Hanging Out with Ernest Gagnon At Interbike 2014

Hands down the best part of this year’s Interbike was getting to know one of our newest athletes, Ernest Gagnon. Although it was hard getting from point A to B without a handful of photo op requests from fans, we made our way around the show, cycling events & the strip, of course.

Ernest Gagnon Interbike 2014

Upon landing in Vegas, after a long 12 hours of travel from Boston (with a 70 pound bike box in hand) we got a little rest in before sushi dinner. Outdoor Tech sushi dinners typically start with instructing the waiter to bring us 4 of everything on the menu and sake bombs until someone says stop, but Ernest inspired us to cut back just this one time.

Day 1 of the show consisted of more photos, a little helmet shopping and of course, the big cyclocross event, CrossVegas. CrossVegas is one of the largest cyclocross races in America, so Ernest and I got there early to check out the scene and prelap. The event brings out the top cyclocross athletes from all over the world, and the course was tough – lots of hills, turns, ramps and obstacles. It was 102 degrees and rising, so we took to some shade whenever we could, thanks to the many Sierra Nevada tents set up around the course. Cyclocross athletes are super impressive, beyond talented, and very supportive people. It is a special community to say the least, and I am so thrilled to have learned more about the sport and witness the support received by Ernest.

Ernest during cycle cross at interbike

We Spent day 2 at the show rocking the kit, taking more pictures, promoting our stuff and learning more about the bike industry.  After the show, Ernest and I participated in the Pedal Palooza ride from Mandalay Bay down the strip. With the Buckshot bike speaker blasting, riding down the strip at night was pretty awesome, especially with such a rowdy group of people. The ride ended in a big party in Fremont, but we dipped early to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Otto inside the Venetian and party to Diplo and Morgan Page with the rest of the ODT crew!

Outdoor Tech Interbike Dinner

Ernest had so much fun in Vegas, we forgot about his departure. Literally. Just before heading to the show on the last day, we realized he should have been landing in Boston instead. Oops! Since trade shows never get old, we were happy to hit the show for a couple more hours before saying goodbye for an afternoon flight back to Boston.

Ernest is an impressive guy, and we are thrilled to support him on his journey to inspire himself and others to lose weight through cyclocross. You also probably want to follow him on Facebook and Instagram https://www.facebook.com/ernestgagnoncyclist, @erniegagnon2013.

The Daily Express Saturday Must Have Our Privates

You know we’re international right? Yea, it’s pretty crazy. Anyway, the U.K. really likes our stuff. Just check this out from the Daily Express Saturday magazine. They really like our Privates, some of the raddest headphones you can get.

Daily Express Saturday Outdoor Tech Privates

Daily Express Saturday Privates

It’s pretty cool to get this kind of coverage for our Bluetooth headphones from so far away. Shout-out to the crew over at MadisonUK. Those guys are killing it!

Ryan F Uses His Privates Differently, But We Love it!

Ryan F Loves his Wireless Headphones from OutdoorTech

1) Name?
Ryan F.

2) Hometown?
Redondo Beach (North Redondo Beach to be specific).

3) So, what were you looking to pick up?

I was shopping around for some Bluetooth headphones for forever, and then I came across Outdoor Tech’s stuff. The Privates totally caught my eye.

4) What’s your favorite thing about Outdoor Tech’s Privates Wireless Headphones?Ryan F with Privates - Wireless Headphones by Outdoor Tech

I was looking specifically for wireless over-the-ear headphones, something that was really comfortable. I’m not a big fan of all those decibels directly entering my ear canals, so what I really needed were some wireless headphones that were super comfortable and the Privates delivered on all fronts. Really happy with ‘em.

5) Glad to hear it! Is there anything else you like about the headphones?

That’s really it. I just needed some wireless over-the-ear headphones that were really comfortable and I ended up scoring with Outdoor Tech’s Privates Wireless Headphones.

6) Nice. Well, what do you like to do when you’re using your headphones?

Fight crime! No, honestly, I love to cook. I can cruise around the kitchen, cooking up all of my favorite grub, and I never get hung up or tangled on anything. I kind of forget they’re even there! No, but seriously, they’re great for cooking but I’m not an expert chef or anything. They’re actually really good for when I’m at work, or flying somewhere or just relaxing at home. They headphones don’t bleed at all and they’re pretty comfy, so I can go into my own little world and I’m not bothering anyone when I’m listening to my favorite band.

7) What’s the name of your favorite band?

Devo, man. I love Devo. Can’t you tell by my t-shirt I’m a huge Devo fan? Oh…and Gutter Mouth, too!

