The IRONMAN Collection is Strong and Reliable

What kind of person willingly undertakes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon, for fun?! The amazing athletes who accomplish this amazing feat every year earn the venerable Ironman title. Determined, strong, indomitable, the characteristics of an Ironman or woman exemplify the OGIO spirit! OGIO is honored to be joining forces with IRONMAN to produce a luggage college that is as rugged and tough as the athletes. The IRONMAN collection by OGIO includes transition bags, backpacks, luggage and a briefcase. Durable and lightweight, this collection is perfect for all lifestyle, training and race day needs.

Newt M15

The Newt 15 is the ideal backpack for everyday use, training and race day. This bag has multiple organizational areas for all your gear essentials, and a padded, fleece lined laptop compartment when you aren’t using it for training. Made with quadruple-coated weather and abrasion resistant double ripstop fabric, the IRONMAN Newt M15 holds up even under the harshest conditions. Use this bag for work or training, and enjoy the sleek and durable design for years.

String Sling

The perfect day hike pack, our IRONMAN String Sling is hydration pack compatible and features easy access pockets for snacks and valuables. Side water bottle stretch mesh pocket keeps your water bottle accessible if you opt not to use a hydration pack. The drawstring top keeps all your belongings safe and secure, while quadruple-coated weather and abrasion resistant double ripstop fabric adds extra durability.

M9

Our extra large M9 transition bag holds all your gear with room to spare! Armoured pockets keep valuables and breakables safe while you’re busy training or racing. Protect your gear from extreme weather with the hideaway rain cover. The largest of the IRONMAN duffel-style bags, the M9 features more pockets and convenient backpack straps for easy carrying option. The expandable wet/dry area fits a full-size wetsuit, so you can keep your wet gear separate from your other belongings. The IRONMAN collection also features smaller duffels as well – the M8 and M2.

Emissary M17

Great for work or play, the IRONMAN Emissary M17 features a zippered main compartment and padded tablet sleeve. Work and train like a triathlete with this bag! Full length zippered organization panel is perfect for nutrition organization or office organization. Accessory and water bottle pockets help keep your belongings organized and easily accessible. A 17” laptop fits in this bag as well as your after work workout gear. Foam paneling adds extra protection for your belongings no matter what you use our Emissary M17 for.

Layover M22

The IRONMAN Layover M22 helps you travel like a triathlete. Sturdy wheels and tough telescoping pull handle ensure this bag will travel for years. The Layover M22 is airline regulation size so you can keep all your gear nearby; no need to worry about lost luggage. External pockets make belongings easy to access during and after travel. Constructed from quadruple-coated weather and abrasion resistant double ripstop fabric, this bag endures even the most intense conditions.

The IRONMAN collection is designed with durability and style in mind. Our streamlined collection of bags will keep your organized and prepared for every event. The classic red and black design makes an impression whether you’re training or racing. Every bag also features the IRONMAN and M-DOT logos. Show off the triathlete in you with one of OGIO’s IRONMAN bags!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

More than 30 percent of America’s children are obese or overweight, however, many people may not realize this epidemic is occurring or how serious it is. Childhood obesity places children at higher risk for conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Fortunately, there is still time to reverse this trend and help create a healthier society. One way to encourage children to become more active is to enjoy physical activities as a family. Participate in National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by promoting a healthy lifestyle with your kids and engaging in active family time.

While some family activities may consist of sharing meals, family game night or watching TV together, it’s important to stay active as a family to pass on good habits to children. One fun option might be to have the entire family train for a race. Many running events involve races ranging from kids’ runs of less than a mile to marathons and longer. This allows for running or walking distances appropriate for everybody in the family.

You can also incorporate a scenic hike into your training program or simply enjoy it on its own merit. There are usually beautiful places to hike in or near every community in the country.

