Salomon Sense Ride review
I have been running in Salomons for a number of years now having tried everything from the X-Missions to the S-Lab series. Admittedly one of my favorite shoes from Salomon has been the original Sense Pro.
However when the Sense Ride was released and marketed as a “quiver-killer” with S-Lab technology at a much more affordable price… I knew I had to give them a shot.
All in all, the Salomon Sense Ride is awesome. Any shoe I can take out of the box and run a 50k in without any real problems is a good shoe in my book.
Enjoyable fit and feel
Right when I slipped this shoe on my foot, I was already enjoying the feel.
I have a narrow foot and have always liked Salomon for their Endo-Fit technology that allows for a good snug fit. I had read some reviews saying that compared to other Salomon shoe models, this shoe is much wider.
However, this shoe fits perfectly through the midfoot and has a slightly wider toe box, which I actually prefer. I believe that someone with a wider foot would also find this shoe to be very inviting.
From left to right - Salomon Sense Ride, Sense Ride Pro 2, Sense Ride
Extremely comfortable right out of the box
The Sense Ride was so comfortable that I actually took them for a 50k training run right out of the box.
It did take me a few times of having to stop and re-adjust the laces before I got them right (possibly due to the wider toe box than I am used to in Salomon).
I am happy to report though that I had no problems relating to the shoe on that run, and once I got the lacing down they have given me no problems during other runs.
These shoes fit true to size.
Cushioned yet I can feel the ground
Salomon uses their Vibe midsole in this shoe that is actually a technology from their road shoes. The midsole is supposed to help in reducing vibrations while running yet still give a firm ride.
To be honest, I am not sure I noticed a whole lot of difference with this shoes compared to other ones I run in, which was my favorite part of this shoe.
I am personally not a fan of more cushioned shoes and prefer a firmer ride where I can feel the ground (especially on trails). I have run in highly cushioned shoes and am not a fan of the feeling that I am running on marshmallows.
Salomon markets this as a high cushion shoe, but when I was running in it I was happy that I could still feel the ground underneath me.
Hardly showing any wear after over 100 miles
I do not think enough can be said about Salomon’s outsoles in general.
They are by far the most durable outsoles I have run in and this shoe is no different. After over 100 miles showing hardly any use of wear.
I have always loved the traction and durability of the Salomon outsole.
The shoes are grippy enough that I am comfortable on technical terrain but will hold up fine if you need to do a few miles on the road here and there to get to or from a trailhead.
One thing I will say is that where I live in California, I have not had much of a chance to put these shoes through any conditions such as mud or snow. So I am not sure how the traction is in more extreme type conditions.