ENO, SylvanSport, Advantage West Unite 18 Outdoor Gear Builders Of Western North Carolina at Mountain Sports Festival

WNC native outdoor companies rally to present first-of-its-kind Outdoor Gear Village with hopes to grow the local outdoor manufacturing industry.

Asheville, NC – Asheville grown Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), the leading producer of parachute hammocks, and Brevard-based SylcanSport, makers of the lightweight pop up camping trailer GO, have teamed up with economic development group AdvantageWest to present the inaugural Outdoor Gear Builders Village at the 13th annual Mountain Sports Festival.

The first of its kind in Western North Carolina, the Outdoor Gear Builders Village is an eclectic gathering of 18 WNC gear-making companies producing outdoor accessories and products covering everything from kayak paddles to mountain bikes. The event will allow upwards of 15,000 festival goers to demo and discover local outdoor products manufactured in the region.

Gear manufacturers will include ENO, SylvanSport, Us, Fritz Orr Canoe, Tsuga Canopies, Astral and Bellyak in addition to several others.

“The idea for the Outdoor Gear Builders Village grew out of our desire to help Western North Carolina grow the outdoor manufacturing industry,” said Kyle Mundt, SylvanSport’s Director of Marketing. “We thought it would be cool to invite some other interesting bike and paddle companies, and exhibit together like the Open Air Demo at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.”

The Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets in Salt Lake City, UT, are the largest in North America, with over 20,000 annual attendees.

Aside from an informational juncture aimed at meeting and greeting a potential new customer base, the Outdoor Gear Builders Village is also the inception for a new network of over 20 local gear-manufacturers in the area uniting to form the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC; a coalition similar to the Asheville Brewers Alliance.

“There are so many great outdoors companies literally in our backyards that noone knows about,” said Natalie DeRatt, Media Coordinator for ENO. “We really want to create a space for all of us to come together and share knowledge, support and awareness to really grow this community.”

The Outdoor Gear Builders Village will be open throughout the three-day event, with races and entertainment starting on Friday, May 24th.

Gear Builders of WNC


Mountain Sports Festival runs Friday 24th May through Sunday 26 May. It is a weekend music and sports festival that celebrates community, athletics and local business. The festival showcases the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville, NC and the surrounding mountains.


Eagles Nest Outfitters, the brain child of brothers Peter and Paul Pinholster, was founded in the summer of 1999. Growing steadily from a two-man, one-van operation, to the leading provider of ingeniously crafted parachute hammocks and outdoor accessories, the company offers the highest quality relaxation products for adventure travelers and outdoors lovers everywhere. The company’s products are sold in around 750 specialty outdoors, backpacking and winter sport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains, as well as online at http://www.enonation.com.