The Raid Gauloises or The Raid is considered by many to be the first modern adventure race and was first held in 1989. Its creator, Gerald Fusil, took the existing concept of long distance endurance races, and focused on the team aspects, requiring each competitor to be part of a five person co-ed team.
The Raid had no set course, with competitors being required to rely on their wits and judgment to reach the specified checkpoints. The Raid was named after its original sponsor, the Gauloises Cigarette Company. 2003 was the last year for the Raid Gauloises. In 2004 the Raid Gauloises was retooled into the Raid World Championship.*
The Raid world championship is a long distance non-stop race lasting between 5 to 7 days and nights. The distance covered is often in excess of 200km The teams in which not all members complete the part of the race in cut off time are eliminated.
Race features various disciplines depending on the terrain present in the given course, the course changes each year, but kayaking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, hydro speed, inline skating, cross orienteering, mountain climbing, caving, snow shoeing and skiing are the most popular disciplines encountered.
*Above three paragraphs and below pictures acquired from Wikipedia and www.salomonrunning.com
Salomon which is one of the first company that have started creating collections for adventure racing and trail running gear created the special adventure racng shoe for this event called Salomon Raid Wind. This shoe worked perfectly on tough conditions like mud, rain, dirt, sand and became an epic shoe.
The Salomon Raid Wind became the premier adventure racing shoe, and started a movement in more athletic-minded expedition racing gear for the masses. The Raid Wind and the great victory of Team Salomon-Presidio had a huge impact on Salomon as a brand in terms of product development.
Now they are launching this epic show within a new segment where Salomon called it as Mountain Life Category. They have plenty of different types with casual, hiking, womens and mens versions.
The shoe has a spcial design on it showing the same yellow color and ecuador version of the race`s image.
One of the great shoes store Zappos had an early video review of the shoe where you can find below. I will try to buy this shoe in my next visit abroad, try and write a detailed review with extensive pictures.
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