Support Veterans with the Stars & Stripes Collection

 

The last Monday in May is observed by every state as Memorial Day, a day of remembrance to honor those who gave their lives in service to the United States of America. While the exact location and date of its origin are unclear, Memorial Day began because of the Civil War and citizens’ desire to honor the dead.

This year, OGIO has partnered with NS2 Serves, “a program designed to train, prepare and employ recent veterans who are transitioning from a military career into a civilian career,” in order to give back to the veteran community. OGIO has developed the limited edition Stars & Stripes Collection; a portion of the proceeds from this collection is donated to veteran support and development charities. The collection features an antique flag pattern and is available for several golf bags and golf accessories.

About NS2 Serves

Established by SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2™), NS2 Serves is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to give back to the community by training and preparing veterans to reenter the workforce. This young program kicked off in March 2014, and has continued to broaden its program to fit veteran needs. NS2 Serves offers training courses in IT solutions that support national security of the United States, and employment assistance to place veterans in high-tech careers. Courses are open to post-9/11 veterans and reservists, as well as Gold Star spouses that meet certain criteria. Ideally, a potential trainee will have been out of the service for less than 3 years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.

An Overview of the Collection

The Stars & Stripes Collection includes the Machu Cart Bag, Vapor Stand Bag, Straight Jacket Travel Bag, Layover Travel Bag, and Shoester Golf Shoe Bag.

Machu Cart Bag

Keep your clubs organized and your golf balls at the ready with the Machu Cart Bag. Featuring the double barrel cart top, you can customize the club organization to your preference. Nine pockets – including a weather-resistant, fleece lined valuables pocket – guard your belongings from harm while you focus on the green, and the zipperless ball pocket allows you to reach in easily for more golf balls (if you happen to shank them into the trees).

Vapor Stand Bag

Simplify your club sorting style with the Vapor Stand Bag. Featuring OGIO’s propriety WoodeLite Top, your clubs are separated into seven designated sections and a special oversized putter pit. Seven zippered pockets organize your golf accessories, and a fleece lined valuables pocket keeps gadget from getting scratched up.

Straight Jacket Travel Bag

You’re golf clubs stay in check when you carry them in the Straight Jacket Travel Bag. Featuring a fully padded top and a large main compartment that fits tour bags and stand bags, the Straight Jacket Travel Bag gives you much needed peace of mind when you have travel with your clubs. Outer compartments also store shoes and accessories.

Layover Travel Bag

The perfect carry-on size, OGIO’s Layover Travel Bag ensures you have all the essentials you need. Interior mesh divider separates your belongings for easy organization, and the internal straps keep everything in place during transit. The two large external pockets are ideal for storing belongings you need access to during your flight or while traversing the airport.

Shoester Golf Shoe Bag

Sleek and functional, the Shoester Golf Shoe Bag features a carbon-based, anti-microbial interior that’s easy to wipe clean. The ventilated, main compartment keeps shoes separate with a divider, so they don’t rub against each other. The external zipper pocket is perfect for extra laces, gloves and accessories.

Healthier Memorial Day Dishes

 

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and we know you’re ready to gather up your friends and family and celebrate with a good ol’ fashion cookout! But sacrificing your healthy lifestyle – and right before swimsuit season – makes you inwardly cringe. Have no fear! OGIO has some great healthy swaps for your Memorial Day weekend gathering.

Try some of the following healthy cookout recipes and other good-for-you suggestions.

Appetizer

Deviled eggs are a classic finger food for many parties, but can be chocked full of fat. The key to lightening up your deviled eggs recipe is to remove the mayonnaise. Luckily, this can be replaced by Greek yogurt – a creamy, healthier, protein-filled substitute.

Here is a healthier – but still yummy – version:

Ingredients:

– 6 hard-boiled eggs

– 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

– 1 ½ tablespoons dill pickle relish or chopped dill pickle

– 2 tsp Dijon mustard

– 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Paprika as garnish

 

Steps:

– Hard boil your eggs by placing them in a pot, adding enough water to cover, and putting on high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Once they have reached a boil, turn the heat off and allow them to sit – still covered – for 12 minutes.

