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Fall Kayak Fishing Basics

The sun is setting on the summer of 2016. September is here and brings with it the start of the fall kayak fishing season. With the exception of a few weeks in from the latter half of June to the start of August, western North Carolina anglers…
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Fall Footwear Checklist (Casual Edition)

With fall just around the corner it’s time to sip on something pumpkin flavored and bust out the boots. With fresh shipments from Sorel, Salewa, Keen, and Chaco arriving weekly, we’ve haven't been able to resist adding a few new pairs to…
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More of Your Favorites Announced for the Asheville Outdoor Show

We couldn’t be more ecstatic to announce the final list of those of you can expect to see at the Asheville Outdoor Show. It's a group of instantly-recognizable leaders in the outdoor industry, as well as locally-based gear companies who…
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Additional Vendors, Entertainment Announced for Asheville Outdoor Show

The wait is over! We're happy to join Frugal Backpacker in announcing the entertainment and second set of vendors for the Asheville Outdoor Show. Another bonus announcement: the first 300 attendees will receive a commemorative insulated cooler,…
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New at DBO: Easy Going Styles from Prana

Among our staff Prana has become a go-to brand. They combine a modern outdoor vibe with some of the most comfortable and durable materials on the market, to create clothing that will instantly become your favorite. Needless to say, we were thrilled…
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Our New Sign in Downtown Asheville is as Local as it Gets!

We opened our first store in the Asheville area in 1964. From the very beginning, working with the community and other local businesses has been the bedrock of our success. Our team of outdoor experts still prefers to work one-on-one with…
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We're Expanding the Asheville Outdoor Show This Year

We're excited to join Frugal Backpacker to announce the first round of vendors for the Asheville Outdoor Show. In its second year, the free public expo brings top innovators from the most popular outdoor companies to recreation enthusiasts…
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New at DBO: Bamboo (It's Not Just for Pandas Anymore)

Those of us who love the outdoors tend to expect a lot from our clothing. We play hard, so we need clothing that breathes, wicks, insulates, and is virtually indestructible, all while looking good. To live up to our rather high standards, a…
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New at DBO: Harness the Power of the Sun

Remember the good old days when outdoor adventure meant unplugging? For modern adventurers, electronics are an essential piece of kit. From safety to convenience, having powered up electronics is a good idea. Think keeping in touch with loved…
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New at DBO: Water (and Town) Ready Footwear from Astral

From fantastic paddling to river parks, Asheville has plenty of opportunities to hit the water, and the unseasonably warm forecast this week has us dying to get our toes wet. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve just received a shipment of water ready…
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Pursuit of Happiness: July 4 Must Haves

There's nothing more American than exploring and the pursuit of happiness on July 4. Fireworks, hot dogs, and, if you're lucky, a body of water. Our team has some suggestions for your Independence Day adventure.Don't forget to check out…
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Paddling Safety for All Levels of Boating

Safety on the water is one of the least exciting aspects of paddling, but it’s also the most important. Water is a powerful force, it doesn't matter if you are on flat water, gentle rivers, or raging rapids, every paddler should respect it’s…
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Gifts for Dad's Next Adventure

Still searching for something to remind Dad that he taught you the value of usefulness and thoughtfulness? Our staff has curated a few items that have all of your bases covered. Gift cards are also a great option. They never expire and can be…

High & Low Angle Paddles: The Long & Short of It

For a new paddler, there are dozens of (often complicated) gear decisions to make, one of the most mystifying is paddle selection. When it comes to recreational kayaking, one of the most important factors is paddle angle. Paddle angles classifications…

Win Tickets to the Kruger Brothers

Orange Peel Events welcomes the Kruger Brothers to the Sanctuary at Central Methodist Church (27 Church St in Downtown Asheville) on Friday, June 24, at 8pm. Frugal Backpacker is giving away a pair of tickets to see the bluegrass/folk/classical…

Win the Perfect Day in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is one of the greatest places on the planet, home to a vibrant downtown and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We've partnered with Toad&Co.and some of our best friends to give away an incredible experience -- The Perfect Day. ((…
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What's the Deal with Kayak Fishing in Western North Carolina?