If you prefer to be active indoors, gyms usually offer family rates that you can take advantage of. One benefit of joining a gym is that there are a variety of activities and work out equipment; every family member can decide which activities at the gym best fit their personality and focus on those. OGIO’s 8.0 Athletic Bag makes trips to the gym easy with a variety of pockets and an oversized main compartment that is big enough for the whole family! Some gyms also have courts available, meaning the family can participate in a pickup basketball or volleyball game.

Golf is also a great low impact, outdoor activity. While it may not require the same physical exertion of a basketball game, golf is an excellent sport to carry over into adulthood. Plus, walking the green while hauling OGIO’s Vapor Stand Bag can burn more calories than you realize. Golf is also an intellectual sport that teaches strategy, control and patience. If your family is intrigued by golf, sign up for lessons together, and hit the links as a family.

No matter what physical activities you decide to do, make sure to choose things that your family will look forward to. Having fun is the best way to encourage kids to stick with what they are doing and bring that passion for fitness into adulthood. When you and your family are getting active, shop OGIO for all your active wear needs! New workout gear is a terrific motivator to get physical!

OGIO Endurance Collection Put to the Test

We know OGIO bags are versatile and durable, but it’s always great to hear from an OGIO fan! Paul Tyler, writer for Active.com, put our OGIO bags to the test and we’re proud to say that our Endurance Collection passed with flying colors. The OGIO Endurance Collection Bags are specifically designed for multi-sport athletes. Therefore, Paul put three of the bags through extensive testing in a variety of environments.

Large gym bag turns comfortable backpack in the form of our 9.0 Athletic Bag. It can be carried as a gym bag or the straps can be let out to form a backpack. The review found that this bag features a pocket for every piece of equipment – with 13 pockets on the outside alone. Paul’s favorite feature was the armored pocket that is capable of protecting breakable items. The X-Train Pack can handle just about any situation, and its comfortable straps ensure it stays with you for it all. A bottom side pocket and six creative inside pockets provide easy organization for all your belongings. The armored pocket also protects breakable items. The Quickdraw bag is perfect for single-sport workouts on-the-go. It has just enough space to hold your gear for a workout and the insulation can keep your bottled water cool till you’re done.

Whether you need a large bag to hold various exercise equipment or a small bag for a single workout, our OGIO Endurance Collection is true to its name – our bags endure!

Read the full review here.

Red Bull Signature Series Hare Scramble 2014

One of the many things we at OGIO love about our partner Red Bull Signature Series is their progressive and innovative events.  Red Bull Signature Series competitions for snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX, allow extreme athletes to showcase their skills on one of a kind, custom courses. With all the twists, turns, and high energy performances, there is never a dull moment during an RBSS event. This Sunday RBSS will put on one of the most anticipated races of the year, the Red Bull Signature Series: Hare Scramble 2014. This intense off-road motorcycle race is not to be missed.

Serving as the final event for the famous Erzberg Rodeo in Eisenerz, Austria, The Hare Scramble is the toughest World Extreme Enduro race of them all. The fastest 500 of 1500 competitors are invited to take place in the scramble, which features rugged natural terrain, such as creek beds, logs, hills, mud, rocks, and ruts. These obstacles, as well as elements like wind and rain, require extremely specialized skills to navigate. Only a fraction of the 500 participants will actually finish the incredibly challenging course.

Tune in to NBC Sports Network this weekend to experience the 2014 Hare Scramble first hand. Also, be sure to check out our exclusive Red Bull Signature Series Collection, available for a limited time only.

Top Signs that Summer is Here!

What are the signs that summer has arrived? Aside from the increased temperature, pool openings and slew of school-free kids roaming around, here are some of the sure-fire activities that show summer is upon us!

1. The Driving Range is Full

Thinking you’re going to hit a bucket of balls at the driving range? So is everyone else! The summer sun and clear skies is bringing out the golfers, as they loosen up their golf swing for the summer. Golf is the ideal summer sport. You can get together with some friends for 18 holes on the course, or go solo at the driving range. OGIO has a great selection of women’s golf bags and golf bags for men. If you need to get some new golf gear, check out OGIO golf bags!

