OSPREY - FROM THE LOVE TO DO IT YOURSELF
The "Love to make things for myself and my friends" set everything in motion. Immediately after graduating, Mike Pfotenhauer started his sewing machine to write the first chapter of a company history, his own and very special company history, with needle and thread. In Santa Cruz, California, Pfotenhauer produced the first daily and backpacking rucksacks for a small circle of customers in 1974. Love for detail, material and innovation created special quality, created Osprey and thus a message that spread quickly.
A growing number of people wanted these comfortable to wear, perfectly adapted to the body backpacks. What had long remained a regional success story had to expand at some point, as the demand for Osprey products grew steadily. In 2003 the brand therefore relocated its production to Vietnam. Coincidence? Surprises? Unwanted. So Pfotenhauer and his family also moved to Ho Chi Minh City to continue to supervise the quality control and training of the employees themselves. Like his first backpacks, he designed everything according to his ideas, thus ensuring a common understanding of quality and giving his company a common direction.
A BACKPACK AS SKULPTURE
Whether in the USA or Vietnam, the assignment always remains the same: Always is the human body of Osprey's starting point and the backpack is like a "3-D motion sculpture", says Mike Pfotenhauer. "It has to move with your body." This is one of the reasons why the company was the first to adapt Rucksäcke exactly to the female anatomy and produce product lines especially for women. Basically, Osprey wants to give you exactly the backpack you need for your adventures. Trekking. Climbing. Skiing. The motion sequence is always different. The backpack always has to react differently, the load has to be distributed differently. That's why with Osprey rucksacks you'll find everything you need to store your equipment, but you can still focus on what really counts: time in nature!
AT A GLANCE
- Founding year: 1974
- Founder: Mike Pfotenhauer
- Company headquarters: Cortez, Colorado
- Number of employees: about 140
- Annual turnover: approx. 30 million Euro
- Website: ospreyeurope.com
- Sports: Outdoor, Winter Sports
GOOD REASONS FOR OSPREY
- Environmental protection: Osprey often uses recycled materials, packaging is reduced to a minimum.
- Longevity: Osprey gives a lifetime warranty. If wear occurs, the backpack will be repaired.
- Innovation: Osprey was the first company über ever to adapt backrests specifically to the female anatomy.
OSPREY-RUCKSACKS FOR EVERY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AT KELLER SPORTS
The better the load is distributed on the tracks, the more relaxed you glide through snow powder and the more intensively you concentrate on the nature around you. Osprey therefore offers you patented back systems, which significantly increase the wearing comfort depending on the requirements: Thus you carry the weight with AirScape directly on the body, but thanks to special loading channels you still get enough cooling. The AirSpeed function removes the load from the bridge and keeps you cool even at high temperatures.
And with the AntiGravity-System the backpack clings to you almost by itself. The brand uses only durable materials that increase comfort and keep moisture away from your gear, while innovative features such as rain protection and special compression straps improve the overall experience. The right backpack for your needs. Keller Sports has it. With us you can get sport backpacks from Osprey as well as daypacks. We also offer hiking backpacks and travel bags with wheels that also glide over stony surfaces.
TESTED BY PROFISSIONAL ATHLETES
You. Nature. Your backpack. An inseparable unit for Osprey. Therefore, the company is also an official backpack partner of the German Hiking Association. An invisible quality seal, because in fact all the advantages of the innovative packs really come into their own, especially on long trekking tours, when skiing or under adverse conditions. Evidence B: the Osprey athletes. They climb spectacular mountains, climb steep cliffs, ski neck-breaking descents - and always have their equipment stowed away on the back. Mountain bikers like Tracy Moseley are as much a part of the team as explorers like Lionel Daudet, skier Gabi Edebo or mountaineer Neil Gresham. Osprey's backpacks have already seen everything before they offer you the best conditions for carefree excursions into the mountains.
REPAIRING INSTEAD OF BUYING A NEW ONE - FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Nature joy without caring for the environment rarely works. Osprey is therefore focused on producing particularly durable products. Timeless design meets first-class, resistant materials and high-quality processing techniques. You should be able to enjoy your rucksack as long as possible and not have to replace it because of new trends or something minor - and if something gets broken due to wear, the All Mighty Guarantee of the brand will cover it. Thanks to it, Osprey will repair your backpack - if possible - and you won't have to buy a new one right away.