SL:PDX
SL:PDX
Speedland SL PDX Michelin Sole
SL:PDX
SL:PDX

SL:PDX

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Hyper-performance materials meet cutting-edge innovation 
to deliver the ultimate trail run experience. Customizable Michelin outsole, removable Carbitex plate, knit upper with Dyneema® and secure BOA Fit System allow you to go farther, faster.

Features include:

  • PerformFit™ Wrap powered by BOA Li2 Fit System (dual-dial with multidirectional incremental adjustments)
  • Knit with Dyneema®
  • Carbitex carbon plate (removable)
  • Pebax SCF midsole (removable)
  • Michelin textile web outsole
  • Dyneema moccasin stitch
  • 3 mm cuttable lug system

Shown in men's US sizing. Conversion for women on size chart.

Ten percent of all SL:PDX profits are given as a direct donation to our athletes' chosen outdoor organizations.

At the end of its life cycle, SL:PDX owners can return their equipment to us where we'll disassemble and distribute each layer to its respective recycling facility.

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$375.00
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BOA Fit System

BOA Fit System

Dial in to a fast, effortless, precision fit.

Dyneema Knit

Dyneema Knit

The perfect knit with maximum durability and protection.

Michelin Traction

Michelin Traction

Cuttable blocks allow for personalized traction.

Carbitex Plate

Carbitex Plate

Increased propulsion and protection.

BOA Fit System

Dial in to a fast, effortless, precision fit.

Dyneema Knit

The perfect knit with maximum durability and protection.

Michelin Traction

Cuttable blocks allow for personalized traction.

Carbitex Plate

Increased propulsion and protection.

Customer Reviews

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Jonathan Powell
Ran my first Ultra in them!

Fantastic shoes! During my training, I ran in a pair of Brooks Cascadia and Salomon Ultra Glides. I got the Speedland's in only a week before my race (not a shipping problem, they got here fast) and was only able to get 10 miles on them before the 50k. The SL:PDX are hands down the best shoes made for trail running because you can really dial in that fit. I’m sure I was the slowest runner in the Mountain Mist 50k with a pair of Speedland’s on, but slow runners like nice shoes too!

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Daniel Hughes
10/10

Amazing shoe I’m very impressed but I’m even more impressed with customer service. I ordered the wrong size and was looked after straight away! Thankyou!

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Alexander Canzoneri
Meh

They run a little wide so I really had to crank them down to make them secure. I took the Carbitex plate out of the left shoe to test the locking mechanism and struggled to put it back in. The Dyneema felt luxurious in addition to the BOA-attached micro suede lockdown strips but other than that no other spectacular features. Overall, not worth the money. Returning them via Renegade Running.

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Todd Bitterman
Mountain Running Sweetspot