2. Break out the Camping Gear

The summer season is great for camping out. The higher temperatures ensure that you’ll be comfortable in your tent at night. Can’t find a campsite in your area or don’t have time to plan a full camping weekend? Try camping in your backyard. Just because you can’t find a suitable campground doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. Crank up the grill for hot dogs and s’mores, pack up your sleeping bags and set up camp in the backyard. Summer activities like camping are more about experiencing the outdoors and unplugging, whether in a wild forest or a suburban lawn.

3. Cyclists are out and about

Breaking out the two-wheeled or three-wheeled mode of transportation is a definite sign of summer! Cyclists are out in force, whether they’re peddling or revving their motor. Summer is prime riding and biking time, so expect to see bikers on the road. OGIO has a great selection of moto backpacks for bikers who are using their motorcycles as their daily commuter this summer. Don’t forget to watch out for bikers when you’re out driving around, as they can be easily lost in the blind spots of vehicles.

4. It’s Road Trip Season

Time to pack up the car with food, friends and overstuffed OGIO travel bags! Summer is road trip season! Grab a few of your best friends and a great mix CD, and hit the open road. A road trip is a great way to bond with friends over laughs, sights and probably some petty fights – because being trapped in a car for more than 4 hours isn’t always all fun.

5. There’s a Race Every Weekend

Lace up your running shoes! In the summertime, there are a variety of races to join if that’s your thing. Whether you’re participating in a color run or a warrior dash, there are plenty of races, runs and triathlons to choose from! People walking around in running gear, with paper numbers pinned to their shirts and possibly covered in colored powder is a for sure sign that summer is here.

Summer is a great time for fun in the sun. Try any of the activities above for some guaranteed outdoors fun this summer! Don’t forget to check out OGIO’s great selection of athletic bags, apparel and shoes. Whether you’re golfing, camping or participating in a summer color run, OGIO has something for everyone!

Men’s Health Month is Here

Many people associate June with Father’s Day, but at OGIO we want to remind you that June is also National Men’s Health Month, a significant time for all males. This year marks the 20th anniversary of groups across the country joining the National Men’s Health Network in celebrating this important awareness period. Originally created as part of a Congressional health education program, the proposed goal of Men’s Health Month is to increase public awareness of preventable health problems that affect men and boys. It is also meant to encourage early screenings, detection, and treatment of such diseases and conditions as well as routine medical checkups and healthy lifestyle choices.

Each year thousands of awareness activities such as health fairs, media coverage, expert speakers, and other outreach events take place throughout the country and around the globe.  One of the essential messages that these events communicate is the role of exercise in staying healthy. At OGIO that is a sentiment we fully agree with. Whether it’s hitting the gym, going for bike rides, running or hiking on trails, or even playing a lively round of golf, we support men in their mission to remain active at all ages. This type of moderate to intense exercise helps prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and other conditions, while also promoting overall wellbeing.

For more information on Men’s Health Month and how you can participate, visit http://www.menshealthmonth.org.

Bike to Work Week is May 12th – 16th

 

For those of you who already ride your bike to work, doing it this week makes it an official National activity. For those who don’t, now is the perfect time to try! The springtime weather is ideal for cycling in many parts of the country, and you’ll be joining in camaraderie with the thousands of other commuters who are estimated to participate in biking events this week. This healthy, fun and sustainable method of communing has exploded in popularity over the past decade, with the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. expanding by more than 47%.[i]

Benefits of Biking to Work

-It’s fuel efficient and cheap – you’re burning calories instead of fossil fuels and money.
-A tree will want to hug YOU. If only 5% of New Yorkers switched to cycling instead of car transport on their daily commute, they could save 150 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year.[ii]
-Exposure to morning light could help lower your BMI.[iii]
-Getting moderate exercise from cycling in the am will kick start your metabolism and release ‘feel good’ serotonin in your body, setting the tone for your whole day.
-Biking could save you the time waste, and frustration, of sitting in traffic jams.

