The GO Adventure Trailer Finds Adventure at the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Tech specs, promo materials, awards, photo galleries…these are well and good, but what really makes the SylvanSport GO adventure trailer truly shine are the real life stories. It’s the tales of expeditions, outing, and trips that show what the GO is really made of.

Eric Albert is a GO customer, dealer, and avid paddler in western Canada. His latest exploit was as the expedition leader of a paddling trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Here is the account of his journey down the Middle Fork with a GO trailer:

“Ever since I received my GO in 2011, I have been using it for everything from moving furniture, to getting building supplies, to transporting garbage to the dump, and of course transporting my boats and gear to the river’s edge. Each time, the GO, in its different configurations, has outperformed, and exceeded my expectations. Quite honestly SylvanSport should have named it the “Mule” instead of the GO.

I primarily use my GO for riversports and camping. With two young sons, both at the age where they need their ‘toys’ as well, it has become ever so difficult to find the space required to tote the gear, boats, and bikes to our destinations. Without the GO, it simply would be a very difficult proposition.

A couple years ago, I had the distinct opportunity to paddle the Selway River in Northern Idaho, which required me as the expedition leader, to transport a huge load of gear and folks over a mountain pass, treturous terrain, and through tight riverside road passages in order to get to the put in. This journey was a true test for the GO…and it out performed all my expectations. To learn more about that expedition, check out the SylvanSport Blog article (http://sylvansportblog.com/2012/06/an-epic-western-canadian-go-adventure/) I wrote for that trip!

Now…a repeat, with the same trailer. The Middle Fork of the Salmon, also in central Idaho.

This time however, I’d be transporting more gear, in fact…the entire expedition would be supported by my little Toyota Tacoma, and my SylvanSport GO…yesh!

A raft expedition is a very gear intensive proposition, more so than any other wilderness / outdoor expeditionary exploit. Gear is usually heavy, awkward, and difficult to pack. Coolers and waterproof boxes are stuffed with hundreds of pounds of food and ice, and personalized gear. Rafts never quite roll up the same as they did when they came from the manufacturer, and they are most often the bulkiest items to place in your tickle trunk. Thankfully, with the GO, the problem of getting the gear to the put in, and picked up at the take out is no longer a logistic to worry about.

All in all, the GO transported in one fell swoop:

  • two whitewater rafts
  • 7 sets of oars
  • paddles
  • coolers
  • aluminum boxes full of gear
  • ammunition boxes
  • personal gear items
  • tables
  • stoves & firepan
  • and anything else that could have been stuffed in it!

In order to get to the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho, one must travel down the ‘Boundary Creek Road’, a 25 mile serpentine dirt road with an average downhill grade of 4%, riddled with sharp mountain stones at each switchback. Braking at this point becomes the challenge. My initial thoughts of having a ‘brake free’, ‘loaded to the gills’ trailer behind me concerned me at first, however after making the first couple of turns, the apprehension quickly shifted to confidence. The GO was once again in the spotlight. On our way down to the put in, I had the gear loaded in/on the GO in the ‘Travel Mode’ to help in fuel economy and stability. Tight turns, washboard gravel, loose rock, creek crossings, potholes, tight passageways, you name it…the GO was ready and willing to take it on. In short…the gear made it unscathed, and not a lick of damage, wear, or tear to the gear…or the GO. She was a weee bit dusty though!

Once we registered, we set out to the camp / prep area where the gear would be sorted and prepped for our expedition. Once unloaded, I set the GO up in the ‘Camp Mode’, and yes of course, others in the campsite marveled. The GO really does draw a crowd, and I’m always happy to speak of its accolades! Once the boats were set, we set off for a comfortable sleep.

The expedition down the 100 mile stretch of river has to be one of my all time favorite runs. Clean beautiful water, amazing whitewater, riverside hot springs, and incredible scenery are boundless. We used Blackadar Rafting to shuttle the truck and GO to the take out. The shuttle company was quite impressed at how compact the GO was, and were amazed to see how so much gear was packed.

