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
$180
Weight
Men: 9.7oz
Women: 8.4oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 9mm
Women: 9mm

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

10 reasons to buy

  • A majority of runners agreed that the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra had a secure fit that did not compress the midfoot. It offered snugness while leaving enough room for the toes.
  • Several testers commended the cushioning of the shoe. In particular, one of them was impressed with the cushioning in the forefoot.
  • Plenty of reviewers observed that the upper was breathable enough for running in hot and humid weather.
  • One runner said the shoe showed little signs of wear after 300 miles of usage.
  • A few testers expressed that the price tag was worth it because of the shoe’s high quality.
  • Even though the Sense Ultra was designed for the trail, one person was happy that it was still road-compliant.
  • According to one user, the lacing system took a while to get used to, but once she did, the lacing remained tight for hours.
  • Most runners said that the shoe provided a comfortable feel.
  • The cushioning felt soft and consistent without adding to the weight, based on some reviews.
  • Some testers experienced the lightness of the shoe on the trail.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Some users mentioned that the traction or grip wasn’t reliable when it came to loose gravel or wet rocks. They agreed that it did not perform well on technical terrain.
  • One runner observed that one lace hole got ripped after long-term use.
  • The drainage of water didn’t seem to be efficient, a few runners said.
  • Another reviewer noted that the outsole was not protective against tiny objects on the trail. He felt pain underfoot when he stepped on the uneven ground.
  • A couple of users said that the lacing garage was cumbersome. One of them explicitly noted that she preferred it if the shoe didn’t have one.
  • Another user saw that the overlays began to peel off after 150 miles of running.

Bottom line

The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra is a premium unisex, trail running shoe that has received plenty of positive reviews from those who have tried it. Users liked its durable construction, the apparently comfortable cushioning system, and the Quicklace system. Testers were also impressed by the secure fit delivered by the upper. However, there were those who had some complaints about this neutral shoe. A few noted that the overlays peeled off easily while others observed that the rubber outsole wasn't as grippy as expected.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 7 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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89 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 by Backcountry Edge • Steven "Leon" • Level 1 expert

    The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Trail Running Shoe gives you the traction, the fit, and the performance needed for race day or training.

  • 95 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Sinead Mulhern • Level 1 expert

    They're sort of intended for, like, a lighter trail terrain.

  • 95 / 100 by Trail to Peak • Drew Robinson • Level 4 expert

    If you’re looking for a premium trail shoe with extreme comfort, stability, cushion, and versatile grip, give the SLAB Sense Ultra a try.

  • 93 / 100 by Men's Health • Men's Health • Level 4 expert

    The well-designed, high performance Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra, an upgrade to the wildly successful S-Lab Sense, raises the bar for the trail shoe product segment. This is a worthy kicker for your next trail race.

  • 92 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

    I ran on packed snow, loose snow, ice, rocky technical single track, dirt roads, tempo on paved roads, steeps, flats, navigated boulder strewn, flooded out creek beds with iced over rocks, steep off trail, mud, talus, scree, vertical pine needles and the S-Lab Sense Ultra handled it all quite well.

  • 90 / 100 by Ultra Runner Podcast • Ben Zuehlsdorf • Level 3 expert

    Overall, the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra is certainly the most cushioned and capable S-Lab Sense shoe-to-date...

  • 70 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    It’s grippy, flexibile, but suffers from some wear & tear issues.

  • 90 / 100 by iRunFar • Kristin Zosel • Level 2 expert

    The S-Lab Sense Ultra is certainly one of my top choices for a summer and fall trail racing shoe at any of the distances (half marathon to 50 miles) I tackle. I simply love the shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by Andrew Skurka • Andrew Skurka • Level 2 expert

    The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra is ideal for mid-length and long outings with varied trail surfaces. They will best fit feet of average and below-average width and volume.

  • 98 / 100 by TrailAndUltraRunning • TrailAndUltraRunning • Level 1 expert

    This is likely one of the top two shoes we have ever tested at Trail And Ultra Running. The S-Lab Sense Ultra by Salomon is truly a king in its category, providing an incredible fit coupled with amazing performance.

  • 93 / 100 by The Juskuz Experience • The Juskuz Experience • Level 1 expert

    Overall I’ve been really happy with the Sense Ultra. It checks a lot of boxes and fits my foot better than any trail shoe I have tried.

  • 90 / 100 by Find Your Feet • Find Your Feet • Level 1 expert

    These are my ideal shoes for quantity training and also the mid to longer trail races. I am just so stoked to have a shoe that protects my feet and legs on both the easier terrain and the gnarly stuff too.

  • 88 / 100 by Run. Coed y Brenin • Run. Coed y Brenin • Level 1 expert

    Overall the S/Lab Sense Ultra looks fantastic, it has the heritage of the Sense at its heart and with the new Sense 6 and Sense 6 SG (both still 4mm drop shoes) available in early 2017 too, this merely adds to the amazing ‘tool box’ of S/Lab shoes that Salomon now offer to trail runners.

  • 88 / 100 by Ultra Chef • Patrick Bowring • Level 1 expert

    The beauty of a good shoe is it’s ability to be in control without the need for you to control it, the Salomon Ultra certainly does this and allows you to let go and enjoy your run.

