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.

Grippy outsole

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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 275g / Women 230g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Salomon Sense Ride 4
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 27mm

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Author
Jacob Sanchez
Jacob Sanchez

Hi, I'm Jake, an avid athlete always looking for the next adventure. I have competed at high levels of CrossFit as a two-time regionals athlete, and have placed within the top 10 of elite heat Spartan Races, and most recently have sparked an interest in ultramarathons with the Ohlone 50k as my first so far. Depending on what I am training for at the time, my running varies as far as mileage, but on average I am generally running about 40 miles a week.