5 Finds for Dad Under $50

Father’s Day is coming up fast, and we think the guy who taught you to love the outdoors deserves a gift as adventurous as he is. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve put together a list of our favorite gifts that dad will actually use. Best part? They’re all under $50!

Mountain Khakis Wallet – $24.95

This slim wallet + money clip combo is seriously classy. Plus, its bulk free design makes it perfect for active pursuits.

Hydroflask 22oz Tumbler – $29.95

If your dad ascribes to the theory that beverages should be piping hot or ice cold, this tumbler is a must have. It’s ultra insulated construction keeps coffee steaming ’til quitting time and cold beverages frosty all day long.

Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack – $35.00

Great for dads who love impromptu adventures, this ultralight pack folds down to pocket size. It’s compact size is perfect for throwing in the trunk for an afterwork hike + it’s covered by Osprey’s awesome no-matter-what lifetime warranty.

Black Diamond Iota Headlamp – $39.95

Touting a killer 150 lumens of brightness, a rechargeable battery, + IPX4 water resistance, this compact headlamp is a must have for early morning runs and sunset hikes.

Mountain Khakis Spalding Gingham Shirt – $49.95

Wrinkle resistant, comfy, and, well, darn good looking. This classic gingham button down is a great gift for dads with a low maintenance sense of style.


7 Great Gifts for Mom $30 + Under

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably thinking about what you can do to say “thanks” to someone as special as your Mom. To give you some gifting inspiration, we’ve given our product team a challenge: find a gift that celebrates your Mom’s unique personality and passions  – for $30 or less. After all, an awesome gift doesn’t have to be a pricey gift.

McCrea’s Caramels – $3.95

These handcrafted candies are incredibly creamy and come in delicious flavors like Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt and Deep Chocolate. They make the perfect sweet treat for gourmet minded Moms.

Bella & Oliver Soap – $6.50

These artisanal soaps are handmade right here in Asheville and feature all natural ingredients like coconut oil + essential oils. Our favorite variety, lavender, is a relaxing scent perfect for pampering mom.

Socksmith Socks$7.50 – $10.00

If your Mom is to thank for your goofy sense of humor, she’s sure to appreciate these fun + funky socks. Because they’re available in dozens of vibrant prints featuring everything from cute animals to favorite snacks, you’re sure to find a pair that are uniquely her.

Nature Cast Jewelry – $22.50

For Moms that love exploring natural beauty, Nature Cast Jewelry makes a perfect gift. These unique pieces are inspired by the great outdoors + made in the USA by nature lovers.

Patagonia Lightweight Mini Hip Pack – $29.00

If your Mom loves to travel (or always has a spare bag or three, like mine), she’s sure to love this compact hip pack. It is incredibly lightweight, without sacrificing durability, and stuffs into its own pocket for easy transport.

Hydroflask 22oz Tumbler – $29.95

Let’s face it, Moms don’t always have time to drink their much needed coffee as quickly as they’d like. She’s sure to appreciate how this incredibly insulated tumbler from Hydroflask keeps her coffee piping hot all morning.

Kavu Lou Lou Scarf – $30.00

You can never have enough scarves. They’re perfect for dressing up an outfit and double as a blanket or wrap for chilly evenings. This colorful number from Kavu is perfect for adding a splash of color to Mom’s classic style.


Valentine’s Favorites Under $40

Whether you’re on a tight budget or just looking for a little something extra to share with your Valentine, there’s no need to resign yourself to cliche candy + flowers. We’ve put together a list of our fav gifts under $40 that are the perfect way to say “I love you” to your partner in adventure.

McCrae’s Caramels


Okay, so we had to throw a little candy in, but when you try these you’ll see why. A more grown-up take on Valentine’s candy, these handcrafted caramels come in sophisticated (and delicious) flavors like Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Single Malt Scotch, and Black Lava Sea Salt.