Gabe’s Turtle Shell 2.0 is Family-Proof

Gabe P's Turtle Shell 2.0 is Family Proof

1) Name?

Hey, I’m Gabe P.

2) Hometown?

El Segundo, Calif. Wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

3) So, what were you looking to pick up?

I really needed a tough Bluetooth speaker. So after hunting around for a bit, I ended up going with Outdoor Tech’s Turtle Shell. Totally love it.

4) What’s your favorite thing about Outdoor Tech’s Turtle Shell?

Look, I’m a family man. I have four wonderful kids. But, come on, kids have a knack for breaking things in the most mind-boggling ways. And I love taking my kids to the park or doing backyard BBQs, and I needed an outdoor wireless speaker that was ruggedized—something that could be used and abused a bit. I needed something that could be used every day and was rugged enough to handle some serious usage by my four kids, you know? Anyway, I’m totally happy to report that the speaker’s holding up pretty well!

5) Is there anything else you like about the speakers?
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Yeah, the Turtle Shell is simple, ruggedized and easy-to-use. There’s really not much else I can say. It’s perfect for my lifestyle. Like I said, we love to use it during our family BBQs in the backyard (if it gets knocked down when someone’s running around, no worries at all), and we also like to use it as a bicycle speaker too when we cruise around the beach on Sundays. I needed to get the Turtle Claw attachment to fix it to my bike, but it was super easy to install.

6) OK, so when you’re listening to some tunes with your family, what kind of music are you listening to?

Oh, man, we love Steel Pulse! My wife and kids, everybody totally digs ‘em. We was jamming!

Dirk W. Boogies Down in the Park with his Privates

Dirk W. enjoying his beats

1) Name?
Hey, what’s up, I’m Dirk W.

2) Hometown?

Originally? Texas. But now I live in California. I needed to be closer to the ocean!

3) Totally. So, what were you looking to pick up?

I needed some over-the-ear, wireless headphones. I’m not a big fan of earbuds (they hurt my ears!) and I hate cords. Hate ‘em with a passion.

4) What’s your favorite thing about Outdoor Tech’s Privates Wireless Headphones?

Well, they’re lightweight, which is great. Oh, and they’re rugged too (I’m an active guy, so these things have to take a beating sometimes). But the biggest thing is that they’re wireless. I don’t have to worry about them when I’m using them outdoors—no annoying cords or anything. When I’m hiking, I don’t want anything slowing me down at all.

5) Is there anything else you like about the headphones?

You’d think that with headphones that are “durable” that they’d be bulky and pretty heavy. Or at least that’s what I kind of expected. But these Privates are surprisingly light and compact. And, man, are they tough! Oh, and did I mention that I hate earbuds? They bug me so much. So yeah, an over-the-ear option is big for me, and these wireless headphones are a great choice. The battery life is really solid, which helps out a lot when I ride the bus.

6) What do you like to listen to?

I love all kinds of music, but I especially love to listen to audiobooks. I ride the bus to and from work, and I like to listen to mostly audiobooks and they all sound really good. And, while I’m sure some audiophiles might use these headphones for some hardcore music, I thought the Privates worked great with some soft, casual tunes as well. I like to keep things mellow before and after work, you know?

Ashley B. & Her Privates!

1) Name?Ashley-b-bluetooth-headphones | Outdoor Tech

My name’s Ashley B.

2) Hometown?

I’m in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

3) So, what were you looking to pick up?

I needed some wireless headphones, so I went with Outdoor Tech’s Privates.

4) What’s your favorite thing about Outdoor Tech’s Privates Wireless Headphones?

Well, I needed some Bluetooth headphones for working outside on my computer (I love to hang out in the park or in my backyard and do work), and these work great for that. I can also wear the Privates without having to worry about plugging them in. I don’t have to worry about pulling my laptop off the desk when I turn around too fast anymore—that’s happened to me before and it’s a real bummer. Oh, and the microphone feature lets me take my calls. It’s super easy. All in all, the price point was great and the portability is tough to beat. I’m pretty happy with ‘em.

5) Very cool! Is there anything else you like about the headphones?
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Since Privates are wireless headphones, they’re perfect for when I’m studying on the couch and listening to some music, and if I need to get up and go get something, there isn’t a wire or anything to get caught up or tangled. They’re also great for when I need to switch things up and I decide to do some studying or work in my backyard or elsewhere outside. The sound quality is totally stellar, and I can also pair the headphones with my television or my computer too if my boyfriend needs to sleep. He’s a pretty light sleeper, so these headphones help out a lot at home!
6) So, when you’re jamming out with these headphones, what kind of music are you listening to?

