An interview with JJ Taylor


What outdoor activity is your passion?
I really love hiking and exploring around lakes, and through creeks and canyons. Then find a nice spot to put up my hammock and relax and take in the beauty that nature provides.

How did you get involved in that activity, and how old were you when you started?
I had my hip replaced 10 years ago when I was 35 years old, since then I have made it a priority to get out and hike and explore, and have never looked back. I have always been very active in sports but was very limited on how much and how long I could walk. Since getting my new hip it has opened many new doors out into nature and has allowed me to explore many different destinations.

What was the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
I do a lot of little 1-2 day trips, but I think the most epic trip I have taken was driving from Minneapolis to Anchorage in a truck towing a trailer, it took me 5 days to get there. Then I spent a week hiking and exploring around Alaska checking out glacier hikes, taking in a bear viewing tour, and watching the sunset around midnight each nite.

What is the most important piece of gear in your pack? (other than AKU footwear, of course!)
My hammock for sure, I love being in a hammock and even have one set up in my home full time.

Where do you hope your AKUs will take you in the future?
South America and Europe keeps coming up in my future thoughts for next trips, so we will see which one wins out to be first.

What AKU boots are you currently wearing?
Tengu Low GTX – they feel great and provide lots of cushion and comfort for all my hikes.