Nature Cast Metalworks Earrings


These made in the USA jewelry picks feature nature-inspired styles and make a perfect gift for the gal who loves the great outdoors.

Dona Bella Shreds Scarves 


These funky and stylish scarves are a fashion accessory that you can feel good about; they’re handmade in the US out of upcycled textile remnants to fight off waste. We love that they come in a variety of unique pattern + color combos to match anyone’s taste. Colors range from classic basics to bright and wild patterns.

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multitool


This everyday multitool features the all the tools that you’d expect from a larger multitool in a compact pocket sized silhouette- at a fraction of the price.

Goal Zero Flip 20 Recharger


Whether you’re on the trail or the town, this compact recharger has all the juice you need to keep you going. It can easily recharge a dead smartphone twice off of a single charge, making it a great gift for the adventurer who loves to travel.

Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Men

camdenMy favorite hike is Alum Cave in the Smokies. I love it because I helped build that trail and that view is my favorite ever.

Camden’s a crew member at Frugal Backpacker, our sibling store ocated in Asheville’s Westgate Plaza on 52 Westgate Parkway. He shares his top gift ideas found at that store for your favorite male outdoor enthusiasts.

Kelty Bestie Blanket
Very light weight, very warm, and easy to clean, this makes a perfect throw blanket. It’s perfectly sized for lounging around the campfire or for warming up with a good book.

ENO has the best design of any straps for any hammock that uses carabiner connectors. Agile but enduring, the ENO Atlas Strap weighs a scant eleven ounces, yet boasts a whopping thirty combined adjustment points.


ENO DoubleNest Hammock
The ENO DoubleNest Hammock makes you want to snuggle. With two-feet of extra width than the SingleNest, the DoubleNest allows room for one, two, three, or however you decide to pack 400lbs. It packs down to the size of a grapefruit and is also machine washable.
Stanley Adventure Cooler
Stanley is great because the company blends classic style with the lastest technology. This is a great small cooler for bringing your lunch to work or any day adventure.
Mountain Hardwear Micro Thermostatic Puff Jacket
Affordable, light weight, and just plain awesome! This  very warm down jacket is perfect for layering. It’s also compactable so it fits easily into a pack.
Deuter Act Lite 50+10 Pack
A great choice for anyone who is new to backpacking, the adjustable back is great for any trip in the wilderness or travel abroad. Lightweight with a purist yet technical look, this versatile expanding pack lets you comfortably tackle everything.

Crew Essentials: Top Gifts for Hitting the Town

mommamiaMy most memorable outdoor moment would be the first summer I spent as a raft guide. It was filled with gnarly whitewater, midnight bonfire parties, everlasting friendships, and a different adventure everyday.

Mia’s a crew member at our store in Downtown Asheville. Here are her top picks for a chilly winter adventure around the city center.

Hydro Flask 24oz Standard Wide Mouth
One of the best water bottles out there! It keeps my beverage hot or cold for extended periods of time. They come in fun colors and are made of stainless steel so I don’t have to worry about breaking them.


Sakroots Wallet
These wallets are a great gift for women who love creativity, and unique designs. I especially love these wallets because behind each pattern, Sakroots will donate to a charity resembling that pattern.
Prices vary

Patagonia Atom Sling

This bag is lightweight and easy to carry, but has tons of room for all my essentials. 
Mountain Hardware Stretchstone Hooded Shirt
I love this stylish hoody. It keeps me warm when it gets cold and it is also very flexible which is perfect for snowboarding season or going on a morning hike.

mh-ls PrAna Kara Jeans
Most comfortable, yet stylish pants ever! They come in a variety of colors, and they are perfect for the women who are constantly on the go to their next adventure. These jeans have amazing stretch, which are perfect for rock climbing.

paranaUnsinkable Reflekt Sunglasses
Great gift for the lady that loves the water, these sunglasses actually float! With their dependable warranty you don’t even have to worry about losing them. I highly recommend getting the lenses with the color blast because they make colors pop.
Patagonia Down Sweater

This lightweight layer is super warm thanks to 800 fill down, but is so compact it can compress to fit inside it’s own pocket, perfect for changing WNC weather and chilly evenings.


