Photo by Regina Nicolardi
Why have so many outdoor gear companies settled in Asheville, North Carolina? Ask longtime local paddler and Liquidlogic Kayaks Brand Manager Shane Benedict. “Not only is the paddling great, but the mountain biking is world-class,” says Benedict. “It’s also named Beer City USA almost every year, the food scene is ridiculous and there is tons of great live music. What’s not to like?”
The gear is pretty great too. Here are a few of our favorites.
Life vests and river shoes made in a converted tobacco barn on the French Broad River
Offering a full range of kayaks for everything from fishing to whitewater
ZipDry closure and polyurethane-coated fabrics that have become the gold standard for video boaters
“The community is relaxed, outdoor-loving and incredibly inspirational.”
A a model of sustainability, comfort and Appalachian craftsmanship.