Mike Pfotenhauer is the Founder of Osprey Packs,which creates innovative, high performance gear that reflects a love of adventure and devotion to the outdoors.
With the help of his mother, Mike learned to sew, and created his first backpack at the age of 16. As a young entrepreneur in Santa Cruz, California, Mike opened a retail shop in the front of his rented house where backpackers and travelers – drawn by word of mouth – came to get measured for his custom-fitted, made-to-order packs. Each pack was constructed by Mike himself over the course of several days. To these avid travelers, the legendary packs were well worth the wait for one key reason: Mike’s obsession with the perfect fit, a trait originating from his study of the human body through his pursuit of art in college.
On this episode, we learn how Mike’s childhood shaped his love for the outdoors and how his devotion to “the perfect fit” has turned Osprey into a leading outdoor brand.