Diamond Brand Outdoors' monthly series, Kayak Fishing in WNC, begins on June 9 at 5:30 p.m. with a "How to Outfit Your Boat" by JD Desrosier of Wilderness Systems. The series will continue on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at…
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Traveling Bug Free

With the start of travel season comes one unfortunate side effect: bug season. While we're fortunate to live in an area where mosquito bites are typically just an annoyance, ticks are a fairly common problem and the rising prevalence of bug…

June is River Month at Diamond Brand Outdoors

Western North Carolina's mountain rivers and streams are a great resource. They provide recreation, healthy ecosystems, reaxation, drinking water, and...well, they're really pretty to look at. We're celebrating WNC rivers all month with events…
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Easy Going Travel Essentials

It’s finally here- Memorial Day, the official kick-off to the summer vacation season! Personally, we love a beach getaway, but whatever your style, we’re pretty sure your ideal vacation doesn’t involve schlepping tons of bags. That’s…
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Festival Essentials

Ahhh festival season, the magical time when your weekends are spent camping, discovering new bands, and enjoying cold brews. Our team is stoked to be kicking off festival season this weekend at LEAF (our sister store, Frugal Backpacker, will…
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Yo' Mama's So...

...AWESOME, and we've got great ideas to tell her "thanks!"With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the quest to find the perfect gift is on. But where do you even begin to look for a gift to say “thanks” to the most important woman…
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Special Asheville Screening of The Long Start to the Journey, a Film About the Appalachian Trail

We're hosting a special Asheville screening of The Long Start to the Journey, an official selection at the Atlanta Film Festival and RiverRun International Film Festival. Tickets are $7 and benefit the Carolina Mountain Club and Lifelines outdoor…
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Picking Up Paddling (Without Blowing Your Budget)

As one of America’s best river towns, it’s not surprising that paddlesports are one of the largest growing forms of outdoor recreation in the Asheville area. With new breweries and other hangouts popping up along the riverfront, a relaxing…
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Women's Specific Gear Shakedown: Astral PFD's

Not too long ago women who loved the outdoors had to make do with (often ill-fitting) unisex gear. Now, women’s specific gear is one of the fastest growing segments in the outdoor gear industry. Just about any piece of gear that you can imagine…
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Paddlesports Demo Day at Lake Julian is May 1

Are you ready for the largest free paddlesports demo event of the year? Join us on May 1 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at our annual Paddlesports Demo Day at Lake Julian (406 Overlook Rd Ext in Arden, click for directions), made possible by a partnership…
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NPS 100: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We're celebrating National Parks Week from April 16-24. The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates an important milestone this year: 100 years of the National Park Service Organic Act. Today, the NPS manages 401 park units and attendance hit…
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Half Tank Getaways: WNC Spring Festivals

The time between the middle of April and Memorial Day doesn’t offer much time for full-blown vacations. Kids and college students are preparing for the end of the school year. There’s usually a string of deadlines at work. Those of us who…
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New at DBO: Breezy Packs for Warm Weather Adventures

Our DBO team loves to play outside year round, so we know that nothing can bring your enjoyment of a warm weather hike to a halt faster than a sweat-inducing pack sticking to your back. That's why we love the new trend in pack technology of…
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New at DBO: Top Backpacking Picks

MSR Carbon Reflex 1If you’re an avid backpacker, you’ve probably owned or dreamed of owning at least one MSR tent. They’re the masters of lightweight livability and their durability is unbeatable. If you’re into lightweight (and…
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Campapalooza: Celebrating Our History, Thanking Our Customers

In 1964, we opened the first outdoor gear shop in Western North Carolina: a 900 sq. ft. garage full of factory seconds. Over the years, Diamond Brand Outdoors has grown to include much more than camping products, but our dedication to quality…
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New at DBO: Family Camping Favorites

With spring break right around the corner, coming up with family bonding experiences that are fun for you and the kids can be a challenge. One of the best ways to instill in your kids the love of the outdoors (and get them away from screens…
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Volunteering with MountainTrue

On a beautiful and sunny day in early March, my husband and I volunteered with the folks at MountainTrue, a local non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the health of our local forests and waterways. Anna, a second-year…
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Outdoor Author Book Fest

OUTDOOR AUTHOR BOOK FEST TO BE HOSTED BY DIAMOND BRAND OUTDOORSAsheville, N.C. –Whether you're looking for a new book to read or you would like to meet the author of your favorite outdoor book, Diamond Brand’s Outdoor Book Fest is the…
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NPS 100: The Blue Ridge Parkway

