Staying Active Outdoors During Winter

Winter woes are starting to emerge as temperatures begin to decline and the days become shorter. While many of us may feel like days spent outside are limited, you can still partake in outdoor activities with the right preparation and your OGIO gear.

Golf

Just because temperatures are dipping doesn’t mean you have to put your clubs away this winter. Proper gear can keep you reasonably comfortable during your golf game, and it’s feasible as long as there isn’t three feet of snow on the course. There’s also a good chance that you won’t have to compete with other golfers, and you may even be able to snag discounted pricing. Invest in some quality winter golf clothes, such as the Radiator Golf Pullover. This lightweight thermal is perfect as an outer layer. Made of durable polyester, this pullover is breathable and wind resistant.

Keeping your hands and head warm is especially important, so make sure you’re covered with gloves and an OGIO Oflex Golf Cap. You’ll need golf balls as well, specifically, colored golf balls since white ones will be difficult to see if there is any snow on the ground. Don’t forget to stay hydrated during your game. Even though temperatures are relatively low, you’ll still need to fuel your body with water.

Cycling

Surprisingly, when it comes to biking, the key is not to overdress in the winter. Your body will produce heat when riding and you can become too hot and sweaty, leading to hypothermia and dehydration. Dress in layers, and wear just enough clothing to be a little cold in the beginning of your ride.

Start with a base layer, which is in place to keep you dry. Choose a base layer made of a synthetic wicking fiber that pulls sweat away from your body. Avoid cotton, which soaks up sweat and holds it next to you.

Choose an outer layer that is breathable, but will still keep you warm and dry. In wet conditions, riders may require a good waterproof or water-resistant jacket. Outwear usually features a longer cut in the back and arms so it doesn’t ride up. Keep your head and hands covered as well. Make sure your bike is also properly outfitted and that your tires offer good traction on wet surfaces and run them on lower pressure. Don’t forget to stay hydrated as well! Our Atlas 100 Hydration Pack supplies an easy and lightweight source of water for the entirety of your bike ride.

Motorcycle

While people may think it’s time to store the motorcycle when winter comes along, it’s still possible to ride in the colder months with appropriate attire. Correct gear choice and layering are important aspects of riding comfortably in winter. Base layers that wick away moisture are a must. You can cover your base layer with an insulating fleece; it’s important that your outer layer be durable, windproof and possibly waterproof for certain climates. Don’t overdo your layering; you still need to maintain arm mobility. Gloves and head gear are also important since most of your body heat will leave from those areas.

Decrease your exposure to wind by prepping your motorcycle with proper gear. A large windscreen, handguards and other add-on windguards can help protect you from the elements. If you need to carry a bag with you on your ride, choose a streamlined, wind-resistant design such as OGIO’s Mach 1 Motorcycle Bag. Remember that colder weather means colder tires, which leads to less traction. Make sure you have adequate tread on your tires and good tire pressure. As always, if the weather becomes too inclement, take yourself home. Don’t get caught in a snowstorm.

Don’t let the winter months ruin your outdoor fun! With these helpful tips and the right gear, you can enjoy your favorite activity year-round. Just remember the most important tip: be prepared. Shop OGIO gear to find the perfect gear for your favorite activities

Scenic Cycling Trails for Fall

Don’t fret when the crisp air of fall starts coming in! That means it’s the perfect time to hit the scenic cycling trails. After the summer heat has departed and before the chill of winter creeps in, fall weather provides the ideal setting for a weekend bike ride. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned biker, we have some great trails for you to explore before you have to store your bike for the winter.

Prairie Spirit Trail
The Prairie Spirit Trail captures the essence of Kansas fall beauty. Spanning from Ottawa to Iola, this 51 miles path runs through small towns, scenic prairies, lazy streams and occasional wildlife. The trail is built on the railbed of the old Leavenworth, Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad, and offers easy grades for bikers and hikers alike. A canopy of trees covers most of the trail, providing travelers with shade and beautiful view of fall foliage. Stay hydrated for this long ride with a hydration pack from OGIO. The Atlas 100 Hydration Pack holds 3 liters of water to keep you hydrated throughout your ride.

Virginia Creeper Trail
Do some incredible leaf peeping along the Virginia Creeper Trail. This trail runs 35 miles from Abingdon, Virginia to Whitetop Station at the Virginia-North Carolina border. Enjoy miles of national forest and river side biking. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a shared-use trail; you’ll be sharing the path with hikers, bikers and even horse riders. More than 100,000 people enjoy this trail every year. There are 3 visitor centers along the trail, 47 trestles, bathrooms and places to purchase refreshments. Or bring OGIO’s All Elements Pack along to keep enough food and water supplies for a day ride.

