Eagle Creek was born in 1975 in the San Jacinto Mountains of California where Steve and Nona Barker ran a retail store called Mountain People and sewed custom mountain packs. That year, they decided to turn their energy full-time to pack manufacturing. The name Eagle Creek was chosen and production began in a 1500 square foot warehouse in Solana Beach, California. In 1979, Ricky Schlesinger joined the duo; he would go on to lead the brand's sales and marketing efforts helping grow the brand into what it is today.
Since the beginning, innovation durability and craftsmanship have been an integral part of the brand's DNA. Eagle Creek was first to market with the concept of "adventure travel gear" and the first to offer a backpack designed specifically for travel. The brand was first to utilize double needle seam stitching for increased durability and was first with a built-in organization panel in a backpack.
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