Since Osprey was founded in 1974, every single product design has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, who created his first backpack at age 16.
In Santa Cruz, California, the young entrepreneur opened a retail shop in the front of his rental house where backpackers and travelers came for custom-fit, made-to-order packs constructed over several days by Mike himself. As the demand for the great-fitting packs increased, Osprey found itself relocating to its current home in Southwest Colorado.
Today, Osprey is a melting pot of diverse personalities, backgrounds and abilities. All share the common belief that adventure is open to everyone and found anywhere.
For more than 30 years, The North Face has been the choice of the world's most accomplished climbers, mountaineers and explorers. Athletes whose lives depend on their gear turn to The North Face for stronger, lighter, and more efficient equipment. To engineer such equipment, The North Face's materials specialists and design engineers work with the world's most advanced materials innovators to develop the technologies needed to realize their designs. As long as athletes continue to strive for new challenges, The North Face will continue to engineer the clothing and equipment they need to get there. Never stop exploring.