At the take out, the GO stood ready for its next task…a heavier reload. I had picked up some additional gear for this trip, so I knew I’d be pushing the GO to its capabilities. This time I set the GO into the ‘Transport Mode’, which allows for a great deal of flexibility and ease of loading. All the gear at the take out seemed quite daunting, but I stood confident the GO would once again impress. Onlookers at the take out were astonished, as was I, on how we managed to pack so much gear into the back of a truck and onto a small sized trailer, purely inconceivable.

Even with the trailer heavier than before and set up into the Transport Mode, it hardly made any difference to our fuel economy, and quite honestly it never felt like I was towing a trailer. It blew my mind.

If you are ever in doubt as to how durable these trailers are….don’t. The GO goes beyond its expectations, and seems to impress me more and more as I own it. It is wholeheartedly the most ingenious piece of adventure gear I own, and will continue to be my go to pack mule for many expeditions to come!”

When we designed the GO trailer, trips like this is exactly what we had in mind. Whether it’s for a day or many days, the GO is made to help you pursue your own adventure. Go out, have some fun, and if you have a story to share about you and your GO, send it to us via e-mail with some pics. We’d love to hear it!

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Goal Zero Solar Generator: Yeti 400

At the end our first SylvanSport GO Tech video, we mentioned the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator as a cool accessory for the SylvanSport GO camping trailer. One of the benefits of the SylvanSport GO is that it is a go anywhere adventure trailer, without having to worry about finding a campground with electrical hook-up. Even in the middle of nowhere, it’s nice to have power for our laptops to dump the gazillion photos we take a day, to recharge our phones, or to charge a Light-a-Life LED Lantern (also shown in the video).

The Goal Zero Yeti 400 is a small, quiet, and portable power source that allows you to live life “off the grid” whether camping or powering through an outage without the noise, hassle, and size of a traditional generator.

HOW IT CHARGES:

  • SOLAR: Use the Nomad 20, Boulder 15, Boulder 30, or Escape 30 solar panels (sold separately). Charge time vary according to weather conditions but can be as low as 20 hours.
  • WALL: Plug the Yeti 400 into a regular wall outlet and reach a full charge in 5 hours.
  • CAR: With a standard 12V car adapter, the Yeti 400 can be charged in 13 hours.

WHAT IT POWERS:

  • 3 ways to charge your devices: USB, 12V, or AC inverter (regular household plug)
  • Smartphones (30+ charges), GoPro (70+ charges), Digital Cameras (20+ charges), Laptops (3-5 charges), Tablets (10+ charges)

At 29lbs and dimensions of 10.25″x8″x8″, the Yeti 400 is the perfect companion to the SylvanSport GO camping trailer. Just because your off the grid, doesn’t mean you have to be disconnected. Check it out, along with other cool accessories, in the SylvanSport Online Store.

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FloydFest 13!

If you’ve ever seen our “Upcoming Events” page, you know that we are slam packed with festivals, shows, events, and outings. While all of them are fun and we always like to have a good time wherever we go, a few of them seem to stick out and fall under our category of “epic”. These are the ones that we can safely say are worth traveling a few hundred miles (or more) for and you won’t be disappointed. At the top of that list has to be FloydFest, in Floyd, VA. SylvanSport has been going to this music, art, outdoor festival for years now with our GO trailer and have always left with great stories, new friends, and list of new bands to hunt down on iTunes.

Last year’s festival was like a scene straight out of Woodstock. Great music, tons of people, and rain…rain like never before and probably never again. The mud felt like it was sucking you in and the more you tried to fight it, the harder it pulled. I can only imagine how many Chacos and Rainbows are still buried underneath a foot of dirt. While a river formed through the campground sites, people were frantically grabbing everything they owned and running for high ground. Amidst all of the chaos, Tom (President) Dempsey, was lying down in the SylvanSport GO, reading a book, high and dry. Water was streaming underneath the GO, people were running, laughing, and yelling, and there was Tom, in this calm, idyllic scene. It was humorous and poetic at the same time.

