Essential Hiking Gear

Hiking is a fun, low impact way to be active, spend time in nature and get out of the house throughout the year. People can hike by themselves or in a group, and different levels of hikes require different gear. If you’re considering adding hiking to your list of weekend activities, make sure to gather hiking gear essentials for basic comfort, safety and survival.

Hiking Boots

Choosing comfortable hiking footwear is a fundamental component of an enjoyable hike. Your footwear selection will depend on what kind of hike you intend to undertake. Whether you’re going for a short day trip, a medium length trip or a long, multi-day trek, your footwear is the literal base of your hike. Hiking shoes can be categorized into four different groups: trail shoes, light hiking shoes, hiking boots and mountaineering boots. These shoes are categorized based on the duration of the hike, the terrain and the load being carried.

Hiking Backpack

Hiking backpacks are a great way to carry all your hiking gear. Choosing the correct hiking backpack is crucial to efficiently packing your supplies. There are certain features that make a hiking backpack ideal. OGIO’s X-Train Pack comes fully equipped with special organization, crush resistant armored pocket, and easy access accessories pocket. Made with high tensile strength and lightweight endurance fabrics, this bag will hold up against the elements and survive for years. Constructed with comfort in mind, the adjustable sternum strap ensures adaptability and the breathable back panel allows airflow.

Navigation: Map and Compass

Even if you’re taking a short day hike, getting lost is still a risk. Taking a map and a compass will help get you back on track if you get lost during your trek. Prepare for your hike by learning the basics of using a compass and how to find your location with landmarks. You should also familiarize yourself with the trail you plan on hiking.

Water, Food and Fire

Water, food and fire building materials are vital when planning a day hike. A great option to carry water and save space is by using a durable hydration pack. Our Erzberg 70 Hydration Pack allows you to carry your water on your back, leaving it easily accessible and keeping your hands free; tubing and bite valve means you don’t have to stop to get your water out of your pack every time you want a drink. If you’re hiking for more than a few hours, it’s important to keep your body fueled with healthy snacks that have a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Even if you aren’t planning on camping, taking emergency rations and fire starting materials is important in case you get stranded.

Protection from the Elements

Being prepared for unexpected weather, natural pests, injuries and other emergencies is a huge must when going on a hike. A basic first aid kit should be enough for a short day hike, and should be adequate for treating minor injuries. You should also pack supplies for a variety of weather. From sun protection to insulation to raingear, being prepared for changing elements can save you a lot of grief if you’re hit with an unexpected rain storm or caught in the sun. Insect repellant is also a must.

Packing this essential gear will help you be safely prepared for your hiking adventure. Whether you’re a hiking beginner or a seasoned veteran, the most important thing you can bring is your common sense! If you’re planning a hike, it’s always important to be prepared and tell someone where you are going. When you’re gearing up for a hike, shop OGIO for all your needs!

Define Your Back to School Backpack Style

The new school year means new supplies and new starts. It’s a time to reinvent, reaffirm, or simply reengage yourself. And when it comes to preparing yourself for school, one of the most important items to pick out is your backpack. In addition to toting all your books and materials around for nine months, your backpack needs to express your personality. To help you figure out what look and feel is right for you, OGIO has come up with this helpful backpack style guide:

Sleek and Reliable

Squadron 15 Laptop Bag


If you like clean lines and unbeatable protection, the Squadron 15 Laptop Bag is for you! The Squadron has extra padding and special compartments to expertly protect your laptop and other electronics. It also has a variety of pockets to help you stay organized when school gets hectic. The black material and silver buckles give the pack a simple yet modern look. The Squadron goes well with laid back school or gym clothes, but is also appropriate to wear with dress clothes (making it ideal for graduate students or students with professional internships). This bag is perfect for busy and motivated students who are always on the go!

