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January 29th, 2015 No comments


The First Annual Get In Gear Fest @ Asheville RiverLink Park

24 local gear companies, seven local breweries and RIVER LINK, all coming together to make sure local community gets a chance to try (and buy!) locally-made outdoor gear and beer.

Mark your calendars – Saturday March 21st, 12-4pm

Come ring in the first day of spring with locally made gear demos, clinics, raffles, races, events, and some local brews. More details soon to come, but for now, the poster below ought to tell you the most important thing: This event is gonna be awesome!

We hope to see you there.





WNC’s outdoor gear manufacturers


American Backcountry: Moisture-wicking apparel

ASTRAL: Footwear and life jackets

GoWorx: GoPro camera accessories

Bellyak Inc.: Lay-on-top kayaks

Blue Ridge Chair Works: Durable furniture for active outdoor living

Cane Creek: Cycling components

DeFeet: Performance socks

Diamond Brand: Tents and backpacks

Eagles Nest Outfitters: Hammocks and accessories

Harmony House Foods: Freezed dried and dehydrated foods

Industry Nine: Handmade bike wheels

Legacy Paddlesports: Kayaks

LightHeart Gear: Ultralight tents

Mills Manufacturing: Parachutes, harnesses and parachute cord

Misty Mountain Threadworks: Climbing harnesses

Outrider USA: Electric recumbent trikes

Recover Brands: 100 percent recycled T-shirts and apparel

Rightline Gear: Car-top carrier bags, truck & SUV tents, and Jeep products

SimpleShot Inc.: Adult slingshots

Sport Hansa LLC: Distributor of authentic European outdoor brands

Swaygo Gear: Caving backpacks and accessories

SylvanSport : Mobile adventure trailers

TerraForma Outdoor Solutions: Self-leveling camping chairs

Threshold Provisions: Simple, real food provisions

Tsuga: Shelters, bags, and hydration systems

Watershed: Drybags

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January 15th, 2015 No comments

Keith Lynch recently completed a 4,000 mile canoe voyage from Twin Bridges, MT to Dallas, TX.

His journey was an eye opening experience and a true adventurers accomplishment given his inexperience and lack of outdoor knowledge. He had planned for his journey for months, and after reading countless gear reviews, he finally settled on the gear he would use for his trip. This gear included Watershed Drybags for his most trusted possessions and electronics.

On June 6th, the 4th day of his journey, Keith capsized.

He hit a train trestle beam and his canoe flipped into the Jefferson River.  He had not lashed down anything to his canoe. All of his gear, including over $3,000 worth of electronics floated down the river.  Luckily he recovered a good majority of his belongings, but one of the bags that got away was his Watershed Ocoee bag which housed most of his expensive electronics including his GPS tracker.  The challenge was that the bag was wedged in an almost impossible location to find despite having the GPS coordinates.

Enter Norm Miller and Kris Walker.

Norm and Kris are natural born kind souls who also happen to be outdoors experts! Norm is a staff historian, photographer, and year-round guide for River Source Rafting. He even retraced the entire Lewis & Clark route in 2004- SOLO. After Norm and Kris reviewed the location of Keith’s canoe flip, they speculated the landing point of the Ocoee bag, and set out to find it. Unfortunately he couldn’t paddle to the assumed location of the bag given the high water levels on the Jefferson River during June. Norm decided that he would try to recover the bag later in the summer when water levels receded.

Keith was devastated by the loss of his Ocoee bag and the gear it contained.  By day 5, the whole dynamic of the trip had been altered. He had given up on finding his Ocoee bag, and doubted that even if it was retrieved, his gear would be in tact. He wasn’t entirely certain he had even zipped it up properly!

Throughout the summer Norm and Kris set out to find Keith’s bag.