Well, that was last year. FloydFest 13 marks its 13th anniversary and we wouldn’t miss it for the world. From July 23-27, FloydFest is offering festival goers a fully loaded 5-day stay-cation with even more opportunities to enjoy music, healing arts, the outdoors, and more, all in a pristine and intimate setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The weekend will boast over 100 performing artists on 10 stages, dozens of artisans, specialty craft beverages, a Healing Arts Village, panel discussions with activists and headlining artists on sustainable practices, and an extensive Children’s Universe.  Attendees will find a magical experience in the brand new She-Sha Tent, a Persian-style tent installation featuring healing arts activities ranging from aerial workshops to professional massages, musical performances, and a ‘Revolution-wear’ fashion show.  Lots of outdoor activities will also be available throughout the weekend, including guided hikes, the Belcher Mountain Beat Down mountain bike tour, the 2nd annual Vasque 5K Trail Race, and float trips down the Little River with On The Water.

Changes for 2014 include off-site car camping and RV parking located on flat, spacious lots with potable water, showers, and a 9am – 2am shuttle service.  With the new Tent Tag system, all on-site campers are guaranteed a 15×15 camping space and shuttle service with an attached gear trailer.  In addition, FloydFest has planned extensively with local farmers, garages, and area law enforcement to ensure that attendees will be safe, comfortable, and able to access transportation should a severe weather event occur.

And most importantly, the musical line-up is the boldest that we’ve seen, featuring an unprecedented melding of R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana, and more. Check out this line-up:

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite ~ Ms. Lauryn Hill ~ Ray LaMontagne ~ Thievery Corporation (Full Band) ~ Ziggy Marley ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead ~ Buddy Guy ~ Robert Randolph & the Family Band ~ JJ Grey & Mofro ~ Lettuce ~Carolina Chocolate Drops ~ Groundation ~Conspirator ~ Donna the Buffalo ~ Rising Appalachia ~ The Duhks ~ Campbell Brothers ~ The Lee Boys ~ HuDost ~ Hackensaw Boys ~ The London Souls ~ Ben Miller Band ~ Jonathon Boogie Long ~The Deadmen ~ Quinn Sullivan ~ 2013 On the Rise Winner: Paper Bird ~ 2013 On the Rise Winner Runner Up: Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands ~ Tauk ~ Dirty Drummer ~ Blue Mule ~ The Floorboards~ Incendio ~ Biz’Cirque ~ Appalachian Flow Arts ~ George Tortorelli-Medicine Wind ~ Jim Beckwith (Hanuman Das)~ Oakes & Smith ~ Adam Ezra Group ~ Allen Thompson Band ~ Ancient Cities ~ Antique Firearms ~ Chris Kasper ~ Cold Chocolate ~ Curtis Eller’s American Circus ~ Deer Run Drifters ~ Driftwood ~ Elonzo ~ Gabe Morales Trio ~ Grandpa’s Cough Medicine ~ Madrone ~ Major and the Monbacks ~ Maria Levitov ~ Michaela Anne ~ Mighty Joshua ~ Oak Creek Band ~ Onward, etc. ~ Proverbial ~ River Whyless ~ Run Boy Run ~ Rusty Maples ~Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot ~ Spoon Fight ~ Super Ape ~ The Dirty Beggars ~ The Get Right Band ~ The Giving Tree Band ~ The New Familiars ~ The Shack Band ~ The Southern Belles ~ Underhill Rose and more!

So, if you couldn’t tell by now, we’re pretty psyched about FloydFest 13 and can’t wait for July 23rd to get here. If you make it out there, be sure to hunt down the SylvanSport GO Trailer and say hi! We can kick back to some Michael Franti underneath some beautifully clear skies…hopefully.

