RYU TEAM | NOV 29, 2016

What’s in your bag takes a look at the daily essentials our brand connectors take with them everywhere. “I’ve found my true home”, says Connor when asked about working at RYU Apparel. “Being in the room when the company was formed was the start of something very special for me – it changed my life, literally. RYU exists to facilitate human performance and I get to provide opportunities for our community, both locally and globally, to get connected, educated and/or reach their health, fitness and overall life goals.”

As the Brand Connector, Connor is working towards reaching and inspiring 1 million individuals around the world by spreading the word and growing the community here at RYU by connecting them to our brand and mission. It’s a tall order, but Connor is up to the challenge with a relentless work ethic and passion for all things RYU.

You rarely see Connor in the gym or walking around town not wearing head to toe RYU – but it is even more rare to catch him without his trusted Locker Pack. We stopped him on the spot one day, got him to empty it out and show us ‘What’s in your bag’ –  this is what we found.

Locker Pack – For the gym. To and from work on my bike or the on the Skytrain in the wetter months here in Vancouver. Heading up one of the many beautiful local mountains on a hike. Traveling to the next convention or tradeshow across the country. I use this bag on the daily for all the things (all of the time). I even tossed out my laptop cover because the bag has my MacBook Pro protected all the time within the purpose-built laptop compartment. Here’s what I keep inside my bag.

Protein – Post workout. At work. Mid-day snack. Nobody has time to eat a whole chicken breast between meetings. Life at RYU is always on the go – the convenience factor here is essential to me.

RYU Socks – Literally keep a fresh pair in my bag for those “just in case” scenarios. Wasn’t planning on working out or stepping in a puddle but I’m covering my bases just in case.

Umbrella – Raincouver. Wet Coast. It’s Fall and it’s always raining here – we live in a rainforest after all. Umbrellas are just an extension of every Vancouverite’s right arm this time of year. Never leave home without it.

iPhone – Music. Emails. Meetings. Social media. Staying connected 24/7 means having my phone handy all the time (too much of the time sometimes). I do try to take breaks away from it for my sanity, especially on weekends, but it is kind of essential to my life right now, as many will agree.

Insulated Bottle – This should be renamed the Lifesaver Bottle. Keeping hydrated all day is a struggle when one meeting rolls straight into the next, but having your water stay ice-cold (or your tea hot) from the beginning to the end of the day makes it an easy grab at my desk or especially when I’m heating up during a workout. Your body is made up of 80% water – it’s essential to my health and my performance in and out of the gym and the office.

Rad Roller – Stretching is like flossing. We all know we should do it more but it’s the first thing we skip when time is short – as it often is in this day and age, and this line of work. The Rad Roller goes with me everywhere because it’s easy to travel with and a necessity after spending the day on my feet or training hard. If you don’t have one of these you’re missing out – it will really help with your flexibility, mobility, recovery and it even increases blood flow. Injury prevention is also something I’m particularly worried about with my active lifestyle, and that’s where this roller comes in. It’s basically a massage in your Locker Pack – think how much money you would save over the course of a year with one of these!