What you’ll Need

-A bike. Don’t have one? See if your city has a bike share program.
-A helmet: 97% of bicycle fatalities involved a cyclist not wearing one!
-The OGIO Commuter Bag to comfortably haul your laptop, wallet, and snack. 

 


[i] http://bikeleague.org/content/bike-month-dates-events-0

[iii] http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/04/03/232210/study-exposure-to-morning-sunlight-helps-managing-weight

Earth Day Activities for Everyone

This coming Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the worldwide celebration of environmental protection. Founded by the Earth Day Network in 1970, the holiday is often associated with ecologically friendly activities such as recycling and planting trees. While such activism is certainly in the fundamental spirit of the day, another important part of the Earth Day is simply being out in and appreciating nature. This year, consider unplugging from technology and spending some quality time outdoors with these awesome past times:

Hiking: Taking a hike is one of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of an environment. Hiking paths often wind through various types of tertian, showcasing the diversity of an area. Depending on where you live, you can easily go through woodland, meadows, stream beds, and more in a single hike.  When planning your hike look for a national park or local conservation center with scenic views. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you might even consider making a weekend trip out of it. Day hikes are great, but adding camping makes for an even better experience!

Biking: In addition to being a great form of exercise, biking is an excellent way to experience the outdoors. You can cover great distances with relative ease and with little impact on your joints. And what better way to enjoy the sights and smells of spring than with the wind blowing through your hair? Take your bicycle to a local bike path, go off road at a nearby nature center, or make your Earth Day commute more green and bike to work.

Running: Just because you’re not the “stop and smell the roses type” doesn’t mean you can’t take some time to appreciate nature. If you’re more of a get up and goer, then how about taking a nice long run this Earth Day? One of the best things about running is that you can do it anywhere. If you live in the city find a nice park and enjoy the new spring buds and blossoms. If you live in a more rural location, consider finding a wooded or hilly area and challenge yourself to a cross country run.

We live on a pretty cool planet and Earth Day is a great excuse to go explore it! If you’re looking for the perfect gear to accompany you on your adventures, check out our top of the line athletic bags. The X-Train pack and All Elements pack are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. From all of us here at OGIO have a happy and active Earth Day!

Ten New Songs to Amp Your Workout

With February nearing an end, you might find that all your lofty fitness resolutions are starting to fall by the wayside. Just in case you need a little extra motivation, we’ve compiled a list of ten awesome new songs to help get revamp your workouts. So add these tunes to your iPod, grab your OGIO duffel bag, and get back on track!

The Messed Up Kids- Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg preforming

If you don’t know about Jake Bugg yet, it’s time to check him out. This talented 19 year old is being touted as the “British rock wunderkind” and “England’s new working class hero”.  Bugg is an honest lyricist whose songs range in style from country/ folk to punk rock. His self-entitled album was released at the end of 2012 followed by his sophomore album “Shangri La” a year later.  While “Lightning Bolt,” “Two Fingers,” “Slumville Sunrise” and “What Doesn’t Kill You” are all workout – worthy, try “The Messed Up Kids” first. This soulful tune showcases a little bit of everything Bugg is capable of and works great as warm up song. Ease into it on the verses and push yourself on the more up tempo chorus.

House of Gold- Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots preforming

When trying to describe Twenty One Pilots, the word that comes to mind is quirky. According to MTV the duo describes their style as a, “distinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift.” This roughly translates to the fact that they rap, rock, and croon their way through their first studio album “Vessel.” The CD’s second single “House of Gold” features ukulele accompaniment, endearing lyrics, and a steady beat that make it a fun early workout song.

Laura Palmer- Bastille

Bastille preforming

Bastille’s chart topping single “Pompeii” made many “Top Work Out Songs of 2013” lists. This London based indie pop quartet’s debut album, “Bad Blood”, has plenty more tracks to make you sweat. For a heart pounding work out, check out “Laura Palmer.” Even if you don’t get the pop culture references to the cult television show Twin Peaks, this song is still sure to please.  It’s fast paced, intense, and has the potential to get stuck in your head just as easily as “Pompeii”.

