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!

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.

Outdoor Gear Builders Village to showcase at Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville, NC!

Western North Carolina is home to a national park, several national forests and wilderness areas, and even more state parks. It only makes sense that outdoor gear manufacturers, like SylvanSport, would start their operations here or in other cases, relocate here. Not only is this area a perfect place to test gear, it provides employees (and owners) a fantastic quality of life, and is conveniently located to reach a large percentage of our country’s population. So, we did a headcount to see how many of us were actually out there making cool gear and clothing for people to get outside. There are over 30 companies in the western part of North Carolina researching, developing, testing, and manufacturing gear and clothing for the outdoor market. That’s pretty awesome!

So, to try and harness all this creative and physical energy, a group, Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, has been formed to share knowledge and information and provide support for one another. With this, the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC is excited to announce the first annual Outdoor Gear Builders Village at the 2013 Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville, NC. This will be a great opportunity for folks to check out and demo some world-class gear and clothing from locally-based manufacturers. As many of you may know, the Mountain Sports Festival is an absolute blast. It’s a 3 day festival, May 24-26, 2013, that has a little (or a lot) for everyone. Great music line-up, races, events, kids activities, and now, the OGB Village.

Looking at the list of other manufacturers in the area lets us know that we’re in really good company here. It also helps us to keep raising the bar on what we do and how we do it. We’re really excited to part of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina and hope that in the end, the real benefits will be felt by all of you.

Definitely check out the Mountain Sports Festival next month in Asheville and make sure you stop by the Outdoor Gear Builders Village to see some of the best gear that Western NC has to offer.

Stay tuned…we have an exciting post coming your way on a cool collaboration with Prestige Subaru!

SylvanSport takes on the Assault on the Carolinas!

Last Saturday, on April 13, 1000 riders ascended upon our hometown of Brevard, NC for the 14th Annual Assault on the Carolinas. This road ride consists of 3 options: 40K, 60k, and 100k. The 40k goes through the scenic river valleys of Transylvania County and features some rolling hills and great scenery, while the 60k riders get to test their climbing abilities on Walnut Hollow, which is a local favorite. Walnut hollow is a steep challenging climb that is sure to get everyone’s heart pumping. The climb is 1.1 mile with grades reaching 15%. After climbing Walnut Hollow riders will enjoy a nice rolling ride home through the French Broad River Valley. Finally, the 800 or so rider that chose the 100k option experience it all from flats, rolling hills to the Walnut Hollow climb, fast descents, and a grueling 6-mile climb up Caesars Head near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. This ride will take you through the river valleys of Transylvania County, up Walnut Hollow, and up and over Highway 178. Hwy 178 offers some amazing descents, with miles of curves, that will be enjoyed by all. Once riders cross Hwy 11 in South Carolina they will stretch out their legs on some rolling hills and flat sections. Then riders reach the bottom of Caesars Head they begin a challenging 6 mile climb to the top. Once over Caesars head it’s @ 15 miles back to Brevard with more descents, flats, and a ride back through the river valley. With almost 6,000 ft of climbing in 65 miles, it’s a great ride through some incredibly scenic roads. To top of such a beautiful ride, the Pisgah Rotary keeps everyone fed and hydrated with incredibly well-stock rest stops and police support at all the major intersections. It really is a great to be a part of.

Tom ready to GO!

So, being in our hometown, we here at SylvanSport have a hard time passing up an event like this. In addition to being one of the sponsors, we brought out a GO lightweight trailer for the event, where friends and families of riders were able to check it out in all it’s glory while they ate some tasty food, listened to good music, and par-took in refreshments courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery. But we’re not ones to just sit back on a beautiful Saturday and drink beer all day (well, at least not on this particular Saturday). Along with our fearless leader, Tom Dempsy, Clayton and your’s truly, set out to on the 100k. We all survived and had a great day talking bikes, talking GOs, and feeling good.

Tom & Clayton finishing the 100k together. Oh wait, look at that awesome camper trailer in the background!

