Our verdict

We found the Salomon Aero Glide to be an impressive neutral daily trainer—ideal for heel strikers with its high drop and notable heel cushioning. In our lab tests, we really liked its massive rubber coverage on the outsole and the breathable upper, paired with a subtly rockered ride. However, we noted a few drawbacks: the forefoot lacks sufficient cushioning, and the price point is slightly higher compared to its competitors.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Excellent outsole rubber coverage
  • Cushioned for heel strikers
  • Wider than other Salomons
  • Efficiently designed rocker
  • Lightweight despite broad size
  • Comfortable upper

Cons

  • Somewhat overpriced
  • Forefoot cushioning insufficient
  • Non-gusseted tongue

Audience verdict

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Who should buy

We recommend the Aero Glide from Salomon for runners seeking:

  • A resilient and reliable daily trainer—ideal for accumulating hundreds of miles without concern for outsole wear.
  • A gentle rockered ride, providing a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
  • A shoe with a flared heel and broad sole, offering a wide heel and forefoot for enhanced stability.

Salomon Aero Glide

Who should NOT buy

We think that runners who utilise a midfoot or forefoot striking technique may not find the Aero Glide as suitable as other options. The forefoot cushioning feels inadequate and the 11.0-mm drop appears excessively steep—making the Hoka Clifton 9 a more fitting choice for these runners, in our view.

Furthermore, we believe the Aero Glide is a bit overpriced at £170 for a standard daily trainer. For those looking to save a bit of money, we suggest the ASICS Novablast 4, which offers more cushioning and less weight at just 140 bucks.

Salomon Aero Glide parts

Breathability

Our initial impression of the Aero Glide was puzzling—the upper appears paper-thin, although Salomon didn't incorporate direct ventilation holes. At RunRepeat, we love testing, not guessing, so we dove right in.

Our first test pumped smoke into the shoe to see how effectively it escaped. Impressively, the Aero Glide managed very well, earning a solid 4/5 rating from us.

Next, we shone a light through the upper to assess its structure. We discovered that the material remains consistently thin until the heel, ensuring even ventilation—crucial for avoiding blisters in the arch during summer runs.

Salomon Aero Glide microscope

Under the microscope, the upper's intricacies became clear. It's crafted from standard engineered mesh with countless tiny openings, and painted with remarkable precision!

Salomon Aero Glide mesh

In our final assessment of the upper, we noted significant padding in critical areas—the midfoot and heel—adding comfort where it's needed most.

Test results
Aero Glide 4
Average 3.8
Compared to 227 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Breathability
5

Durability

Toebox durability

A major benefit of an upper without large ventilation holes is enhanced durability, as those holes could otherwise serve as weak points where the mesh might get ripped.

Using our standard Dremel test at 5K RPM and 3.2N of force, we assigned a durability score of 3/5 to the Aero Glide. While not groundbreaking, this result is satisfactory for this type of upper.

Salomon Aero Glide Toebox durability
Test results
Aero Glide 3
Average 2.4
Compared to 161 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Toebox durability
5

Heel padding durability

We conducted the same rigorous test on the shoe's heel padding and, unfortunately, the results were less than ideal.

This time, we scored the heel padding a disappointing 2/5, which in our view raises concerns for runners who typically experience wear in this area of their running shoes.

However, if you don't usually have issues with heel wear, this is not a dealbreaker, but it's a significant drawback for those who do.

Salomon Aero Glide Heel padding durability
Test results
Aero Glide 2
Average 3.1
Compared to 157 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5

Outsole hardness

Moving to the outsole, we focused first on Salomon's widely used CONTAGRIP rubber, which is a staple in both their road and trail lines.

Salomon Aero Glide CONTAGRIP

The outsole includes a large central groove designed to enhance water evacuation and reduce torsional rigidity.

Our Shore C durometer test yielded a high score of 91.9 HC, indicating good durability. However, this comes at the expense of optimal grip.

Salomon Aero Glide Outsole hardness
Test results
Aero Glide 91.9 HC
Average 80.5 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 278 running shoes
Number of shoes
54.9 HC
Outsole hardness
92.8 HC

Outsole durability

To evaluate the durability of the Aero Glide, we revved up the Dremel in our lab for one final test.

Once complete, our measurements showed a 0.8 mm indentation in the rubber—decent, though we anticipated an even better performance given the exceptionally hard rubber Salomon typically uses.

Salomon Aero Glide Outsole durability
Test results
Aero Glide 0.8 mm
Average 0.9 mm
Compared to 139 running shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole wear
2.0 mm

Outsole thickness

To conclude our evaluation of the outsole, we measured its thickness, finding it to be 3.2 mm.