20% Off Most Requested Gifts for Women

Each year, certain items show themselves to be customer favorites. To make holiday wish lists come true, we’ve taken 20% off on some of these giftable items for women.

KEEN Elsa boot — Now $128
Reg. $160
From tapping maple trees to strolling city sidewalks, the Elsa Boot has you covered. The water resistant PU leather and textile upper combines with a warm Sherpa fleece collar and heat reflecting underfoot barrier to keep you warm.
Hydro Flask — Now $17.59-$38.39
Reg. $21.99-$47.99
It keeps water icy cold on a hot sunny beach. And serve up a hot coffee on the chairlift ride. It sits patiently by your camp chair with frosty cold beer while you gather wood for the fire. Or keep you hydrated on a hike: ice, water, go. And five hours later, after driving to the trailhead and climbing  2,000 feet, you’ll still have ice and water while you enjoy the view. It brings you hot tea on misty riverside mornings when the steelhead are running, hot cocoa to coax your kids along a snowy trail, and a refreshing sip of “all-about-you” during Saturday afternoon yoga. (Black, white, and stainless only.)

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Fleece Jacket and Pullover — Now $103.99-$127.99
Reg. $129.99-$159.99
A leaner, meaner Monkey Woman. This awesome fleece retains all of the Monkey Woman’s legendary comfort and thermal efficiency while dialing down the loft for easier layering, less weight, and a more streamlined look. Strategically zoned fabric maximizes stretch and breathability where you need it most.


SOREL Carly boot — Now $128
Reg. $160
Bold, military-inspired Major Carly leads the style parade. Crafted of full-grain leather and canvas with metal accents, this boot will soon become your everyday favorite. Molded EVA midsole and herringbone rubber outsole with leather wrapped heel deliver comfort and support.
sorel-carlyENO Lounger — Now $95.96
Reg. $119.95
You may never want to stand again. Your legs will exist only to hang in the adjustable footrest, and the plush headrest will make you forget what it was like to carry 8 pounds on your neck. What if you get thirsty? Look to the attached drink holder. Sleepy? Just recline the Lounger and snooze away. Stash a sandwich and a book in the integrated pockets and let the breeze do your moving for you.
KUHL Brazen Jacket — Now $183.20
Reg. $229
The KUHL Brazen Jacket is constructed from lightweight merino wool. The DWR outer body serves as the first line of defense again wet conditions, while the lightweight insulation further enhances breathability, flexibility and protection from the elements. With superb warmth-to-weight ratio and continued insulation when wet, it delivers body warmth in harsh conditions.
In-stock items only. Color and selection may vary by location. Select styles may apply to some items. Promotional pricing ends on December 31, 2016.

Gifts for Anglers

Kayak fishing has taken off in Western North Carolina in 2016 as a relaxing and affordable way to get off the bank and access remote waters. Kayaks offer a stealth means of approaching easily spooked fish. It has gained popularity locally due to its broad appeal as an eco-friendly way to have fun and get exercise, as well as its relatively low cost of entry compared to motorized boats.

Here are some suggestions for outdoors lovers on your list. (Of course, if your favorite angler is more difficult to buy for, gift certificates to Diamond Brand Outdoors are always a hit.)

Under $30

Yeti Rambler Colster
The Yeti Rambler Colser ensures the last sip of your beverage is just as cold (or hot) as the first with double-wall vacuum instillation and kitchen-grade stainless steel.

YakAttack Paddle Holder
The YakAttack Paddle Holder is compatible with most kayak track systems and features two rollers, providing the right amount of tension while remaining very quiet.