  • 88 / 100 by Trail And Mountain Runner • Trail And Mountain Runner • Level 1 expert

    In conclusion, I would say this is a great all-around shoe. It's probably more accessible and versatile... and the fact that it's got a good mid-range amount of grip on the bottom.

  • 87 / 100 by It's All About The Vertical • It's All About The Vertical • Level 1 expert

    The Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra is an excellent shoe for just about any terrain or condition one might experience.

  • 85 / 100 by RunBikeRace • Kent Keeler • Level 1 expert

    If you’re looking for a speedy, lightweight, and very trail-worthy shoe I would highly recommend checking out the Salomon Sense Ultra.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Pat Heine • Level 1 expert

    It takes the best performance features of the S/Lab Sense 5 Ultra and adds cushion and protection for technical terrain

  • 75 / 100 by Trail Manner • Joel Hatch • Level 1 expert

    The upper is very comfortable and the grip is awesome. The shoe still runs a bit harsh with the 8mm drop and the dual density foam.

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Updates to Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra

  • Salomon’s S-Lab Sense Ultra comes with a Premium Wet Traction Contragrip outsole. This material is durable enough to withstand various terrains and surfaces that runners commonly encounter during nature runs. Whether wet or dry trail, the robust outsole was designed to deliver the right amount of traction and protection underfoot.
  • The EnergyCell + technology makes use of a high-rebound compound. It gives runners a more efficient energy return, as well as a reasonable level of underfoot cushioning. The combination of all these benefits results in a smoother ride.
  • The Profeel Film Chassis is also located on the platform. This technology aids in making the heel-to-toe transition smoother. Because it links the rear part of the outsole to forefoot, the steadiness is maintained in the midfoot area underneath the shoe.
  • The upper is composed of a breathable mesh that quickly discharges water and dries up. This material provides ventilation to the shoe, as well as a system for water dispersion.
  • A quick lacing system was integrated into the shoe to make lacing fast and convenient. The midfoot section of the upper compresses when the top of the laces is tightened. Runners only have to make small adjustments to customize the fit.

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra size and fit

The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra is a unisex shoe, but it comes in men’s sizes. The shoe length can go as small as a size 4 to as large as a size 13, but this depends on the availability of stock at specific stores. The shoe is available in D - Medium or standard width.

Outsole

For the shoe to last longer and withstand rough terrain, the outsole was made with a Premium Wet Traction Contagrip. Soles made of this material are divided into two areas with different densities. One is hard while the other is soft. In the case of this shoe, the Contagrip is mostly found in the forefoot and midfoot, while the cushier zone is located on the heel for impact attenuation.

The outsole’s tread was designed to eliminate debris and to provide grip. It is made up of diamond-shaped lugs which are spaced strategically to prevent tiny objects from getting stuck between them. Aside from that, they are intended to burrow underneath the ground, creating traction that pulls the runner forward without slipping.

The OS Tendon System has been inserted into the outsole to provide even more energy return, improved balance, and a fair amount of support. From its name, this system acts like a real tendon, allowing the outsole to retain its shape no matter the immensity of the stretching or flexing. All of this happens while balancing the dispersion of energy.

Midsole

The midsole is made up of an EVA foam with varying densities. It combines a softer foam for comfort and impact attenuation, and a firmer one for protection against debris on the trail while also giving an agreeable response.

Additionally, the cushioning and responsiveness of the dual-density EVA are reinforced with the EnergyCell +. This full-length platform is located right underneath the foot so that it can ensure the runner feels long-lasting rebound throughout the run.

Salomon’s ProFeel Film covers the forefoot until the midfoot section of this part of the shoe. It is a TPU film that does not weigh the footwear down. It acts as an extra layer of protection on the forefoot, an area which commonly steps on tiny particles. The film also aids in the foot’s heel-to-toe transition since it acts as a link between the forefoot and heel.

Inside the shoe is an Ortholite Molded Sockliner. This extra layer of cushioning is shaped similarly to the curves of the underfoot, making the footwear seem like it was customized from the inside. This sock liner also has an anti-bacterial property that prevents the rise of odor-causing bacteria.

Upper

The upper was made with an Anti-debris Mesh to keep particles from going inside of the shoe. The material doesn’t just stave off debris, but it also allows air to go into the foot-chamber, thus maintaining ventilation.

Runners need not worry about running in low-light conditions because the materials that make up the upper are reflective. Night runs shouldn’t be a problem since the shoe is still visible in the dark.

In-shoe comfort is heightened by the EndoFit. This Salomon patent is a bootie construction which delivers a sock-like fit and sensation to the runner’s foot. It gives the right amount of snugness without compressing the toes.

SensiFit, a seamless overlay design, wraps all the components of the upper. This design innovation further offers a secure fit, delivering snugness to the midfoot while allowing the toes to expand or splay.

An Asymmetrical Quicklace system was added to the upper to make lacing easy and fast. The laces are made of sturdy Kevlar fibers. The thin laces make it easy to loop the strings through their respective lace holes.

At the top of the laces is the lace garage or lace pocket. Runners will be able to keep the excess laces in this add-on to prevent them from being a distraction or a cause of tripping when on the move.