On August 25, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates an important milestone: 100 years of the National Park Service Organic Act. Today, the NPS manages 401 park units and attendance hit a peak last year. While we’ve got easy access to…
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New at DBO: Shoulder Season Hiking Favs

The sunny spring temps had us itching for a hike this weekend, but if you’ve lived in WNC for any length of time, you know the weather can be unpredictable- especially when you head up in the mountains. This can make deciding what to wear…
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Half Tank Getaways: Mountains to Sea Trail

One of my favorite hikes near Asheville is along the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) between the Visitor Center (Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 384) and the Folk Art Center (BRP MP 382). If you want a walk of five and a half miles, then make it an…
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Diamond Brand Named Top 100 Retailer

Outdoor Magazine, the must have trade resource for the outdoor recreation industry, has again named Diamond Brand Outdoors to its annual Top 100 Retailers list. This a direct reflection of our outstanding team of experts and amazing customers…
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The Carolina-Colorado #BeerBet

Every week, fans of the Carolina Panthers have put up with comments that the team's winning streak was a fluke, fans were just bandwagoners, and they'd never perform against the strongest NFL teams. Cam Newton and company are now headed to Super…
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Show Your Sweetie You Love Local This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Perhaps your sweetheart is also your favorite hiking partner. Maybe you're both all about the Asheville music scene. Or maybe you find true romance while exploring the trails of Western North Carolina. This…
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Diamond Brand Outdoors Short Film Wins Best of Show Award

Western North Carolina attracts some great people. We're happy to call many of them our friends. Our very creative friends at SapidMedia recently brought home a Gold Award and the "Best of Show" Award at the American Advertising Federation Asheville…
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Half Day Getaways: Winter Hiking at Daniel Ridge Falls near Asheville, NC

After the blast of snow we got last weekend, forecasters are calling for temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s this week. That's a perfect combination for winter hikes and breathtaking frozen waterfalls. One of our favorites is Daniel Ridge…
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National Parks Centennial Tour in Asheville

February 29 | 5:30 p.m., 1378 Hendersonville Road in Asheville (Parkway Center location)Most of us don't need a reason to celebrate the National Parks, but in 2016, the National Park Service turns 100. Backpacker magazine and Subaru have…
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Preparing to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Ask any Appalachian Trail thru hiker and you'll hear that it's the adventure of a lifetime. The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads, and farms.The Appalachian National Scenic Trail…
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Outdoor Demo Day at Highland Brewing

DIAMOND BRAND OUTDOORS TO PARTNER WITH HIGHLAND BREWING ON OUTDOOR DEMO DAYDiamond Brand Outdoors, Western North Carolina’s oldest and local outdoor gear shop, will be hosting an Outdoor Demo Day at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville,…
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Lake Julian Demo Day

DIAMOND BRAND TO UNVEIL NEW WATER SPORTS GEAR AT FREE 'TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT' LAKE JULIAN DEMO DAYASHEVILLE, N.C. – After one of the longest and most severe winters in recent memory, paddlesports enthusiasts are chomping at the bit…
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GEAR SWAP

DIAMOND BRAND GIVES YOUR OLD GEAR A NEW LIFE AT THEIR GEAR SWAP EVENTASHEVILLE, N.C. – Diamond Brand Outdoors, Western North Carolina’s most trusted outdoor gear store for 8 straight years, is hosting an event where you can give your…
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Outdoor Diva Day

DIAMOND BRAND ANNOUNCES 2015 OUTDOOR DIVA DAYASHEVILLE, NC: Diamond Brand Outdoors would like to graciously invite all of Western North Carolina’s outdoor loving women to our to come join us on April 9th for our 2015’s Spring Diva Night…
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We partner with YMCA to get kids outside

YMCA and Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville Partner to Get Kids OutsideAsheville, NC: Beginning Black Friday through December 24th, 1% of all sales at Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville will go directly to supporting the YMCA of WNC’s after…
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Two new stores opening in Asheville

Two New Diamond Brand Outdoors Stores Opening in AshevilleAsheville, NC: Diamond Brand’s devoted shoppers can now enjoy the best of outdoor gear and holiday shopping at two very special stores in new Asheville locations.On Thursday, November…
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Ground Breaking for South Asheville Store

Diamond Brand to Host Groundbreaking for New South Asheville StoreAsheville, NC: Diamond Brand, Asheville’s oldest outdoor gear shop, will celebrate its upcoming new retail store at Parkway Centre,1378 Hendersonville Road, at a festive…