Cape Cod Rail Trail
Bike past a variety of landscapes on the Cape Cod Rail Trail; this trail stretches along sandy beaches past pine forests, salt marshes and cranberry bogs. The 22-mile trail is paved with just a few inclines. Trailheads are dispersed along the route and offer restrooms, food, water and swimming. Trailside shops also provide bicycle rentals. This trail is especially lovely in the fall due to the changing colors of all the different landscapes.

Winnipesaukee River Trail
Enjoy spectacular views of the Winnipesaukee River when you hit this trail! The Winnipesaukee River Trail links Tilton, Northfield and Franklin, New Hampshire and contains various historic and cultural sites along the way. This trail is only 5 miles, but it’s packed with fantastic fall foliage and a great view of a gorge used for whitewater kayaking. The short length also makes this a great trail for beginners or for anyone looking for a shorter trip.

Grab your OGIO gear and hit the trails before the fall season is over. While biking in the winter is still possible for hardy athletes, don’t miss out on the splendid colors of fall.

OGIO Welcomes Four New Ambassadors

We’re happy to welcome four new ambassadors to OGIO’s advisory team! The OGIO advisory staff is made up of athletes that embody our world of endurance sport. Whether they run, swim, cycle, triathlon or mountain bike, these individuals live the adrenaline-driven culture of OGIO. Allow us to introduce you to our new ambassadors!

Aimee Nicotera

Aimee’s passion for fitness started when she was 17 years old when she taught her first group fitness class. Now, Aimee has been involved in the health and fitness industry for 20 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, health educator and fitness director. Aimee holds numerous fitness certifications, as well as a BS in Nutrition Science and a MS in Health Education. Over the years, Aimee has enjoyed participating in various fitness activities including fitness competitions, marathon running and multi-sport racing. This includes 3 Boston marathons and one full Ironman marathon. Aimee brings creativity and enthusiasm to every group fitness call, and strives to provide safe, effective and inspirational fitness programs. She encourages everyone around her to get fit and have fun doing it!

Jimi Young

New advisory team member Jimi Young can be described in one word: Tough. Jimi completes as many as 4 full Ironman events per year, for a total of 20 full Ironman events. Competing multiple times at the Ironman World Championship is his proudest accomplishment, and he holds a personal record of completing the Ironman in less than 10 hours. Jimi says he loves to train, race and share the sport of triathlon with others.

“I believe in OGIO for all of my travel and racing needs. We race and vacation world-wide.  With a full schedule and no room for error, I need bags I can count on to handle the high mileage,” said Jimi, police officer and multisport coach. Jimi looks forward to carrying his passion for racing and coaching far into retirement.

Joseph Middleton

Joseph Middleton works as an account manager for Hawley-Lambert, and serves as the head conference director for the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference for USA Cycling. Joseph spends his weekend training and racing in Elite Cyclocross and road races all over the country. Fitness and endurance sports are Joseph’s true passion. Over the years, Joseph has worked to develop as an athlete and professional by obtaining a number of certifications.

“I have used OGIO bags for a number of years, and I’m convinced you won’t find a better product with all the amazing features that are packed into these bags,” said Joseph.

Jess Perry

Jess Perry’s number one priority is being a wife and mother to her three children, but that doesn’t keep her from running and training for marathons. Jess says that her biggest accomplishment thus far is completing the 2014 Coeur d’ Alene Ironman just 5 months after giving birth to her youngest child. She has completed 4 full Ironman marathons, 10 full marathons, and many half Ironman marathons and half marathons. After studying Business and Marketing at Utah Valley University, Jess has expanded her education in Health and Nutrition and has also received her Personal Training Certification and Run Coaching certification. Jess spreads her knowledge and passion for fitness at Discover Your Happy – soon to be 4 Core Fit – where they train, teach and help others accomplish their goals too.

Gear Up for Fall Fun

While you may be mourning the departure of summer, we’re welcoming the activities of fall! Summer may be full of warm fun in the sun, but fall has some great physical activities to enjoy outside – even if it means wearing a few extra layers. From golfing to camping, the crisp, fall air can be enjoyed by all. OGIO has gear for every activity to keep you fully prepared and comfortable to stay active this season.

Chill 18-24 Can Cooler

This cooler is the perfect companion to all your fall activities. Whether you’re camping, golfing, hunting or tailgating, OGIO’s Chill 18-24 Can Cooler ensures that your beverages stay cool and close. The zippered and insulated main compartment easily holds 18 to 24 cans, but can be used for whatever items you need to keep cool. Easy to clean and leakproof, this cooler is low maintenance, and it even collapses for easy storage when not in use. Dual side beverage/accessory holsters add extra outer storage, and the padded shoulder strap provides comfortable transport. Bring this cooler on your next fall excursion!

