Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Salomon Sonic Aero is very lightweight and responsive as mentioned in some reviews.
  • The cushioning of the running shoe delivers a springy feel.
  • Many runners applauded the lightweight design of the shoe.
  • The Sonic Aero has a very breathable upper.
  • The grip of the shoe is as impressive as it promises, based on testers’ comments.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The rubber outsole of the shoe wears out too quickly than expected as mentioned in some comments.
  • Some mentioned that they develop blisters while running on this shoe.

Bottom line

The Salomon Sonic Aero is a lightweight neutral running shoe ideal for road running. It is designed to help runners experience a smoother heel to toe transition and it has the right amount of traction and protection. This shoe is ideal for uptempo training and short distance runs. While some people have some issues with durability and comfort, others are very satisfied with the shoe's lightweight structure, responsive cushioning and breathable upper. 

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

80 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | 321 Sport | | Level 2 expert

    It provides very good ground contact and grip.

  • 78 / 100 | 321 Sport | | Level 1 expert

    Provided tons of stability, but like Flavia, there are upper fit issues.

  • 81 / 100 | New England Running Company | Level 4 expert

    The Sonic Aero is lightweight and on the firmer side, but certainly can take the longer miles.

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    These are built for the fast-paced neutral runner for great lightweight performance.

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  • The Salomon Sonic Aero comes with an improved outsole unit. It features the 3D grip technology that delivers excellent grip while running on wet surfaces. This outsole compound also delivers added durability and enhanced ground contact for an improved running experience.
  • This shoe also features the Salomon EnergyCell+ technology that delivers a reasonable amount of cushioning. It is lightweight and efficient shock absorption and energy return for a more responsive ride.
  • The upper of the shoe comes with the 3D stretch mesh. This is a notable feature of the shoe that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage. It also stretched naturally to give an adaptive fit.

When it comes to sizing, the Sonic Aero fits large. Thus, you need to buy a half size smaller than the actual size. It has medium measurements in the heel, midfoot and forefoot, delivering a snug and comfortable fit. This shoe is available in standard running shoe width.


The outsole of the Sonic Aero features the 3D Grip that delivers reliable grip on wet surfaces. It also enhances ground contact for an enhanced running performance. This outsole compound works well with the Salomon Wet Traction Contagrip that provides durable traction while running on the road and added grip on wet surfaces.


Same as in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, the midsole of the shoe features the iconic Salomon EnergyCell+ cushioning system that provides lightweight cushioning for a long lasting rebound. Together with this lightweight foam material is the compressed EVA foam that runs in the entire midsole unit to deliver durable underfoot protection. The midsole of the shoe is designed to deliver a responsive ride.


The 3D open mesh comprises the upper of the Salomon Sonic Aero. It is designed to deliver a lightweight and breathable coverage. It is also flexible that adapts to the shape of the foot for an enhanced fit. The Sensifit overlays wrap the foot for a more closed and secure fit while the Endofit underlays provide excellent comfort and enhanced fit.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

jens@runrepeat.com