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. 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.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.7oz | Women: 8.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Forefoot height: Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm
Brand: Salomon
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red
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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Must Love Jogs | | 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.

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  • 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.


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