Salomon Aero Glide thickness outsole

This thickness strikes a balance, ensuring durability without adding excessive weight to the shoe.

Salomon Aero Glide Outsole thickness
Test results
Aero Glide 3.2 mm
Average 3.2 mm
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole thickness
6.6 mm

Weight

Despite its substantial rubber coverage and robust stack height, the Aero Glide impressively remains under the 10-oz mark, weighing in at just 9.3 oz or 264g.

Salomon Aero Glide Weight
Test results
Aero Glide 9.31 oz (264g)
Average 9.38 oz (266g)
Compared to 298 running shoes
Number of shoes
5.26 oz (149g)
Weight
12.56 oz (356g)

Cushioning

Heel stack

Turning our focus to the midsole, our first test was to measure the heel stack height.

Our findings showed a generous 35.2 mm, categorising this shoe within the maximal cushioning range, suitable for any distance, including gruelling 20-milers for those training for a marathon.

Salomon Aero Glide Heel stack
Test results
Aero Glide 35.2 mm
Average 33.6 mm
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
7.6 mm
Heel stack
42.7 mm

Forefoot stack

The forefoot cushioning is less substantial than the heel, measuring only 24.2 mm under our digital callipers.

This moderate approach may cause heavier forefoot strikers to bottom out in the Aero Glide. However, it should be enough for the majority of runners.

Salomon Aero Glide Forefoot stack
Test results
Aero Glide 24.2 mm
Average 25.0 mm
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
7.6 mm
Forefoot stack
35.8 mm

Drop

As hinted by our prior measurements, the heel-to-toe drop in the Aero Glide is significant at 11.0 mm, aligning with the typical design cues from Salomon.

This wedge-like design benefits heel strikers and runners who experience Achilles tendon or calf discomfort, as the higher offset can help alleviate stress in these areas.

Salomon Aero Glide Drop
Test results
Aero Glide 11.0 mm
Average 8.6 mm
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
-0.8 mm
Drop
16.1 mm

Insole thickness

At 4.0 mm, the insole is slightly slimmer than what's usually found here in the lab, but it's far from being a drawback.

Salomon Aero Glide Insole thickness
Test results
Aero Glide 4.0 mm
Average 4.5 mm
Compared to 293 running shoes
Number of shoes
1.5 mm
Insole thickness
7.3 mm

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

The midsole is 100% made of EnergyFOAM, which is an EVA+OBC compound similar to FF Blast+ from ASICS, although this one feels a bit firmer underfoot. 

Checking its softness with our Shore A durometer after cutting in half the shoe—which is a necessary condition to obtain precise results—we found a 20.6 HA score, which confirms that the formulation strikes a balance between a plush and a firm ride.

Moreover, we discovered that the energy return is good—superior to any standard EVA foam. However, it doesn't match the exceptional energy return found in PEBA-based shoes like the Nike Invincible 3.

Salomon Aero Glide Midsole softness
Test results
Aero Glide 20.6 HA
Average 21.5 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 225 running shoes
Number of shoes
8.5 HA
Midsole softness (soft to firm)
41.5 HA

Difference in midsole softness in cold

Blending EVA with Olefin co-polymers (OBC) significantly enhances not only energy return but also performance in cold conditions.

Impressively, the EnergyFOAM midsole only stiffened by 18.8% after a rigorous 20-minute cold test in our freezer—a testament to its great resilience against low temperatures. It earns our seal of approval for winter conditions.

Salomon Aero Glide Difference in midsole softness in cold
Test results
Aero Glide 18.8%
Average 25.6%
Compared to 224 running shoes
Number of shoes
0%
Difference in midsole softness in cold
100%

Rocker

We believe runners looking for a moderately rockered daily trainer will be quite pleased with the Aero Glide. While it doesn’t offer an extreme rocker effect, the noticeable curvature at both ends effectively guides you forward from heel to toe, making for a smooth stride.

Stability

Lateral stability test

The Aero Glide stands out as a neutral daily trainer. However, its impressively wide dimensions—which we’ll discuss shortly—enhance its stability, making it a viable option even for those requiring slight support.

Torsional rigidity

Despite featuring a substantial hollow in its midsole, the Aero Glide maintains strong torsional rigidity, earning a rating of 4/5 from us.

This means that, in our view, runners seeking a daily trainer that offers a more flexible and natural running sensation might prefer something like the New Balance FuelCell Rebel v4.

Test results
Aero Glide 4
Average 3.2
Compared to 276 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5

Heel counter stiffness

The heel counter of the Aero Glide is pretty standard, similar to those found in most daily trainers, with a stiffness rating of 3/5.

We found it strikes a balance between comfort and support, offering enough structure to enhance heel stability without being too rigid or irritating the Achilles area.

