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!

The 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in the U.S.

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

1. Arizona’s Highway 93

Motorcycle ride Arizona

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

2. The Pacific Coast Highway of Northern California

Motorcycle ride Highway 1

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

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

Motorcycle ride Sturgis

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

4. The Low Road to Taos, New Mexico

Motorcycle ride New Mexico

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

5. Shenandoah Skyline Drive, Virginia

Motorcycle ride Skyline Drive

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

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

 

Ten New Songs to Amp Your Workout

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

The Messed Up Kids- Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg preforming

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

House of Gold- Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots preforming

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

Laura Palmer- Bastille

Bastille preforming

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

Burn- Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding preforming

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

Kangaroo Court- Capital Cities

Capital Cities preforming

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

Falling- Haim

Haim photo

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

Hey Brother- Avicii

Avicii DJ

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

Do I Wanna Know - Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys preforming

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

 The Man- Aloe Blacc 

Aloe Blacc preforming

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

XO- Beyonce

Beyonce preforming

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

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

 

Blog Giveaway: Stick To Your Resolutions!

Stick to Your Resolutions Giveaway

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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The OGIO Gift Guide for Spontaneous (i.e., last minute) Shoppers

 

Gift Guide

So Christmas is just days away, and you might have been too busy riding your dirt bike, hitting the links and ‘living in the moment’ to finish all your gift shopping in advance. No worries, the Ogio Gift Guide has the last-minute-special-something for (nearly) everyone on your list. Order by noon Friday to guarantee delivery by December 24th!

For Her

The Monaco Messenger bag offers versatility and organized compartments for everyday use.

Monaco Messenger Bag

 

For Him

He’ll love the versatile, wind and water resistant Instinct ¼ Zip Jacket both on the course and off.

Instinct 1/4 Zip Jacket

Instinct 1/4 Zip Jacket

 

For the Adventure Seekers

The All Elements Pack is serious gear for the serious adventurist. Whether biking or backpacking, this weatherproof pack keeps essentials protected and organized.

All Elements Pack

All Elements Pack

 

For the Golfer

Help the golfer in your life upgrade his game with the ultra-light, weather resistant Wisp Stand Bag.

Wisp Stand Bag

Wisp Stand Bag

 

For the Globe Trotter

The Ascender 22” and 30” inch travel bags will take any jetsetter from terminal to taxi with ease and style.

Ascender

Ascender

 

For the Professional

Professional, polished, and efficient in design, the 15” New Slim case has an array of smartly organized compartments to hold the savvy careerists’ tools and toys.

New Slim

New Slim

 

Top Seller

You can’t go wrong with our wildly popular Renegade RSS 17 Laptop Backpack. With its sleek style, ergonomic design and protective laptop compartment, it’s no wonder this is our top seller.

Renegade

Renegade

You can’t go wrong with our wildly popular Renegade RSS 17 Laptop Backpack. With its sleek style, ergonomic design and protective laptop compartment, it’s no wonder this is our top seller.

 

Under $50

The Tribune 17 Laptop Backpack is durable, efficient and just the right price. Perfect for the student on your list.

Tribune

Tribune

 

For You

You’ve worked (kind of) hard getting awesome swag for all your lucky loved ones, now reward yourself with one of Ogio’s specially priced items. The Squadron 15 Laptop Backpack is bound to look sharp on someone with your good taste!

Squadron

Squadron

 

OGIO Opens First Retail Store in Beijing

OGIO International has truly lived up to its name with its very first retail store in Beijing, China, scheduled to open today. After growing a loyal customer base in Europe, North America and, most recently, Asia, OGIO has taken the next step by using the new retail store to develop a custom-designed collection for Beijing shoppers.

“Our success formula of developing unique adrenaline raising styles with intelligent design features sparked our rapid growth over the past four years,” commented Tony Palma, OGIO’s CEO. “We are proud and excited to introduce a collection, specifically selected for the Chinese market, at our first retail store in the brand new, upscale Aegean Beijing Shopping Mall. Located in the busy district on North 3rd Ring of Beijing, the modern design of the building, along with the world’s leading fashion companies as anchors, is destined to be a new attraction for Beijing residents.”

This new shop is just the first step of many in plans to expand into the retail market, says Tony Palma, CEO. He says the intent is to begin unveiling these exclusive OGIO retail stores Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chongqing and Shenzhen over the next 6 to 18 months. Demand for OGIO products has grown exponentially over the past several years after gaining a reputation for high-quality, well-designed bags and apparel for the active and sport-enthused audiences. Standby favorites such as the Renegade RSS 17 combined with innovative new products like the RBSS 9800 have garnered OGIO a dedicated base of customers.

As a loyal OGIO fan, what do you hope to see at an OGIO retail store? Or, Where would you like to see the next OGIO retail store pop up? Let us know!