Osprey Backpacks was founded in 1974 by Mike Pfotenhauer. The company was initially run out of a retail shop in the front of Mike’s house in Santa Cruz, CA. The initial focus was on custom made designs, but by 1987 the company began selling wholesale in Delores, CO. In 1994, operations expanded to Cortez, CO. In 2003, Mike and the company relocated to Vietnam so they could on the global marketplace.