Outdoors gear can be very complicated! Before you head outdoors for hiking, paddling or camping, stock up with supplies and expert advice at Diamond Brand and the Frugal Backpacker stores in Asheville. They love to provide tips and guidance to visitors, whether you are an outdoors novice or expert. Or just pick up some fashionable clothes for in-town fun. Find the brands you love: Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Mountain Khakis, Keen and more.
During the 1950s, Diamond Brand began as an outdoor gear manufacturer, opening their first shop in the 60s. Since then, they have grown to become a favorite outdoors store for many Asheville locals - receiving a host of "best of" awards every year. What sets them apart from many other outfitters is their very knowledgeable staff. For instance, since they have seven Appalachian Trail thru-hikers on staff, who else can offer such expertise on equipment and strategy?
Visit three convenient locations:
Diamond Brand Outdoors "Parkway Center" (photo at top): Their main store in South Asheville (just 3.5 miles from the entrance to Biltmore) is 15,000 feet with a huge selection of top brands for a big variety of activities such as hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, running, yoga, and paddling. Plus, pick up some stylish clothes to wear out on the town. In addition to the many experts to assist you, find a women's lounge, kayak demo area, a stage for free presentations, a rack fittings area, and trip planning station. They are located less than a mile from the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also nearby are access points to the French Broad River.
1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Go to their Website.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday 11 AM-6 PM
Diamond Brand Outdoors, Downtown Asheville: Their Adventure Boutique store opened at the Aloft Hotel in 2015. Find lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories, and gear for other daytime exploration and nighttime fun on the town. Also pick up some great souvenir t-shirts for the Appalachian Trail, DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest and more.
53 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. Go to their Website.
Hours: Mon-Wed 10 AM-7 PM, Thu-Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sunday 10 AM-6 PM
Frugal Backpacker Outdoor Outlet: Located just across the French Broad River from downtown Asheville, discover deals on vendor samples and closeouts. Save money without sacrificing performance or quality. New deals arrive every day with an ever changing inventory of shoes, clothing, equipment and supplies for camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and backpacking. Unlike most outlets, you'll find knowledgable, helpful staff.
52 Westgate Parkway, Asheville. Go to their Website.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday 11 AM-6 PM
Read about their upcoming, free events and get timely advice. Go to their Blog.
Their Biggest Events 2017
March 18, 10 AM-4 PM: Campapalooza at Diamond Brand Outdoors in Parkway Center (1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville)
Spring camping season gets an early start with a preview of 2017's best reviewed gear from internationals innovators like The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, and more, as well as local favorites like ENO and Astral. Free hourly workshops on topics from festival camping to choosing the right backpack for a thru hike to getting started to hiking are supplemented by giveaways and the presentation of grants to local environmental nonprofits.
April 30, 10 AM-2 PM: Paddlefest at Lake Julian Park (406 Overlook Rd Ext, Arden)
WNC's well known for some of the best whitewater kayaking on the east coast, but Stand Up Paddleboarding and kayak fishing have grown into sizable sports of their own over the past few years. Try out the latest models in all three categories on the still waters of Lake Julian and chat with industry experts about paddles, boating accessories, and the best spots in the region to get on the water this year.
September 17, 12-4 PM: Asheville Outdoor Show at Highland Brewing Company (12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville)
The Asheville Outdoor Show brings the finest outdoor brands and latest trends in recreation directly to our friends and neighbors who live in the outdoor playground of the mountains of North Carolina. We'll showcase innovators known for quality, variety, and uniqueness. Enjoy music and outdoor games throughout the day -- and pick up lots of discounts from your favorite brands for your outdoor lifestyle.