Enjoyment, fun and leisure are things that most people want to have in life. So, we do things like go hiking, play sports, go to the gym, go camping and the like. Doing these things often requires specialized clothing, gear and equipment, so it’s a good thing that there are plenty of manufacturers producing and retailers selling the stuff. Since the beginning of 2004, VC investors have completed 84 deals involving U.S.-headquartered recreational goods companies, according to the PitchBook Platform. While deal flow in the space each year has consistently trended upwards during that timeframe, capital invested each year has been rather sporadic. Capital invested in the industry hit a high mark in 2011, reaching $47.5 million, but it was the following year that saw the highest deal count, hitting 18 completed financings. Overall, the recreational goods space has had over $248 million in VC funding poured into it since 2004.