Burn- Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding preforming

As the current queen of electropop, Ellie Goulding has produced a few workout playlist essentials. Her new hit “Burn” is another clubby track that will fit nicely into your cardio routine. Goulding herself is actually somewhat of fitness idol, with a half marathon and multiple workout shoots under her belt. So add this tune to your to your iPod and jam out while you “burn” fat like pop princess… sorry, couldn’t resist. The pun may be bad, but the song is pretty good.

Kangaroo Court- Capital Cities

Capital Cities preforming

You’ve probably danced to Capital Cities’ “Safe & Sound” over the last few months (whether in a club or in the car… we don’t judge). But the second single from this LA based band Indie pop band is even jazzier. With its steady beat and dancey rhythm, it’s perfect for hitting your stride and keeping you interested mid workout.

Falling- Haim

Haim photo

These three California sisters burst through the music scene in 2013, gaining notoriety in the United States, a spot at the 2014 Coachella Valley Festival, and a number one album in the UK. Haim’s music is reminiscent of decades gone by (often being attributed to artists like Fleetwood Mac) while still being very current and hip. Their new single “Falling” has a particularly fun, 80’s sound. It’s what Rolling Stone calls “the kind of micro triumph you sit up and root for.” With its refreshingly unexpected sound, this is a song that will also make you want to stand up and root for yourself when your workout is starting to drag.

Hey Brother- Avicii

Avicii DJ

You’re probably familiar with (and maybe even a little sick of) Avicii’s international hit “Wake Me Up.” But the Swedish house DJ’s new single “Hey Brother” is arguably more interesting and equally workout – compatible. The song combines impressive vocals from American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski (the man behind O Brother, Where Art Thou?’s “Man of Constant Sorrow”) and the signature dance beat Avicii is known for. This awesome piece of folktronica will add something a little different to your routine.

Do I Wanna Know - Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys preforming

Cheeky English Indie rock band, the Arctic Monkey’s, have been played on select U.S. circuits since their forming in 2002, but they haven’t really made it big in America… until now. Their latest album “AM” is enjoying big success across the pond from their UK home. The band has already sold out its first U.S. stadium show. “AM’s” first track “Do I Wanna Know” is the perfect hill song for bikers and runners. It has a slower beat so you won’t exhaust yourself, but a powerful tone to keep you super motivated.

 The Man- Aloe Blacc 

Aloe Blacc preforming

Singer songwriter Aloe Blacc has been part of the music scene for a while. But while he’s had past singles such as “I Need a Dollar” and “Loving You is Killing Me,” “The Man” is his first Billboard Top 100 hit. The song, which was also featured in prime time commercials for Beats headphones, has an inspirational vibe that is somewhat akin to R. Kelly’s epic nineties hit “I Believe I Can Fly.” It’s the perfect new tune to help you power through the end of your workout even when you’re totally spent.

XO- Beyonce

Beyonce preforming

Of course no playlist would be complete without a track from Queen B. “XO” is one of the highlights of Beyoncé’s new self-titled album. It is a passionate number that is both magnificently powerful as well as sweet. With its slower tempo, this song is great choice for a cool down or some ab exercises at the end of a workout.

Just like great music, the right equipment is essential to having a productive workout. Make sure you’re properly outfitted for your gym sessions, runs, bike trips, and other fitness activities. OGIO’s endurance athletic gear can help you meet your all goals. Check out our fantastic selection of high quality sports backpacks and athletic bags. Work it out!

 

Blog Giveaway: Stick To Your Resolutions!

Stick to Your Resolutions Giveaway

So we’re a month into the New Year already, and if you’re like most people, your dedication to those lofty resolutions is already starting to lag.  It’s not too late to get back on track with your goals! Here are some tips and tricks to give your New Year’s goals a kick in the you-know-what:

 

• Write it down: There’s something about putting it on paper that makes an intention so much more tangible. Write it on a post-it, whiteboard, papyrus scroll, and you will feel more accountable for getting it done. Plus, it feels so good to cross it off your list when you accomplish it!

