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 several Appalachian Trail thru-hikers on staff, who else can offer such expertise on equipment and strategy?
Visit their convenient locations:
Diamond Brand Outdoors, Downtown Asheville: Located on the first floor of the Aloft Hotel, this boutique store has 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.
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.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday 11 AM-6 PM