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.