– Rinse your eggs with cold water and let them cool down before peeling (you can also put them in an ice bath).

– Peel the eggs and cut them lengthwise.

– Place yolks in a separate bowl, and mix in all other ingredients (except paprika). You can use a blender to make the mixture smoother.

– Spoon mixture into the empty egg whites, and sprinkle with paprika.

 

Main Dish

Choosing a healthy main dish for your cookout festivities is easier than you think! You don’t have to avoid beef dishes completely, but choose beef that is leaner or mix lean ground beef with other proteins such as ground turkey or chicken. Grilled chicken breast is a tasty addition to any grill; you can eat it plain or throw it on a whole grain bun as a chicken sandwich. And seafood is a great low-calorie entrée that is easy to grill up.

Easy Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Thread shrimp onto barbecue skewers; brush shrimp with olive oil, and sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice. Cook for two minutes on each side, and then drizzle with fresh squeezed lemon juice as a final step.

 

Sweet Treats

Apple pie is a common American cookout dessert, but can be filled with extra sugar and processed white flour.

Try this sugar-free, whole wheat apple pie recipe:

Ingredients:

– Healthier Whole Wheat Pie Crust

– 10 cups Granny Smith apples (peeled and thinly sliced)

– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1 ½ tablespoon stevia

– 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour

– 1 egg white

 

Steps:

– Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and stevia in a small bowl.

– Toss sliced apples and lemon juice together. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and stevia mixture, and mix carefully.

– Place 6 cups of the apple mixture in a large Dutch oven, and cook over medium heat until tender (about 10 minutes).

– Remove from heat, and stir in the remaining apples. Stir in the whole wheat pastry flour.

– Let cool for 30 minutes.

– Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

– Add apples to bottom pie crust, and cover with top crust. Brush the top lightly with egg white and sprinkle with cinnamon.

– Bake for 40 minutes, or until browned, and let cool 20 minutes before slicing.

 

Looking for a simpler way to soothe your sweet tooth? Brush pineapple wedges with a honey, lemon juice and black pepper glaze, and grill it up!

Cookouts are a great way to celebrate this special day of remembrance, but loading up on unhealthy dishes might put a damper on your fit lifestyle – and your festivities. Try any of these healthier recipes and fully enjoy yourself at your Memorial Day cookout! Looking to further celebrate Memorial Day? Check out the limited edition Stars & Stripes Collection. Part of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to veteran support and development charities.

Motocross Guide for Beginners

Got a kid considering jumping on a bike and hitting the dirt track? Maybe you’re looking into racing yourself. Either way, Motocross is an awesome sport for all ages. As team sponsors of a few professional motocross guys, at OGIO we get geared up each time we have a chance to educate others on how to start.

This OGIO Motocross Guide for Beginners covers the basics, from finding a bike, to getting the right gear, to prepping for your first race.

 

Finding a Dirt Bike

We’ve considered renaming this section to “Finding a Dealer” because ultimately, that part matters the most. It’s important to find a dealer whose owners and employees either currently race or have in the past. They will have intimate knowledge on how a bike should feel, what size you need, and what kind of power you can handle. They’ll understand if you show up to get parts for your bike without an appointment. Start searching online, and don’t be shy about asking them for racing experience.

Quick Tips for Choosing a Bike:

- Let the dealer know you are going to be mainly riding tracks
- Start with a bike that lets you put both feet on the ground
- Be honest about how heavy of a bike you’re able to keep control of
- Choose something “crashable” – meaning it won’t be so expensive to fix
- Look for “low mechanic maintenance” machines like a two-stroke bike that you can learn to work on
- Start with lower power bikes and graduate your way up

 

Getting the Gear

There are two groups of gear: safety and handy. While we cover both, safety comes first – and then the handy stuff.

Safety Gear:

Helmet – Look for helmets with a certified safety rating.  Make sure it’s snug but not uncomfortable, and always keep the strap tight enough that it won’t slip off should you crash.

