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In Brooklyn, there is not only a new outdoor gear store, but it sells gear made by its owner

RITA A. LEONARD - Gilad Nachmani, founder of CNOC Outdoors in Brooklyn, is shown with some of the outdoor gear he has developed. A new outdoor hiking-gear company, "CNOC Outdoors", has opened at 3376 S.E. 20th Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Company founder Gilad Nachmani tells THE BEE he has dedicated his life to backpacking, which led to his creation of innovative and highly functional gear to solve the unique problems faced by outdoor enthusiasts.

"CNOC, which is pronounced 'K'nok', is an old Irish/Gaelic word that means 'hill or mount'," explains Nachmani. "We focus on minimalist design, fair manufacturing, and functional materials. We constantly improve our products based on usage and customer feedback. We like to meet other backpackers, and hear their ideas for new products."

Nachmani began his business by developing a light-weight water-collecting bottle, the "Vecto', to work with backpacking filters. He is now developing American-made collapsible trekking poles, which he thought of while hiking in the Scottish Highlands. "We focus on making amazing gear that everyone wants, but no one has yet made!

"Our team of four works with small producers, and uses minimal packaging. We don't negotiate the lowest prices possible, but try to find the right [price] point at which we can support everyone in our supply chain."

The new business is open Monday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and can be reached by phone at 971/204-6312, or online –

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