 

 

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SylvanSport GO Trailer: The Ultimate Piece of Gear

Hike. Ride. Paddle. Run. Climb. Camp. Travel. Festival. For anyone who loves to be outside, the list goes on and on. When I think about my favorite gear, the ones that come to mind are my “go to” pieces that I tend to grab, regardless of where I’m going or what I’m doing. Headlamp. Almost always, day or night…you never know what will happen. Swiss Army Knife. Ditto. Bike water bottle. Sure, my hydration pack is a close second, but a bike bottle is great almost everywhere, doing anything. The list isn’t very long, but there isn’t a lot of gear that crosses over to just about everything I want to do outside. They’re all versatile, lightweight, well-made, and easy to use/carry.

          

There is one more thing that I would add to that list: the SylvanSport GO trailer. Hold up a second…did I just say a trailer is on my list of “go to” gear along side my headlamp, knife, and water bottle? I did. Do I go spend the night every time I go into the woods? No (although that would be awesome). So, how does a trailer even come close to an everyday piece of gear? Call me crazy, but the GO trailer has all of the same qualities as my other favorite gear. It’s not just a tent on wheels. And it’s not just a gear hauler. And it’s not just a pretty utility trailer. And…well, you get the point. Here’s how I look at it:

VERSATILE 

Versatility is probably one of the most important qualities of “go to” gear. Picking up friends and heading out for a mountain bike ride? No problem. Running shuttle for a whitewater run? Check. Taking the SUP for a quick paddle around the lake? Got it. Best part is, that you can load everything at chest level. No more balancing bikes, kayaks, and boards over your head. It truly is the ultimate gear hauler. Then you throw in overnight possibilities and the deal is sealed. Whatever your passion (even if you have several), load it up and GO. Think of it as the Swiss Army Knife of trailers…so many options in one sweet looking package.

And those are just non-motorized options. Ride moto? How about an ATV? Maybe a Ducati or Harley? The control tilt cargo bed with hydraulic dampening system lets you roll a motorcycle or ATV onto the bed without ramps and eases you back to level. And, the 800lb load capacity lets you carry all your toys.

  

Let’s face it, everything can’t always be about play (although we are trying). Sometimes a weekend is spent rebuilding that deck, hauling off brush, or letting a friend borrow your riding lawn mower. The GO trailer isn’t just for fun…it’s a work horse too. Full sheets of plywood, 2x lumber, infinite tie down options to secure just about any size/shape load, and a torsion suspension system for a smooth ride under load, makes getting your work done easier, so you can get out and play.

  

So, whatever your fancy: day trips, overnights, projects around the house…the GO is ready.

LIGHTWEIGHT

The GO trailer weighs in at 840lbs, with a tongue weight of 70lbs. So what does that mean exactly? In simple terms, at 840lbs, you can pull it with a Cooper Mini, Toyota Prius, or any small, compact car with a 4-cylinder engine. No big V8 required. In fact, it’s the only trailer of it’s kind, (that we know of), that you can tow with a 1-1/4″ hitch. You don’t need to justify a big truck or SUV to haul it around, although, if you wanted to, that’s not a problem either.

What does tongue weight mean? That’s the amount of weight you feel when you lift the trailer by the tongue (the part that connects to the ball hitch of your vehicle). At 70 lbs, what that really means is… you can get close enough to where you want to set up the trailer, unhook it from your car or truck, and simply pick it up to move it exactly where you want. You don’t have to be a Jedi in backing up with a trailer.

