Osprey was born in California, 1974...
... at the seat of a single sewing machine, with a head full of ideas and a desire to design & build innovative backpacks to the highest quality. Today, Osprey products continue that pioneering spirit, being used on the highest mountains to the remotest islands and everywhere in between.
Mike Pfotenhauer, the Founder & Chief Designer of Osprey packs, makes it clear that his personal philosophy is that he enjoys life more if he's surrounded by things that he built himself. He understands his surroundings and he connects better with his environment. It was a love of building product, making things for himself and his friends that got him into this business.
He started out by building day packs and backpacks for customers in Santa Cruz. He was fresh out of University and really enjoyed setting his own hours, building gear and listening to stories about how that gear had travelled to some peaks or around the world.