 

Bright and Trendy

Purple water color Operatix backpack

Bright colors are very much in fashion at the moment. At OGIO one of our favorite brights is the Purple Watercolor print on our Operatix bag. This unique and thoroughly eye-catching pattern is a great way to make a splash and assert your style on the first day of school. With water bottle and accessory packets, as well as a special area for tablets and readers, the Operatix is perfect for stylishly storing all your back to school must haves. Check out the Operatix in our Pixie and Blue Onion color options for more bright bags.

 

Bold and Comfortable

Bandit back to school backpack

Bold geometric patterns are also very popular right now. From graphic tees to journal covers, you’re sure to see shapes prominently displayed on lots of back to school items. Backpacks are no exception. OGIO’s Bandit 17 Laptop Bag in Spectro is a great example of how to work trendy geometric figures into your look. Its fun color scheme will definitely help set it apart from similar products. But the Bandit bag won’t just look good, it will feel good too. It’s designed with a hybrid unibody back panel to provide ultimate comfort throughout the day.

 

Stylish and Sophisticated

Midtown back to school messenger bag

If you are looking for something a bit different, why not consider a shoulder bag? Our Midtown Women’s Messenger Bag is ideal for someone who wants a bag that is a little more professional than the average backpack. With its brief case look and incredible compartment space, this product is especially great for college students. Whether you need to store your laptop, a term paper, or things for a part time job, the Midtown Messenger has got you covered. The bag also comes in seven gorgeous colors so you can find the perfect fit for your individual style.

For these great bags and other back to school products, visit OGIOs new back to school section. Make sure you are taking on the new academic year with a bag that suits all y0ur needs and expresses who you are

Take Advantage of Tax Free Weekends for Back to School Gear

Every fall, parents and their kids flock to the malls to stock up on school supplies for the coming year. Back to school shopping can be a fun but costly yearly ritual. That’s why many states implement a tax holiday right before the start of the school year. Tax holidays are a great opportunity to purchase clothing, backpacks, and school supplies.

In many cases, you can also utilize coupons and special discounts for super savings. It may be tempting to go on a spree, but try to only purchase items that you would have originally. It might help to make a list of must-haves and resolve to stick to it so you don’t end up with unnecessary items. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

 

Tribune 17 Laptop Backpack

This modern essential fits your laptop as well as your traditional supplies with front pockets designed to hold pens, wallet and notebooks. It comes in a variety of colors to suit every taste.

Tribune 17 Laptop Backpack    Tribune 17 Laptop Backpack

 

The Ruck 20 Laptop Backback

This sophisticated carryall is perfect for the fledgling college student who wants to portray a more grown-up aesthetic. Holds laptop, water bottle, tablet, and business school books.

The Ruck 20 Laptop Backback

 

The Midtown Women’s Messenger

This is for the fashion-forward girl who wants the functionality of a backpack, but the more feminine style of a purse. Holds laptop, phone and design sketchpad.

The Midtown Women’s Messenger

Ready to shop till you drop? Tax holidays begin in many states this weekend. This list shows participating states and dates. Happy shopping!

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!

Memorial Day Weekend: Summer Kickoff

You’ve ridden out the long winter and now the best part of the year is finally here! While summer may not technically begin until June 21st, everyone knows that Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to everyone’s favorite season. Summer’s return means it’s time to fully embrace the sunshine and gear up for a variety of warm weather fun. Here are a few of the awesome outdoor activities you can get excited for now that the days are longer and the temperatures are higher:

ATVing

ATV bag from OGIO
If you are lucky enough to have a little land, or know someone who does, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of off-roading in an ATV. Heading to the backcountry and doing a little four-wheeling is an incredibly fun and freeing experience, especially after a long boring winter. Make your ATVs even more fun, functional, and summer ready with an ATV bag. OGIOs front and rear ATV bags allow you to carry and protect all your gear while you’re on the go.

Motorcycling

Motorcycle bag from OGIO

For those who are more into on-roading than off-roading, motorcycles are the ticket. Memorial Day weekend is a huge holiday for motorcyclists! Huge group rides and rallies occur all of the country. One of the largest and most famous of these rides is Rolling Thunder, a rally held in Washington D.C. in recognition of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.  Events like these kick off a full season of motorcycle fun. OGIO has the perfect tail bags, saddle bags, and backpacks to outfit any motorcycle. Check out these awesome moto bags today.

