December 27, 2011 Adam Ziskin
When it rains it pours, yes, pun intended. BikeCommuters.Com has been extremely nice to us as of late. We don’t advertise with them (yet), so their actions are coming from a true place of bike commuting & products that help the cause, which is why we are stoked to hear how well our review went. Not only has it been raining in the state of Ohio for Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney, one of the brilliant writers/testers for BikeCommuters.Com, to go out and make the worst weather his best ride (Our motto), but he’s been killing it with our waterproof, breathable, lightweight, & compact O2 Rainwear Calhoun Jacket! We are literally turning him into a true Midwesterner (he’s originally used to beaches & sunshine rides). He’s riding in temperature below freezing! So props to him on that front, and once again, thanks to BikeCommuters.Com and all the bike commuting junkies out there for taking notice to us. Nothing. Stops. You. CHECK OUT THE GREAT REVIEW HERE
December 5, 2011 Adam Ziskin
We had a first this season. For the first time in the history of gift guide’s, somebody chose to put O2 Rainwear within the box of tricks one should choose to give to a special someone (including themselves) over the holiday season. That “somebody” was BikeCommuters.Com . BikeCommuters.com is a site where you can find up to the minute information on all bike commuting products, news, and random bike culture anecdotes. Its a great daily go-to for staying in the know. Among the cool recommendations that BikeCommuters.Com had, such as BanjoBrothers and Portland Design Works, they highlighted our waterproof, breathable, lightweight, and compact O2 Rainwear Calhoun Jacket! Can we be more happy? Shall we make a toast to this? Absolutely! So sip on whatever adult beverage of your liking, and cheers to BikeCommuters.Com for kicking ass & looking our way. CHECK IT OUT with the link below!
BIKECOMMUTER.COM’s GIFT GUIDE
October 14, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Who the hell wants a burly adventure? Who the hell wants an epic confrontation with their will to endure the most arctic of ultra events? Well swallow this. The Arrowhead 135 is 135 miles across Northern Minnesota virtually all on the Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail from I-Falls to Tower, MN at the Fortune Bay Casino. You may bicycle, ski or go by foot. In their 8th year, while starting with about 10 entrants in 2005 to 120+ actual starters in 2011, and featuring arguably many of the best winter ultra-athletes in the world, it is the “ultra” winter test.
From their website; “Historically one of the coldest gosh darn races anyplace including even the Arctic, check the average temps, virtually every year luck has us at -30 to -40C/F. Arrowhead 135 Inc is a Minnesota Not-For-Profit Organization of local athletes/volunteers dedicated to the promotion of human powered ultra-endurance events across the scenic and rugged Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota. Our mission is to foster national and international amateur ultra endurance sports such as mountain-biking, cross-country skiing and trail running. We strive to educate the community on extreme endurance sports safety and winter camping. The goal of the organization is to offer a small, fun, educational, yet challenging ultra-endurance event in extreme trail and weather conditions for the benefit of communities in Northern Minnesota.”
O2 Rainwear is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Arrowhead 135.
Check out their site here: ARROWHEAD 135
September 23, 2011 Adam Ziskin
A Site by Mountain Bikers for Mountain Bikers
We knew our Nokomis Series was the end-all for all hardcore cyclist. We make our gear for for anyone that can get on a bike and for any elements that is thrown your way while riding. Hell yeah we were pumped when a mountain biker wanted to review our gear, we knew it would receive the same positive praise as our recreational & road reviewers have in the past. MTBR.COM is “a site by Mountain Bikers for Mountain Bikers.” They do Pro Reviews that are extremely detailed as you will notice. Brian Mullin at http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ was our Pro Reviewer, and SPOILER ALERT, we received 4.5 outta 5 Flammin’ Chili Peppers! READ THE REVIEW HERE
August 16, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Josh King reviewed the Nokomis Jacket at CommutebyBike.Com. You can read the insightful review right HERE
Commute By Bike has been active since the spring of 2005. All the contributors to this site have a wealth of experience and commuting history. They believe that bicycles can solve many of the worlds issues, relieve stress, and create a healthy lifestyle.
