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Check out one of the world’s most expensive trail shoes

The SL:PDX performance trail shoes from Speedland cost more than the entry fee for the New York Marathon

A new company is jumping head first into the trail running market, producing a first-of-its-kind hyper-performance trail shoe. Cutting-edge technology is bound to come at a cost, as the SL:PDX model from Speedland retails for $480 CDN. (Most trail running shoes today range from $150 to $250.)

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Speedland, which is based in Portland, Ore., is a new company that draws from two decades of experience with some of the world’s largest footwear brands. Co-founders Dave Dombrow and Kevin Fallon spent years working and leading design teams at Nike, Puma, and Under Armour.

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You might be wondering what these high-priced shoes do for you, but unfortunately, they don’t instantly turn you into Jim Walmsley or Courtney Dauwalter. The trail performance racer features a Michelin wrap outsole with thick, 6 mm lugs; a dual BOA lacing system that is reinforced with Dyneema (a fibre stronger than steel) and a carbitex (carbon-fibre) plate. If you find that the 6 mm lugs are too high, the shoes come with a pair of cutters to trim down the lugs to 3 mm.

The idea behind the shoe was to lead the charge in trail performance running and to give runners the ultimate trail running experience. 

Photo: Speedland

The materials used to make the shoe are completely recyclable, so when you’re done running hundreds of kilometres, SL:PDX owners can return their shoe to Speedland, where they will disassemble and distribute each layer to its respective recycling facility.

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You can check out all the specs of the SL:PDX on the Speedland website.