Golfing

Golf cart bag by OGIO

Summer also provides some of the best weather of the year for golfing. A sunny day on the golf course is a good day on the course. However, as it gets hotter golf charts become even more convenient. Why trek all over the green when you can drive? Instead of hauling your clubs around, focus on your game.  OGIOs golf cart bags help to organize your clubs and make them easy to transport.

With summer right around the corner, make sure you have all the gear you need to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities! From all of

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!

What’s Your Pastel Personality?

One of the biggest trends lighting up the spring runways and being spotted on the streets this season is pastels. The candy-colored hues are bright, cheerful and the perfect pop of color we all need after a brutal winter. How do you choose the right pastel shade for you? While it’s hard to go wrong with pastels, some shades are more flattering for certain skin and hair colors. Donning your perfect pastel is also a great way to express your personality. Here’s the lowdown on the top pastels this season:

Yellow

Unlike its more garish cousins, the pastel version of yellow actually reads quite subdued and sophisticated. This yellow is cool and pale without the bright brassiness of sunflower shades. This hue is versatile and looks effortlessly chic. Treat it like a neutral and pair it with black, white or other pastels.

Redheads and those with yellow skin tones and blue eyes (think Cameron Diaz) will shine in this hue. Beware those with pale, cooler toned complexions and black hair as pale yellow will not be as flattering on ice princess types.

Green

Nothing says ‘spring’ like green, and cool mints are all the rage right now. Pastel greens channel a fresh, hip, smart vibe for a look that is both understated and eye-catching. This color is perfect for a quirky, cerebral type. It pairs well with white and it’s color wheel opposite, pink. The freshest way to wear it is a green denim pant.

Those with olive tones in their skin may want to avoid pastel green around the face. This color pops with blue eyes, cooler tones, and black hair (think Zooey Deschanel).

Pink
Soft, innocent, and unabashedly feminine, pastel pink is the ultimate expression of girlish charm. (That’s not to say that a guy can’t make it work too! There is something very manly about a dude who is confident enough to wear pink.) The girl who wears pink projects sweetness and charisma. Wear it with camel for a more sophisticated Grace Kelly look.

Redheads may want to steer clear of this hue as it can clash with their tresses. Salmon tones shine on darker complexions, while baby pink and blush looks stunningly appropriate on blondes.

Blue
Robin’s egg blue is another spring classic. Light blue evokes tranquility, serenity and an ethereal quality. It’s very on-trend paired with green this season.

The right shade is almost universally flattering, but blue helps blue eyes pop and also strikes a stunning contrast on dark complexions.

Now that you know your pastel personality, pick up your favorite shades from OGIO.com!

Diva Luxe Stand Bag

Diva Luxe Womens golf bag

OPERATRIX

operatrix women's backpack

Groove Golf Short

Grooveshort men's golf short

The 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in the U.S.

A motorcycle isn’t made for a routine trip to the grocery store. Your bike is most at home on the open road, with overnight gear loaded into a moto gear bag, your favorite tunes on the radio, and a stretch of open road in front of you. As the weather starts to get warmer and spring approaches, it time to start thinking about your next big motorcycle trip. The diverse natural beauty found in the United States means that riders have plenty of scenic roads to travel, and the following five rides are the cream of the road warrior’s crop.

1. Arizona’s Highway 93

Motorcycle ride Arizona

This is a hidden gem of a trip. Exit onto the 93 east of Kingman and head south on a lonely highway that ends in the Phoenix metro area. You’ll drive past scenic hills sprinkled with desert trees, which gradually turn into fields of saguaro cactuses. There are plenty of roadside spots to pull over and grab a snack out of your backpack or a drink from your hydration pack as you marvel at the scenery.

2. The Pacific Coast Highway of Northern California

Motorcycle ride Highway 1

This iconic road has been immortalized in music and film. US Highway 1 runs the length of the Pacific Ocean for 655 miles, but the northern sections have less traffic and better views overall. You’ll ride on cliffs, through small coastal towns and over majestic bridges. Make sure to pack your camera, because you will definitely want to take some pictures.