MX Flight Vest 

OGIO’s MX Flight Vest is the ultimate utility vest with built-in hydration. Featuring a Hydrapak reservoir bladder and drink system, our utility vest provides hands-free hydration during all your fall activities. Ideal for camping, hunting or hiking, this utility vest has several multi-use pockets for organization. Back tool storage pockets add extra storage options, and there are multiple adjustment points for custom, comfortable fit. Layer OGIO’s MX Flight Vest over a long-sleeved fleece and keep your hands free whether you’re hiking, camping or hunting.

Throttle Pack

A two way adjustable sternum strap and padded shoulder straps keep OGIO’s Throttle Pack securely – and comfortably – in place. Large pockets and external side pockets help you effortlessly organize all your belongings. The fleece lined electronics pocket and the external access hanging padded computer sleeve with water resistant rain hood will keep your electronics dry and secure. Perfect for camping, hiking and motorcycling, OGIO’s Throttle Pack is the perfect size to comfortably carry your belongings.

These are just some of the items that can help organize you fall activities! Check out all OGIO gear to find something that fits your purpose and taste.

 

 

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!

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!

Efficient Packing Tips for Travelers

Planning a vacation is filled with excitement! From the travel arrangements to trip activities, vacations are a hard-earned reward and you want to make the most of your time off. One way to maximize your relaxation and reduce stress is to pack your bags efficiently. That way, you’ll spend less time digging for items and may even save a few bucks on baggage fees. Whether you’re only bringing carry-on travel back packs or OGIO’s Terminal Travel Bag, these tips will help you pack in tons of fun for any vacation.

The Roll Technique

Forget folding clothes, trying rolling them. Rolling clothes saves space and helps reduce wrinkles. Here’s how the rolling technique works: flashback to junior high sleepovers and imagine your sleeping bag – fold in half, roll tightly and tie, and that’s it! In a little more detail: fold your clothing item in half length-wise (folding in any sleeves), start at the widest end and roll tightly, and then you can secure your roll with rubber bands. An extra step for organization is to bag like items in large zip lock bags. Bagging your clothes will make specific items easy to find during packing and after vacation arrival.

Special Liquid Storage

We all know the greatest fear when travelling: that we’ll go to open our travel luggage and find that our hygiene products have exploded. Separating hygiene products into large zip lock bags is the usual solution to this very real problem. But we’re going to take that a step further! All you need for this packing technique is plastic wrap. Unscrew the tops of the liquid containers you’re packing, place the plastic wrap over the opening and screw the lid back in place. The plastic wrap will add an extra layer of protection in case the lid pops open during travel. Placing your liquids in a plastic zip lock bag in one of the external pockets of our Layover Travel Bag will ensure that your belongings stay safe.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is probably the best and most basic packing strategy. Waiting until the last minute can cause the packing of unnecessary items. Consider how many days you’ll be on vacation and your location. If you’re going somewhere tropical, packing breathable materials will be a priority. If you’re planning on going out on the town, dressier clothes may take precedence. Being prepared can also help you speed up your trip through airport security. Know the airport’s policies for carry-on travel luggage. If there are items in your bag that you will have to remove for the security line, keep these items in one of the outer zippered compartments for easy accessibility.

There are many travel packing tips to help you on your trip! These three packing tips will help you get started to efficiently pack your travel luggage. Don’t waste valuable vacation time worrying about the security of your belongings. Our bags are durable and have plenty of compartments for easy organization. Check out OGIO’s line of travel luggage and start planning your next vacation.

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.

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

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.

Plan the Perfect Summer Float Trip

A summer float trip helps you reconnect with your family and friends, get closer to nature, and escape the hubbub of everyday life. It also helps you relax and appreciate the benefits of good health and an active lifestyle. Before you take the important people in your life on the trip, use these tips for planning a rafting adventure.

1. Pack good eats and drinks. Organize a cooler, such as the portable size that fits 24 aluminum cans. You could tie a waterproof cooler to the side of the raft or place it in the bottom of a large raft. Fill the cooler with fruits, veggies, meat, water, nuts, trail mix, beef jerky, and whatever else suits the taste buds of your party.

2. Keep everyone entertained during the slow points of the trip with good music. Create a playlist and download it on to each person’s waterproof portable device. From oldies to pop music, include something for every age in your party.

3. Pack overnight camping gear. A summer float trip is ideal for extending a day trip into a memorable adventure. Stow enough gear for one or more nights at a campsite. Remember, you will need toilet paper, a bar of soap, deodorant, clean clothes, a blanket, extra water or a canteen, and additional eats for dinner and breakfast. Consider bringing an OGIO Atlas 100 Hydration Pack to stay hydrated all day long!

4. Plan your return. This might include arranging ground transportation, so your tired group can safely return to the point of origin.

Don’t forget to pack comfortable sporting apparel for your summer float trip. Fill your OGIO X-Train pack with tank tops, athletic shirts, nylon shorts, pajamas, extra socks, and a dry pair of shoes.

When getting ready for the perfect summer float trip, remember to gear up with OGIO. We have a great selection of bags, apparel and hydration packs for any summer adventure!