“Josh King lives in Seattle, where he commutes by bike every day, rain or shine. He switched to full-time single speed commuting in 2010. You can read his thoughts on going gearless at www.singlespeedseattle.com”
June 29, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Nick Burklow, a serious commuter & bike lifestyle contributor at BikeRumor.Com, has been trying out our Nokomis Jacket & Pant for over 3 months. We could not be happier with his experience and review giving 4.5 out of 5 thumbs up. WOO HOO. You can read the review here –> BIKERUMOR.COM REVIEW OF NOKOMIS SERIES
According to their site, BikeRumor.Com was “launched in June 2008 by some cyclists who just really enjoy everything about bikes as a way to share information that all cycling fanatics could enjoy.” They focus on featuring the latest, greatest bike gadgets, news, rumors and trends with a small attention to race coverage.
June 6, 2011 Adam Ziskin
The good folks at BICYCLING MAGAZINE gave us a very positive online review of the Calhoun Jacket & Pants. You can read it here. –> BICYCLING MAGAZINE REVIEW
May 23, 2011 Adam Ziskin
According to their website, “Urban Velo is a reflection of the cycling culture in current day cities. Our readers are encouraged to contribute their words and art. We pay real American dollars for published submissions—get in touch with your ideas.”
Read what they had to say about O2 on the link below!
UrbanVelo.Org Showcases O2 Rainwear!
May 23, 2011 Adam Ziskin
The good people at PodiumCafe.Com reviewed the O2 Calhoun Jacket. Here are some excerpts from it:
“Because O2 Rainwear, of balmy Minneapolis, asked me to demo their Calhoun model jacket, whereupon I discovered that you can, in fact, repel water without sealing yourself in suffocating plastic.”
“I rode around in the windy, wet Seattle slop in the Calhoun (~$120) for a couple weeks, both commutes and multiple hour rides, and was able to check off the following: kept me dry, didn’t feel like a sweat lodge, blocked the wind, fit trimly enough to not feel any billowing ”
“Actually, I’ve taken to wearing the Calhoun around off the bike, since stylistically it’s a big upgrade from my standard-Northwest-issue Mountain Hardware coat. But that’s not the important part. What matters is that it does what it said it would, keep my body temperature under control while repelling rain, and by all appearances the construction is very solid. Zippers are firm and grippy, and the stitching is covered over to stop seepage. It’s got pit zips, cinches in the waist and back of the neck for really trimming, and velcro sleeve cinches. And only one pocket: this is a rain layer that’s meant to fit trim and be light. If you’re into going fast on a rainy day.”
For the full review, click on the link below and check out PodiumCafe.Com daily for great cycling content.
PodiumCafe.Com REVIEW of O2 Rainwear Calhoun Jacket
May 17, 2011 Adam Ziskin
O2 is sponsoring The Get Up & Ride Wisconsin Bike Challenge. This event is a simple way for Wisconsin Businesses to encourage all the benefits of cycling. It’s a fun way to track both commuting and recreational bicycle trips. There are real-time reports that show the businesses progress on total number of bike miles, average miles biked per employee, and percentage of work base participating.
- Workplaces are invited to sign-up now at www.challenge.bfw.org
- Employees will begin tracking their bicycle trips May16.
- The first set of monthly prizes will be given away June 30.
At any time throughout the Challenge, business representatives can log-in to the site for updates and progress reports. Why doesn’t every state do this? There needs to be a national contest from border to border to see who has the best company bike participation. Who’s with me?
May 4, 2011 Adam Ziskin
BikeRumor.Com previewed O2’s new 2011 assortment, both our Calhoun & Nokomis series. BikeRumor.Com launched in June 2008 by some cyclists who just really enjoy everything about bikes as a way to share information that all cycling fanatics could enjoy. They are also doing a review of the Nokomis Jacket & Pant in the near future, so I will certainly post that when available.