Goggles – Choose ones that have a thicker padding around the inside, as they’ll offer more comfort and grip.

Padding – knee pads, elbow pads and body armor. They are all for your protection during a crash, but also for objects getting kicked up by the rider in front of you.

Clothing – Long sleeves, made of sturdy material. You’ll eventually want to get racing pants, as most knee pads are designed to go inside them.

Boots – Boots must at least cover the ankle. Get a sturdy pair, break them and they’ll last a long time. When buying for kids, buy a little bit bigger so they have room to grow.

Handy Gear:

Storage Bags – Goggles and helmets are expensive. Keep them in top condition with the OGIO MX Goggle Box or combine them together with the ATS Gear Case.

Hydration Packs – When you’re out there practicing, you don’t want to stop for a drink. Carry a light-weight hydration pack from OGIO to stay cool.

Travel Bags – Sometimes you have to travel to get to a track. Pack it in one with a travel bag from OGIO.

Tool Case – Stay on the go with the OGIO MX Flight Vest. Carry your tools, hydration pack, goggles, and more with this light-weight vest.

 

Time to Practice

Getting used to your bike and the way it handles is the first step to racing on the track. Go out to different terrains, try out different speeds. Get used to the way your brakes, clutch and other aspects of your bike work. Once you gain confidence, start with tricks like wheelies and small jumps. Practice tight turns, because how you handle corners is going to impact your race time. Learning proper body positioning like keeping your elbows up will make a huge difference.

And never forget the buddy system. Motocross is a dangerous sport. If you go out riding by yourself and end up getting hurt, no one will be there to help you. Plus, having someone to race with will push you to do better, go faster and overall improve your skill.

Celebrate Golf Day with OGIO Golf Gear

Golf Day is April 10 and OGIO is celebrating with a spring golf collection! We make updates to our golf gear throughout the year to better serve the needs of golfers everywhere. We’ve added some stellar features and a variety of golf apparel, so take a look – and get started on finding the best golf gear for your game.

 

Shirts

Rocker Polo

Rocker Polo

Rocker Polo

Simple and classic, the Rocker Polo is perfect for every type of golfer. From the modern minimalist to the country club cohort, the sleek design and wide selection of colors allows you to customize this golf polo to your liking. Constructed with comfort and durability in mind, the Rocker Polo is made of easy-to-care-for, moisture wicking polyester that keeps you cool and dry on and off the green.

Magnaflux Polo

Magnaflux Polo

Magnaflux Polo

When compared to the Rocker Polo, the Magnaflux Polo has many of the same sought-after features. Moisture-wicking polyester, infused with free motion stretch allows for a powerful, unrestricted swing. However, while the Rocker Polo is simple and classic, the Magnaflux Polo is flashy. Showing off an asymmetric stripe design, the Magnaflux Polo is great for those seeking a classic golf polo with an edgy twist. It comes in classic color themes like navy blue, chrome and flame.

 

Pants

Knockdown Golf Pant

Knockdown Pant

Knockdown Pant

Stay cool and comfortable whether you’re walking the course or driving the cart in the OGIO Knockdown Pant. Comfortable enough for everyday wear, these breathable, lightweight pants keep you unrestricted and dry. Constructed with stretchy, lightweight twill, the Knockdown Pant provides full range of motion. Plus, they’re easy to care for, meaning you won’t waste time on wash instructions. Available in a range of classic colors, as well as electric neon green.

 

Shoe

Sport Spiked Golf Shoe

Sport Spiked Shoe

Sport Spiked Shoe

Bold design and breathable mesh meet in the Sport Spiked Golf Shoe. Built to embody the endurance of OGIO Athletic Gear, the Sport Spiked Golf Shoe is crafted from half leather, half breathable mesh. To ensure ultimate stability throughout your swing, the Sport Spiked Golf Shoe design incorporates an X-Wrap upper design, lateral torsion control system and Synkfit comfort system. The X-Wrap is an internal tension band that wraps over the top and around the heel to give maximum – yet flexible – support. The Synkfit comfort system includes a memory foam insole that provides custom comfort every time, and a cradle heel stabilizer that minimizes lateral movement during your swing. Available in three color combinations.

