Asheville, NC (June 29, 2018) - The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC - a 30+ brand strong collective - are storming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market this year with record high numbers. Twelve brands, including Eagles Nest Outfitters, Astral, Recover Brands and Blue Ridge Chair Works, will represent the North Carolina-based companies and showcase their brand new gear for Spring 2019.

The Outdoor Gear Builders formed in 2012 with a goal to unite the awesome outdoor gear manufacturers that all call Western North Carolina home. Since then, they’ve expanded to outfitters and partners as well, all with an aim to grow the region’s outdoor industry together. Aside from hosting an annual festival - the Get In Gear Festival - the crew try to highlight the region with fundraisers, events and leading by example. The list of OGB members attending Outdoor Retailer Summer Market are:


Farm to Feet: Booth 53117-UL

Farm to Feet is excited to launch their collaboration sock with Jennifer Pharr Davis. The sock will be called “Blue Ridge” after Jen’s company name and the beautiful mountains that the AT traverses thru in NC. It will be a part of our technical hiker AT collection.

Eagles Nest Outfitters: Booth 49035-UL

ENO is launching their SkyLoft Hammock - the SkyLoft spreader bar hammock offers two levels of recline and an integrated pillow to fit your personal mode of relaxation.

Recover Brands: Booh VO10-SL (Venture Out)

Recover is showcasing our Recover Local line of sustainable apparel and accessories made in the Carolinas, USA.

American Backcountry: Booth 49001 UL

American Backcountry is excited to launch the official #TrailsAt50 t-shirt, a tee designed with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Pacific Crest Trail Association to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Trails System.

Astral: Booth 36018-UL

Astral is launching a collection of Hemp footwear for S19, and also introducing a new XS size in the Layla women's PFD to better fit smaller female paddlers.

Rightline Gear: Booth 29121-SL

Rightline Gear are excited to announce their new, unreleased, Hitch Rack Dry Bags (Rightline item # 100T62), designed to keep your gear dry while being transported on a hitch rack, in a truck bed, etc.

Watershed Drybags: Booth 49035 - UL

Watershed Drybags will be showcasing their newest gun case, the Rangeland Long Gun Backpack. The Rangeland is a 100% submersible built for higher caliber hunting and varmint rifles with larger optics.

Bellyak: Booth 25217-SL (EDPNC booth)

Bellyak is excited to feature the Frequency, the bellyak built for maximum speed and glide for every type of user and overbuilt to give season after season of prone paddling awesomeness.

Blue Ridge Chair Works: Booth 53104-UL

Blue Ridge Chair Works is showcasing their Looking Glass Perch. A full adjustable camp chair Made in the USA out of Michigan wood.

Mount Inspiration Apparel: Booth 33039-UL

Mount Inspiration Apparel is announcing the Nalgenie Water Bottle Muscle Roller, a muscle roller that fits around a Nalgene water bottle while also Doubling up as a butt pad.

Misty Mountain: Booth 37088UL

Misty Mountain is excited to highlight the Cadillac Harness, their climbing harness that features time tested double pass aluminum buckles and 1.25″ nylon waist belt webbing.

Sylvan Sport: No booth.

Sylvan Sport will be attending Outdoor Retailer to feature the Sylvan SportGo and GoEasy, their ultra-light adventure trailers.


The Outdoor Gear Builders will also be collectively hosting a Happy Hour on Day 3 (July 25th) from 4pm - 6pm that’s all about raising money for outdoor recreation in WNC. $5 will get you some delicious Sierra Nevada brews poured into your own Recover Brands Stainless Steel Pint – and maybe a high five or two and the chance to win some swag. The Happy Hour will take place at Recover Brand’s booth VO10-SL in the Venture Out area.

For information on how to contact any OGB brand listed above, please email



The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are Western North Carolina-based companies collaborating to share talents, encourage new ideas and inspire each other. Our member brands are dedicated to creating exceptional outdoor gear with a focus on responsible manufacturing, cutting edge innovation, and economic growth in our region. Our motto is: “Extraordinary Gear Made Here.”


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