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There is a lot of  squawking going on in trail running circles these days about the amount of cushioning offered by trail shoes. On one end of the spectrum is the minimus movement. These types of shoes offer very little in the way of cushion and are supposed to conjure up a hunter-gatherer type barefoot running experience for the user. The New Balance  MT10 is a good example of this type of shoe. Other end of the spectrum is the maximus movement with Hoka One One leading the way. Think fat skis for the trail. The cushioning is plush and springy.

Now it is really time to fly!

But why compromise? Pedal and Pole has come up with the ultimate in trail running technology with the “Jet Puffed” Minimus, Maximus shoe. Minimal sole for good trail feel. Maximum “Jet Puffed” cushioning to smooth out those baby heads and talus slopes!

Pro mountain Luger and Hoka athlete, Karl Meltzer checks out the Jet puffed technology. (Later Bernie tried to eat the shoes.)

Plus if you are injured or lost during a trail run, you can toast and eat your shoes while waiting for help to arrive. These shoes make a lot of sense for the trail runner whose regular run could go epic at any moment! This summer it is get Jet Puffed or passed, period. (Retail price is $1200, cash only)


(All Pedal-n-Pole photo’s are shot on a Canon G1X)

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Anyone who runs 100 mile races knows who Karl Meltzer is: Winner of both The Wasatch 100 and the Hard Rock 100 just to identify a few of the trophies on a very crowded shelf. What most people do not know about Karl is that he is an artist with the snow shovel and the rake.  With those simple tools he annually creates a literal high mountain amusement park ride. The video above barely scratches the surface of the giggles, grins, out right belly laughs, hoots, hollers, and other assorted exclamations which are involuntary when the custom design sleds get moving. My wife and I were along for the ride this past weekend. There will be many more visits to the track before it melts out, that is for sure!