Each time, they came back empty handed. “Who the heck attempts to find another person’s lost belongings on multiple occasions? Norm & Kris do.” said Keith. Finally, on Labor Day, (85+ days after Keith capsized) Norm and Kris’s determination paid off. They finally found Keith’s Ocoee bag! Norm initially thought that the bag was a dead animal due to the muck and foliage covering it… but once he gave it a closer look, he saw the straps and knew that he had found it! Norm picked up the bag. Immediately he thought that it was waterlogged given its weight.  He didn’t realize that Keith had packed the Ocoee bag full of electronics.

Norm slowly opened the bag, and to his surprise, EVERYTHING WAS DRY!

He couldn’t believe it. Norm and Kris had spent countless hours paddling the river searching for Keith’s lost Ocoee bag, and neither one of them thought that there was any way the contents would survive 3 months in the Montana elements. They were both wrong. Norm contacted Keith and let him know that he found the Ocoee bag. Keith truly felt like an 8 year old on Christmas Day!  He was shocked beyond belief. At the time, Keith was some 2000 miles downstream of Montana, (in Missouri ) so Norm shipped the bag over-night to him.

“A big thank you to Watershed and Norm for getting my contents in perfect shape back to me.”

Keith said after telling us his touching testimonial. We are glad to be a part of this wonderful success story and creation of some wonderful river karma!  You can read more about this story and Keith’s amazing journey on his blog: http://www.canoevoyage.com/norm-miller-kris-walker-find-the-bag/

Limited Edition Drybags for Sharks and Oceans

March 18th, 2014 No comments
Watershed, PangeaSeed and artist Dave Kinsey have joined forces this holiday season to bring you a series of limited edition waterproof dry bags to help raise awareness for the global plight of sharks and support PangeaSeed’s ongoing conservation & education efforts.
100 Million sharks are killed every year to satisfy the global, unsustainable demand for shark fin soup. Some shark populations have declined by as much as 90%.
Proceeds raised from the sale of these collaborative Watershed dry bags benefit PangeaSeed’s ocean conservation and education efforts.
The Chattooga duffle bag is one of the most versatile and durable duffels in the Watershed line. Perfect for a session at the gym, a jaunt through the market or a day of photography in the field. Available in Alabama blue featuring the exclusive design by Dave Kinsey.
The Big Creek backpack is tough as nails and offers airtight, submersible storage for laptops, cameras and the like for a day at the beach, a hike in the forest or simply the morning commute. Available in stealth black with two exclusive designs by Dave Kinsey to choose from.
Watershed dry bags are equipped with patented ZipDryclosure proven to be watertight even below 300ft(!) submersion and feature welded seams. All Watershed waterproof dry bags are PVC free, made in the USA and offer a lifetime warranty.

Pittarak Expeditions at Baffin Island with Erik Boomer and Friends

August 8th, 2013 No comments

Check out the latest update from the Pittarak Expedition team. Follow them on the listed Twitter or Facebook links below.


Hey Guys,

We just successful finished the first section of our expedition, and tomorrow will be heading out on the second leg.
These last two weeks were spent skiing up and over the the 2000 meter summit of the Penny Ice Cap. With us, we hauled Boomer’s kayak and pack rafts across the snow, and descended into the Weasel River. Here, we met up with filmmakers and friends from Camp 4 Collective who traveled and filmed the next week of our journey.
Boomer, a professional white water paddler, first descended many rapids on the Weasel river, while the rest of us used our pack raft to float the mellower sections.
Now in the community of Pangnirtung, we are trading our modern boats for our self made Inuit sea kayaks, and are heading out to finish our crossing of southern Baffin Island. From here, we will spend another two months paddling and portaging across the fifth largest island in the world.
We will be posting blog and pictures from the field on our website and facebook account:
Thanks again for all you support!
Kate, Eric, Boomer and Sarah
Pittarak Expeditions

Watershed and Animals

August 8th, 2013 No comments

After a long day on the river, sometimes all you need is a Watershed drybag for a comfy pillow.

If you have any pictures of your furry friends enjoying adventures with you and your Watershed gear, please feel free to send them to Orders@drybags.com. We would love to post to our blog and share with the community.

Oakley, the Yellow Lab