Steps in Procedure
There are many general steps for testing hydration packs. First you must take hydration packs out trailing, running, mountain biking, hiking and climbing for over six months. Then you must compare each different type of hydration pack side-by-side in the field and then bring them all back to the lab. Next, in the lab each pack is filled up from the same faucets, applied the same pressure to each bite valve to see which ones leaks the easiest and which were the easiest to drink. After these tests each hydration pack is cleaned and dried next to each other. Following that, each pack takes the same weights to test for comfort and stability while walking, running, and biking. Finally, after all of this is completed each pack is weighed on a scale. All of these things together are used to help determine which hydration packs are the best fit for usage in various activities (Outdoor Gear Lab).
Hydration Packs Warehouses
Top 5 Manufacturers of Hydration Packs:
- Osprey – Cortez, Colorado
- CamelBak – Petaluma, California
- Dakine – The Dalles, Oregon
- Deuter – Longmont, Colorado
- Arc’teryx – Vancouver, BC
Figure 1. Locations of CamelBak Headquarters
Social and Environmental Impacts
- Ability to fulfill customer requirements
- Cost of testing product
The one social impact the testing procedure of hydration packs has is how able it is to fulfill customer requirements. A customer is looking for a certain type of product with specifications that fulfill their needs. With the testing procedure of hydration packs, customers are able to know first hand which hydration packs they should select based on the results that come out when they are tested. The cost of testing these hydration packs is another impact. When testing a product there is a cost that comes with it and that cost can put a hit on the business and the profit it wanted to make.