The Outside Blog


The Light Hikers Used to Bust the AT Speed Record

Salomon-sponsored Jennifer Pharr Davis broke the Appalachian Trail speed record on July 31, 2011 when she hiked and ran the 2181-mile trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes—26 hours and 11 minutes faster than the previous record holder, Andrew Thompson. Most hikers take five months to complete the trail. Pharr powered through supported by her husband and a friend, and driven by her desire to put hiking on the map as a sport. It was her third time hiking the trail. The first time, while walking at a much slower pace, she saw zero bears. This time, while at times running along, she saw 36.


Pharr Davis set her record wearing the new Salomon Synapse. A natural motion shoe with a higher heel drop, the seamless, quick-lace Synapse is supportive underfoot like a sneaker on steroids with reinforcements that mimic your tendons. The meshy upper is highly breathable, but keeps debris out. The shoe will be available in March 2012, for $120,—just in time for others to try and shatter Pharr Davis's new record.

--Berne Broudy


to Outside
Save Over

Magazine Cover

iPad Outside+ App Access Now Included!






Previous Posts




Blog Roll

Current Issue Outside Magazine

Subscribe and get a great deal! Two free Buyer's Guides plus a free GoLite Sport Bottle. Monthly delivery of Outside—your ultimate resource for today's active lifestyle. All that and big savings!

Free Newsletters

Dispatch This week's featured articles, reviews, and videos. Sent twice weekly.
News From the Field The most important breaking news from around the Web. Sent daily.
Gear of the Day The latest products, reviews, and editors' picks. Coming soon.
Outside Partners Outside-approved deals and special offers from select partners. Sent occasionally.

Ask a Question

Our gear experts await your outdoor-gear-related questions. Go ahead, ask them anything.

* We might edit your question for length or clarity. If it's not about gear, we'll just ignore it.