Our verdict

The Sense Ride series from Salomon continues to make the top of my running shoe list. Perfectly grippy and durable, this trail running shoe also feels amazingly comfortable and accommodating. I also wore it when hiking and when doing a LSD weekend run, and I could not recommend it more for such activities.

Pros

  • A decent all-arounder
  • Superb durability
  • Excellent grip
  • Great protection
  • Wide toebox
  • Great comfort
  • True to size
  • Durable
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Way too stiff
  • Laces too long

Audience verdict

90
Superb!

Who should buy the Salomon Sense Ride 3

Ideal if you want an all-around trail shoe, and you run mostly on dry surfaces. It’s stiff! It’s great for longer runs, and it’s sturdier than most trail shoes. 

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Who should NOT buy the Salomon Sense Ride 3

I suggest not getting this shoe if: 

  1. You run off trails or on wet terrain. Salomon Speedcross 5 has aggressive gripping shoes and you can even find its waterproof iteration (Speedcross 5 GTX) for wet conditions.
  2. You want an agile and fast trail running shoe. The most famous Salomon's shoe for trail races (and its latest version) is Salomon Speedcross 6
  3. You like a soft ride. 

Sense Ride 3 vs Ride 2 - experts prefer the old 

There have been huge changes from v2 to v3. If you liked the Ride 2, you may want to buy that version again as opposed to updating to the Ride 3. Why? Well, the changes have their pros and cons. 

Salomon Sense Ride 3 vs. Ride 2

What got better

  • Lower and closer to the ground
  • Less slippage in the midfoot
  • A better protective upper
  • More responsive
  • More supportive upper
  • A tiny bit more aggressive outsole
  • The torsional stiffness is more assertive

What got worse

  • Heavier by an ounce
  • Less stable
  • Beefier laces
  • Stiffer
  • Less quick and nimble

Traction is ideal

As a Salomon shoe, the Sense Ride 3 did not disappoint with its traction. We felt consistently surefooted and had plenty of strong grip even on slippery leaves! 

We remained impressed even when the trail conditions got wet! This was to be expected, as the shoe has pretty deep 4 mm lugs. But it's not the most aggressive bite out there (like the 5-mm Speedcross 6).

Ride 3 lugs closeup

Protection is great, but not superb

The Salomon Sense Ride 3 is sturdy. On foot, it felt highly protective making us evermore confident in our outdoor adventures.

For most runs, we found the shoe's underfoot protection to be sufficient. Featuring a rock plate, it works for most kinds of trails at the most times. We never felt stones underfoot, and the protection definitely felt above average.

In addition, the toe cap performs its function well.

The firm ride is not liked

The general theme of the ride is that it’s firm, maybe even alarmingly firm. It does soften up after a few runs but it still feels on the firm side.

It is also a rather stiff shoe.

Sense Ride 3 flex

Comfortable but not a winner

In terms of breathability, the Sense Ride 3 felt quite airy but not enough for really warm weather. It is an average kind of ventilation for a trail shoe.

As for the in-shoe comfort, we think that it is great but not superb. Most Salomon shoes don't feel exceptionally plush inside and neither does the Sense Ride. But on the bright side, it comes with a soft heel collar and stitch-free interiors. 

True to size!

Same as the Ride 2, we found that the Sense Ride 3 runs true to size.

Top-notch fit and a wide forefoot

Generally, Salomons usually provide a tight fit, but it seems like the Sense Ride 3 strays away from most other Salomon running shoes we’ve tested. It is a little more forgiving.

Salomon Sense Ride 3 foot lock

Durable - this is the reason to buy the Salomon Sense Ride 3

Of all the things discussed, durability seems to be the one thing that makes the Ride 3 a real champion. There were absolutely no signs of wear after 70 miles of runs in our pair, which leads us to expect at least 500 miles of service from the shoe! 

This applies to both the shoe's upper and the outsole.

Sense Ride 3 is a budget alternative

Considering the average price of Salomon running shoes these days ($140), the Ride 3 is a great budget-friendly alternative. We consider it a great value for money as the Sense Ride 3 offers a lot of shoe for a little money. 

A stable yet neutral shoe

We found the Salomon Sense Ride 3 quite stable, especially for lateral movements. It’s a neutral running shoe, but with a stable ride.

The laces are not a home run

Although we normally enjoy the brand's Quicklace system, it felt a bit off on the Sense Ride 3. Here is why: 

  • Ridiculously long laces
  • The garage for stuffing laces is not built well
  • Some had to re-lace the shoes on longer runs

Sense Ride 3 lacing