 

Bags

Chamber Golf Cart Bag

Chamber Cart Bag

Chamber Cart Bag

Keep your clubs safe and silent with the Chamber Cart Bag. Featuring the revolutionary Silencer club protection membrane, this bag locks your club in place so you don’t have to worry about them clanging together whether you’re walking the course or strapping the bag onto your cart. Not only does it decrease noise, it also decreases the chance of damaging your valuable clubs. The Chamber Cart Bag is also equipped with 10 pockets – 9 zippered. The zipper-less ball pocket allows you to easily access your golf balls – if you happen to lose a few in the forest or the pond. The spring system on the zipper-less ball pocket lets you reach in, and get your golf ball easily, without clumsy fumbling. Available in several color combinations.

We’ve only called out a few of our favorite spring golf features. Check out the rest of the OGIO Golf Collection and find a product that suits your needs.

OGIO Hearts American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and is dedicated to bringing awareness to heart disease and other heart ailments, such as strokes and heart attacks. As February comes to an end, it’s important to realize that heart disease affects Americans year round.  Heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths every year, and is the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. The OGIO community wants to raise awareness this month – and every month – to make a difference in the heart of the community.

What is Heart Disease?

There are a variety of conditions that fall under the term heart disease. This includes blood vessel diseases, heart defects, heart valve problems, and arrhythmias. Heart disease includes numerous problems, many of which are related to plaque buildup in arteries. Plaque buildup narrows the arteries, making blood flow difficult. If a clot forms and stops the blood flow, this can result in a stroke or heart attack.

Other Types of Heart Disease

1. Heart valve problems:

Stenosis: Heart valve doesn’t open enough, affecting blood flow
Regurgitation: Heart valve doesn’t close correctly and blood leaks through
Mitral valve prolapse: Valve leaflets bulge back into the upper chamber of the heart.

2. Heart failure:

The heart doesn’t pump blood as it should and the body’s need for oxygen and blood isn’t being fulfilled.

3. Arrhythmia:

An abnormal rhythm of the heart that can affect how efficiently the heart works.

Bradycardia: The heart beats less than 60 beats per minute; too slow
Tachycardia: The heart beats more than 100 beats per minute; too fast

Prevent Heart Disease

Avoid heart problems by adding healthy habits to your everyday life. Follow some of these heart healthy habits to prevent heart disease and be the cure.

1. Exercise for 30 minutes daily
2. Stay away from tobacco products – especially smoking
3. Follow a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and limit certain fats – avoid trans fat altogether
4. Maintain a healthy weight
5. Get plenty of sleep – seven to nine hours of quality sleep is ideal for most adults
6. Make regular visits to the doctor for health screenings

Maintaining a healthy heart lifestyle is important to upholding your health for years to come. Heart disease can be prevented when people make healthy choices and by bringing awareness to heart disease, we can positively affect our communities and ourselves. Reach out in your community and start encouraging friends and family to make changes toward a healthier heart.

 

Golfer’s Guide to PGA Events

The 2015 PGA Championship will take place from August 10 to 16, 2015 and will be played at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. The PGA Championship has a unique history among the four major tournaments as it is reserved almost exclusively for the touring professionals. The U.S. Open and British Open championships do allow for participation by amateurs, while the PGA Championship almost completely excludes amateur participation.

History of the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship was first played in 1916 as a match play format that lasted until 1958, when it was changed to the stroke play format that we know today. The Wanamaker Trophy that is awarded to the PGA Championship winner today is a replica of the original trophy that was donated by department store tycoon Rodmann Wanamaker when the tournament first began.

When the PGA Championship was first created, it was designed to be a showcase for the best professional golfers in the world. At that time, professional golf was not held in high esteem by the public because it was seen as an elitist game that was run by wealthy individuals. The PGA Championship looked to elevate the profile of professional golf by giving it an overall champion.

