105 users: 4.3 / 5
14 experts: 86 / 100
Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.4oz / Women 8.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 6mm / Women 6mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 7.3 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Several purchasers admired the apparent durable nature of the Salomon Sense Pro Max.
  • Most of the runners were highly appreciative of the shoe’s reliable grip on varied terrains.
  • The roomy toe-box gained positive feedback from several users.
  • Some of the wearers lauded the long-lasting cushioning of the Sense Pro Max, stating that it’s very useful for long-distance runs.
  • The Salomon Sense Pro Max was used by some users as their daily casual shoe and they felt that it was still efficient.
  • More than a few noted the comfortable feel of the shoe.
  • According to a few wearers with slightly-wide foot shapes, this running shoe offered a great fit.
  • A few testers admired the lightweight construction of the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is a bit expensive, said a few reviewers.
  • One user mentioned that he was disappointed by the lacing system because it did not work as expected.
  • According to a couple of wearers, the mud or dirt got easily stuck between the tread, particularly in the heel area.

Bottom line

The majority of the users lauded the overall performance of the Salomon Sense Pro Max. They generally said that the shoe truly provides the reliable grip, durable cushioning, and efficient foot protection that are needed for a better trail running experience. The comfort, durability, and its lightweight construction are additional features of the shoe that made some users satisfied.  Given the shoe’s long-lasting cushioning, this shoe is indeed a good partner for long-distance runs.

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  • The Salomon Sense Pro Max features the innovative VIBE technology. This midsole technology is the combination of Opal and EnergyCell+ compounds. The Opal is a lightweight cushioning compound that is designed for a soft and comfortable ride. The EnergyCell+ is another midsole compound that delivers a high-energy return for a more responsive ride.
  • On the upper of the shoe is the 3D Stretch Air Mesh material. It provides the foot a breathable coverage while enhancing the overall comfort. It is stretchable enough to hug the foot comfortably and provide a more personalized fit.
  • The Sense Pro Max also features the premium Wet Traction Contagrip® outsole technology. It provides reliable grip on varied surfaces, especially on wet and slippery conditions.

The Salomon Sense Pro Max has a standard running shoe length. For men and women’s version, the available width is medium. It has a semi-curved shape that conforms to the natural shape of the foot.

In the outsole of the shoe is the notable Wet Traction Contagrip® technology. It is made from durable material that provides maximum grip on dry, muddy, and wet surfaces. It also gives added durability in high-wear areas.

Present in the midsole is the VIBE technology, which is designed to provide a comfortable underfoot cushioning and high-energy return. The technology is the combination of Opal and EnergyCell+ cushioning compounds.

The Opal cushioning compound is specifically inserted into the midsole for a soft and comfortable underfoot cushioning. It encourages a well-cushioned and bouncy running experience. This compound is lightweight and durable. It also performs well in extreme weather conditions.

The EnergyCell+ compound is designed for high-energy return. The 17mm of EnergyCell+ foam also provides reliable cushioning and added durability.

The shoe also utilizes the thin TPU Profeel Film. It provides underfoot protection while enhancing the ground feel. It also provides stability and consistency in the midfoot area of the shoe.

The upper of the Salomon Sense Pro Max uses a 3D Stretch Air Mesh material that gives the foot a breathable coverage for a well-ventilated running experience. The stretchy upper mesh hugs the foot comfortably for a more customized fit.

Similar to the well known Salomon Sense Ride 2, the mesh upper uses the Sensifit and Endofit technologies. They are designed to give enhanced comfort and a secure fit. The Sensifit overlays wrap the foot for a secure and snug fit while the Endofit provides a seamless environment for a comfortable and sock-like fit.

For an easy-on and easy-off of the foot, the shoe utilizes the minimalistic Quicklace System with friction-free lace eyelets. It facilitates the one-pull tightening and loosening of the lace for a more secure running experience. There is also a lace pocket, which provides a secure storage for the lace, keeping it out of the way while running.

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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