Gear talk – Leki poles 

               “The right tool for the right job”
Long story short…  I’ve been using Leki for over two decades now… Back home in Slovakia we had BigPack store back of the days and they were selling Leki brand like top of the line Trekking poles, I had pair for backcountry skiing – telescopic aluminum such great poles ! Since then everything changed once carbon fiber comes to the market poles become much stronger and same time much more lighter! 


Absolutely in love with trigger shark attachment for Skimo racing ! So much faster and easier way to dealing in transitions, taking skins off and all that jazz ! It just makes perfect sense… 

After lots Ultra racing last year very focused on ” speed ”  I kinda wanna try more adventurous approach in 2016 , meaning have lots fun in mountains really more enjoying short Canadian summer and only pick one A race, that was the plan. So I choose Tahoe 200Miles

Race with 98% single track over beautiful terain! Iam sure my heart will be in right place during the race even if legs will feel otherwise… Least that’s the plan ! So Iam sticking with it ! 

Anyway I was listening my friend Victor Ballesteros ( finished 2place at Tahoe last year pic above) audio podcast on Trail Running Nation and he give me idea use poles in my race… Of course Leki were first thing on my mind cause I can’t imagine having that ” regular ” plastics strap around my wrist for ideally 60 hours long?! 


Recently thanks to amazing people from Leki – USA I become part of the Leki Trail Running team which is absolutely fantastic ! Guys set me up with bunch carbon fiber running  poles and I started training with them immediately! Transition from Skimo winner season into summer running with poles is actually perfect! 

My  Plan slightly changed though I enter recently one more race – Sinister 7 local amazing 100 miles in Crownest Pass area Iam sure you already know what Iam talking about! But if you’re not click on the link and put it on your list for next year! So test run at Sinister hopefully I will find all the bugs in those 100miles and get my mind ready run it over again hah … 

  • Micro Trail Pro / Trailstick  Light & stiff! On pic above is basically same poles only two color choices whatever you prefer if racing red is too much for your taste just go with that classic carbon fiber look … 

  • Poles are attached to you wrist this way, see white loop … Or you can use trail running gloves instead strap around your wrist… 

  • In winter or cold days Windstopper gloves work amazing! 

  • You can unhook poles easy anytime dealing with your gear , nutrition, hydration, hook it back on and running… Simple, easy… Fast ! And Super comfortable! 

  • Alissa St Laurent & Eric Reyes on top of the Grotto mountain, Alissa also incorporated poles into her training for UTMB  , it’s definitely leg saver over super long racing when lots power walk sections waiting to eat your legs… And if not for anything else?! We invited new sport! High altitude fencing ! 


Have fun Running whatever distance whatever race or peaks or deserts , jungles you choose to ! Train smart race hard yo ! Enjoy your Leki 

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Year of the Monkey

Well …It’s been a long time … I am not exactly the blogging type, I guess… Definitely love Instagraming  though, taking pictures is just a much easier way to express myself and to say something without words, sometimes no words are needed anyway… 

  • however  LunaSandals coming to Canada! That’s the great news ! So I wanna answer bunch questions cause lots people are asking me what model is the best, which model I use the most, what this and that so… Gotta try say something about Lunas I used in last two years … 

  • Mono ”  I run in Monos alot ! Basically everything on road & treadmill, I would say they are my ” road shoes ” super light, simple and comfortable! They need about 60 to 80km break in time to really form to your feet and they form the best from all Lunas I believe. I don’t run trails in Monos however some nice easy ” groomed ” trails are not the issue… I raced half marathon in monos finished second, definitely wasn’t sandal that was holding me back to run faster though! They are very responsive but feel a bit cushy …. 

  • Leadville Trail ” same like Mono basically plus solid Vibram rubber more gripping bottoms make this sandals great for running trails, they form fast to your feet and simply last much longer on sharp rocks and rough terrain…. 
  • Leadville Gordo ” is basically Leadville Trail  with extra ” protection ” or portable ground however you wanna call it … Amazing sandals for technical sharp rocky trails or Ultra Distance, I finished second in BlackSpur Ultra 100Km in them and actually use same sandals to run my Nihahi FKT loop and still use them now days running in training… Take more time to break them in but definitely last much longer! Great sandals! 

  • Skinny Bear ” super grippy, super thin , just leather & Oso Vibram rubber on the bottom, great all around city with really that barefoot feel and always ready to hit the trail. They don’t have midsole so didn’t form as great to the foot and stay kinda flatish however if you’re looking for maximum foot proprioception this is the one ! 

  • Oso ” is exactly same ride like Mono or Leadville Pacer but with Skinny Bear super grip , very durable trail sandals but Oso Vibram grip seems to be much more durable even walking around on pavement compared to trail Leadville Pacer sandals, I still prefer Monos for innercity life though but Oso is very versatile and great all around choice… 

    • Origen ” really really like them ! They have actually Michelin tires tread on the bottom makes them total tank ! Super grippy , protective and responsive! You have two options to choose from, one running ready with ” tech straps ” another option is go on website and build your own custom Sandals with whatever color leather straps you like ( I have green on pic above) even leather straps are totally secure and running ready ! Looking forward to running hard in them ! 

    • Mono Gordo ” is Mono but with extra mid layer ” memory foam ” like material. Great sandals for long road running, Ultras on firm ground or pavement or even excellent everyday sandals with super loooooooong life! Oh and very light… Also available to customize, on Luna website with different colors options , tech or leather straps… 

    • Luna Tabu ” is ninja like sock if you will…. Nice backup to have in your pocket just in case you get some snow up on mountain ridges or bad weather roll in, it’s just like jacket or gloves in your pocket protect your feet against elements when you need it …. 

    •  running in sandals its fun! Yeah we might call it a skill… Or life style? Whatever I absolutely love it! Makes me smile when Iam running, makes me enjoy every minute of it… Allows me to work on my form, get me stronger, injuries free and most importantly very happy! Even if not for hardcore distance running, you should give Lunas a try … Great way to enjoy world and nature around you….

    •  and you become part of the monkey tribe lol whatever your Lunas takes you Iam sure you will get high five from another Lunatic… 
    • Lots great informative content about Lunas , how to adjust straps etc. you can find on the Luna website
    • Our Luna ambassadors team you can find HERE get inspired…
    • There is much more models and styles on the website, I have just mentioned my favorites but check the website to find what will fit into your lifestyle and Enjoy…