|Weight:||Men: 9.4oz | Women: 8oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm|
|Arch type:||Medium arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Heel strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 20mm | Women: 20mm|
|Release date:||Feb 2019|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
|Colorways:||Blue, Grey, Orange, Purple|
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89 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
Recover in style with Salomon Predict RAMore photos
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the brand Salomon? Is it trail? If that’s the case, it’s time to take another look at Salomon!
The Salomon Predict RA is a great addition, as it adds a stylish element to stability running shoes, which is almost unheard of.
Most individuals who are familiar with Salomon are no stranger to the Speedcross trail running line. I’ve owned numerous pairs of Salomon’s trail running shoes, so I was elated to see more road running shoes made by Salomon.
A few years ago, I owned a pair of the Sonic RAs, so I wanted to see how the Predict RA would compare. The long and short is that the Predict RA is a unique stability shoe that changes the way you think and feel about stability shoes.
Here is a quick break down of the Predict RA shoe specifications:
Weight Women: 8oz, Men: 9.4oz Heel-to-toe offset/drop 10mm Type Stability, road running Cushioning Cushioned
Upper and aesthetics
Comprised of a single layer mesh, the Predict RA is breathable and soft to the touch. The Predict RA upper has what Salomon calls a 360° Articulated Fit.
This means the upper compliments the grooves of the midsole for a better overall fit and feel of the shoe.
Light, breathable uppers
Also, it is important to note that the mesh upper isn’t form-fitted to your foot, so make sure to lace up those shoes tight if you want good lockdown. This can cause some bunching at the base of the laces though.
Upper bunches near the base of the laces when laced tightly
If you are familiar with the Sonic RA, the upper of the Predict RA is not as snug. Due to the copious amount of room inside the shoe, I believe those who need shoe inserts would have enough room to accommodate those if need be.
Otherwise, I do like how the Predict RA has zero overlays and only has reinforced stitching where you would need it.
The heel counter is a 3D molded heel cup, which is seamless in design. The fit of the heel could have been more snug as well. I had a lot of room in the heel, and I would have liked to see more lockdown.
Moreover, the heel counter came up too high on my Achilles, and I didn’t like how it felt while wearing low cut socks.
Heel counter of Predict RA
When I opted to wear a crew sock, I didn’t notice it as much, but I only have three pairs of running crew socks so that only becomes problematic if I didn’t do the laundry, haha!
I suppose you could use the large curved heel counter almost as a pull-tab if you so desired to help put your shoe on.
Curved heel counter
In addition, the tongue is also made of molded material with slight padding. It has a large unique wing shape.
Sadly, the tongue was cumbersome and failed to stay in place. It would shift laterally during each run—not a deal-breaker, just a little frustrating.
Wing-shaped tongue internal and external views
Conceivably, the aesthetics of the Predict RA are either you love it or you hate it. The aesthetics have an ombre look, which I think looks cool.
Oddly enough, I think the aesthetics of the shoes looked better in the box than they did on my feet. With that being said, I loved the overall look of the Predict RA, but I felt they made my feet appear really large.
Midsole and outsole
The Contagrip rubber outsole of the Predict RA uses 10 independent platforms, which are designed to adapt to your body. Allegedly these independent platforms are activated when needed.
The outsole is decoupled to increase the flexibility of the shoes. Furthermore, there are anatomically mirrored grooves in the midsole that are intended to encourage forward momentum.
External and internal view
The midsole has Energy Cell+ foam is designed to help you feel good from the ground up. Reading about this technology initially made me really excited to try the Predict RA.
Honestly, I don’t think you will notice this technology much while running in the Predict RA, though. I didn’t notice any glaringly obvious techs about the shoe while running in them.
In fact, it felt like a normal running shoe would. This really isn’t a bad thing. I thought I would feel some of these technological advances, but I can’t say that I did.
In addition, the “cushioning” was a surprise to me because Salomon categorizes the Predict RA as a cushioned running shoe. I found the cushioning to be somewhat firm, especially in the midfoot.
Ironically the Predict RAs felt good when walking around in them, but running was a different experience. As a neutral midfoot striker, I found myself yearning for more cushioning, specifically in the midfoot region of the Predict RAs.
Predict RA outsole
Typically, I wear a size 9.5 in Salomon, yet a 9 (or maybe even an 8.5!) would have fit better. I fluctuate between a 9 and 9.5 for various running shoe brands.
I was expecting to wear a 9.5 since that is my size for the Salomon X-Mission 3, the Sonic RA, and the Speedcross 4. I believe there are sizing inconsistencies for the Predict RA.
Shoe runs large. Pointing to where my great toe stops in the Predict RA
As always, it’s best if you can try any running shoe on first to find your correct size, but here is my size chart of various shoe brands for comparison while choosing the right size for yourself:
Salomon Usually a 9.5 Hoka One One 9 Reebok 9 Asics 9 Brooks 9 Altra 9 Nike 9 Inov8 9.5 Saucony 9.5 New Balance 9.5 On Running 9.5 Topo Athletic 9.5 The North Face 9.5 Mizuno 9.5
I really wanted to like the Predict RA, but I have mixed feelings. I solely used the Predict RA for road running and didn’t test the shoe on many uneven surfaces or varying terrain outside of asphalt and concrete.
