Chris Hackerd, VP of Store Operations and one of three ACK co-owners, is an avid mountain biker, birder, ‘yak angler and all around outdoors-man. Recently, Chris traveled east to North Carolina to celebrate his grand mother’s 80th birthday and took the opportunity to visit many of the manufacturers based out of the area including Confluence, Legacy, WernerEnoAstralFeel Free/Pyrahna. Below is part three of his trip. See part two here.

Visiting Eno

I had more time on my hands so I popped into ENO which produces one of my very favorite products, the ENO Doublenest Hammock. I have one on my deck and now that it’s cooled down some I’m back in it nightly. ENO stands for Eagles Nest Outfitters and they’ve been in the same building for about 13 years and love the outdoors scene in Asheville. With the endless hiking and camping trails it’s no wonder it’s an ideal spot for these folks.

I got a tour of the facility and viewed their pick, pack and ship process. So many of the employees had been there for several years. One of the highlights of working at ENO is that right across the street is 2 local favorite watering holes Green Man Brewing and Next Generation Beer. Note to self…head back this way after I’m done with my visits. ENO has an employee on hand named Elijah that is a master welder and wood worker. I had to take a picture of this conference room table it was beautiful!

Since this visit was unannounced I needed to get out of Adam Cohens hair and on my way to Astral! They’re conveniently located near the French Broad river so they can paddle right after work so I hurried on over!


Next up, Chris tries on the new Brewer from Astral.