TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Although people in Taiwan have heard of hydration bladders, very few probably know that a Taiwanese company named HydraKnight is the world's leading manufacturer of these products, with a market share of 66 percent and an annual output of 1.6 million. In fact, HydraKnight has introduced a wide range of functional hydration bladders and other related products to the market, with the most famous perhaps being the emergency lifesaving hydration bladder that was found in the backpacks of the US Navy Seals in the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. In addition, HydraKnight's products are also widely used by numerous mountain climbers and hikers, cyclists, and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Almost all of the people who use HydraKnight's products, however, like to push the limits to the extreme, whether it be executing a special military mission, breaking records in a cycling race, or climbing to the summits of the world's highest mountains, among other extreme challenges. These people all know that, actually, the most terrifying enemy they will likely face is dehydration. According to medical research, dehydration of just 1 percent of body weight can increase a person's heart rate up to 7 times, and dehydration of up to 3 percent can lead to a loss of 22 percent of muscle endurance, which means decreased strength. What's more, dehydration can also affect the digestion and metabolism of food, and can even lead to increased irritability and a decreased attention span, all of which can affect a person's judgment and lead to increased risks during outdoor activities.
Compared with a traditional canteen, a hydration bladder has the advantages of being both lighter-weight and able to hold a greater volume of water. The design of a hydration bag is certainly not new, though, for as early as 5000 years ago, people began to use cow bladders or goat leather to make waterskins to fill with water. Although traditional waterskins ran the risk of being easily punctured, improvements in plastic-manufacturing technology have now greatly reduced this possibility from occurring. And since hydration bladders take up less space and are more convenient than traditional canteens, they have become the top choice of most outdoor enthusiasts for the carrying of water.
When it comes to strength and resistance, HydraKnight's hydration bladders can withstand up to 2 tons of pressure without bursting. And, in addition to setting the industry's highest standards of pressure resistance, HydraKnight's hydration bladders can also even be used during travel as chairs or cushions.
In addition, since hydration bladders carry drinking water, hygiene and safety are of utmost importance. For years, HydraKnight has worked with several international brands to develop and produce hygienic, high-quality, environmentally-friendly products that meet international guidelines, including GB, FDA, CE, in addition to similar requirements for other countries. Employing the strictest quality control, HydraKnight ensures that all of its products, including hydration bladders, nozzles, and pipes, employ only safe, non-toxic materials, without any odors or tastes. These products are also antibacterial, to ensure that bacteria cannot breed and multiply.
HydraKnight not only has customers throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia, among other places, but it also has 84 patents in a wide range of countries, with each of its patent developed for the sole purpose of better benefitting the user. Some examples include innovations that make the opening and closing of nozzles even more convenient, such as one-handed operation and even opening with the mouth. Another example is a quick-release nozzle, which is very convenient for users, since it allows them to add more water immediately, without having to completely readjust their equipment.
In response to strong customer demand, HydraKnight has recently expanded its product line to include water bottles, waterproof bags, bicycle bags, jerseys, patented buckles, inflatable clothing, sleeping bags, and other items. So far, each of these products has been very popular. When asked to explain the reason for the popularity of HydraKnight's products, chairperson Sandy Yu explained: "We make our products so easy to use for consumers that they can even be a little 'lazy,' and this is the secret to the success of our products!"
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