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.


Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 | iRunFar | | 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 | iRunFar | | Level 4 expert

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

  • 76 / 100 | Obstacle Racing Media | | Level 3 expert

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

  • 86 / 100 | Foot Pro | Level 2 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 | Foot Pro | Level 2 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 | Tahoe Mountain Sports | | 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.

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  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.