3. “The Lasso” from Wyoming to Sturgis, South Dakota

Motorcycle ride Sturgis

The Sturgis Rally is the most famous motorcycle gathering in the U.S., and there are myriad roads an experienced rider can take to get there. The Lasso is mountainous, scenic and challenging, making it the perfect choice. This route 24 drive will take you right past Devil’s Tower National Monument, a great monolith jetting seemingly out of nowhere into the sky. This is a magnificent spot to pull out your camping equipment, throw on your warm moto jacket, and stay the night on sacred Lakota land.

4. The Low Road to Taos, New Mexico

Motorcycle ride New Mexico

While the “High Road” is more famous, the Low Road on State Road 68 from Santa Fe to Taos, New Mexico, has a charm all its own. This drive runs along the winding banks of the Rio Grande on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain. The authentic adobe houses along the route are particularly cool. The road also has plenty of picnic spots, art galleries, fruit and vegetable stands, and quaint eateries. You’ll want to bring your best moto equipment to store all the trinkets and treasures you find along the way.

5. Shenandoah Skyline Drive, Virginia

Motorcycle ride Skyline Drive

Nestled on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 105-mile mountaintop highway is absolutely breathtaking. While the views are amazing at any time of the year, this drive is most breathtaking in the fall when the leaves are changing color and the days are cooler. There are four entrances to Shenandoah National Park, and bikers will find many campsites and picnic grounds along the route. You’ll likely want to stay for more than one day, so don’t forget your sturdy luggage bag.

Make sure to check out OGIO’s extensive motorcycle line. Our high quality products are the perfect companion to any motorcycle rides.  You feel great hitting the road and starting your next motorcycle adventure with our equipment along for the ride.

 

OGIO Bag Symbols Decoded, Pt. 1

Apparently there has been some confusion and speculation regarding the OGIO bag symbols which appear on the OGIO bag pockets. Admittedly, some of them are a little cryptic. We’ll be revealing the meanings of all OGIO bag symbols in a four part series. But feel free to share your own creative interpretations, as helloemarie did:

Instagram

 

Close, but no cigar, hellomarie! This symbol actually means ‘No Boys’, as in ‘this is a compartment for lady stuff’. *OGIO does not condone the use of our products for the carriage of humans.

More symbols, revealed:

 

How much stuff can the OGIO Renegade RSS 17 backpack hold?

Geekbeat.tv answers the question for you with a fantastic live re-packing and review video featuring the OGIO Renegade RSS 17 backpack. Philip Nelson from PhilipNelsonMusic.com gives us a peek into his life and his hectic road warrior lifestyle by demonstrating how much stuff the Renegade RSS 17 backback can hold. Get ready. It’s a long video.

Head over the OGIO Renegade RSS 17 backpack page to purchase now!

FEATURES

  • Armor protected dedicated laptop compartment with RSS fits most 15” laptops and select thin 17″ laptops
  • Integrated foam panels keep your electronics and other valuables protected
  • Padded iPad™/tablet/e-reader pocket
  • Crush proof Tech Vault pocket with soft tricot liner
  • HUB (Hybrid Unibody Backpanel) for ultimate comfort
  • Padded mouse/digital camera pocket
  • Increased shoulder strap foam padding creates Sweet Spot comfort zone
  • Fully adjustable ergonomic shoulder straps with sternum strap
  • Two zippered side utility pockets
  • Dual side water bottle/accessory holders
  • Quick access expandable phone pocket
  • Deluxe organization panel with zippered stash pocket
  • Soft touch padded neoprene grab handle

MATERIALS

  • 600D Polyester Pindot

SPECS

  • Dimensions: 19.5″ H x 14″ W x 10″ D
  • Weight: 3.5 Lbs.
  • Capacity: 1800 Cubic Inches
  • Laptop Pocket: 15.5″H x 10.5″W x 1″D