Test results
Aero Glide 3
Average 2.8
Compared to 260 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5

Midsole width in the forefoot

Earlier we hinted at the spacious build of the Aero Glide—now it's time for specifics. We measured the forefoot at a substantial 121.7mm, akin to stability shoes with a vast landing platform.

Yet, every design has its compromises, and for the Aero Glide, it's the loss of agility. The wide build makes the shoe could feel somewhat cumbersome, especially when fast turns are required.

Salomon Aero Glide Midsole width in the forefoot
Test results
Aero Glide 121.7 mm
Average 113.7 mm
Compared to 298 running shoes
Number of shoes
100.5 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
126.5 mm

Midsole width in the heel

The heel mirrors the forefoot's design philosophy, measuring an impressive 97.3 mm at its widest point. This dimension confirms to us that the shoe is mostly crafted for rearfoot strikers.

Salomon Aero Glide Midsole width in the heel
Test results
Aero Glide 97.3 mm
Average 90.5 mm
Compared to 298 running shoes
Number of shoes
74.9 mm
Midsole width in the heel
106.6 mm

Flexibility

Stiffness

Previously, we confirmed that the Aero Glide exhibits surprisingly-high torsional rigidity. However, our focus now shifts to its longitudinal flexibility.

Using our 90-degree bend test—a favourite here in the lab due to its uniform application across all models—we measured the Aero Glide at 23.0N. This places it on the more flexible end of the spectrum, which is ideal for a daily running shoe.

Test results
Aero Glide 23.0N
Average 29.1N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 280 running shoes
Number of shoes
2.2N
Stiffness
94.4N

Difference in stiffness in cold

Continuing our tests similar to the midsole softness assessment, we examined how longitudinal stiffness varied under cold conditions.

We chilled the shoe in the freezer for another 20 minutes and then tested it back. The stiffness increased by 28%, which isn't remarkable, but it's satisfactory for practical purposes.

Test results
Aero Glide 28%
Average 36.2%
Compared to 280 running shoes
Number of shoes
0%
Difference in stiffness in cold
148%

Size and fit

Toebox width at the widest part

Given Salomon's reputation for crafting snug uppers, we did not anticipate a roomy toebox.

However, to our pleasant surprise, the Aero Glide offers a slightly wider fit than typical Salomon shoes. We measured the widest part of the toebox at 98.5 mm, providing ample space for most runners' comfort.

Salomon Aero Glide Toebox width at the widest part
Test results
Aero Glide 98.5 mm
Average 98.4 mm
Compared to 298 running shoes
Number of shoes
89.5 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
109.1 mm

Toebox width at the big toe

Our second measurement confirmed a narrower fit at 76.2 mm, aligning more closely with Salomon's typically snug design. While not necessarily a drawback, this tighter space in the toe area may not suit runners who prefer a roomier toe cap.

Salomon Aero Glide toes

Additionally, during our tests, we noted that the vertical space in the toebox is somewhat limited.

Salomon Aero Glide Toebox width at the big toe
Test results
Aero Glide 76.2 mm
Average 78.2 mm
Compared to 172 running shoes
Number of shoes
60.4 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
92.5 mm

Tongue: gusset type

Unfortunately, we discovered that the tongue of the Salomon Aero Glide is not attached to the sides, which is disappointing for a shoe priced at £170.

Salomon Aero Glide Tongue: gusset type
Test results
Aero Glide None

Comfort

Tongue padding

The tongue is well designed, featuring 6.9 mm of padding made from dual foam slabs. We believe this is an ideal setup for a daily trainer—not overly padded like some heavier shoes, yet it offers ample comfort for long runs.

Salomon Aero Glide tongue

We're also fans of the flat laces and the overall lacing system. Notably, Salomon opted out of their QuickLace system this time, a choice we appreciate since it might feel out of place on road running shoes.

Salomon Aero Glide Tongue padding
Test results
Aero Glide 6.9 mm
Average 5.6 mm
Compared to 295 running shoes
Number of shoes
0.5 mm
Tongue padding
14.2 mm

Heel tab

The heel lacks a finger-loop pull tab; however, it includes a slightly extended Achilles zone that can be used to help slip the shoe on more easily.

Salomon Aero Glide Heel tab
Test results
Aero Glide None

Removable insole

The insole is removable, so it's easily replaceable with third-party footbeds for enhanced comfort or support.

Salomon Aero Glide Removable insole
Test results
Aero Glide Yes

Misc

Reflective elements

Unfortunately, we discovered that the Aero Glide lacks any reflective elements. While it's not a trail shoe, we still expect more from Salomon, a brand known for catering to the adventurous runner.

Salomon Aero Glide Reflective elements
Test results
Aero Glide No