SeaLine Baja Dry Bag
This bag provides versatile and durable watertight protection against the elements. It can withstand just about any abuse and even floats if it falls overboard.
$23.95-$39.95, 10L-55L

Under $100

Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro
This outdoor multitool has the enviable combination of wireless music, illumination, and power, encased in a rugged, ultra-portable housing. Water resistant, dust proof, and shock resistant, you can rock tunes in HiFi sound while simultaneously charging your GoPro and switching between four lighting settings while searching for your keys.

Reflekt Unsinkable polarized sunglasses
Reflekt glasses feature stainless steel hinge screws, hydrogrip nosepads, and technology that make them 20% lighter than ordinary sunglasses. The lifetime warranty even covers you if you lose them!

Cannon Escape E
The Cannon Escape E is a fantastic entry-level kayak paddle for fishing and other forms of kayaking. Lightweight with a great strength-to-weight ratio, the blade angle settings can be adjusted to enhance stability and offer an easy pull through water.


For Yourself

Native Ultimate FX 12
The Ultimate FX 12 completely redesigns the Ultimate series, offering more stability, storage room, and features than the original. The seating system has two height options and can slide forward and backward. The hull has been flattened out to make it super stable and provide more space for standing or storage. When it comes to what’s most important for fishing kayaks, this one’s easy to load for a weekend of fun and fishing on the water.


Crew Essentials: Top Gifts for Hiking in the Mountains of North Carolina

Gary Eblen Asheville Hiking Diamond Brand OutdoorsMy first solo winter hike in the Smokies 37 years ago: my last night out at Silers Bald shelter, full moon shining on a snowy landscape. I see a fox sitting outside the shelter, looking in at me. We sit and watch each other for what must have been half an hour.

Below are my favorite items to keep in my pack for a winter day hike. These versatile pieces are handy for spring and fall overnight trips as well.

Z Seat by Thermarest
This lightweight and packable seat makes anywhere a comfortable place to perch. It’s perfect for adding a  little warmth and cushion for lunch breaks during your cold weather day hikes.

This lightweight and wicking neck gaiter can be worn many different ways. It’s great protection for your neck and mouth from chilly air and can easily be folded into a beanie for unexpected cold snaps. It offers wind and UV protection as well.

Smartwool Medium Weight Crew Socks
Winter hiking can cause the unique problem of over and under heating within a short period of time. Merino wool socks provide a great combination of breathability, moisture wicking, and insulation to keep your feet warm and dry no matter the weather.

phd midweight crew outdoor socks hiking asheville

Fenix E 12 130 Lumen Flashlight
Small, light, and impossibly bright, this efficient flashlight runs off easy a single battery (which is included). On winter hikes, it’s always good to be prepared for an unexpectedly early sunset with a light in your pack.

Mountain Hardwear Powerstretch Stimulus Gloves
These lightweight and stretchy gloves offer warmth and protection without causing you to sweat. They are also touch screen compatible so you can easily operate your electronics.


Leki Micro Vario PAS Trekking Poles
Four legs are better than two for hiking, especially in the winter where high elevations can lead to surprise pockets of snow or ice. I chose this particular model, because I love the lightweight design and the fact that they can easily fold up for travel.

Patagonia Down Sweater Vest
Warmth starts with the core and this midlayer provides a ton of warmth from 800 fill down, but is compact enough to take up very little room in your pack. I also love Patagonia’s lifetime warranty. This is a piece of gear that you can buy once and use for decades.


Gary Eblen has been a fixture at Diamond Brand Outdoors for decades in a variety of roles. He’s a gear expert in every sense of the phrase. Gary’s also hiked nearly every trail in WNC and is the foremost authority on hiking shoes in the state.


30% Off Gifts for Those Who Adventure

We’ve seen 52 holiday seasons at Diamond Brand Outdoors (so far). Each year, perennial favorites pop up on shoppers’ lists. Through the end of the year, we’ve taken 30% off on some of those items so you can give the gift of shared hikes, exploring with a little more ease, and improved gear performance.

