Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several wearers said that the Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 has an attractive design.
  • Most of those who tried the shoe admired its lightweight construction.
  • Some of the runners were really happy with the comfortable feel of the shoe.
  • A couple of testers admired the quick-lacing system of the shoe that also provides added foot security.
  • Based on some comments, the shoe is impressively durable.
  • The shoe provides durable cushioning necessary for long-distance runs, according to a few commenters.
  • The S-Lab Sense 6 delivers a reliable grip on both dry and wet surfaces, said some satisfied customers.
  • One tester noted the wide forefoot of the shoe, appreciating its capacity to accommodate natural toe-splay.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is very expensive, said a few purchasers.
  • A few users wished to see more color options for the S-Lab Sense 6.
  • A customer mentioned that the foot bed is too thin for his liking.

Bottom line

The majority of users considered the Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 as a light and durable pair of trail running shoe. It provides runners the right amount of cushioning, grip, comfort, and protection needed for a better off-road performance.

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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $180
  • Weight
    Men: 7.8oz
    Women: 7.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jun 2017
  • Special editions
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

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96 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | Gabriel Arce

    Minimal design meets maximal performance in the Salomon Sense 6 for that extra 1% on race day

    The Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 has been on my radar for some time now, and I finally decided to cave in and ordered a pair. They are the highest-ranking shoe from Salomon, as well as the highest overall trail shoe according to RunRepeat.

    I planned to put these shoes to use in a variety of races ranging from short trail runs to ultra marathons.

                                    The very comfortable Salomon S-Lab Sense 6

    Specifications

    Weight 7.8oz or 221 grams
    Heel to toe Drop 4mm
    Heel Drop 18mm
    Forefoot height 14mm

    Overview

    When I received the shoe, I was impressed with its lightweight nature (221 grams). This is the lightest shoe of the S-Lab series. I was also surprised by how comfortable the shoe is, despite its limited padding and minimalistic design.

    I took the shoe on a run and was awed by the flexibility and comfort. My feet did not hurt the slightest bit after 6 miles. No break-in period was required for this shoe, unlike my Salomon S-Lab Amphibs.

    See my S-Lab Amphib review here:https://runrepeat.com/salomon-s-lab-xa-amphib/expert/the-salomon-s-lab-xa-amphib

    The Sense 6, like most Salomon shoes, uses the speed lacing system that is simple, effective, and does not loosen up during runs.

    Within the midsole of the Sense 6 is Salomon’s ProFeel Film, which is essentially a carbon fiber shank similar to a rock plate, but with a few added benefits. Salomon claims the ProFeel Film "engages during the transition phase to support the foot and improve the overall rolling of the shoes during toe-off."

    Fit

    The Sense 6 runs a tad large, so I recommend buying a half size smaller than usual. The shoe has an internal fit sleeve designed to hug the foot in all the right places and improve feedback and foot wrapping.

     

     

    Salomon uses “sense-fit technology” to cradle the foot from the midsole to laces, provide a secure, snug, and customized fit all around the foot.

    I enjoy the roomy toe box and the mesh material, which allows for ventilation and drainage. However, I do think this material makes the shoe susceptible to sand getting inside.

    Outsole & traction

    The grip of the shoe is the same as all S-Lab shoes and made of Contragrip lugs, which have a sticky grip and offer extreme traction on both wet and dry terrain. The heel height is similar to all Salomon S-Lab shoes, at the height of 18mm and a heel drop of 4mm.

                                        Smaller lugs than traditional S-Lab shoes

     

    The outsole of the Sense 6 is designed for “hard ground” terrain. The contra-grip lugs have a height of 1-1.5mm.

    Upper

    The upper material of the shoe is comprised of quick-drying, breathable mesh. It consists of a single layer mesh combined with nylon to allow for breathability and top abrasion resistance.

    Surprisingly, I found the upper material of the shoe to be durable, despite feeling somewhat delicate and lightweight. However, the mesh of the shoe is reinforced with thoughtfully placed rubberized laminate.

    The shoes upper allows breathability and its ability to shed water is astounding.

    Toe box

    One of the greatest features of the sense 6 and something I always look for in a shoe, is the wide toe box. Due to the minimal cushioning of the shoe, the toe box has a lot of space, which my feet are very grateful for.

                       You can see the tiny holes in the wide toe box on the Sense 6

     

    The toe box has an approximate 4.1inch diameter beginning at the arch of the foot. Another notable aspect of the shoe is the toe guard that protects against impact from rocks while running trails.

    Laces & tongue

    The Salomon S-lab Sense 6 uses the traditional Salomon speed lacing system. They are very thin laces, but they have yet to come loose while on a run. The upper part of the tongue has a lacing pocket to tuck the laces in. 

                                                             Speed lacing system

     

    The system is quick and efficient, however, after several uses, the adjustment tool on the lacing system became jammed consistently. I would summarize this lacing system as “good, but not great”.

    Insole & heel cup 

    The heel of the shoe is minimally cushioned and does a good job at keeping debris out. The heel is also comprised of mesh and does not hold water.

    The Sense 6 has a very thin insole that is glued down inside the shoe, which is consistent with the minimalistic design. 

