Summary

We spent 10.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some users admired the Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 SG because of its lightweight construction.
  • According to some user reviews, the shoe offers an impressive grip on varied trail surfaces.
  • The shoe delivers long-lasting comfort, said a few wearers.
  • A couple of runners said the shoe is durable.
  • Several buyers mentioned that the upper keeps the foot warm on cold running conditions.
  • The shoe delivers a decent underfoot cushioning, noted in some user comments.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It is expensive.
  • The forefoot fits narrow, a few users commented.

Bottom line

The Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 SG is a lightweight trail shoe designed for neutral runners. It is admired by most users because of its weight, grippy outsole, and durable design. A few were unhappy because of the tight forefoot and expensive price, but these issues are not enough to overshadow the good ones. The S-Lab Sence 7 SG is a good option for those who are looking for a comfortable, light and fast trail running shoe.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe

Expert Reviews

96 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 |

    A different perspective on the Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 SG

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    I had signed up for a local fitness/training program called “outdoor fitness”, which was comprised of functional strength and cardio training outside in different environments.

    After the first training session, in which I was drawn across the muddy lawn in a rope-pulling contest, I was recommended buying a sturdy pair of trail shoes.

    In fact, I was recommended the Salmon Speedcross 4 or 5. At the time, I was convinced that forefoot running was the future of my running “career”, and thus I went searching for a low-drop minimalistic trail shoe. Enter the Salmon S-Lab Sense 7 SG.

     

     

    I termed this review as “a different perspective” because these shoes have not solely been used as trail running shoes. They’ve been through quite a beating.

    Their sturdiness, traction, and balance have been thoroughly tested, in the following ways, since I’ve worn them while:

    • pulling heavy objects across both gushingly wet and dry lawn
    • loosing in rope-pulling contests
    • trying to balance on one foot while doing weird movements with my arms and torso (they called the exercise the Seagull)
    • crawling through sand
    • running on tarmac
    • running up and down both muddy and dry steep inclines
    • rope-climbing up steeply inclined concrete brick walls

     

    I’ve spent two seasons doing outdoor fitness in these shoes, which equilibrates to approximately 30 hours of use under various activities.

    The good

    Weight

    These shoes are incredibly light for trail running shoes! My pair of EU size 42 weighs only 210g each.

    Fit

    Compared to the very minimal shoe upper design, the shoes are quite comfortable.

    I have a normal width foot and found the fit to be great, with enough wiggle room for my toes and with a secure locked-down feeling around midfoot. I experienced no chafing at all, even when wet.

    The sole

    The shoe feels remarkably cushioned compared to how thin the sole is. There seems to be a good balance between responsiveness and cushioning.

    Wet conditions

    The shoe dries rapidly and does not absorb water.

    Traction

    The shoe has an impressive amount of traction on various terrains, such as lawn, mud, and dirt. I had no problems running uphill or downhill.

    However, by comparison, it seemed that the other people at the “outdoor fitness” were getting slightly better traction in their Speedcross 4’s and 5’s. Either that or I’m a sore loser!

    Aesthetics

    The Salomon S-lab Sense 7 SG is devilishly good looking, with its sharp line separating the deep black heel from the crispy red forefoot.

    The shoe upper is very simplistic and sharp looking, and the lacing is thin yet strong and can be hidden in a pocket on the top of the tongue. Top marks for the looks!

     

    The bad

    Stability or lack thereof

    The heel of the shoe is very narrow. This coupled with a minimalistic heel counter, and collar makes the shoe unstable (at least to me), but I also tend to over-pronate.

    The collar also seemed to flare in some situations, causing a sensation of instability, and also enabling debris to fall into the shoe. Running in this shoe feels a bit unsafe – a bit like balancing.

    I would not recommend this shoe to someone who is used to running in stability shoes!

     

    Is it supposed to wear down this quickly?

    I cannot have run far in these shoes at all, and some of the studs have already worn down half their length.

