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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $210
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.8oz
    Women: 7.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Open Mesh upper with reflective detailing offers breathable coverage that’s visible in low-light conditions.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the Endofit sock-like construction, which allows runners to wear the Ultra 5 without putting on socks first.
  • Runners generally welcomed the inclusion of anti-debris mechanisms, from the tongue to the toe area.
  • Triple-density EVA offers a plush underfoot platform on which the foot can rest.
  • The Wet Traction Contagrip lets runners traverse all types of terrain conditions, whether dry or wet.
  • This shoe has a lightweight nature.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners experienced the mid-sole unit easily breaking down after a few months.
  • The outsole lugs were torn after a few treks through the trails, according to some trail enthusiasts.
  • The 5th version of the S-Lab Sense Ultra has a very expensive price.

Bottom line

Many runners have enjoyed the Sense Ultra series through the years and the 5th version lives up to the standards of this line. The comfortable and protective components are reliable. It’s a neutral trail shoe for almost everyone.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

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Updates to Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5

  • The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 comes with an updated cushioning system. It offers soft yet superb cushioning while giving an added motion control and stability.
  • The updated version of this shoe comes with an enhanced traction, allowing the shoe to survive on both dry and wet surfaces.
  • The 5th version of the S-Lab Sense Ultra is 20 grams lighter than the previous version because of the new and updated technologies used in the shoe’s midsole and outsole.

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 size and fit

The S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 is a unisex shoe but it available in men’s sizes. Thus, women who liked to run on this shoe must purchase the 1.5 size smaller from the standard women’s size. The heel, the forefoot and the midfoot area of this shoe are of standard measurements.


Outsole

The outsole unit features the Salomon’s Premium Wet Traction Contagrip technology. It offers a non-slip traction that is very useful when runner on wet trails.

The Premium High Traction Contragrip technology found in the shoe’s outsole uses offset lugs, giving an unmatched grip on both wet and dry surfaces and even on loose grounds.

The shoe also utilizes the OS Tendon system for a more flexible and balanced heel-to-toe transition. It acts like a real tendon for better rolling and softer rebound.


Midsole

The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 uses the Triple Density EVA in its midsole. It gives impressive unferdoot cushioning and added durability. It is also designed to give added protection o high-strike zones.

Complimenting well to the superb underfoot cushioning is the ProFeel Film technology. It is a thin TPU film strategically placed in the midsole. It provides midfoot protection without affecting the overall ground feel.


Upper

The Salomon’s Endofit Technology offers an unmatched comfort and sock-like fit. It is an internal fit sleeve placed in the shoe to hug the foot securely and enhance feedback and fit.
The upper of the shoe has a quick-dryer breathable mesh that offers maximum airflow and breathability. The quick-drying attribute is high reliable and its abrasion-resistant characteristics give added durability to the shoe.

The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 uses the brand’s quick lacing system. It has a minimalistic yet durable lace for one-pull tightening. It matches well to the shoe’s lace pocket that stores and keeps the lacing in place.

Protection is another highlight of this shoe. It gives added toe protection through the Protective Rubber Toe Cap. It keeps the toes safe and free from bruising on trails. It also have a reflective material around the heel to increase visibility especially when running on low light condition.