Osprey was born in California in 1974 at the seat of a single sewing machine, with a head full of ideas and a desire to design and build innovative backpacks to the highest quality. Founder and chief designer Mike Pfotenhauer designed his packs around a simple message; backpacks that fit better will feel better. Through to this day, Osprey products continue that pioneering spirit, being used on the highest mountains to the remotest islands and everywhere in between.
Osprey’s first pack was the Osprey, designed as a custom pack and built for each individual user by Mike Pfotenhauer himself. We now specifically design packs for a wide range of activities including travel, hiking, backpacking, climbing, running and biking.
Osprey’s key innovations include the AntiGravity™ backsystem, which suspends the pack behind the user in a way which seems to defy gravity. Osprey also pioneered a number of technologies to improve experience and comfort on the trail, such as Stow-on-the-Go™ walking pole attachments, Fit-on-the-Fly™ adjustable hipbelt and the Lid-Lock™ which keeps your bike helmet stowed when not in use.
Osprey has also been designing and making the female fit specific pack range for 25 years, meeting the need for ergonomically designed packs and changing specifications to suit the female form.
Osprey Europe was founded by Managing Director Rob Wylie in 2003 to serve the growing demand for high quality packs throughout Europe. Osprey has since become the fastest growing pack brand in Europe.
The future of Osprey Europe is very exciting. Fall 2018 brings a number of additions to the product line, including a comprehensive update to our alpine climbing packs, a new range of travel luggage and additions to our everyday collection. We have an exceptional and exciting product line coming in Spring 2019 too, aimed at providing amazing packs for every major outdoor activity, but to know more about those you’ll have to wait and see!