Verdict from 10 experts and +100 user reviews

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. The shoe is expensive but most users admired its design and performance. It is best for short and long distance trail runs, though it may not be ideal for wet or muddy surfaces.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • 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 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.

Same as in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, Salomon’s dependence on the Non-Marking Contagrip continues with this 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.

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.

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.


How Salomon Sense Mantra 3 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 39% trail running shoes
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Bottom 20% Salomon running shoes
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Bottom 43% neutral running shoes
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