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A.J. Johnson started running when he was 6 years old. Growing up he played all types of sports, from your standard soccer and baseball, to B.M.X. at a national level, and tennis at the college level. He never stopped running and eventually got into triathlon. After 10 years in triathlon, 2 of them at the professional level, he “retired” from racing and now gets outside for fun. He enjoys all variations of skiing, cycling, and running and is up for just about anything outdoors. He still enjoys competing in endurance events and has started the Endure Tour as a way to race and raise funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. To find out more about him, and to see what he’s currently doing, go to www.enduretour.com.

Specialized AirTool MTB Flex Pump Review

Specialized AirTool MTB Flex Pump

Flats happen. No matter the trail, the tires and tubes, or lack thereof, eventually you will be on the side of the trail fixing a flat tire. It’s at these times that little things matter. The Specialized AirTool MTB Flex pump incorporates a few nice features that can take some of the frustration out of flat tires. Even with the advent ...

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Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pants Review

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pants

Good ski pants are crucial to a good day in the backcountry. You use them all day, likely many days in a row and they will see all sorts of conditions. Like most back country skiers, I ski in a variety of conditions and at different levels of exertion, even in a single day. I’ll start out hoofing uphill, sweating and ...

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A Close Shave: Checking out Leg Lube

Leg Lube can help make shaving a smoother experience.

For male runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes, the topic of shaved legs will likely come up at some point. For some it is a common occurrence while others will never cross over to the smoother side. I’ll never forget when I moved to Boulder, Colo. and on my first day was told, “welcome to Boulder, where the men shave their ...

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C4 Waterman Switchblade 12’6″ SUP

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SUP’ing has taken off like wildfire, and not just on the coasts. Lakes and rivers are seeing SUP’ers on a regular basis now. For those that are looking into starting SUP’ing, the choice of boards is dizzying. The first thing to consider is what type of water you’ll be on, ocean, lake or river, and what you’ll be doing, surfing, ...

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Camelbak Baja LR – Hydration on the Water

The Baja LR from Camelbak

As stand up paddling continues to grow, so does the amount of gear made specifically for SUP’ing. Like mountain biking and hiking, long trips with no water stops means you need to come prepared. Hydration specialists Camelbak come to the rescue with their newest pack, the Baja LR. With a 70 oz. lumbar reservoir, front and rear storage pouches, a ...

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Quicksilver Front Zip Paddle Jacket Review

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Temperature regulation becomes tricky when you go out for a paddle. Not only am I considering the weather, but I have to consider what am I doing on the water. Am I just paddling, or am I going to surf a few waves too? If I’m only surfing than I’m usually putting on my 4/3 wetsuit. Even in the summer ...

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