll randomly select a winner from the entries on the ADS Inc Facebook wall. The winning entry must meet all of the requirements. The winner will be contacted via private message and has 24 hours to follow up with shipping address. Failure to follow up within 24 hours will result in forfeiture of prize. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited.

CamelBak Packs Jump Certified

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Both the CamelBak Big Jump and Talon-G have been airdrop certified by the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate. This means that procedures have been developed and certified as safe for airborne operations. However, it does not mean that these are Government developed issue items nor that they are endorsed by the military. On the contrary. CamelBak developed these packs on their own dime based on user driven requirements and worked through the arduous process of getting them certified so that they can be used by US military airborne units. Jumpers look for a 1st/507th PIR Memorandum of Record date 1 Dec 2011 Subject: Rigging and JMPI Procedures for the CamelBak Talon-GTM which stipulates how to rig the packs. They both features the same air items integrated into their design.

Both the Big Drop and Talon-G accommodate a 100 oz (3 L)OMEGA WaterBeast Reservoir and are available in Coyote, MultiCam and UCP. They are panel loaders featuring an Integrated Single Point Release (ISPR) on the bottom with a zippered pouch cover. They also have channels within the back panel that secure excess harness webbing during jumps. Additionally, noiseless zipper pulls snap together to secure pockets during jumps.

It really comes down to size. The Big Drop is obviously larger (4275 cu in / 70.04 L) than the Talon-G (2563 cu in / 42 L). Be sure to visit CamelBak at AUSA to check out these packs. Interestingly, these packs are currently only offered to authorized DoD users due their very specialized nature so this is a great opportunity to see them in person. For further information visit