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.

Behind the Design

“My personal philosophy is that I enjoy life more if I’m surrounded by things that I built myself. I understand my surroundings and I connect better with my environment. It was a love of building product, making things for myself and my friends that got me into this business.

I started out by building day packs and backpacks for customers in Santa Cruz. I was fresh out of University and I really enjoyed setting my own hours, building gear and listening to stories about how that gear had travelled to some peaks or around the world.”

Mike Pfotenhauer
Founder & Chief Designer

“Just to say thank you so much for arranging to fix James’ bag and to its very swift return post mouse attack! He is VERY pleased to have it back. Faultless customer care”

Sue, Bath

All Mighty Guarantee

At Osprey we only design and build high quality products that last a long time, that’s why all our products are covered under our All Mighty Guarantee. As part of our commitment to protecting the environment we always strive, whenever possible, to repair products rather than replace them.

Should you find any defect in either the materials or craftsmanship of your pack we will repair or replace it without any charge, within its reasonable lifetime.

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Protecting the Future

At Osprey we are dedicated to the outdoors and a key aspect in our ongoing strategy is the protection and conservation of our natural environment.

That is why we sponsor the Bird Conservation Georgia’s project through The European Outdoor Conservation Association to stop illegal hunting of raptors in Batumi, Lesser Caucasus.

Environmental Message

  1. We only design/build high quality products that last a long time.
  2. We don’t over-produce products and sell them at clearance prices.
  3. We use very expensive materials and fabrics, therefore we keep wastage to an absolute minimum.
  4. Our product is not fashion driven, so we aren’t encouraging consumers to replace products before they are worn out.
  5. Wherever possible we repair warranty products rather than replace them.
  6. Wherever possible we use recyclable and recycled materials in packaging – and keep any packaging to a minimum.

Osprey Stories

Guide
How to Fit your Backpack

Purchasing the right backpack for your activity is a very important process. Once you have the right pack, getting the right fit is very important too. The aim is to get it perfectly fitted to your body before you begin any load carrying activity. A good fit is the difference between those sore ‘hot spots’…

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Guide
How to Pack your Backpacking Pack

So you’ve made your mind up and you’re off on an adventure…

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Guide
How to Clean your Pack

Your pack can accompany you on countless adventures, trips around the world and during your day to day activities you choose to do…

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