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Backpacker Magazine – October 2008

3 Ways To Save: Adventure Racing

Adventure racing isn't for those without high pain thresholds, but here's three ways to cut down on the inevitable hurt.

by: Jonathan Dorn

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Salomon Speedcross 2 (Brooks Freehill)
Salomon Speedcross 2 (Brooks Freehill)
Sugoi RS Tri Shorts (Brooks Freehill)
Sugoi RS Tri Shorts (Brooks Freehill)
Adventure Medical Kit's GlacierGel (Brooks Freehill)
Adventure Medical Kit's GlacierGel (Brooks Freehill)

The cool, mostly mesh uppers dry within minutes of river crossings; the cinch-cord lacing is a two-second operation; and the spiky "winter" tread transitions from rock to snow to mud better than most lug patterns we've tried. The outsole's soft rubber grips well, but soft usually means less durability; we saw wear within the first 50 miles. Best for low- to medium-volume feet and higher arches. $110; men's 7-14 (women's 5-12 due in spring); 1 lb. 6 oz. (men's 9); salomonsports.com. Reader Service #118


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