Meet Our Brands: Osprey Packs

At RuggedOutdoors, we are passionate about living a life of adventure. We are also passionate about providing our customers with the best gear available when it comes to exploring nature. In this post series, we highlight some of our brands that help us do what we love.

Meet Osprey Packs & Bags. Osprey was founded in 1974 by Mike Pfotenhauer. Growing up in Oregon, Mike was unhappy with the poor fit of his backpacks. So he had his mother and girlfriend teach him how to sew and he started to stitch his own packs together at the age of 16. Mike started making custom-fit, made-to-order packs in his small California shop, and word of mouth spread rapidly. Mike and his wife moved to Dolores, Colorado and began working with skilled Navajo weavers to generate pack designs. The company continued to grow in size and popularity, becoming renowned for design innovation, fit and quality craftmanship. 

In 1994, the company moved its operations to Cortez, Colorado where it remains headquartered. Osprey sells high-end backpacks, daypacks, duffels, suitcases, handbags, hydration systems and other accessories for hiking, mountaineering, adventure travel and everyday use across 74+ countries. In 2021, the company was sold to consumer products company Helen of Troy, parent company of OXO and Hydro Flask. Pfotenhauer remains Osprey’s lead designer.

Osprey products undergo relentless scrutiny. To celebrate their 35th anniversary in 2009, they launched the All Mighty Guarantee, an enhancement of a lifetime warranty that was already one of the most robust in the industry. Free of charge, the company will repair any damage or defect in its product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If Osprey is unable to repair the item, it will replace it.

Osprey prides itself on its range of sizes and styles of packs, designed to fit anybody. Almost 90% of Osprey packs are available in multiple sizes and in gender-specific designs, to fit a range of torso lengths. Additionally, many styles have interchangeable or adjustable harnesses and custom moldable hip belts to further customize fit.

At RuggedOutdoors we love Osprey because of their commitment to creating quality packs for every lifestyle, from school to hiking to travel. Osprey makes a wide product line in many styles and colors to suit any need. Shop all of our Osprey products here.

Originally posted March 12, 2020. Updated April 2022.