Brevard, N.C.-based SylvanSport, makers of the lightweight popup camping trailer the GO, have teamed up with AdvantageWest to present 15 Western North Carolina gear-making companies in a special Outdoor Gear Builders Village at the 13th annual Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville, N.C., on May 24-26.
According to a press release, upwards of 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival. SylvanSport said that the Outdoor Gear Builders Village represents the inception for a new network of over 30 local gear-making companies uniting to form the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina.
For SylvanSport, the inspiration to create a local gear-manufacturing network to debut in the Mountain Sports Festival made perfect sense. Hosted in Asheville, Mountain Sports Festival invites visitors to explore and compete in a myriad of mountain sports, with music, entertainment and exhibitors rounding out the festivities.
While attendees might be familiar with the bounty of mountain sports offered — from hiking, kayaking, biking and beyond—they may be surprised to learn how many gear manufacturers are operating out of the region. With the Outdoor Gear Builders Village, the festival will highlight 15 local outdoor adventure gear manufacturers, including ENO, SylvanSport, Watershed, Three Minute Egg, Tsuga Canopies, SkinFare, Bellyak, Outrider USA, EarthSports Design, Rightline Gear, REEB Bikes and more.
“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, director of marketing at SylvanSport. “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 shows, in Salt Lake City, UT, are the largest outdoor sports shows of their kind.