Black Diamond Ember Power Lights — $34.96
Reg. $50
This handheld super light illuminates the trail ahead and doubles as a portable charger for your hand-held electronics when you get to camp. The Ember Power Light features a 150-lumen flashlight, USB charging cable, and the ability to power smartphones for emergency backcountry or roadside use.


Camelbak Eddy — $9.10-$11.20
Reg. $13-$16
The spill proof CamelBak Eddy Bottle makes it easy to stay hydrated when you’re on the go. Ideal for kayaking, biking, hiking, or the gym. Integrated bite valve and straw make it easy to hydrate with no tilting required! Integrated handle makes it easy to clip a carabiner or carry with the crook of a finger. All parts are dishwasher safe and 100% BPA free.


Black Diamond Distance FLZ Z Poles — $72.75
Reg. $129.99
Like a good adventure partner, the Black Diamond Distance FLZ is strong when you aren’t, supportive when you’re bonking and easily adjustable when the terrain calls for adaptability. Taking the crossover expertise of the Distance Z and adding FlickLock Pro adjustability, the Distance FLZ is a mainstay for hard-hitting mountain athletes. Pole-locking is secure, fast and easy, and a three-section foldable design allows for fast-response deployment.


Beyond Coastal Sunscreens and Lip Balms — $2.09-$23.79
Reg. $3-$34
We offer a variety of Beyond Coastal sunscreen and lip balm products to give you the opportunity to do something healthy for your skin. Lip balm is a must have for cold weather outdoor exploring and Beyond Coastal offers a delicious Vanilla Bean flavor with clean and safe ingredients.


ReviveX Waterproofing and Cleaning Products — $5.95-$9.76
Reg. $8.50-$14
If your favorite waterproof jacket has lost its water resistance, don’t throw it out! ReviveX’s Water Repellent Sprays can restore water, oil and stain repellency on all your favorite outerwear. Keep your hiking gear clean and waterproof with ReviveX’s assortment of leather and fabric healing products. 


Platypus Water Bottles — $3.84-$6.26
Reg. $6.95-$16.95
Nothing is cleaner, greener or more flexible than a Platypus SoftBottle. Whether you are running an ultra-marathon, waiting for a flight out of Bangkok or hitting the yoga studio after work, the Platypus SoftBottle is your source for hydration.

In-stock items only. Color and selection may vary by location. Select styles may apply to some items. Promotional pricing ends on December 31, 2016.


Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Women

Brittany Diamond Brand Outdoors

Brittany is a Crew Leader at Diamond Brand Outdoors in South Asheville’s Parkway Center. Here are her picks for top gifts for women this season.

“My most memorable outdoor experience would be my first trip in the Smokies. Rachel, a fellow DBO associate, and I ventured out to Cataloochee for a short, one night backpacking trip. Although it poured on us when we arrived at our campsite, the hike in was so beautiful and full of fascinating history about first settlers in Western North Carolina.”

Darn Tough socks
Great gifts for women of all ages, they come in a variety of colors, lengths, thread counts, and have a lifetime warranty!

Darn Tough socks Asheville

Patagonia Capiline base layers
With chilly weather right around the corner, Capilene base layers will be sure to keep you warm. They come in lightweight, mid weight, and thermal weight. They’re great for layering, and dry quickly. Being a California native and still adjusting to this cold weather, I typically go for the thermal weight.


Bella & Olive Soap
A great stocking stuffer! It’s good for all skin types, is made of all natural ingredients, and is locally made in Asheville. My go to is Activated Charcoal.


SOREL Lea Wedge Boot
Looking for a stylish, yet functional, winter boot? They’re made of full- grain waterproof leather and provide outstanding arch support for long lasting comfort. They’re great for running errands during the day, then can be dressed up for a date night at Wicked Weed Brewery downtown.


Petzel headlamps
Whether it’s for camping or around the house, these can be used for many different purposes. They come in fun colors, different lumen options, and will last many years. I make sure I have one in my backpack at all times.

Petzl Tikka