                                                       Easy access heel cup

    Flexibility

    The Sense 6 has phenomenal flexibility due to the minimal padding. It still keeps your foot locked in while running which helps to avoid blisters.

     

    Comparison with other S-Lab Shoes

    Salomon created the S-Lab series to be the first series of shoes to perform well on all terrains. Many of the shoes in this series share similar innovated features (seen here on the Run Repeat website).

     

     

    The Salomon Sense 6 and the 6SG are very similar in many regards especially the specifications. The main difference between the two is that the Sense 6 is designed for hard ground conditions and the 6SG is designed for soft ground conditions. The Sense 6 and the XA Amphib are both excellent trail shoes.

    I own both, and the main difference is that the Amphib is designed for wet, muddy trails and the Sense 6 is best suited for hard ground conditions. The Sense 6 is comprised of mesh material, and the XA Amphib is comprised of a durable plastic material. That being said, these two are some of my most worn shoes.

    The S-Lab ultra is the shoe Salomon designed for long-range distances, and because of that, it has more cushion making it substantially heavier than the Sense6.

                              The XA Amphib has more aggressive lugs than the Sense 6

    Performance

    These trail shoes are designed for hard ground and speed for mid-range distances. They are top of the line trail shoes and can perform well during long distance races. However, they do put some strain on the calves, which requires some adjusting to.

    These shoes are outstanding on hard ground trails. They can be used on the road, but the lugs will wear down quickly. They also perform decently on soft ground and mud, but it is not advised due to the minimal lugs and traction.

    Hard ground trails - Yes, this shoe will definitely enhance your trail running.

    Soft ground trails - You can; however, the Salomon 6 SG would be a better option.

    On road - Shockingly these shoes do great on road, but the tread will wear down quicker.

    For speed - Yes, this shoe was made for fast running.

    For distance - Yes, however, be mindful of the mindful cushion.

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Drainage
    • Durability
    • Breathable material

    Cons

    • Easy for sand to enter mesh material
    • Expensive
    • Puts a strain on calves
    • Minimal traction compared to other trail shoes

    Conclusion

    The Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 is one the best trail running shoes I have ever worn for hard ground trails. They offer a minimalistic approach to running while staying comfortable.

    The only real issue I have had with this shoe is the strain on my calves and Achilles with consistent use and high mileage. I personally would not use this shoe for any distance over 50k due to the minimal cushioning. There are more cushioned options such as Hoka or an S-Lab Ultra that are a more suitable option.

    I have put in over 75 miles in these shoes, and they show no sign of wear and tear. Overall, I highly recommend these shoes, and they are usually my first choice for hard ground trail running and racing. Thank you, Salomon, for making the ultimate trail shoe.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 95 / 100 | Red Fox Outfitters

    I ran over 100 miles in the shoe I've already on a variety of surfaces and I've had no problems with the tightness of them.

  • 90 / 100 | Rory Campbell

    Overall I really like the shoe. I'd recommend trying it if you can afford it.

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Updates to Salomon S-Lab Sense 6

  • The 6th iteration of the Salomon S-Lab Sense features a quick-drying, breathable mesh that provides the foot with a well-ventilated environment. The single-layer mesh is very Iight and durable enough to withstand the damaging nature of the trail.
  • For a reliable grip while running on varied terrains, the Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 features the Premium Wet Traction Contragrip®. This outsole technology provides the non-slip traction needed for technical trail running.

Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 size and fit

The S-Lab Sense 6 is a unisex trail running shoe that has a standard running shoe length. It is available in men’s sizing. Women who want to purchase the shoe must go one size larger than the equivalent men’s size to get the right fit. The shoe is available in a standard medium width.

Outsole

The outsole of the shoe utilizes the Premium Wet Traction Contragrip® technology. It is specifically designed to deliver non-slip traction on wet and muddy surfaces. It also provides durability to the sole unit of the shoe.

It also features the OS Tendon that mimics the function of the actual foot’s tendon. This provides flexibility and balance for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Midsole

The shoe uses a dual-density compressed EVA midsole foam that it engineered for a long-lasting cushioning. This midsole foam remains lightweight while providing better shock absorption and high-energy return.

Strategically inserted in the midsole of the Profeel Film technology. It is a thin TPU film that provides midfoot support while keeping the ground feel the same. It also provides consistency in the midfoot and encourages are more powerful toe-off.

Upper

On the upper of the Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 is a single-layer quick drying mesh. This material provides the foot a breathable coverage all throughout the run. The durable nylon layer also provides protection for the upper’s high-wear areas.

The notable Endofit™ technology from Salomon is also present. It is an internal fit sleeve that hugs the foot comfortably for an enhanced feedback and sock-like fit.

Along with the Endofit™ are the Sensifit overlays that have a seamless design. It encompasses the area the midfoot area. The overlays are designed to provide a snug and secure fit.

To keep the toes well-protected while running on the trail, the shoe utilizes a durable rubber toe cap.

Lastly, the lightly padded tongue and collar of the shoe offer an enhanced fit and added foot security, keeping the foot in place while running. The tongue also keeps small debris and stones from getting into the shoe.


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