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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$210
Weight
Men: 7.8oz
Women: 7.8oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

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


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 53 ratings

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4 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    It’ll let in a bit more dust, but it’ll also be cooler and breathe better, which is more in line with its original target race, the Western States 100.

  • 80 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    With the fifth edition, Salomon takes the Sense Ultra back toward its roots with a much-airier mesh in the upper.

  • 86 / 100 by Foot Pro • Foot Pro • Level 3 expert

    Salomon have cleverly got rid of the lugs you don’t need on a fair-weather trail running shoe and even reduced the profile of the lugs they have kept.

  • 81 / 100 by Foot Pro • Foot Pro • Level 3 expert

    Implementing new and techy upper materials shows Salomon still aim to push the boundaries of technology with the S-Lab range.

  • 76 / 100 by Obstacle Racing Media • Dario • Level 3 expert

    Some obstacle course races aren’t all about mud and running through barely blazed trails – these would work great there.

  • 85 / 100 by Tahoe Mountain Sports • Dave • Level 1 expert

    The good news is wearing a sock with these shoes is perfectly fine, and since the breathability is so great, my feet have yet to get hot.

  • 85 / 100 by The Trail Shop • Jan Ham Jr. • Level 1 expert

    The S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra’s definitely has top spot in my trail arsenal at the moment, bumping the Sense 4’s down a notch (well only down to second), and I look forward to many more trail miles in them.

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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.