The Light Hikers Used to Bust the AT Speed Record

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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


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