Hi, I'm a big fan of Camelbak products and have bought quite a few from REI. I was in the market for a new reservoir recently and found that REI apparently no longer carries Camelbak. Why is this? My experience has been that they are very good products and they do honor their guarantee.
REI "opted ou"of being a Camelbak retailer BECAUSE that product is part of a larger company that owns a firearms company which makes AR 15 type rifles.
IMHO thai was purely a "PC" move in REI's part and as a longtime member I oppose such product boycotting due to "guilt by association".
I BUY MY CAMELBACK PRODUCTS AT SPORTSMAN'S WAREHOUSE.
Just get an Osprey bladder, they're great.
REI’s announcement came just hours after thousands of its co-op members signed an online petition urging REI to cut ties with Vista Outdoor over Vista’s gun-manufacturing business and support for the NRA. The company joins others that have taken a stand against military-style weapons and the NRA lobby by discontinuing sales, making it harder to buy weapons or, as in this case, cutting ties in the wake of the Florida school shooting last month that left 17 teenagers and educators dead.
Hi @Luv2Kayak - Thanks for circling back with this follow up question.
Right around the time of your original post we were notified that Vista Outdoors had secured a buyer for Savage Arms. That sale has since gone through. With this update, we resumed selling Camelbak products.
For more details, our statement on our relationship with Vista Outdoor can be seen in the REI Newsroom.