     

    Slippery when wet 

    The shoe is quite slippery on wet tarmac, and therefore I’d also suspect on other wet and hard surfaces, such as wet rocks

    Conclusion

    For someone who is not inclined to overpronate and who has a good running form, it’s difficult to find a better trail racing shoe.

    The Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 SG is super lightweight, has great traction on various surfaces, great fit, comfortable, suitably cushioned for medium to long length distances (on soft ground), dries quickly and is super good looking!

    The only downside is lack of stability, possibly wears down slightly quickly, and seems to be slippery on wet hard surfaces.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    lready a great shoe, the 7th version is impossibly light, super responsive and fit is very secure, though simultaneously a bit more generous in the toe box.

  • 97 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    Salomon has achieved something special here. Incredibly light with superb upper hold and comfort with a lively and responsive ride this trail racer represents the state of the art in trail shoe design superbly executed for its purpose.

  • 90 / 100 | Active-Traveller | | Level 1 expert

    Out on the trail, the new S/Lab Sense 7 SG offers great grip in muddy and soft terrain thanks to the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip and underfoot protection from the Profeel film rockplate that runs from the mid to the front of the shoe.

  • 88 / 100 | Run Coed y Brenin | Level 1 expert

    In terms of fit, wow! The 7 SG fits light an absolute glove. Once you have got used to the fact it is like a climbing shoe to get on when you first take them out of the box, you’ll be fine. After two or three runs they will feel like part of your feet, seriously.

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  • Most of the features of the Salomon S-Lab Sense 6 SG was retained. The ground feel, as well as the precise fit, remained but the weight was further reduced from 225g to 205g. This reduction was achieved by optimizing the lugs, making the heel counter more minimalistic, and updating the upper with a thinner single mesh layer.

The Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 SG is a unisex running shoe. Despite this, the main measurement it follows is the men’s sizes in length and width. It comes in D-medium. Female runner should take note of this when ordering their pair. Furthermore, according to the website, the biomechanical fit of the shoe was designed to encourage forefoot striking.

Same as in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, the outsole equipped on the Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 SG is called Premium Wet Traction Contagrip. This is a rubber material that provides superior grip on different surfaces, including ones that are wet. Without slipping, it delivers reliability to the runner on technical terrain.

The tread is composed of multi-directional, sparsely-placed lugs that are of a different sizes. The tread works together with the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip outsole material to deliver sufficient adhesion even on the most challenging surfaces.

On the midsole is the EnergyCell+ which delivers enough energy return. Runners will be able to feel a spring with every stride. The midsole delivers this benefit without compromising the cushioning and durability it provides.

Salomon’s ProFeel Film chassis is also found on the midsole. The film on the Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 SG serves as a layer of protection as it supports the foot and improves its transition from one phase of the running cycle to the next. All of these benefits are delivered without losing ground feel.

An integrated sockliner was added to enhance the comfort and feel from within the shoe. Because it has been integrated, this sockliner moves together with the runner, encouraging movement that feels optimal and natural.

The upper is made up of breathable mesh that’s quick drying. Because this material easily allows air to pass through its gaps, runners don’t have to worry about hotspot forming. Also, because it is quick drying, it easily eliminates water, keeping the foot dry through the run.

Also on the upper is Salomon’s Endofit technology. It is a sock-like construction that hugs the foot in precisely the right areas. This feature improves the feel and comfort from within, delivering a fit that feels premium and customized.

The Sensifit technology was added to the upper to enhance the function of the laces. They look like lines that connect to the lacing system, mimicking a shoe cage. It cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, providing an even more secure fit.

The lacing system that’s on the Salomon S-Lab Sense 7 is the Quicklace kind. With one tug or pull, runners can tighten or loosen the laces easily. This makes lacing quicker and more convenient. The laces can, then, be tucked away inside a lace pocket so they won’t be cumbersome while the runner is moving.

Toes bumping into different objects during trail runs is common. To remedy this, Salomon added an extra feature in the form of a rubber toe cap. This cap does the job in protecting the toes and preventing accidental stubbing during runs.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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