Verdict from 3 experts and 20 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Weight: The Salomon S-Lab Pulsar is the lightest Salomon trail shoe to date. It is approximately 20 grams lighter than the S-Lab Sense 8.
  • Responsiveness: Many satisfied runners admire the bouncy and soft feel of the Energy Surge cushioning.
  • Lockdown: As mentioned in several comments, the upper is structured enough to hold the foot securely, from the forefoot to the heel.
  • Stability: Expert reviewers were surprised and reported that despite the shoe's narrow platform, it is still "incredibly stable."
  • Grip: A few mentioned that the S-Lab Pulsar delivers reliable traction on snow and slippery surfaces.
  • Comfort: User reviews mentioned that the upper feels soft and very comfortable without any rubbing issues.
  • Agility: The shoe gives runners an agile feel because of its lively forefoot and efficient rocker.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Lack of protection: A few testers noticed that the stone guard is not tough enough for technical terrain.
  • Difficult to put on: According to several reviews, wearing the shoe is a bit challenging because of the stiff upper and the one-pull lacing system.
  • Tight fit: The slim upper fit may feel constricting to runners with wide feet.

Bottom line

Designed to go fast on less aggressive trails, the Salomon S-Lab Pulsar offers exactly the things you need for your next breakthrough performance. It has a rocker profile for powerful push-off and a lasting cushioning that delivers bounce and energy return.

The S-Lab Pulsar may not be suitable for rugged surfaces, but it is versatile enough to deliver the light and speedy performance you need on hard-packed trails.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Salomon S-Lab Pulsar: Ultralight trail performance

The S-Lab Pulsar is the lightest shoe from Salomon. With a profile that caters well to almost any pace, and for almost any runner, this racing shoe helps you conquer your next trail run with ease. 

Best for:

  • light trail
  • race days
  • quick-paced training

What's special with the S-Lab Pulsar?

Meant for the less-aggressive path, the Salomon S-Lab Pulsar features the following:

  • Bouncy cushioning - The innovative Energy Surge midsole foam offers durable cushioning without compromising the springy and energetic sensation.
  • Stable upper - Weaved in with aramid fiber, the Matryx material delivers a combination of comfortable and supportive foot wrap.


How Salomon S-Lab Pulsar ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 37% trail running shoes
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Bottom 20% Salomon running shoes
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Bottom 42% neutral running shoes
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