Size and fit
The shoe is true to fit, and one can order your regular size without going up/down from regular size.
Considering it is a trail shoe, the cushion provided in this was enough. It uses Salomon Vibe technology, which is consistent and snappy.
The construction of the upper is well made. The mesh design provides good breathability. It is very tight-knit near the heel area and kind of open near the toe.
Due to the winter use, sometimes, I had slush settling on the toe area. But, they dry quickly, so I didn’t regret buying the non-GTX model.
The Salomon Sensifit provides a secure and snug fit, which was impressive, especially running in slippery winter condition. The tongue uses the endofit, which holds the top of the feet well.
The lacing is Salomon’s signature quick lace system. I must admit I both like and dislike the lacing.
In terms of fit, the lace does a good job. However, the small pocket provided to insert the lace doesn’t hold it well, so at times they are hanging out.
Due to the overlay near the toe area, which is used to secure your feet, some might feel it is too flexible and that the toebox to be less roomy.
Salomon uses its vibe technology for the midsole. This shoe is 8mm offset. Since it is a trail shoe, the midsole is firm.
The Vibe technology is the combination of Energy Cell+ Opal, which helps in reducing the vibration. This does a good job of handling the vibration especially few days after the snow (with a lot of underlying ice layers).
I can confidently say it didn’t result in any difficulties during those runs. The underfoot support uses the Profeel film and opal insert.
This means even difficult trail can be handled without being bothered by rocks and gravels, and for me in winter got good protection from salt and small sharp stones.
The outsole is made up of Contagrip, which Salomon claims is built for a variety of surfaces. I find that to be very true. I have used this shoe on road, small trails, icy winter roads and never I was worried about the grip.
The outsole makes it a hybrid shoe for road and trail. The lugs in the outsole look like uneven diamonds (or whichever shape you want to call) which provides the grip on any type of surfaces.
These lugs are not too aggressive (like the one found in Supercross, which uses different pattern and design) and might not be shoes for very technical trails.
The lugs have good spacing to avoid any dust/debris being stuck except near the toe area but debris caught in it can be removed easily.
This being my first Salomon shoe, I cannot comment from previous experience. But, from my observation due to little flexibility in the toebox, I see that area slowly wearing out, and so does the heel area.
This might be because of exposure to the winter environment, especially the salt and chemicals used to deice. But, overall, I am not convinced about its durability.
During the run
The from the outsole is excellent. This gives you confidence during your run (especially in winter). It is suitable for a variety of surfaces.
The vibe technology in the midsole provides good support, and you will feel the difference when running. It helps to reduce vibration, which is much appreciated.
Feel of the shoe
The shoe feels lightweight, especially for trail running. There are no issues with materials of the shoe rubbing against your feet.
The fit is secured, and the Ortholite insert provides a decent amount of cushioning for a trail shoe.
When I was shopping, I found only two colors (red and grey). But, some stores had Ebony/Storm. So, in terms of colorways, there are few options.
This shoe was my equipment when I ran my milestone run—1000th km for the year 2019. The picture below is taken during that run.
- Secure and comfortable fit (soft feel for a trail shoe)
- Good grip on a variety of surfaces
- A good amount of cushion for a trail shoe
- Durability (after ~200kms, the wear is more significant compared to other shoes)
- Lacing system pocket is not secure
- Colorway options are limited
- Some might feel that the toebox is bit narrow
Good to know
- The Sense Ride 2 is an addition to the roster of trail running shoes that are available to the world. This product offers comfort and protection from the unpredictable nature of the outside topography. One of the aspects that ensures safety from the elements is the underfoot platform, which is composed of the VIBE™ cushioning technology, the shield-like Profeel Film layer, and the full-length rubber external pad.
- On the upper of this Salomon running shoe is a stretchy mesh that is lightweight and breathable. This fabric is bolstered by external overlays, a sock-like internal sleeve, and a single-pull lacing system that consists of discrete eyelets and thin cables. Various color schemes are available, giving the runner some freedom when it comes to the visual flair of the shoe.
The outsole unit of the Salomon Sense Ride 2 is made up of the Contagrip® MA. This layer is designed to protect the rest of the platform from the abrasive nature of the outdoor terrains. It has a durable quality which allows it to stay efficient, even after many uses.
Same as in the popular Salomon Speedcross, this shoe uses the Contagrip® MA compound which is already traction-ready, and it is supported by a set of prominent gripping lugs. These diamond-shaped protrusions act like clamps that hold onto the surfaces, locking the underfoot platform in place and averting slippage or surface instability.
A few flex grooves are added to the forefoot and heel sections. These shallow canals help the foot to bend naturally as it transitions through the gait cycle, thereby giving a natural and enabled ride.
The VIBE™ cushioning system is used for the midsole unit of the Salomon Sense Ride 2. Two elements comprise this structure, one of them being the EnergyCell™+ which is a full-length foam that is created to mitigate the landing impacts and energize the forefoot lifts.
The other element that is part of the VIBE™ technology is the Opal, two separate layers that rest on the heel and front of the full-length foam. These pieces are meant to make the underfoot experience as luxurious as possible while also adding a bit more energy to each footfall and liftoff.
A die-cute Ortholite® sockliner is used to provide extra support to the underfoot. It is thin yet soft, allowing it to cover the relatively firm shoe-last. It has anti-moisture and antibacterial properties that maintain a healthy and odor-free in-shoe experience.
The upper unit of the Salomon Sense Ride 2 uses stretchy mesh, a material that accommodates the natural shape and motion of the foot. It has visible breathing pores that contribute to a cool and dry running session, particularly during all-day wear.
The SensiFit™ is comprised of a set of printed overlays and fabric eyelets that line the instep. This system holds the foot in place and provides targeted support to areas that need it. It doesn’t limit movement because the synthetic prints are thin.
EndoFit™ is an internal sleeve that is soft and seamless. It hugs the foot, keeping it secure and comfortable at all times. It has small pores that preserve the breathable purpose of the silhouette. Also, this technology allows the wearer to use the Sense Ride 2 without a sock because it has a smooth construction that’s reminiscent of actual socks.
The Quicklace™ system is comprised of thin yet durable and stretchy cables that loop through the fabric eyelets on the bridge of the upper unit. These wires connect to a locking mechanism that maintains the level of security that the wearer desires. Tightening or loosening the coverage is ultimately up to the person, though the need to do the traditional looping or tying is removed from the equation. A quick pull-and-lock movement is enough to get the desired fit.
A lace pocket is placed on the tongue unit of this running shoe. The runner can tuck the excess cable-length in this feature, thus enjoying a hassle-free experience on the trails.
The padded collar is meant to prevent in-shoe wobbling and accidental shoe removals. It also cushions the Achilles tendon and the ankles.