 

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

When I think of a “go to” piece of gear, it’s one that is made well enough to use everyday, without having to worry about whether or not it’s going to work when I need it. At SylvanSport, we decided to make the GO trailer for the long haul. No short cuts. No cheap sew jobs. No flimsy parts. Basically, a trailer that would pass the scrutiny test of the pickiest gear snob or the most particular engineer. Here’s a quick run down on some of the things that I think are key to making the trailer built to last:

  • all aluminum, hyper-engineered exo-frame (lightweight and durable)
  • Fully tig welded frame for incredible strength
  • expansion joints in camping pod allow for differing expansion/contraction rates of different materials
  • powder-coated for long life
  • UV resistant roto-molded HDPE storage box, fenders, and rear step will never corrode and are maintenance free
  • torsion axle offers smooth ride and 13″ ground clearance
  • reinforced diamond plate deck floor
  • thermoformed ABS upper pod
  • high grade aluminum tent poles
  • durable 200D ripstop polyster tent body (not canvas)

Truly, the list goes on. I can’t think of any place on the GO where the materials weren’t carefully chosen for lightweight, durability, and ease of use. Which brings us to our next “go to” quality.

EASY TO USE

If I have to fumble or fight with a piece of gear to get it to work, it will quickly be removed my list of things to bring. For as complex as the GO trailer may or may not seem, it’s really intuitive to use. After setting it up a couple of times, 1 person can comfortably go from start to finish in about 10 minutes. 2 people? Faster than setting most regular tents. Plus, zippers can be opened and closed with one hand. It can be moved around easily by one person. And pack up is just as simple as setting it up.

As a gear/utility trailer, it’s all about access and ergonomics. Lifting a canoe on top of an SUV or car is strenuous at best and how many times have you dinged the roof with the gunnel? Hitch racks for bikes are easy to use, but definitely restricts easy access to the trunk or cargo space of your SUV. The GO crossbars accept universal mounts from Thule, Yakima, Malone and others, so you can easily customize it to your needs. Whether you’re by yourself or a group of friends, the GO is about as easy as it gets to use.

DESIGN

Does form follow function? Does function follow form? In this case, the GO does both. All of the elements of the GO come together into a sweet looking functional form. The low profile design and aerodynamic shape minimizes drag and is super fuel efficient. The custom design of the extrusion aluminum frame is lightweight, offers infinite tie down options, and is visually eye catching. While the powdercoat treatment gives it a cool texture and color, it is also exponentially more durable than just using paint. The tent fabric material and colors are not only aesthetically appealing, but brighten up the inside of the living area so you don’t feel like your in a cave. And by using custom aluminum wheels, it not only looks good, but saves weight as well. It truly is a piece of gear, where form meets function and function meets form.

And not to toot our own horn too loudly, we are proud of the awards that we have received from outdoor, adventure, industry, business and design organizations.

FINAL WORD

You can’t really compare a GO adventure trailer to a standard $1,000 utility trailer. And you can’t compare it to a standard $12,000 pop-up camper trailer. It’s a one-of-a-kind-camping-adventure-trailer that is like nothing else on the market today. The SylvanSport GO  truly is a piece of gear, and with it’s versatility, it makes it the ulitmate “go to” piece of gear for just about anything you like to do outdoors (or around the house). And as the final icing on the cake, the SylvanSport GO (and GO Easy) are made in the beautiful mountains of Brevard, NC, using US supplied materials, many of which are sourced within a 200 mile radius of us.

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SylvanSport joins Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine for Live Outside and Play Tour

SylvanSport and the GO Camping Trailer is psyched to announce that we are teaming up with Blue Ridge Outdoors (BRO) magazine for a one year Live Outside and Play tour. From May 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015, BRO’s travel editor, Jess Daddio, will be on a journey throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania) seeking the best adventure that our region has to offer.

Fulfilling BRO’s mission of inspiring their audience to go outside and play by providing content that showcases the people, places, and adventures that define this region, Jess will set out in search of the best adventures and stories to tell. Along the way, she will be making appearances at regional festivals and events and giving presentations at Eddie Bauer stores to share her experiences with our audience. Best of all, while on the Live Outside and Play tour, Jess will be living, working, traveling, and playing for one full year in a SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer.

photo: Jess Daddio

So whether you’re a hiker, camper, paddler, climber, biker, or any combination of these, this tour will definitely be worth checking out. And, if you haven’t had a chance to see a GO Camping Trailer in person yet, here’s the perfect opportunity to check one out. You can see full list of all of the events we will be attending on our SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer Upcoming Events page.

photo: Gareth Tate

This is going to be a great tour and you can stay up to date with her adventures here:               

It’s going to be a great weekend in our neck of the woods. Hope it’s the same where you are. Go outside and have some fun!