If you like cycling, this is a “must do” ride. Doesn’t matter where you live…we met folks from all over the United States and a couple of groups from Canada. Mark your calendars, next year is already set for April 12, 2014. Oh, while your in town, swing by the SylvanSport facility to say “hi”…we’re less than a mile from the start line!

SylvanSport GO trailer heads out west on 2 missions!

You may have seen the picture on Facebook of GO pop up camper trailers leaving theWell, one of the pop up campertrailers found itself on the back of this all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder for use in one of their new commercials. SylvanSport facility on 2 separate “secret missions”.

 

Well, one of the pop up camper trailers found itself on the back of this all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder for use in one of their new commercials. Look for it soon, we’ll have links to it on our facebook page.

The second development was a great deal with Canoe & Kayak Magazine. The guys at Canoe & Kayak will be taking their GO out on the road as they attend races, festivals and other events around the PNW area this season. We will be running ads in 5 upcoming issues and look forward to a great relationship with them this year.

There was a third mission, and could be the biggest news of all.. but until we know more, we can’t say… stay tuned.

 

 

SylvanSport is growing!

As most of you know, SylvanSport is the maker of the coolest pop up camper ever. In 2007, we started in a small facility in Cedar Mountain, NC, with enough space to build and test prototypes, while farming out the production of the lightweight camper to a manufacturer in Ohio. By 2011, we decided to bring production of the pop up camper in-house, which meant needing a bigger facility.

We found a great location in Brevard, NC (about 20 min from Cedar Mountain) and set up shop. Going into production of our GO pop up camper, we quickly realized we need more space to operate efficiently. Storing all the parts and pieces that make up a GO lightweight camper is pretty daunting and that’s nothing compared to the square footage required to store finished GOs ready to be delivered (maybe to you).

So, in 2012, the opportunity to knock down the wall and expand into the rest of the building arose, expanding our space three-fold…we took it! Now it’s 2013 and we’re in full production mode of the GO lightweight camper! Here’s a quick glimpse of the last couple of years:

Here is Patrick welding parts for the GO in original sized Brevard facility. Note the wall on the right hand side of the picture.

When you're building a product from scratch, there are A LOT of pieces. Storage is always a challenge in a small space.

Here you can get a glimpse of the majority of the production facility. The back right side is where the welding happens, the left is parts storage, and the front area is the assembly area.

EXPANDED!!! The second large rafter on the ceiling is where the original wall stood. The expansion opened up floor space and allowed us to create defined "work areas" for each step of the process.

View from the other corner. The welding area sits behind the large racks on the right, the parts and full assembly area are in the middle, and in the far end are completed GOs ready to roll.

We replaced our gas powered (finicky, loud, and smelly) with a new electric one. It's like going from a tractor to a Prius.

An army of GO trailers ready to go! (blue ones are Australia bound)

Thanks to everyone for your support and patronage of a Made in the USA, lightweight camper GO trailer! Our expansion is a result of all of you and we only hope it helps us provide you with better service and more products to come! Let us know what you think and what you would like to see come out of our newly expanded facility. Better yet, stop on by and check it out if you’re in the area!

Meet the Faces Behind SylvanSport: Kyle Mundt

It takes a lot of talented and committed folks to make a company successful. From conception, to start-up, to expansion, it takes a certain type of person to not only handle the transitions, but be able to evolve through the changes of a growing company. Here at SylvanSport, we are lucky enough to have a couple folks that fit that bill. For our profile this week, we would like to introduce you to one of the founding members of SylvanSport and Director of Marketing and New Product Development, Kyle Mundt.

Where are you from and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Clinton, NY (near Utica, where a Dunder Mifflin office is) and moved to West Chester (a suburb of Philadelphia and home of several of the Jack Ass guys), PA when I was 13. After high school, I went back to Western New York state to go to college, at Rochester Institute of Technology for Industrial Design.

Kyle, in Australia, helping with the launch of the Ultimate GO trailer.

How long have you been with SylvanSport and how did you get your start here?