BikeRumor.Com’s ink about O2
May 3, 2011 Adam Ziskin
O2 Rainwear’s Original Hooded Jacket was voted #3 best waterproof jacket to put one foot in front of the other while wearing by ABOUT.COM. I know what you are thinking, is this a dream? Is it really true? You can see for yourself here –> #3 Best on About.Com
May 3, 2011 Adam Ziskin
There are great cycling blogs all over the place. There is not a better lunch read online to stay in the know and learn about the cycling community at large than to follow these great bloggers. Well, the Twin Cities has some true gems, CycleTC.Com is one of them. Cycle Twin Cities is a blog dedicated to the events, people and places that make up the Minneapolis and St. Paul cycling community. There is no argument that the Twin Cities is one of the best cycling communities in the world. Whether the Twin Cities is #1 or not is irrelevant, what matters is that its growing & getting better every day. Its bloggers like Cycle Twin Cities keeping the Minnesota community in tune. O2 Rainwear was lucky enough to get chosen for an interview on Cycle Twin Cities, which you can read by clicking the link below.
O2 Interview on CycleTC.Com
April 27, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Gold Rush Mother Lode Adventure Race becomes ONLY US Qualifier for Adventure Racing World Series and one of our AR teams that we sponsor is bringing it to life!
O2 Rainwear has been sponsoring team TecnuExtreme for years now along with WEDALI Adventure Racing Team. We think Adventure Racing is an amazing sport that test the boundaries of human endurance. Both teams are incredible. TecnuExtreme is one of the best Adventure Racing Teams in the world, easily one of the best in North America. Through hard work they have created something special called The Mother Lode Expedition Race presented by TecnuExtreme. This race will happen Sept 8-11 in the Sierra Mountains of central California. Competing teams will be battling for a free entry to the Adventure Racing World Championship in Tasmania, Australia and 200 points in the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series. It is now the ONLY U.S qualifying race for the World Championships for 2011, and only one of 7 events in the world.
Gold Rush Adventure Racing
TecnuExtreme Adventure Racing Team
April 8, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Chris Skogen, the founder of The Almanzo 100 endurance race, is flying under the radar as a race event god. The first three rules of his killer free endurance race is:
1. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
2. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
3. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
It all started as an organic & noble idea. 100% dirt, 100% free, 100% self-supported, 100% amazing. It obviously is filling a void in the Minnesota Cycling race community and abroad. It started in spring 2007 with only 20 riders registered, 13 people actually showing up, and only 4 finishing. Forward to spring 2011, the Almanzo 100 has over 700 riders. This has spawned an even greater concept from Skogen, The Almanzo Gravel Road Series: Race for the Cup, which according to Skogen, “was born out of a desire to combine the finest gravel road cycling events in the country and the people that ride them.” The AGRS is currently a free 7 race gravel series. You can find more information on the AGRS blog, which is linked on the bottom of this post.
Spring elements in Minnesota can always be unpredictable. You can still have snow on the ground, you can have flooding, you can have extremely muddy conditions, you could ride the entire race in the rain. With the Almanzo 100, you must be prepared for all elements. This year, The Almanzo 100 race is set for May 14th, 2011.
The Almanzo 100
The Almanzo Gravel Road Series; AGRS
March 21, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Round three of 30 Days of Biking kicks of April 1, 2011. This growing movement aims to boost health and preserve the earth by encouraging people in a community to hop on a bike instead of start up the car. Almost 1,000 cyclists from all over the world took part in round two last September.
Are you interested in joining this growing movement? Take this pledge, and commit yourself to biking every day for thirty days — whether it’s for a quick ride or a long haul. Remember, over the course of thirty days, you might face some unforgiving weather. Try our Nokomis line of rainwear to stay dry and comfortable. With the right gear, you’ll not only finish your thirty days, you might even find cycling becomes a part of your regular routine.
March 19, 2011 Adam Ziskin
If you’re in the Seattle area on February 27, get ready for the 6th edition of the F*cking Hills Race. As the name says, it’s a hilly 33-mile race on Bainbridge Island. At the end, riders are rewarded for braving the hills and cold with a chili feed and lots of prizes.
More about the race on Point83’s website