• Break it up: Break up your big goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if your goal is something big and general like ‘get healthy’, start by looking up some new healthy recipes and cooking at home once a week. Once you’ve got that down, layer on another task like walking 20 minutes each day or trying that new kickboxing class.

 

• Tell a friend: Sharing your goals with others will make it harder to give up, you sissy. Bounce fitness and nutrition ideas off each other for fitspiration! And lean on others for support when that slice of pepperoni pizza is calling your name. OGIO wants to help you stick to it, so we’re going to give away a 9.0 Endurance Bag to one lucky fan. Enter below, and good luck!

 

The Prize: The 9.0 Endurance Bag in Navy/Acid. Perfect for the gym, yoga class, krav maga, whatever you’re into. Valued at $160.00. Sense of accomplishment and self-worth included.

 

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Caring for your OGIO Bag…The Nice Way

We know that many of our customers use our products in all different kinds of ways. Some of you use the RIG 9800 for your MX gear, others use the Endurance bags for training and competition, and some of you take a backpack from home to the office. No matter how you use your OGIO bag, it’s bound to get dirty, grimy and yes, even smelly.

I use the Endurance 9.0 for all of my mountain biking gear and after a good long ride I’ll throw my sweat-soaked helmet, jersey, shorts, socks and gloves into the bag and head home. But after about 7 uses, I noticed that my bag started to stink. Imagine that! Not to mention that it started to pick up dirt and grease just from having the bag on the ground and next to my bike during transportation. 

So, how do clean your OGIO product?

OGIO products are designed to provide you with many years of use, however, it is important that you take the following steps for proper care.  Before we begin, it is important to note that any damaged caused to your OGIO bag due to cleaning will void the products warranty. Please be careful and use common sense.

1) Use a mild soap (never use detergents or solvents) and a damp sponge, wipe out the inside and outside of the bag.  Be sure to completely air dry the product with all zippers open prior to storing.

2) Stubborn stains may require scrubbing with a soft bristle nylon brush. However, please note that excessive cleaning may damage the protective coatings provided by the manufacturer and is NOT recommended.

3) Never put your bag in the dryer as the heat may damage the manufacturers protective coatings.  You should also keep it away from direct sunlight and away from direct heat sources (such as the oven, a space heater, radiator, etc).

4) The use of solvents and dryers may damage your bag.

5) Always store your bag in a cool, dry place.

That should be it! You’re on your way to a very clean bag. And I’m on my way to the mountain for another ride. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our warranty department. You can reach them at 800.922.1944 or at warranty@ogio.com.

Lava Magazine gives readers a first look at the new Ogio Endurance 9.0 Athletic Bag

Ogio Endurance 9.0 Athletic Bag LavaMagazine

Ogio Endurance 9.0 Athletic Bag from LavaMagazine.com

It’s great to not have to toot our own horns all the time. Quite often, OGIO fans do the tooting for us. Such is the case when last month Susan Legacki from LavaMagazine.com gave readers a first look at the OGIO Endurance 9.0 Athletic bag.

Susan is exactly the type of OGIO fan that the Endurance 9.0 bag was made for. Says Susan:

“If you actually counted out the amount of time I spend every night packing various bags for my next morning (gym, swim, work, hike, etc.), I estimate a good chunk of my life is spent organizing things into various zippered pockets.”

So, you can probably tell how excited were were to read all the kind things she had to say:

“Ogio athletic bags are the perfect balance of design and function. They’re sleek to look at, and designed with the athlete in mind.”

“…the straps on the Ogio are, like all of their other bags, incredibly adjustable and comfortable, so you can rest assured that if you decide to hop on your bike and ride to the transition area like I often do, you won’t be toppling over halfway there because of an ill-fitting, oversized bag. I’ve seen this end a race before it even began on more than one occasion.”

Head over to the Endurance 9.0 page now to check out the all the features and to buy your bag today.