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SylvanSport takes on the 15th Annual Assault on the Carolinas

It’s been a rainy, chilly Saturday afternoon and I can’t help but think back to last Saturday, when 1,000 cyclists (and their families and friends) gathered in our small town of Brevard, NC for the 15th Annual Assault on the Carolinas. Mother Nature graced us with sunshine, blue skies, and a warm breeze (maybe even a little too warm at times). This perfect spring day brought out good spirits and helped calm any butterflies that might be stirring in rider’s stomachs.

1,000 riders lining up for the Assault on the Carolinas.

The Assault on the Carolinas is a road ride that offers a little for everyone. Riders can choose between the 100k (65.8 miles), 60k (37 miles), and 40k (25 miles) options. The100k has it all from flats, rolling hills, the infamous Walnut Hollow climb, fast descents, and a grueling 6-mile, 5,800ft climb up Caesars Head near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The 60k riders will get to test their climbing abilities on Walnut Hollow, which is a local favorite. Walnut hollow is a steep, challenging climb that is 1.1 mile long, with grades reaching 15%. After climbing Walnut Hollow, riders enjoy a nice rolling ride home through the French Broad River Valley. The 40k ride goes through the scenic river valleys of Transylvania County and features some rolling hills and great scenery.

SylvanSport riders lining up at the start.

There are no time chips, no prize purse, and no official results. Just a beautiful, challenging ride with 999 of your closest friends, and maybe some bragging rights if you beat your time from last year. Yet, riders come from as far away as Canada to line up on Main St in downtown Brevard, hear our Mayor give his traditional opening speech, and ride anywhere from 2 to 8 hours through the mountains of North and South Carolina.

Team SylvanSport ready to GO!

Sometimes waiting can be as hard as riding.

SylvanSport represented with 6 riders flying our colors and all doing the full 100k ride. As we started lining up around 8:45am for the 9am start, temps were already in the 50s and people were started to shed layers, looking for someone on the side to toss their arm warmers and vests. At 9am sharp, the ride started and 1,000 cyclists started their way down Main St. Right out of the gate, you could feel that things were a little faster than they had been in years past. Within the first mile, there are 2 sharp turns that are always a little nerve-racking when you have that many riders, in such a small space, going that fast. In about 15 or 20 minutes, your at Walnut Hallow. Aside from being steep and painful, it does a great job of really spreading the group out a bit. After a descent down the backside, you get to ride along several miles on East Fork Rd, which follows the East Fork River. This is one of the prettiest sections of road in the area and better yet, it is slightly downhill and the road is nice and smooth. Hwy 178 take your through some big rollers and climbs and then a fast, curvy descent into South Carolina. The road takes you from 2,700ft to 960ft above sea level. It’s a great downhill run. Here you can feel the temps really warm up. By this time, it’s late morning and starting to reach into the 80s. Some of the warmest riding weather we’ve had all year. Just in time to climb Caesar’s Head. It’s a long grind, so just sit back, relax, and remember, when you get to the top, you still have almost 20 miles before your sitting down with a good meal and cold beer in hand. After Caesar’s Head, the rolling stretch of Hwy 276 always seem to have a head wind (regardless of which direction you are riding). Riding with at least a few other people will make it a painless as possible. A couple more turns and small climbs and your rolling back into downtown to the sounds of cheering, music, and cowbells. The finish area is like a mini festival, complete with a music stage, vendor tents, food, Oskar Blues beer, and lots and lots of people. It’s been a long, hard ride, but all that seems to fade away as you sit with friends over food and beer, sharing stories of where you bonked, where you felt strong, and how your pre-ride strategy went out the window within the first 3 minutes. It was a good day.

