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Fifth Annual Get in Gear Fest!

Fifth Annual Get in Gear Fest!


Location: Salvage Station, Asheville, NC

Date: March 23th, 2019

Come see and test out all the amazing outdoor gear made right here in WNC, from bikes to boats to bags to shoes, backpacks, climbing harnesses, tents, camp furniture, even entire campers and portable kitchens! Whatever your sport, there's a company in WNC making extraordinary gear to help you haul your gear, perform your best, and relax in comfort afterwards. 



We've got lots of exciting on-site events and activities. There will be events and demo activities at nearly every one of our 25+ booths, with highlights including a free 30ft climbing tower sponsored by Camp Cedar Cliff, gear demos, and a massive silent auction with prizes to drool over.

Relax, grab a bite and listen to great live music on the patio or in the bar. 


The Salvage Station and their awesome on-site restaurant will be serving up delicious fare like their insane loaded Nachos El Camino (a Gear Builder favorite) and locally sourced Beefaloaf burger.


The event is very family-friendly, but unfortunately, **outside dogs are not allowed at the Salvage Station**. For more information on the Salvage Station's dog policy, please contact The Salvage Station.

The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC present the 5th Annual Get in Gear Festival Asheville, NC (February 18, 2019) - The Outdoor Gear Builders are kicking off the start of Spring with the 5th Annual Get In Gear Fest. The Annual Get in Gear Fest is the go-to Spring event for gathering the outdoor community that is the heart of Asheville and the surrounding region. Held at the Salvage Station in Asheville, NC on March 23rd, the festival will feature regional outdoor brands showcasing their newest gear for the upcoming season!

“The outdoor gear manufactures based here in Western North Carolina continue to make industry leading gear for outdoor adventurers,” said Kyle Mundt, vice-chairman of OGB. “The Get in Gear Fest is always a great place to celebrate with the local community and showcase the amazing gear being designed and created right in our backyard.”

At this year’s festival, Brevard-based SylvanSport will be debuting a new line of outdoor gear, and Hendersonville-based Liquidlogic will have its new Ventura Kayak on display. You can check out Astral’s new line of hemp footwear and Recover Brands new performance fleece made entirely in North Carolina with 100% recycled materials. And, you can stop by the Bellyak booth to check out the world’s first lay on top kayak, designed and made right here in Asheville NC! With so many great gear makers to meet and gear to demo you will want to take a break at the ENO Hammock Relaxation Station and enjoy a local brew from the Salvage Station taps.

The Get in Gear Fest is a family-friendly, free event that has something for everyone, from distance hiker to outdoor glamper, and every adventurer in between. It will also boast a climbing wall courtesy of Camp Cedar Cliff, field games, a silent auction featuring prize packages from local favorites like Watershed Drybags, Diamond Brand Gear, Tsuga, Rightline Gear and much more. Plus, the first 100 attendees to sign up as “Friends of the OGB” will claim a goodie bag filled with coupon codes from member companies.

The festival runs from 12 noon to 5 pm at the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive, with opportunities to demo, explore, and buy outdoor gear. Come meet the makers of your favorite gear and start making plans for a summer full of adventures!

The full list of participating brands includes

Astral, Blue Ridge Chair Works, boatgirl, ENO, SylvanSport, Rightline Gear, Watershed Drybags, Fifth Element Camping, Bellyak, Rockgeist, Diamond Brand Gear, Tsuga, Recover Brands, Mount Inspiration, Lucky Sheep, Native Watercraft, Liquidlogic, LightHeart Gear, and Alpine Towers.


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.” Learn more at or join the conversation on

For more information, contact: Amy Allison, ENO 1 (828) 252-7808 x403