Extraordinary Gear Made Here


Test It. Build It. Live It.

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: โ€œExtraordinary Gear Made Here.โ€



Our goal is to build upon the awesome footprint of outdoor gear manufacturing we already have here in WNC and grow the region's outdoor industry together. We want to make an impact media wise, highlighting the region itself as well as our products and businesses. We want to create a reliable forum of usable sources to help us find new materials, fresh ideas and answers to problems. We want to attract companies to move and/or start here, and we want to construct a tight-knit family of companies that nurtures the growth of brands both new and established.



To date, we have 30+ member companies, with new ones joining regularly as established companies join the network, new companies start up in the region, and companies from elsewhere choose to move their headquarters here to WNC. We also have a network of Partners from WNC who are fellow members of the outdoor industry and share our love for the mountains and rivers of WNC as well as our passion for helping people get outside and enjoy them.




The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are also proud of our economic impact in the region; we already provide more than 760 jobs region-wide, and well over $8,000,000 in local sourcing of materials and contracts within WNC. We look forward to growing these numbers, and capturing more of the many billions of dollars spent annually on outdoor recreation equipment in the US.


Interested in Becoming a Member?

Do you make innovative outdoor equipment or outdoor products? Then become a Gear Builder and find out how you can grow your business through collaboration.