Karrimor was established in 1946 by Charles and Mary Parson, along with Grace Davies when they started producing cycle bags in Lancashire. The first climbing rucksacks were produced in 1957 in conjunction with climbers of the day Jimmy Rostron and Dave Thomas. The Karrimor Brand continued to be a success and dominated the market with the ‘Alpiniste’ in the 1960’s. Many other innovative designs and techniques were introduced in the following years.
The Karrimor SF brand was conceived in 1995 by the Karrimor team in conjunction with Deric Gollop. Deric worked on the innovations and technologies from the civilian brand to produce specialist backpacks for Special Forces and law enforcement units. Karrimor SF is a separate company from the civilian brand and operates under an International Brand Licence.
Karrimor SF is different to many other brands available on the market because our product range has evolved from working with and listening to the end-user. Our product testing procedures involve putting our prototype products through rigorous acceptance trials where every seam and stitch will be scrutinised to ensure it is fit-for-purpose when used in hostile and challenging conditions.
Our Vision Statement
Within the next five years, Karrimor SF will continue to be recognised as one of the best rucksack and load carriage equipment makers in the world and to build on gaining market share by increasing its international distribution network.
Our Mission Statement
Whether trekking to the polar caps or operating in a war zone, we understand that our equipment will play an important part in the success of your mission. We will seek to identify new innovative design and material technologies in order to improve strength as well as reducing weight of our products. We will continue to listen to our customers and to improve our products through integrated and modular designs.