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Hoka Mafate Trail Shoe Review – Buy Now 8

The Hoka Mafate’s are live at Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear, Buy NOW!

As new Affiliate Manager for Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear it’s a no brainier to market the mighty Hoka’s . Karl Meltzer convinced me to try these shoes in April and “WOW” is all I can say!  My first thought is these are the fat skis of trail shoes, the stability and comfort Hoka’s provide through rugged terrain is unbelievable and the rolled up sole design really improves the efficiency of your stride. Don’t be surprised if you feel some tired muscles after your first couple trail runs,”Time To Fly”.

This design allows for fluid and natural stride transitions, lessening the movement of the knee by as much as 20%, increasing efficiency. By using an EVA 30% softer and increasing its total volume to 2.5 times that of a typical trail running shoe, we allow for more cushioning than any other shoe on the market today, dissipating up to 80% of the shock.

At 320 grams a pair,

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Invasion of the HOKA 12

Jemez weekend is upon us and here comes the Hoka’s, Melter and Mermoud will be sporting the latest in trail shoe design ! I had the chance to bounce around in the Hoka’s for a moment and I must say “wow”!  The new trail shoe design reminds me of the ski industry when fat skis hit the scene, (hero skis) now we have hero trail shoes?

Mafate Limited Edition

By using an EVA 30% softer and increasing its total volume to 2.5 times that of a typical trail running shoe, we allow for more cushioning than any other shoe on the market today, dissipating up to 80% of the shock associated with heal striking when running..Read more>>>

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La Sportiva Wildcats – Trail Running Shoe Review

Here’s a sweet ride with a ton of cushion and large toe box the Wildcat has become one of my favorite La Sportiva Trail Shoes. I ran my last two 100 milers in the Wildcats, the Wasatch 100 and Oil Creek 100. The shoe it self does weighs a little more then the Fireblades and is a little bulkier but has a killer traction(  FriXion® X-Axis rubber outsole ) system that gives you a lot of confidence to bomb the technical muddy downhills. The wildcat is a higher profile shoe but surprisingly I never role my ankle in the toughest terrain, no blisters with the Wildcats…by La Sportiva

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Greenlayer Sports – Goat Skin for Wasatch Speed Goats

Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team partnered with Greenlayer Sports to go green for 2010! Greenlayer Sports uses re-cycled polyester for their performance apparel, and how soft it is. The team is enjoying a 5 piece uniform including the Elite Series Tank, Arm Warmers, Long Sleeve Shirt, a real nice Long Sleeve Half Zip and racing cap. Greenlayer Sports provides the softest and most comfortable Goat Skin I have ever run in! 10 Scrapes!!

Photo taken Salt Lake City by Cory Standish – Out for a 20 mile spin in my La Sportiva Wildcats, Drymax Socks, Greenlayer Sports Elite Series Tank and Arm Warmers, First Endurance Visor with a pocket full of EFS and my Nathan Elite 2V Plus Running Pack.

Happy Trails!

We recognized a growing need for environmentally responsible performance apparel in the marketplace and made it our goal to educate consumers and provide them with expanded performance and lifestyle apparel options.



Trail shoe review La Sportiva Crosslite 4

When I think of all the trail shoes I ‘ve used over the years there are two models that really made an impact on trail running. Remember the Nike Terra Torre? Killer trail shoe from the early 90’s and of coarse the One Sport which became the Montrail Vitesse.

Well now there’s the La Sportiva Crosslite, this shoe is by far the best trail shoe I have ever run in, keep in mind this shoe works well in the rugged Wasatch Mountain Range. The Crosslite has a beefy sole with lugs that provide super traction and support to bomb down the nastiest scree field you can find. The shoe fits so well your foot doesn’t slide around and give you toe bang like the floaty boaty Montrail Vitesse. The upper portion of the shoe has a real light breathable material that allows water to drain  quickly after crossing those creeks. Looking forward to trying the Crosslites at the Pocatello 50, Bighorn 100, Wasatch 100, Oil City 100.

Our Price: $89.95
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