Assault on the Carolinas festival area.

SylvanSport mastermind, Tom Dempsey, getting interviewed at the start/finish line.

So, sitting here a week later, on a rainy Saturday, I am counting my lucky stars that I am not out riding 65 miles today. It’s time to get back out on the mountain bike and have some fun on the trails. All the while, looking forward to next year and another great adventure at the 16th Annual Assault on the Carolinas. Hope to see you there…now get out and ride!

 

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SylvanSport Joins Backpacker Magazine’s 2014 Get Out More Tour

One of the best parts of the outdoor industry is collaboration between various companies, media organizations, and individuals to put together some really fun events. That’s why we’re so excited to be a part of the 14th annual Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour 2014, an interactive mobile media and education outreach program designed to inspire readers and encourage participation in active outdoor pursuits.

The Get Out More Tour collaborates with specialty outdoor retailers who share the same education and outreach ethic with their customers. Traveling to over 60 locations across the United States, the Get Out More Tour brings BACKPACKER‘s skills, gear and trip advice to life for our audience of outdoor enthusiasts. At each retail stop, the pages of Backpacker Magazine come to life with a 75-minute seminar on trip planning, choosing the right outdoor gear and apparel, safety in the outdoors, and more.

 The 2014 sponsor line-up includes: A3 Bar, Big Agnes, DeLorme, Ecco Sport, Eddie Bauer®, Fits™ Socks Co., Goal Zero®, GSI Outdoors, Helinox, Osprey, Sawyer Products®, Subaru®, SylvanSport, and Zeal Optics.

We’re psyched to be part of this great program and hope to see a lot of you out there on the road. For details and event listings, check out event listings on the Backpacker Get Out More site.

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Festival & Events 2014: SylvanSport hits the road with the GO and the all new GO Easy.

Spring is here and the thing that gets us excited as much as playing in the woods and on the water is festival season! Our calendar is quickly filling up with music festivals, outdoor events, races, and a variety of outdoor gear shows and expos. We’re just unpacking from a great weekend at the Jersey Paddler’s Paddlesport Show and already getting ready for our next adventure.

Getting the GO and GO Easy ready at Paddlesport 2014.

For the last few years, we’ve been traveling with our award-winning GO adventure camper trailer. In that time, we’ve developed partnerships with other outdoor gear manufacturers and added some really cool accessories to make the GO as customizable as possible. What makes 2014 really exciting for us (and hopefully for you too) is the introduction of a whole new trailer, the GO Easy (you can read more about it in last week’s blog). While the new GO Easy will not be at every event, we’re trying to get it to as many as possible so you can experience it live and in person. Feel free to contact us to find out at which events you can see the GO Easy.

FloydFest 2013

Check out our calendar and if there is an event in your area where you would like to see us (that is not on the list), let us know. We are always looking for cool, fun events to be a part of. The list is continually being updated, so be sure to check back often.

SylvanSport Calendar of Events

We look forward to seeing you out there! The outdoors are a great are a great place to be, whether listening to music, nature, or good company…GO have some fun!

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New Outdoor Gear Trailer by SylvanSport: The GO Easy

SylvanSport is proud to announce the release of it’s all new outdoor gear trailer, the GO Easy. It’s what we like to call an “Adventure-Utility Trailer”. Customizable, versatile, and oh so sweet looking, the GO Easy is designed for one thing: to get you where you want to go, with the gear you want, as easily as possible. Whether it’s a family camping trip, biking in British Columbia, paddling in Baja, or carrying brush to the burn pile, the GO Easy is an outdoor gear trailer that is willing and able. So, what’s the big deal?