I like calm tunes. Stuff to keep me mellow throughout the day. I definitely love Bon Iver and Passion Pit.

The Beer Marathon at Outdoor Retailer 2014

Some people think trade shows are boring. Those people probably don’t come by the Outdoor Tech® booth. Not only do we have all kinds of rad stuff like bluetooth speakers, headphones, earbuds and other wireless audio devices; we have fun. A lot of fun.

For example, we went to Outdoor Retailer this year and held our first Beer Marathon. It’s pretty simple, you consume 26.2 ounces of beer in the fastest time and you win a prize. Keep in mind, you are going head to head with an opponent. #exciting

Outdoor Retailer Beer Marathon

You can’t blame us if you didn’t go. We got the word out everywhere. You probably want to make sure you follow us on Instagram and Twitter. We for sure let everyone know what we are up to.

Beer Marathon Card

So what is the Beer Marathon?

Step 1: Beer Pong – Sink one and pond it.

Step 2: Quarters – Sink one and pound it.

Step 3: Beer Bong – Take that funnel full of beer to your domepiece.

Since you are going head to head with someone, the person that completes the Beer Marathon first, wins some #stuffyouprobablywant from Outdoor Tech®. It may sound a little confusing but Charlie explained the rules before every match.

Charlie's In Charge

Obviously, this is exciting. You may be knocking stuff over just reading this, calm down. Seriously, count to 5 and breathe.

Check this video to see the rules and an example of some overexcitement.

Maybe it’s the pumping music from the Big Turtle Shell® that got Buck all giddy. I don’t know but pull yourself together man, we are trying to conduct some business here.

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Okay, okay, you want to see a real match? Watch this video and enjoy.

Hey, it’s not just a guy thing. Girls can compete too. #CrossingGenderBoundries I honestly think this event will be featured on Drunk History sometime in the distant future as a defining moment in equality. Watch this battle between two ladies.

After a few hours of head to head competition, the final results are….

Beer Marathon Final Results

Listen, if drinking isn’t your thing, that’s cool. You can still hang out. Our booth isn’t always super crowded with people. Here is a pic taken early one morning. It’s from that 30 minutes of calm right after they open the doors. But after that 30 minutes or so, yea.. it always gets super crowded with people learning about our brand and how rad our products are.

The Calm Before the Storm at Outdoor Retailer

All videos were shot on a GoPro, damn those cameras are pretty rad. Did you notice that the GoPro booth was across from ours? It looked like they were having a lot of fun watching all the commotion in our booth.

Go ahead and leave a comment to let us know which video was your favorite or just share this with 20 of you favorite bestie’s.

Outdoor Tech® Featured on Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 27, 2014) – Inc. Magazine in its September issue has recognized Los Angeles-based Outdoor Tech® as one of America’s fastest growing privately-held companies. The Inc. 500 ranks companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. Outdoor Tech ranked no. 329 on the list based on its 1,418.7% growth rate over the qualifying time period.

Founded in 2010, Outdoor Tech® is an outdoor designer brand that makes rugged Bluetooth audio accessories built for reveling in the open air. As the creator of the industry leading and first-ever universal, fully wireless audio CHIPS for ski and snowboard helmets, the company has proven there is a way to stay connected but not tethered to modern technology during active lifestyle pursuits. Brand new standouts for 2014 are the shockproof, dustproof and highly water-resistant Big Turtle Shell wireless boombox that’s made for adventurous life on the go; the sleek and powerful Orcas wireless earbuds that are ideal for any workout, both inside and out; and the most recent fully-waterproof Kodiak portable power bank as Outdoor Tech® expands into a new category of non-audio products.

“Outdoor Tech has quickly been accepted by a growing population of consumers who want to incorporate music and connectivity to their devices while pursuing their favorite outdoor activities whether it’s skiing and snowboarding or bike commuting and paddling,” says Caro Krissman, Outdoor Tech founder and CEO. “The quality and durability of the products resonate with an audience that spans from pro action sports athletes to backyard gardeners and business travelers. The broad appeal of the brand and the lifestyle it represents has helped us rapidly grow in a number of markets.”

Outdoor Tech® anticipates maintaining its rapid growth trend through an expanded international distribution strategy in Canada, Mexico and throughout Europe, as well as deepening relationships with retailers such as REI, Apple, Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Sports Authority, West Marine, Eastern Mountain Sports, Burton Flagship Stores, FGL Sports, Tilly’s, Quiksilver and more.

