Facts

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
$120
Weight
Men: 9.7oz
Women: 8.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 6mm
Women: 6mm

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.

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

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners liked the lightweight construction of the Sense Mantra 3.
  • Many were impressed by the shoe’s quick lacing system.
  • It has better cushioning as compared to the older version, based on some reviews.
  • This shoe has a roomy toe box, which some runners preferred.
  • Available in many color choices.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A moderately high priced shoe.
  • The outsole unit of this shoe was not optimized for wet surfaces, said some reviews.

Bottom line

The Sense Mantra 3 from Salomon is a comfortable trail running shoe that offers enough cushioning and seamless coverage. It is best for short and long distance trail runs, though it may not be ideal for wet or muddy surfaces.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 113 ratings

5 star
54%
4 star
25%
3 star
9%
2 star
5%
1 star
6%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    From pure trail, the shoe feels a bit more hybrid; maintains durability, but loses some grip.

  • 85 / 100 by Runners Garden • Runners Garden • Level 1 expert

    Salomon peddles the SENSE MANTRA 3 as the "ideal balance between protection and feel." By protection, I also read "durable" into that, which is pretty high in my book! 

  • 75 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    A flexible, puncture-proof material replaces the traditional stone shield for guarding against trail debris, but testers reported that the shoe still rides a bit stiff.

  • 93 / 100 by Ian Corless • Ian Corless • Level 4 expert

    For me, the Mantra is a great dry trail shoe or a great road shoe, I would have no problem running for extended periods on either surfaces.

  • 86 / 100 by Ian Corless • Ian Corless • Level 4 expert

    But if you are mixing road, hard trail, rocks and anything in and around that scenario, the Mantra 3 is a dream.

  • 82 / 100 by Must Love Jogs • Jason • Level 3 expert

    I think these shoes are stylish and they were definitely quite comfortable. They might be a little heavy for racing, but they would definitely make a great trainer.

  • 80 / 100 by Must Love Jogs • Must Love Jogs • Level 3 expert

    They might be a little heavy for racing, but they would definitely make a great trainer.

  • 74 / 100 by Hike It. Like It. • Jacob D • Level 1 expert

    Lo and behold, the Sense Mantra 3 arrived… heavier, wider overall, and not as nimble feeling as the either the Mantra 1 or 2. 

  • 71 / 100 by finnSISU • finnSISU • Level 1 expert

    My foot seemed to slip around, and my toes rubbed against the sides of the shoe while I ran.

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Updates to Salomon Sense Mantra 3

  • Salomon introduces several changes in the 3rd edition of the Mantra to make it the best version in this series. As a hybrid door to trail shoe, the outsole gets some serious revisions in the form of more numerous and less aggressive lugs to improve the shoe’s bite on different city to trail surfaces.
  • An all-new Endofit system is unveiled for the first time in the Mantra line in this shoe. Runners who are familiar with Salomon know that the system is a form of an inner sleeve that adds plush comfort and incredible fit. More than superior comfort and fit the Endofit wraps the foot in security and gives the sense of a more cushioned ride.
  • The Sense Mantra 3 is the lightest in the series and a bit more flexible than the past version. It helps runners who love to do technical trail running and makes the shoe more nimble and agile.

Salomon Sense Mantra 3 size and fit

Salomon brings back the fit of the prior model in the Mantra 3. It has a fairly regular fit of a snug heel and average midfoot that widens to a very comfortable forefoot. This is the type of measurement that generally fits most runners. Medium is the offered width while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s. The shoe has a standard length.


Outsole

Salomon’s dependence on the Non-Marking Contagrip continues with the latest version of the Mantra. It has remarkable durability against usual wear and tear so it is placed in high-impact areas. The outsole features more lugs that are slightly less aggressive than before. These lugs offer improved versatility and grip on the road or the trails. A flexible and resilient TPU layer sits just on top of the outsole called the Profeet Film to provide protection against sharp trail objects.


Midsole

The LT Muscle is both a compression and injection molded lightweight EVA that provides adequate midsole durability, cushioning, and responsiveness. It is located in the whole section of the Salomon Mantra 3. Providing excellent responsiveness and helps with the transition is the OS Tendon in the midfoot.


Upper

A very breathable mesh and synthetic overlays for support and structure dominate the upper section. The new Endofit or plush inner sleeve hugs the foot in security, comfort, and improves personalized fit. An Ortholite Sockliner enhances step-in comfort and has moisture-wicking properties. Trail specific scheme in the upper includes the gusseted tongue, which keeps trail debris out, a toe bumper for toe protection, and a lace pocket that securely holds the laces. Salomon uses Kevlar-made laces in the QuickLace system for durability and effortless cinching.