Well, let’s just start by saying that this is not your run of the mill utility trailer with a pretty paint job. The GO Easy is an outdoor gear trailer that finds the perfect balance between lightweight and durability. It can be pulled by the smallest car, even a motorcycle, and the rigid steel frame is powder-coated for long life. The optional diamond-plate cargo deck is rated to 325lbs, while the torsion axle keeps the ride nice and smooth. So, when you’re cruising through the curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway or on that washboard section of gravel road, the GO Easy stays stable and won’t bounce you (or your gear) off the road. A high quality LED lighting system keeps you safe (and legal) using a standard 4-wire electrical system and there are 2 safety cables to back you up in case things go awry.

GO Easy able to be towed any size vehicle...even a motorcycle.

Adventure or utility.

That’s great and all, but what truly makes this an “adventure-utility trailer”? It’s all in the details. We’ve molded in side, rear and top rail slots so you can completely enclose the GO Easy deck area with your own wood panels, or you can buy ours. Add the Front Storage Pod to the trailer and you have a weatherproof storage box (with a kayak hatch cover for a lid!) that gives you 6.2 cu. ft of additional outdoor gear hauling storage. Plus, we’ve made the GO Easy completely compatible with Yakima and Thule rack systems, so you can use your favorite mounts to carry your bikes, kayaks, canoes, etc. Add the exclusive Roost Explorer, two-person Camping Pod, and you have the ultimate in cool camping trailers. And just as each of us have our own versions of adventure, we made the GO Easy an outdoor gear trailer that is easily customizable to fit your needs.

How many bikes do want to bring?

 

Canoes and sea kayaks are not a problem with the tongue extension kit.

Side rails accept homemade panels to protect your gear, or use ours.

2 person Roost camper pod.

Some quick specs on the GO Easy:

  • dimensions: 120′L x 62″W x 35″H
  • rigid steel frame, powder-coated for durability
  • aluminum, diamond-plate cargo deck, with 325lb capacity
  • weatherproof storage pod
  • 2-person Roost camping pod available
  • rigid torsion axle offers a smooth ride
  • light 30lb tongue weight
  • ships standard UPS/FedEx & assembles in less than an hour
  • compatible with Yakima and Thule bar systems
  • designed & built in Brevard, NC

Spend less on gas, more on fun.

Once you get home, and the gear is sorted and cleaned, where’s a good place to store the GO Easy? Funny you should ask. Simply wheel the outdoor gear trailer into the garage or any other safe place (remember that 30lb tongue weight?), remove the detachable tongue, and prop it up on end. We’ve even included a secure hanging clip to hold the tongue. Compact and out of the way, leaving you more room for your quiver of bikes or boats.

Store on end for an incredibly small footprint.

There’s a lot to say about the GO Easy “Adventure-Utility Trailer”, but nothing beats seeing it person. Give us a shout to check one out for yourself. 828-883-4292 or info@sylvansport.com.

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Become an ambassador for the SylvanSport GO at your favorite festival!

Memorial Day has come and gone and summertime is in full swing. As you may (or may not) know, we love to travel around to different events and festivals all over the country with our SylvanSport GO lightweight camper trailer. Everything from music festivals to outdoor events to car/RV/motorcycle shows. But alas, we cannot do it all ourselves. Sometimes we need a hand…that’s where you come in.

2012 Outdoor Chattanooga

We’re looking for the right match of people and events, where you take a GO lightweight camper, get to use it at the event, and act as a representative for SylvanSport and the GO. There are a lot of great events that we already have on our calendar, but we know that there are some really good ones out there that haven’t made it on our radar yet.

2012 Summer Festival in Bend OR

To give you an idea of the types of events we are looking for, here are some that we’ve done in the last year:

The GO meets 100,000+ BASE Jumpers, friends, and family at the 2012 New River Gorge Bridge Day.

Hanging out at FloydFest 2012 in Virginia.

The 2013 Assault on the Carolinas in our hometown of Brevard, NC.

So, if you think you might be our person and have an event in mind, either on our calendar or your own idea, give you us shout…we’d love to hear from you. You can contact Kyle at kyle@sylvansport.com. This might be the perfect summer to get out in a GO!

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