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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)

Your Butt
Best way to lose time in an adventure race or triathlon: Waste it in the transition area. Because you can comfortably use them for running, swimming, paddling, and more, wearing Sugoi's RS Tri Shorts will save at least three minutes per transition–often the difference between 10 or 20 places–and a flagrant show of skin as you change pants. The elastic, micromesh fabric on these short tights (7" inseam) is cooler than standard nylon, and its dimpled surface is supposed to reduce drag–maybe something really fast people notice. The key feature, though, is the just-right amount of chamois between your legs. The minimalist pad and gusseted crotch reduce bulk–ideal for running–yet there's enough cushion for a few hours of hard biking. $75; men's and women's S-XL; sugoi.com. Reader Service #119


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