Initially, the PGA Championship was played in the early summer months of May and June. Over time, the PGA Championship was moved to August to stand as the last major championship of the season. Despite attempts to move the PGA Championship into a more prominent place on the PGA schedule, the PGA Tour has worked hard to try and bolster the status of the PGA Championship and bring it to a status that is equal to the other three major championships.

Leading Up To the Annual PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is the last of the four major PGA Tour tournaments played from April to August of each year. The winners of each of the other three majors (the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open) are automatically invited to play in the annual PGA Championship.

Qualifying For the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is one of the few PGA Tour events that is closed to amateurs. To qualify for the PGA Championship, you must have:

  • Won one or more of the previous five Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open championships.
  • Won at least one PGA Championship.
  • Won the most recent Senior PGA Championship.
  • Been in the top 70 on the official PGA Tour money list.
  • Placed in the top 15 in the previous PGA Championship.
  • Won a PGA sponsored event that was not a pro-am format.
  • Been a member of the previous Ryder Cup team and in the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list.

There are 156 spots available for each PGA Championship every year and they are all filled with card-carrying PGA Tour professionals. If a member of the first 70 players on the money list cannot play in the PGA Championship, then their place is awarded to the 71st player, and so on until the field is complete.

About Whistling Straits

Whistling Straits maintains the PGA Championship’s reputation for being played primarily in the eastern part of the United States. It is a relatively new golf course and was first opened in 1998, but this will already be its third PGA Championship.

Par for Whistling Straits is 72, but it is an incredibly long 7,790 yards for the professionals. It is a course that was designed by Pete Dye and it is scheduled to host the Ryder Cup in 2020.

Sizing Up The Field

The two prior PGA Championship winners at Whistling Straits were Vijay Singh and Martin Kaymer. But there is a youth movement on in the PGA that brings many of the younger players to the forefront.

Names such as Ricky Fowler and Adam Scott are high on the list of those getting the best odds. But the name that is expected to lift the Wanamaker Trophy on August 16, 2015 is the hugely popular Rory McIlroy.

As the weather warms up, and golfer’s everywhere start itching to get on the green, it’s time to revamp your golf gear. Prepare to get back on the course by shopping OGIO golf gear. Even if you don’t play like a professional, you can look like one when you shop OGIO.

High Hopes for Monumental Motos in 2015

This year stands to be another action-packed year of bar-to-bar racing from the start of Supercross’ 17 rounds to the much-anticipated outdoor Lucas Oil Motocross Championship. With revered veteran racer James Stewart out for the sum of the Supercross season and the first ten rounds of the Motocross Championship due to testing positive for amphetamines at 2014’s Seattle Supercross, the door is wide open for a new generation of talent to shine.

2015 Supercross Season

Supercross fans eagerly awaited Anaheim 1’s first gate drop in another season defined by stacked classes and strong factory teams. The 450 class championship is up for grabs with four-time title winner and reigning champ, Ryan Villipoto, opting to race a European series for Monster Energy Kawasaki. Many are looking to talented neophytes Cole Seely and Jason Anderson to make waves in the ranks after favorite 450 newcomer Dean Wilson was sidelined due to a knee injury early in the season.

In addition to rookies in the spotlight, high expectations have been placed on esteemed riders who have yet to see a 450 title, including Trey Canard, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen. Nobody is fast to count out past winners Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey, but if the aging Reed is to see another title before retirement, he had better make this his year before Lites class fresh faces make the move up to the 450 class.

In the West Coast portion of the series, Lites racers Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne and Arenacross vet Tyler Bowers are the ones to watch. East Coast riders gear up for their debut on Valentine’s Day when the series makes a stop in Arlington, Texas. Reigning East champ Justin Bogle and counterpart Jeremy Martin are anticipated to put up a good fight while Martin Davalos – in his announced final Lites season – is expected to atone for the dislocated ankle and shattered scaphoid that took him out of the running for last year’s East Coast crown.

Las Vegas Shootout

On May 2, Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium is the setting for the crowning of a new Supercross champ for the first time in four years, given Villipoto’s SX sabbatical. The Lites classes are slated to serve up excitement given the raw aptitude in each class meeting up in the much-anticipated shootout when the top talent from both coasts have throttles pinned for more at stake than Lites class bragging rights.

