Salomon Sense Ride 4: For the trail running newbies
Although not as soft as Hoka shoes, the Sense Ride 4 is also nowhere near rigid. Thanks to its Optivibe cushion, it sports a combination of impact protection, comfort, and responsiveness for a forgiving ride, especially for long-distance runners.
This is also the very reason why it's suitable for trail running beginners — it's not harsh, giving them ample time to adjust. Add in its not-so-aggressive yet versatile lug pattern, it's a shoe that offers unobtrusive stability on both the road and trail.
Sense Ride 4 vs. 3: 'Sensible' upgrade
There's not much change employed by the Salomon Sense Ride 4 from version 3. The outsole and midsole remain untouched, and the updates are only focused on the upper. These changes, altogether, create not only a sleeker look but also shave some weight off the shoe (note: the shoe is now 0.45 oz/12 g lighter in men's US 10):
- From having an innerlay/outerlay construction, the shoe now sports welded overlays for better structure and foothold.
- It has a snugger-fitting upper for a more dialed-in, precise fit. This also the very reason why it looks more streamlined.
- The heel counter is narrower-looking, higher, and is much more padded. This is to create a better fit for runners who have skinny ankles.
Overall, Salomon fans who loved the third version of the Sense Ride series will be happy with the Sense Ride 4. They're virtually the same shoe, only that the 4 is more "performance-oriented" with its lighter weight and better fit.
The Sense Ride 4 as a cushion-oriented shoe: What is it for?
It's not a speedster like the S-Lab Pulsar. But again, if you push it, it can handle some tempo paces. With its cushion-centered specs, it's perfect for your high-mileage runs and offers just enough protection and comfort on long descents over hard rock or pavement.