In early 2007, I was working as an industrial designer, when a friend introduced me to Tom Dempsey (SylvanSport President). He was looking for someone to do 3D modeling work for him on a new project that he was developing. Once I saw what he was working on, I saw the potential and became pretty excited, I knew I wanted in on this project. I originally came on as an industrial designer and in 2008, when we went into production, I expanded my role to include marketing and product development.

Kyle working on the first production GO Trailer.

What types of hobbies or interests do you have when you’re not in the office?

I’m a big ice hockey fan (both playing and watching). Living in Brevard, it’s hard not to get out on the trails on the bike or a nice hike. Another benefit of Brevard and Asheville is the number of great restaurants and local craft breweries. I love getting to spend time with my 2 kids as well. Of course, I still love good design and playing with new designs. My interest in music has inspired some fun design work that I’ve been playing with.

The world famous "Breakaway Grill" team and the coveted Colander Cup

Spending time with his daughters.

What is it about SylvanSport that keeps you here?

It really is a dream company for an industrial designer. Often, designers end up modifying, tweaking, or improving things that already exist. Here, I was able to be part of the creation of a whole new product, right from the beginning. It really is a unique opportunity. Combine that with being located in a mountain town like Brevard, NC and it’s almost unheard of.

Inspecting the first GO .

If you weren’t at SylvanSport, what would you most likely be doing?

I’ve been working on a design for a new electric guitar concept. My alternate life would be to bring my design into production and pursue that. Although, it would take some investment to get it going…anyone, anyone?

The uplifting SylvanSport family.

What is your dream adventure or trip?

I’ve always dreamed of going to Scandinavia. I would love to go hike around, check out Finland and the fjords, and even see the northern lights. That would be awesome.

Kyle training for the fjords of Scandinavia in Devil's Lake WI.

I guess we’ll let Kyle get back to work. We’ll be highlighting another “face behind SylvanSport” before not too long, so stay tuned. Of course, if you have any questions for Kyle, just give him a call here at the office. Happy trails!

SylvanSport 2012 Year in Review

2012 has come and gone and after a well-deserved rest over the holidays, we’re rolling into 2013 with a ton of energy and excitement. But before we get too far into it, we wanted to stop for a moment and look back at some of the highlights of 2012. So, join us for a quick trip down memory lane as we present to you: SylvanSport’s 2012 Year in Review.

January

Stefan Hoehn, our SylvanSport Europe partner, visits our facility in Brevard, NC.

SylvanSport goes big and dirty at the 2012 Monster Jam in San Diego, CA!

Our fearless marketer, Kyle, celebrates a birthday...which one?....hmmm...you'll have to ask him.

February

WLOS hosts morning broadcast at SylvanSport facility.

GO Trailer camps out at the Daytona 500.

March

The SylvanSport crew take a break at Devil's Lake, WI while traveling for Canoecopia.

April

SylvanSport supports our hometown event, Assault on the Carolinas, which attracted over 1000 road riders in 2012.

SylvanSport launches GO trailer partnership in Australia with Ultimate Campers. The Ultimate GO sports a snazzy blue color theme.

May

SylvanSport featured along with BMW, Michelin, and GE Power Systems on Carolina Chronicle - Made in the Carolinas 1 hr. TV special.

June

SylvanSport's Tom Dempsey with Dale Stewart, getting ready to launch Dale on his Trail of Tears Water Route, 1300 mile journey.

July

Established Lazydays in Florida and Arizona as the newest SylvanSport dealer!

SylvanSport hits Floydfest in Floyd, VA.

August

SylvanSport attends Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, UT.

September

October

We love hometown festivals...especially when it has music like the Steep Canyon Rangers, Shannon Whitworth, and David Grisman. Here we are at the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, NC.

SylvanSport takes a leap at Bridge Day in New River Gorge, WV.

November

SylvanSport expands facility to 3x it's size!

December

SylvanSport GO Trailer Train for the Brevard NC Christmas Parade.

Established Macdonald's RV in Plainville, MA (Boston area) as latest SylvanSport GO dealer!