Familiar Territory for Motocross Championship

Two weeks separate Supercross and outdoor pro racing. The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to the same 12 tracks in a slightly altered order this year. May 16 marks the first gate drop at Hangtown in Sacramento, California. Top racers in the world will battle heat, mud and deep ruts all across the country with the final stop in Crawfordsville, Indiana at the Ironman National. Unadilla promises to be action-packed on August 8 as young talents fresh from Loretta’s try their hands among the pro ranks. Unadilla is also the round Stewart is eligible to return to racing, and fans hope to see number seven out there after his unfortunate suspension.

Barring injury of favored racers, moto enthusiasts are certain to be on the edges of their seats as the fastest men on dirt bikes line up to prove their deep-seated drive to succeed among the finest factory-backed racers and privateers. Supercross and the Motocross Championship set the standard for elite racing, and 2015 showcases a continuation of the celebrated excellence among those racing on American soil. Check out OGIO’s moto gear whenever you need gear for the races.

Super Bowl Swaps: Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

The Super Bowl only comes once a year, which means some people use it as an excuse to eat whatever they want, even if it negatively impacts their fitness goals. People call it a “cheat day” and eat everything from fried chicken to chips and cheese dip. However, you can still attain your fitness goals and enjoy Super Bowl munching without ruining your healthy diet. In fact, your taste buds probably won’t notice a difference, and you won’t feel disappointed when you step on the scale at the end of the week. Try these 3 healthy snack suggestions from OGIO.

3 Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

From tasty chicken fingers to spicy dips, you don’t have to resort to sad vegetable trays at the grocery store to enjoy Super Bowl snack food. Substitute those zero-calorie foods for these tasty options.

Instead of fried chips, eat kale chips

Kale contains numerous vitamins and nutrients, and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy after eating it. To make two servings of kale chips, take about 10 to 12 leaves, toss them in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, and add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Arrange the leaves on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes or until they’re crisp. A 121-gram serving has 3.8 grams of protein and contains less than 120 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Instead of cheese dip, eat mango and red pepper salsa

Enjoy a tasty mango and red pepper salsa with your kale chips. Peel and dice two ripe mangoes, one red pepper, and half of a red onion. Add the ingredients to a bowl with three chopped tomatoes and three tablespoons of fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Add cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste. Mix the ingredients together, and let the salsa sit overnight in your fridge. A 167-gram serving has 1.2 grams of protein and contains less than 70 calories and 1 gram of fat.

Instead of beef burgers, eat pork meatballs

Get your protein fix with a serving of meatballs. Combine two pounds of ground pork into a bowl with a large egg, a minced clove of garlic and a tablespoon each of black pepper, salt, parsley, paprika and mustard. Measure out level tablespoons of pork, and roll them into balls. Cook the meatballs at 400 degrees until they’re brown. A 177-gram serving has more than 40 grams of protein and contains less than 250 calories and 6 grams of fat.

Don’t feel excluded from the festivities when the Super Bowl invites start flowing in! With these healthy snack options, you can enjoy every aspect of the game and still stay on track toward your fitness goals.

Safety Tips for Winter Bike Travel

Bicycling to work or for fun does not have to end just because summer is over. In fact, winter biking can be an exhilarating activity that helps you stay fit, burn off stress and may just make your daily commute a little more pleasurable. Before heading out into the fresh snow, take a few precautions to ensure you can enjoy a safe, fun ride.

1. Dress warmly.
Light layers are best, but try to avoid overdressing since you will be producing plenty of your own heat. Wear a base layer that will wick sweat away from your skin, add a fleece top to insulate and top with a brightly colored or reflective soft shell or waterproof jacket depending on the weather conditions. Because your head and hands tend to lose heat quickly, wear a warm stocking cap under your bike helmet and add waterproof cycling gloves.

2. Prepare your bike.
Winter roads with ice, salt and sludge can be particularly rough on your bike. Single-speed bikes may be the best choice for many riders, but you can still ride your favorite multi-speed bike if you are able to rinse road grime off of it and lubricate the drivetrain frequently. Switch to wide, knobby or studded tires to grip the road more effectively, and add LED lights to make you more visible to motorists.

