NC's New Office of Outdoor Recreation

The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are tremendously excited about North Carolina's new Outdoor Recreation Director, a new position and office in the NC Department of Commerce starting in January 2018.

GiG 10-Day Giveaway!

Starting on 3/8/2017, the OGB will be hosting the GiG 10-Day Giveaway on each of our social media channels. It's your chance to win outdoor gear from our local manufacturers SylvanSport 'GO' (Mobile Adventure Gear)Liquidlogic KayaksRECOVERFarm To FeetLever GearAmerican BackcountryBlue Ridge Chair Works and more! (Oh and GiG = Get in Gear Fest). Make sure you follow us everywhere (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) each day so you don't miss one! Links to social media feeds below.

2016 OGB Holiday Gift Guide

2016 OGB Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are quickly approaching, and you've been too busy riding/ climbing/ biking/ hiking /camping to go shopping. Fear not, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina are here with suggestions a-plenty. From something small to add to a stocking, to that trailer that you kind of want for yourself (go on, you deserve it!), you can tick off all your adventurous loved ones' wishlists right from the comfort of your own couch...or tent.

Local Gear at the CycloCross Nationals

The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC had a blast at this year's CycloCross Nationals, held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Thirteen of our manufacturer-members took part in the event expo, and we even added a new member while we were there, linking up with Grava Bike Co. out of Lenoir, which makes gorgeous bikes designed for our mountain's difficult terrain and varied surfaces, switching smoothly from gravel to road to tire-sucking CycloCross-style mud with just one frame.

2014 Outdoor Industry Census

This year, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina and AdvantageWest  conducted the first ever WNC Outdoor Idustry Manufacturing Census. The census provides a snapshot of the current size and economic implact of this fast-growing sector, establishing baseline numbers for tracking future industry growth.

As you can see in the Census Infographic, outdoor gear manufactuing is already playing a significant role in the economy of WNC, and we are excited to see it grow, and continue to build on WNC's natural, cultural, and economic assets like our roaring rivers, moutnain trails, tradition of innovation, and supportive community of outdoor enthusiasts.

A Year In Review

While the seeds of the OGB have been germinating for years, they finally sprouted just last year. Here’s a look back at how the group got started, what we’ve accomplished in the last 12 months or so, and where we’re headed next.

Outdoor Gear Fest - win Bonnaroo tix, a sweet OGB gear package, and more!

On May 3 2014 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Prestige Subaru, 98.1 The River, and the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC will be throwing an Outdoor Gear Fest at the Prestige Subaru Adventure Center on Tunnel Road in Asheville. We'll have great entertainment options, a bunch of Gear Builders on hand, and, oh yeah, a chance to win one of the most awesome prize packages around.

Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for something awesome to get your loved ones this season but unsure about what to choose? Check out this holiday gift guide brought to you by Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina! It's got some sweet ideas that will help get your outdoor-loving friends and family outside while showing your appreciation and gratitude for them. Plus, you'll be supporting the outdoor retail community of WNC, and what could be better than that??

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