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!

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

Gotham Golf Bag Colelction’s Gotham City Inspiration

This week OGIO International has released the Gotham golf bag collection to the public. This new addition to OGIO’s award winning golf bag line was previewed in January at the PGA Merchandise Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Gotham collection’s lightweight stand and cart bags were extremely well received and praised for their high quality material and sharp design. Named for their matte black finish, the new golf bags certainly call to mind the urban sleekness of Batman’s Gotham City. In honor of the collection’s release, here are some fun facts about the fictional city that inspired it.

1. Not unlike the way our Gotham bags would be at home on goal courses all over the world, Gotham City is somewhat of an international compilation. Numerous cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburg, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong have all been used as inspiration for Gotham City in the Batman comics and films.

2. Writer Bill Finger went through many names including Civic City, Capital City, and Coast City before selecting Gotham. According to Finger, the name came to him when he stumbled across “Gotham Jewelers” in a New York City phone book. Gotham has long been used a nickname for NYC and was originally coined by Washington Irving in his satirical periodical Salmagundi.

3. According to Gotham City’s fictional history, detailed in various ways throughout the comic book series, the town has quite a military past. It is said to have been home to major battles during both the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War.

4. There is some argument over Gotham City’s fictional geography, as it has varied over decades due to changing writers and story lines. Most references place Gotham in the Northeastern coast of the United States, where New York City is located. However, it has also been said to be in New Jersey, Connecticut, or even the Midwest.

5. According to legend, Gotham City is home to some old occult practices. Allegedly, some of the American Founding Fathers were involved in summoning a bat demon that was trapped below old “Gotham Towne” and inspiring Bruce Wayne’s Batman identity. But don’t worry, unlike Gotham City, we promise there’s nothing dark and depraved about Gotham golf bags, just lots cool features and durability. Check this new collection out today!

Meet the OGIO Advisory Staff!

Richard Bugunder, OGIO Advisory Staff Contributor

Richard Bugunder, OGIO Advisory Staff Contributor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you heard about OGIO’s Advisory Staff? This special panel consists of athletes from all over the US who exemplify the spirit of OGIO’s Endurance Sports line. Dedication, determination and good old fashioned grit make these professional and amateur athletes admirable. OGIO calls on the knowledge and experience of these warriors to make sure our products are tough enough for the most hard core athletes. They also offer inspiration to all of us through their guest blogs. Representing sports including cycling, triathlon, swimming, running and mountain biking, we know you’ll find their stories and their can-do attitudes motivating! Meet the OGIO Advisory team.

Tips for Business Travelers

Business travelers are always looking for ways to make their travels as stress-free as possible. At OGIO we understand the needs of business travelers and provide a large selection of travel products to make your travel easier. Here are some of our top tips for making your journey a little more bearable:

1. Choose your travel times wisely.
If possible, select travel days and times that avoid the rush. Monday mornings and Friday evenings are prime business travel days, which means longer security lines and more crowded flights. Traveling on a Sunday evening or Monday afternoon can help you avoid the crowds.

2. Use the right laptop bag!
Even if you are traveling at peak times, you can make your trip through security easier with a little preplanning. If you use a “checkpoint friendly” laptop bag, you won’t have to remove your computer. One less hassle when you’re removing your shoes and emptying your pockets makes the security process just that much faster.

3. Know the difference in flight terms.
You want to spend as little time traveling as possible. A layover obviously costs you precious time sitting in the airport, but many travelers don’t understand the difference between a “direct” flight and a “non-stop” flight. Direct flights might still stop, but instead of changing planes, you’ll just  be sitting on the original flight. This still costs you time landing, unloading, and reloading other passengers, and taking off. A non-stop flight, when possible, is your fastest option.

4. Ease those sore muscles.
Bring a tennis ball with you when you travel. It’s lightweight, inexpensive, and packs easily in your travel backpack. It’s a great way to ease stiff, sore muscles. Roll it under your feet, calves, thighs, or back to loosen stiffness. Roll on luggage is another great way to avoid muscle aches. It allows you to effortlessly pull your gear rather than stressing your shoulders and back.

5. Preregister with security.
You can save 15 to 20 minutes with TSA PreCheck. Just show your TSA PreCheck certification on your boarding pass, and you won’t have to remove your shoes, jacket, and belt. Fifteen minutes may not seem like much time, but every minute counts in today’s hectic world.

Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior or an occasional business traveler, OGIO has the gear to fit your travel needs and your budget. Check out our selection before your next trip!