3. Know your limits.
Ride at a safe pace, and when the roads are slick, use only the rear brakes to stop. If you start to tilt, lose traction or feel like you are losing control, take your feet off the pedals. Check the weather forecast before heading out, particularly if you are planning a longer ride, and take snacks and drinks along in your bag to refuel as needed. Consider outfitting yourself with the Dakar 100 Hydration Pack and keep your water easily accessible while biking. If you are riding to work, be aware of public transportation routes so that you can divert your ride if you become fatigued. The OGIO Commuter backpack is perfect for people commuting to and from work on their bike. Durable and waterproof, this bag keeps your electronics safely organized.

Before you head out for a brisk winter ride, tell a friend or loved one your planned route in case of emergencies, and wear your ID on your person or in your bike bag. Taking a few moments to prepare yourself and your bike can ensure your experience is as safe and healthy as it is enjoyable.

 

Winter Survival Guide to Beat Cabin Fever

When the weather is cold and harsh, it’s tempting to park yourself on the couch and enjoy endless rounds of video games and movies. However, doing the same things over and over can leave you feeling frustrated, bored and unfulfilled. Adding a few new activities into your daily routines can help you avoid cabin fever. Follow OGIO’s tips for beating cabin fever.

Learn a New Skill
Developing a new skill is a great way to keep yourself busy and fight boredom. Cooking, for example, is a skill that takes practice and time to develop. If you spend time reading cookbooks and trying new recipes, you can learn how to make healthy and delicious meals. To make your culinary journey more interesting, encourage your family to develop their cooking skills with you. As your collective skills mature, each member of your family can take turns making dinner.

Start an Indoor Exercise Routine
In the winter, exercising outside can be challenging thanks to unpleasant weather conditions and limited daylight. Fortunately, there are many ways to exercise in your own living room. Your local library, for example, may have a supply of fitness DVDs that you can borrow free of charge. You can also buy indoor exercise equipment, from inexpensive items like kettle balls, weights and resistance bands to more complex and expensive fitness machines. Simple activities, such as yoga or aerobics, are good ways to build your fitness and avoid boredom.

Work on Household Projects
If you have a long list of projects that you’ve been intending to complete, winter is the perfect time to work. You can start with a simple project, such as reorganizing your kitchen cabinets, or tackle a lengthier project. Working on these projects will help you burn some energy and improve the look of your home.

Grow Indoor Plants
Growing indoor plants is a great way to invite nature into your home. Caring for your plants will give you something to do each day. Choose colorful flowers to boost your mood when you’re stuck inside on a snowy day. You can also grow herbs to add new flavors and extra nutrition to your daily meals.

Don’t let winter weather get you down in the dumps! By adding new indoor activities to your day-to-day life, you can stay active and engaged throughout the snowy season. Determined to continue your outside activities? Outfit yourself with the proper OGIO gear to keep you and your belongings safe from winter weather.

Healthy and Fit Resolution Tips

Whether you’ve fallen off the fitness wagon or your routine needs a little more oomph, the New Year resolution train is usually the time when exercise and healthy eating jump to the top of the priority list. You’ve determined this year to stick with your fitness resolutions, and while your New Year’s motivation may give you a good kick in intensity, that momentum has a chance of dying out before the month is over. Here are OGIO tips on making – and keeping – your fitness resolutions.

Crafting Your Resolution 

Building a manageable and measurable resolution is one of the most important factors to maintaining it throughout the year. Focus on picking fitness goals that make sense for you. If you have never tried running long-distance, but are working toward a 5k marathon, hitting the treadmill for an hour every day is probably overkill. Set small, manageable goals for yourself. Also, make sure that your resolution is measurable so you can track your progress. Following the SMART model is a great way to build a successful resolution: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused and Time-bound.

