Interview with Osprey Packs Founder Mike Pfotenhauer

Since Osprey was founded in 1974, every single product design bearing the Osprey name has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, undergoing relentless scrutiny. From stitching the first lines of custom-fitted packs, to meticulously designing innovative products with intuitive features, to forging personal relationships with the sewing operators who construct the packs, Mike has been the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a company like no other.

“The thing that’s always given me the most pleasure is building something by hand.”

Curious about what goes into the design of our award-winning packs? Osprey Packs founder & designer Mike Pfotenhauer gives insight into his process, inspiration and motivation.

Learn more about the rich history of Osprey Packs and how Mike Pfotenhauer has been involved every step of the way:

Osprey Packs “40 Years In The Making” Documentary

Osprey’s History