Despite being classified as a cushioned shoe, I found the Predict RA to be cushioned, yet somewhat firm. I am not opposed to firm running shoes, but I was expecting more cushioning specifically in the midfoot.
I found the cushioning in the heel to be more “plush” than the midfoot region. With that being said, I believe heel-strikers would benefit from this more than midfoot/forefoot strikers.
For me, the cushioning was ample enough for runs up to 5 miles, but for longer runs, I would not choose the Predict RA. I was left wanting a little more cushioning in the midfoot on longer distance runs.
As mentioned, I had some issues with the tongue and heel counter, but I wanted to say that I am not a fan of the shoelaces on the Predict RAs.
They are thick, long, and untie very easily. My shoelaces always looked piled on my feet because I tried to basically triple tie them due to their long length.
Triple tied to keep my laces from untying while running
The upper has a looser fit, so I would lace my shoes tightly to get my desired lockdown feel. This caused the laces to become even longer, as well as caused some bunching of the upper near the base of the shoelaces.
On a few runs, the bunching caused irritation and blistering on the top of my great toe where the upper rubbed due to bunching.
Otherwise, I like the eyelets for the shoelaces, but I think I flat lace at an appropriate length would have been more comfortable.
In total, I logged nearly 61.5 miles in the Predict RA, and overall, I found them to be clunky, especially during up-tempo runs. At a glance, the shoes look nimble and light, yet I didn’t get that feeling when they were on my feet.
The Predict RA feel heavy on my feet despite being 9oz. Over time, I realized the shoe simply worked best for slower-paced recovery runs.
At around 30 total miles of running in the Predict RA, I decided to transition them in my rotation solely for recovery. After doing this, I found myself enjoying the Predict RAs at slower-paced recovery runs.
The energy return on the shoes is somewhat low, and I didn’t get that snappy feel I desired in a daily trainer.
4mile recovery run with Onyx and my Predict RAs
My Rating: 81/100
- I like the ombre colorway
- Seamless breathable upper
- Reinforcements only where needed
- Best for recovery or slower-paced runs
- No overlays on the upper material
- Inconsistent sizing
- Desired more midfoot cushioning
- Bunching of upper when locking down the shoe
- Tongue slippage
- Uncomfortable heel counter
- Break-in period required
- Feels bulky/clunky
- At fast paces, the shoe feels heavy
- Issues with heel collar rubbing Achilles
- Excessively long shoelaces
- Best for runs < 5 miles in length
I really wanted to love the Predict RAs, but there are a few issues I’d like to see resolved in the next iteration. I found the Predict RAs best for recovery runs, and I would have liked to see more cushioning in the midfoot region.
The decoupled outsole was designed to make the shoe feel more flexible, yet I’m not sure if you’d even notice it!
It seems like Salomon had great intentions with all of the added technology. However, these updates weren’t glaringly obvious while running in the shoes.
My running buddies are waiting for me to lace up!
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It's an above average shoe that I would normally really recommend except it's not that exciting and it's a little expensive.
The Predict RA is definitely the best attempt of road shoe Salomon have done today.
[The Salomon Predict RA] are fun to run, smooth, flowy with always a full contact on the road and easy on the legs, if not exactly rocket ships.
The overall comfort that the shoe provides makes it a great option for everyday running. Even though testers noted it wasn't the fastest they've felt in a shoe, the comfort and fit were the highlights of the shoe.
- The Salomon Predict RA features the EnergyCell+ in its midsole. This lightweight material aims to provide excellent energy return without sacrificing durability and underfoot protection.
- The upper section uses a breathable mesh that is specifically designed to keep the foot dry and sweat-free while running.
- The shoe also features the Wet Traction Contagrip outsole. This is a notable material designed to deliver impressive grip on varied trail surfaces.
The Salomon Predict RA runs true to size and. D - Medium is the available width option for the men’s version while B - Medium is for the women’s version.
The Wet Traction Contagrip is integrated into the outsole of the Salomon Predict RA. This component of the footwear aims to deliver unmatched grip, especially on slippery and wet conditions.
The outsole also comes with Independent Support Platform design that is vital in providing enough cushioning while guiding and letting the foot propel forward when needed.
Featured in the Predict RA is the EnergyCell+. This material is described as a lightweight foam that is meant to provide long-lasting rebound. With this technology, better energy return is experienced by the user.
The molded Ortholite Sockliner is utilized in the Salomon Predict RA. The goal of which is to provide additional underfoot cushioning.
A single layer mesh is used in the upper of the Salomon Predict RA. This component of the shoe delivers lightweight breathability. This is significant in keeping the foot cool and dry throughout the run.
The shoe also comes with a Soft Molded Heel Collar. Salomon added this material to for added comfort and for a more secure fit.