Work, then Reward

While your hard work may pay off in the end, rewarding yourself for reaching smaller benchmarks can help keep you motivated throughout your fitness journey. When you reach hard earned milestones, reward yourself with something that won’t undo your work. Some good rewards might be a massage, new fitness outfit or a night at the movies. Regular rewards can help you reach those milestones faster!

Mix Your Routine Up

Even the most experienced gym-goers can become bored with a stale routine. When you’re just starting out it’s good to have a workout plan in your mind, but don’t be afraid to mix things up. If you’re attending a gym, chances are they offer different fitness classes. Try out yoga, boxing, spinning class and anything else they offer. If you find yourself working out at home or at a smaller apartment complex fitness center, try doing some active outdoor activities like playing sports with friends or walking a dog.

Get Some Cool Gear

Who doesn’t like new fitness gear? Investing in some cool new OGIO gear can be a great motivator to get in the gym. Whether you purchase an OGIO 8.0 Athletic Bag or OGIO Crunch Duffel Bag, new workout gear can help improve your confidence and motivation. Look good, feel good! Plus, nobody wants to spend money on gear that doesn’t get used.

Flexibility is Key

No one is perfect, and even the best-laid plans can be left in the dust when life gets in the way. Schedules can become hectic, and sometimes you just may not have the time or energy to get your workout in. Just keep in mind that you’re starting a new fitness routine; it will take work to maintain and get used to implementing fitness in your life. Even if you miss a workout, don’t get discouraged. Slipups are normal, but don’t let a few days off – or weeks – make you give up entirely. Accept your slipups and get back on track!

Whatever fitness resolution you choose, make sure that you enjoy it! No one wants to do an activity they hate and you’ll lose steam quickly if you’re dreading your workout.

Durable Gifts for On-the-go Athletes

Give the gift that the athlete in your life really needs: a reliable bag. Traveling can be a stressful experience, especially if you don’t have the right gear. Athletes want the security of knowing their gear is protected by durable luggage. Whether you’re schlepping stuff across the country or just to the nearby gym, every active individual needs be able to count on their bags. Outfit your favorite athlete or traveler with essential OGIO gear this Christmas!

When an athlete has to travel long distances for an event, the average travel luggage isn’t going to cut it. Our moto gear bags, packs and travel luggage are designed to hold up against wear and tear, and keep your favorite rider’s gear organized. The Rig 9800 Rolling Luggage Bag is the largest of our moto travel luggage. It features a large main compartment with adjustable dividers and padded helmet section. This bag also comes in a variety of colors, so you can customize it for the traveling biker in your life.

Rig 9800 Rolling Luggage Bag

Rig 9800 Rolling Luggage Bag

The Slayer Gear Bag is slightly smaller and resembles a duffel bag design rather than a rolling travel bag. The large main compartment has a large top opening for maximum access, and separate pocket with two internal pockets for smaller items. A separate boot pocket keeps shoes from getting clean gear dirty.

Slayer Gear Bag

Slayer Gear Bag

Our Throttle Pack is ideal for travelers who don’t have a lot of belongings, or who want to keep specific valuables on their person. With a variety of pockets, this bag keeps belongings organized and easy to access. There are two external side pockets, two internal pockets, one large front pocket and a fleece lined electronics pocket. The 2-way adjustable sternum strap keeps this bag secure whether traveling by plane, train or motorcycle.

Throttle Pack
Throttle Pack

The athlete in your life will be ready to hit the road with OGIO’s Quickdraw bag. Perfect for workout essentials, this bag has just enough space for everything needed for the gym. The roomy, main compartment is perfect for tennis shoes, and the outer accessory pocket keeps small belongings from getting lost.

Quickdraw Bag

Quickdraw Bag

One of the most highly engineered gym bags on the market, the Locker Bag was OGIO’s first innovation. The sturdy structure is designed to fit in a locker and the intelligent features keep all of your favorite gym-goers’ belongings perfectly organized.

Locker Bag

Locker Bag

Follow our helpful gift guide to kick-off your holiday shopping! This is just a small variety of the great bags that OGIO has to offer. Find the perfect OGIO bag for your favorite athlete or the moto enthusiast in your life!