Wow…and these were just some what happened this year! It really was a great year and we had a lot of fun! We have an incredible group of folks that work here and put a lot of heart and soul into what we do. At the end of the day, we’re all psyched when we get an e-mail or phone call from a customer telling us about a cool adventure they had with a GO trailer. It’s why we do what we do. So, for 2013, we’re continuing that theme and are excited to introduce some new ways for you to get and enjoy this wonderfully wild world of ours! Stay tuned and keep in touch! Happy New Year from all of us!!!!!!!

Explorer and Adventurer, Dale Stewart, visits SylvanSport!

Over the summer, SylvanSport had the opportunity to partner with world explorer and adventurer, Dale Stewart. Dale has traveled all over the world and has spent time in remote areas learning about the cultures and history of the area’s indigenous peoples. This past summer, Dale decided to keep his travels a little closer to home, but maintained the his theme of exploration and learning throughout his trip. We were proud to have our GO pop up camper accompany him along the way.

Dale Stewart

While many folks are familiar with “The Trail of Tears“, the removal of Native Americans from the east to the reservations of the mid-west along 4 different footpaths, there was also a lesser known water route that followed the rivers, which was the premise of Dale’s expedition. Although the various sections of the water route have been traveled, Dale’s journey is the first known expedition with the purpose of exploring and learning about how the Native Americans traveled along the rivers and what they had encountered.

Trail of Tears Water Route

Last week, all of us at SylvanSport were treated to a talk and Q&A session with Dale about his trip and how his GO pop up camper helped him out. Also joining us was Brevard College professor, Michael Oliphant, who is connected to their Voice of the Rivers program.

Dale Stewart @ SylvanSport

Dale gets into his paddling stories.

Tom Dempsey and Dale Stewart

Michael Oliphant and Dale Stewart sharing thoughts.

It was a real treat to get to hear about Dale and his expedition along the Trail of Tears Water Route. Since then, he is already working on a book, television documentary, giving talks all over the country, and his kayak is headed for DC to be put on exhibit. It’s amazing how much we still have to learn about where we live and it’s exciting to be able to be part of expeditions like Dale’s, where it’s not just physical exploration, but historical as well.

You can check out more about Dale and his trip at www.expeditionunbound.com.

2012 Christmas Parade in Brevard, NC!

Every year, our hometown of Brevard, NC, holds a Twilight Tour festival. What makes this festival unique over the several others held throughout the year, is that this one is considered to be the “local’s festival”. Instead of streets filled with vendors and crafts, there are games, activities, people catching up from last year, and stores are open late, serving hot drinks and snacks. It actually has more of a gathering feel than a festival. Like any good party, everything gets kicked off with a parade. Local businesses, high school marching bands, non-profit groups, and a couple of just random folks all start one end of town at Brevard High School and travel 2 miles, right through downtown, and finish at Brevard College.

It’s been a couple of years, but SylvanSport was there this year with a full train of 3 GO pop up camper, pulled by a Subaru Outback (on loan from Prestige Subaru). It was an impressive sight for sure. The first GO was a kayak trailer, carrying 2 kayaks and a trailer full of gear boxes. The second acted as an ATV camper, complete with a Kawasaki 4-wheeler. Finally we had a fully set-up pop up travel trailer decked out with 4 bikes on top. It was pretty freakin’ awesome.

Here’s a glimpse of our moment in Brevard’s limelight:

The SylvanSport GO train ready to roll out.

Merry Christmas from SylvanSport!

All wrapped up and everywhere to GO!

4 Wheeler ready to GO!

Coolest. Camper. Ever.

Stockings were hung on the bike racks with care...

Who needs Santa when you have the Hulk?

The Hulk seems to have brought an elf helper.

Kids piling in for candy....soooooo much candy....

The sole survivor in the candy wars. Too freakin' cute.

The GO train coming into downtown Brevard.

Our fearless leader, Tom, drivin' that train.

GO family and friends waving to the crowds and handing out candy along the way.

We live in a great town and things like the Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour are just a couple of reasons why we love calling Brevard, “home” (10 minutes to Pisgah National Forest doesn’t hurt either). Happy holidays everyone and remember, treat everyday like a parade…it just makes things more interesting!