The Big Turtle Shell: #KINGOFTHEBEACH

Maxim Mags July August Issue featuring The Big Turtle Shell on Page 36

Maxim Mags July August Issue featuring The Big Turtle Shell on Page 36

As an up and coming lifestyle accessory brand, good PR is worth its weight in gold. Here at Outdoor Tech we have been lucky enough to be well liked by the press, we make Stuff You Probably Want® and it looks really good in photographs, so why not. We also have a great PR Team and that doesn’t hurt.

The Big Turtle Shell is our marquee product of the year and while we thought it was far and away the best Bluetooth Speaker on the market based on internal testing and market research, well, we have a little bit of a biased view. So when Maxim Magazine declared it “The King of the Beach” we couldn’t have been more stoked. I am happy to report the Big Turtle Shell is flying off the shelf and online (we are having a hard time keeping it in stock) and the reviews from our customers are in line with Maxim’s opinion and our own. If you want gray it is available only at Apple.

Thanks Maxim for the rad write up and photo and for being the premier men’s interest pub out there, I can tell you, here at ODT, we DON’T just buy it for the articles.

Trade Shows…ODT Style

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I have been doing trade shows for the better part of my professional career. When I was in the freight and customs brokerage business I would walk shows to look for prospective customers, I wore a jacket, sometimes even a tie, it sucked. I walked everything from SEMA to the CA Gift Show, I learned how the companies would market themselves, usually in an uncool but appropriate for the industry way. At SEMA and AAPEX for example this was common place.

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The car industry has made “booth babes” the norm, the expected, commonplace, and well, kinda cheezy and played out.

The next phase of my career I was in the promotional products industry, I owned a company that supplied Distributors who then in turn sold the product to large corporate clients like State Farm, HP and the like, its called the ASI or PPAI industry. I worked our booth for the better part of a decade reating relationships with the heavy hitters in the industry, it was a very corporate audience, dress was business casual or professional , this might help paint the picture.

All Biz Gear

All Biz Gear

While it wasn’t all bad by any means and we certainly found ways to have fun, get attention and stand out from the crowd, we were still confined by the standards and norms of the industry.

Well, then I started Outdoor Tech and our first trade show was SIA, it was, well, not super corporate. Production value of the booth were taken to the next level, the party WAS the show, on the floor, kids were hammered, athletes were doing dumb shit all  over the place, everyone was puffing, ON the show floor. It took a few years for me to make the full time transition out of the corporate show world, but I realized then, if you have to do 7 or 8 shows a year, you might as well make it as fun as possible and be a part of putting on a show, at the show.

Making your booth, products and marketing standout and having fun isn’t easy, trade shows are a grind, physically taxing, and you have to be “on” at all times, day and night. All the more reason you need to let go a little, make sure it’s organized in advance, and when it comes times for the show, let the games begin. Don’t give away a tote bag, give a vibrator like Trojan did at CES at got this response.

Photo Cred to tech.co

Photo Cred to tech.co

That leads me to Summer 14′, ODT Summer Show schedule:

Outdoor in Friedrichshafen,Germany

Agenda Long Beach and Agenda NYC

Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City

Surf Expo in Orlando

Interbike in Vegas

THAT ISN’T AN EASY SCHEDULE FOR ONE SUMMER!

Now back to the first photo , I have wanted to use this particular method of trade show marketing since a friend of mine drove traffic to his booth at a show I was at in Atlantic City in the midst of the Anthony Weiner scandal. I finally decided to get off the pot and get’er done and I called my buddy, Robbie, first he laughed at me, then he asked if I was serious, and then he asked if I knew HE PRODUCED the urinal screens in his facility in Texas. It was too perfect, so Purple G got our order, and we became the official sponsor of the Surf Expo urinals, the unofficial sponsor at Outdoor Retailer, and a new tradition was born at ODT. People loved it, it was fun, and certainly was a conversation starter.

Here is the short list of ODT Trade Show lore promos or events:

Bloody Mary Breakfast in the Airstream (a long standing and highly popular one)

Beer Bong Races and Marathons (with Charlie in his Unitard)

Shoelaces (seems innocuous, but we usually throw them at people and litter the isle with them, people love it)

Condoms for #SummerofHelmet (and my 13 & 15 year old nieces giving them out saying “have a safe summer”

Urinal Screens

So next week we go to a new show, one we have never done before, Surf Expo in Orlando, come see us at Booth 1475, see what trade shows are all about, ODT Style.

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