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Endurance and the Red, White & Blueby
We weren’t quite sure what to think when we initially heard about First Endurance’s Optygen, an endurance supplement recently ranked #1 by Supplementwatch.com. So we did our homework, researched First Endurance, and started talking to folks who’ve taken Optygen to see what they thought. It’s rave reviews all around, and we’re excited to have it available now at BackcountryStore.com.
So, what is it, and how does it work?
Optygen's primary ingredients are two herbs first used by Tibetan Sherpas to help them climb Mount Everest. In clinical studies, these adaptogens have been shown to increase a person’s oxygen utilization, their ability to adapt to high levels of physical stress, and their anaerobic threshold. The results are a reduction in lactic acid, which is what makes your muscles tired during sport, and an increase in electrolyte retention.
Supported by the likes of Procycling Magazine and the U.S. Telemark Team, Optygen is certainly creating a buzz among athletes seeking endurance. James Ludlow, President of the U.S. Telemark Ski Team and Head Coach of the UST summer camps notes, “With Optygen included in our fall training, we have been able to train harder and recover faster. All of us have noticed two main differences…First, when going anaerobic (like in hill sprints or on the medals test box jump) we have been able to continue at a maximum pace for longer periods. The second difference we have noticed is the rate at which we recover from intense training [is much quicker].”
Our own Head Buyer, Christian Gennerman, persuaded by positive response to Optygen, recently began the supplement program and after 6 days had this to say after a weekend of backcountry skiing: “After skiing hard at Snowbird for two days my legs felt fresh. This stuff definetly helped rid my legs of Latic Acid build up. I am still in the loading phase so I'm still in the early stages of the Optygen regimen, but I'm sold!”
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Show Your True Colors:
Exclusive Oakley Red, White & Blue Icon Backpack
We’re psyched to be the ONLY shop anywhere, online and otherwise, to be carrying limited edition Oakley Icon backpacks in Red, White & Blue. The Icon is cool enough, but give it a splash of Old Glory, and it’s even better. The only other people sportin’ these packs are the ’96 U.S. Olympic Basketball Dream Team for whom Oakley first designed them. The Icon Red, White & Blue is made from durable ballistic nylon that seals up by itself when punctured. Resilient, just like Uncle Sam. A tough look complements tough construction. As for the colors… they don’t get much tougher. Wear it with pride!
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