Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A notable number of Salomon Trailster wearers were impressed with the shoe's excellent grip even when running downhill at full speed.
  • Mentioned by most runners was that the Trailster provides ample cushioning for the very technical trails they run with lots of rocks and tree roots.
  • Also noted by wearers is how well put together this running shoe is.
  • According to a lot of users, the Trailster is a great lightweight shoe that offers flexibility and feel to the ground beneath while running.
  • A handful of users also liked the shoe as they say it had a very comfortable footbed, and after the first few miles, their feet were feeling at home in the shoe.
  • The Salomon Trailster is also easy to clean when necessary, which made quite many wearers happy.
  • A couple of runners particularly appreciated the shoe's thick ankle cushioning which helped a lot with their stability in running various types of terrain.
  • Majority of those who have purchased the Trailster agree that the shoe is a great value for money.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe's toe box was also noted by several wearers to be narrow and shallow, causing a few serious blisters on their feet.
  • One user had an issue with the shoelaces saying it was very slippery and untied easily.
  • Most trail runners thought that the shoe could be better if it had some reflective element to it for night trail runs.

Bottom line

The Salomon Trailster is a trail running shoe that has excellent workmanship and good grip for running in demanding terrain conditions.  Also designed for heel-strikers, the shoes are known to be lightweight and breathable to help make sure the feet feel comfortable during an extended run. Even with some reviews of the Trailster having a narrow toe box, we can conclude that we are talking about a trail shoe that, for a very economical price, will not disappoint those who take their first strides in the world of trail.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

- Probably, if there is a brand that comes to mind when we think of mountains, impossible challenges, and pure trail, it is Salomon. That is why the new Salomon Trailster incorporates the Contagrip outsole which provides exceptional traction on the trail. This Wet Traction Contagrip sole is made from smooth and resistant rubber that offers exceptional traction and support for running on wet surfaces.

- The shoe's midsole incorporates another compound that we see in the top of the range, the EnergyCell+  foam that will give users energy from the impact to use it in the takeoff and also provide a uniform and cushioned footprint. This injected EVA insole with EnergyCell+ technology offers maximum cushioning to the feet for all-day comfort.

- The Trailster's midsole is also enhanced with another reliable Salomon technology, the Sensifit system which locks in the foot perfectly, offering a secure and snug fit. And for the proper fit management of the shoe, the Sensifit provides the precise adjustment that the foot requires from the midsole to the laces.

- Finally, the shoe's upper is where there is an even more noticeable change. Unlike the updates to other Salomon shoes, the Trailster does not incorporate the classic QuickLace lacing, but instead, it uses the traditional lacing system with flat laces. The upper also has a series of lateral reinforcements to provide stability and a more reinforced feeling on the feet.

The Salomon Trailster comes in the usual standard sizes and width for runners. It comes in standard D - medium for men and B - medium for women. Although when buying online, potential buyers are encouraged to order a half size up than their usual shoe sizes.  It is also a good idea to visit one's local running shop or sports shoe retailers if there are any, to make sure that one gets the right fitting running shoe.

Designed for different types of terrains, the Salomon Trailster uses the Contagrip rubber lug outsole.  From concrete roads to uneven and rocky terrains, wet to dry surface, these Trailster offers great traction and allow any runner to tackle new challenges with confidence. Providing reliable grip on a wide range of surfaces and in different weather conditions.

These Contagrip® outsoles are a mixture of different compounds with various densities or thickness. This basically means that different areas of the outsole are softer or harder, depending on where they are located. The areas that are prone to wearing out faster have harder-wearing high-density compounds like the edge of the shoe's outsole. Other areas use the lower density compounds, which offers more flexibility and grip like the central column area of the outsole. It also guarantees that the Contagrip MD outsoles with lug patterns provide the premium traction needed on either hard or soft surfaces, creating an incredibly versatile fitness experience.

The Salomon Trailster has the EnergyCell technology in the midsole, which is engineered to give incredible energy return.  It is also designed to reduce fatigue by dampening vibrations and displacing shock in high-impact zones the EnergyCell technology in the shoes provides the ability to push oneself to new heights and distances. The premium EVA foam in the EnergyCell midsole also offers shock attenuation to preserve the feet and keep them feeling fresh.

The shoe also features the SensiFit. The SensiFit holds the foot in place from the midsole to the shoe's lacing system. This helps in providing a secure, snug, and virtually customized fit all around the foot.

Just like the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, the Trailster uses the molded EVA Ortholite found in the footbed which offers exceptional cushioning and support that is durable. This can make any runner confident in tackling any adventure comfortably every time. The  Ortholite® also provides out-of-box comfort longer than any footbed because of a particular open-cell polyurethane that retains 95% of its cushioning after the first year. It has also been designed to have an open cell structure that lets air pass through, allowing the odor and blister-causing moisture to dissipate. And as a finishing touch, the environmentally friendly biocide is added to combat microbes that might be found in a running shoe.

The Trailster’s welded upper construction fits like a glove by providing a custom fit that will help runners tackle trails with confidence. This synthetic mesh upper provides breathability and comfort while the synthetic protection over the toes and heels provides a lightweight protection from rocks and dirt on the trails without added weight.  This Salomon trail running shoe has a perfect combination of comfort, protection, and agility that will help ensure longer runs.

The shoe finishes of its upper by using a traditional lacing system which guarantees no accidental slip-ups of the shoe and allows easy adjustment for the perfect fit.  


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