About 5 years ago I got bad lace bite from an ultra; so severe I still have a tendon cyst on top of my left foot as a result. But for courses with steep descents, I have to make my laces tight to properly lock the feet down. I had been doing well with a 30/25mm stack shoe until a few bad ankle twists over the last 2 years. I concluded that for mountainous courses with steeps, I need to go back to a lower stack height, because not getting injured is priority 1,2, and 3. Furthermore, IMO the advantage of big stack heights and cushy midsoles evaporates anyway after 6-10 hours of pounding. Enter the SL:PDX - no laces, two big soft overlays instead, and a perfect stack height for any distance ultra in theory, thouugh I was unsure how the Carbitex plate and Pebax midsole would perform. I did know Pebax was bomber material; as I have telemark boots half as old as I am made of it that are going strong, and in fact that may have caused me to plunge into this level of investment. I would usually not write a review after only 61 miles, but I felt inclined to convey that so far, everything is "just exactly perfect"! As a previous reviewer said, the harmony between cushioning and some welcome firm ground feel is incredible. I have to usually tweak the Boa once or twice - then that level of support holds for hours without having to keep adjusting. No pressure points on top of the foot, and a much better feeling of security to bomb downhill without breaking an ankle. In my prior race, I had to re-lace about 6 times - so time-consuming and actually difficult to stoop over when you're tired. Not sure I could ever go back to laces as the Boa dial is SO easy! Used these for the Green Monster 50K, good amount of technical trail and climbing, lot of water crossings. Did not poke the drainage holes, and glad I didn't as they dried up very quickly, did not get soaked and heavy. Maybe a quick tweak of the Boa after a water crossing then you're all set for hours. And there is even a way to employ emergency laces on the one in ten million chance a dial ever breaks. (it won't, look at the video of how it resists a hammer!) Footfalls were comfy from mile 1 to hour 8 of that race and my feet felt great afterward. I have wide feet and have only been able to tolerate wide toe box shoes. Though these were visibly not super wide as I would like upfront, the upper seems to just flex to your foot perfectly while still being supportive. And many serious rock scrapes have yet to leave any damage. I do feel the Carbitex plate is adding some spring, or I just love the feel of it and the extra protection it affords. The purchase is at least as good as Vibram Megagrip or other Vibram outsoles, and maybe better. Great foot lockdown and phenomenal grip - exactly what mountain runners need to descend without fear. I will not be cutting down the treads, as they become imperceptible on smooth flats as is and I need max grip. Finally, the mild drop of this shoe is perfect for me and would not be noticeable IMO to anyone coming from zero drop, while at the same time will take some stress off of the Achilles when ascending slopes. I hope to get >500 miles out of these and am saving them for races only. Yes, I hope Speeland scales up and can lower the price, but it's hard to put a price on preventing bad lace bite, a bad ankle sprain, or the need to do a full to the ground squat with quads and glutes that have too many hours of running on them near the end of a long ultra. So far, these are by far the best mountain running shred slippers I've ever experienced, will update my impressions after their first 100-miler in the spring. Thank you Speedland!!

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German Verduzco
A Shoe That Will Mark a Past and A Present In the Trail Running Community

This shoe has met and at the same time exceeded all my expectations per the 3 different categories I typically look for in a shoe. Those categories are as follows: aesthetics, performance, and feel. For this shoe, cost can be excluded as part of the review. The rationale behind the aforementioned decision is primarily due to the fact that Speedland opted to pursue a shoe without any compromises when it came to cost (focus on maximizing performance); thus, why this review should do the same. Consider it an apples-to-apples comparison if you will. It is worth noting that it is my expectation that if the shoe captures enough popularity and the order volumes go up, then the shoe cost should decrease as a result. That, however, remains to be seen…
In the category of aesthetics, this is probably the most subjective part of the review. The mint color does a great job of making the shoe highly visible on the trail to oneself and other runners. With the BOA system knobs and the techy / minimalistic design, it is hard not to love the look of the shoe. Simple as that. The shoe looks like it comes from the future and it is very difficult not to notice it out on the trails. Yet again, there are purists out there that typically prefer neutral colors and more earth-tone like type of shoes. In my case, I prefer the flamboyant “look at me” type of colors.
Moving swiftly into the performance category – probably the most important part of the review – the shoe exceeds on all sub-categories. Starting from the uppers, it often feels like putting on a sock with a hard, grippy, and plush sole. Subsequently, the fit, is just beyond any other shoe. With the micro-adjustments feasible with the BOA system, you can certainly lock the shoe right on point with the heel without affecting blood flow and easing the lockdown on the rest of the shoe with the second BOA knob. After experimenting this shoe, I almost feel like I could not go back to standard laces on a trail shoe, which would, in essence, make me dependent on these shoes. The grip of the sole gives you this same sensation you get with that of a Cross Country Mountain bike tire that is design to be grippy and fast rolling. The sole comes with such a strong grip it promotes this sense of security when descending on tight narrow singletrack trail with steep switchbacks. Probably, the part that just exceeded my expectation is this harmonious balance between stiffness and plushness. The shoe is stiff when propelling forward, yet, plush when descending on rocky, uneven terrain. It is mind-blowing how they have managed to make that work, but I love it.