Author Archives: Adam Ziskin

O2 News: MTBR.COM with a detailed review of our Nokomis Series

Posted on September 23, 2011 by 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 was our Pro Reviewer, and SPOILER ALERT, we received 4.5 outta 5 Flammin’ Chili Peppers! READ THE REVIEW HERE

O2 News: Commute by Bike review of Nokomis Jacket

Posted on August 16, 2011 by 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”

O2 News: BIKERUMOR.COM with a killer review of our Nokomis Series!

Posted on June 29, 2011 by 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.

O2 News: BICYCLING Magazine’s online Review of the Calhoun Series!

Posted on June 6, 2011 by 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

O2 News: UrbanVelo showcases O2’s 2011 Assortment

Posted on May 23, 2011 by 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!

O2 News: PodiumCafe.Com Reviews the O2 Calhoun Jacket

Posted on May 23, 2011 by 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

Get Out and Bike: Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin “Get Up & Ride Challenge”

Posted on May 17, 2011 by 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
  • 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?

O2 News: BikeRumor.Com gives O2 some love!

Posted on May 4, 2011 by 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

O2 News: O2 Rated #3 Jacket on About.Com

Posted on May 3, 2011 by 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

O2 News: Cycle Twin Cities (CycleTC.Com)

Posted on May 3, 2011 by 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

Get Out and Bike: Gold Rush Mother Lode Adventure Race by Tecnu Extreme

Posted on April 27, 2011 by 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

Get Out and Bike: Almanzo 100

Posted on April 8, 2011 by 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:


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

Get Out and Bike: 30 Day of Biking

Posted on March 21, 2011 by 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.

Get Out and Bike: Point 83’s F*cking Hills Race

Posted on March 19, 2011 by 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

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