Comments: I run a ton of trails, and ultras too. I use these shoes for everything. They're not built for roads, but they're as good on roads as any shoe I've used. I like to hit bridal paths when doing city trails, or cobble-stones, or anything but predictable ground, and these give me really good flexibility on different surfaces. On a trail though, they're money. They don't have huge lugs, so if you hit wet mud at speed then you will get some slip, but on super-technical appalachian trails I find that most shoes suffer from this. These shoes are at least minimal enough so you pick up on any slip really quickly and adjust. What I love about these shoes is that they have a great toe box for a forefoot/midfoot runner, but don't splay too wide of the foot with support/grip so you have to compensate your foot plant for the shoe. I've done well over 500 miles on my pair with no real breakdown.
From: Tom, New York, NY, Manhattan
Comments: I allowed myself to be suckered into these shoes, having had four pair of speedcross and having great luck with their durability and fit. Indeed, the Sense is like a refined Speedcross 3: low volume upper, and a low profile midsole, but with even better fit for a low volume foot like mine. Although the low drop midsole is clearly more noticeable than on Speedcross or Fellcross, it still has a little bit of a roll to it, which is nice on level ground. If salomon hadn't made it their best looking shoe yet, I might not have gone for it, but...I did. Unfortunately, after 27 miles in the Wasatch in the last two days, the midsoles and outsoles look like they were dragged over barbed wire; I cannot imagine how these shoes will last 100 miles. I am relatively light, at 145 lbs, and pretty well adapted to minimal footwear, having worn many pair of New Balance MT100/101/1010, and other light/low drop shoes, but just a couple sloppy steps in these shoes and I have bruised heels from very incidental contact with sharp rocks. The midsole compound is just too soft.
From: Chris, Alta, Utah, USA
Comments: Sizing question for those that already bought and run in this shoe and that have past experience with Salomons. I am a US Size 10 in the SpeedCross 3 and a 10.5 in XT Wings. I tend to be a bit narrow in the heel and wider across the toebox. What do you think the equivalent size would be for the Sense? Thanks in advance for your help!
From: Barry, Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Comments: Here is my Feedback for the AMAZING Salomon S-Lab Sense
The first time i saw these shoes was last summer in one of Kilian's QUest Season 3 video (Called slow motion, if you want to see it)and when i met Kilian in France around the same time.
At first i really liked the concept of lightweight but still tough trail running shoes (He ran the UTMB with it and the Western states!)I didnt think it would ever come out since it just looked like a prototype only made for Kilian.
When i saw back in April that RunningWarehouse was the official first seller (and they are still today!) i immediately ordered two pairs (to be sure i get the good size) I first tried them on pavement and it was not great at all! I had ran with the Nike Free's and i felt like the Sense were stiffer. However, as soon as i hit the trails (for example Forest park in Portland,OR), i fell in love with their lightweight, traction, their amazing comfort..and obviously the lacing system which is less bulky than the other Salomon shoesEven if the sole is small, rocks dont hurt at all.
I've owned Salomon shoes for several years now (Xa pro5 , XT wings 2, Xa Pro 3d Ultra GTX, XT Hawks, Speedcross 2) and they just reached anotherhigh level with the Sense.
Some people say that they will get worn out after 100 miles or so. Well, so far the only Salomon pair that i worn out were my previousXA pro 3d and i put more than 500 miles on them!! So i dont think it's really a problem. I gave up my Speedcross and im only trail running with the S-Lab Sense and they’re FAR from being worn out.
Oh, yeah the price! 200$. Ok, it's expensive but when you consider the bad or so-so shoes that you can find at the other brands for more than 100$, well, here is my choice, i choose the Sense because they're simply the best.
Anyway, you should rush and try them since it's gonna be the best trail running shoes for years now!
From: Frederic, Beaverton,OR,USA
Comments: Great shoe! I highly recommend. The price is worth it. Get a half size or full site larger than regular shoe size. I got a half size and I am comfortable with it but am considering getting another a full size larger. Best trail shoe I have ever owned!
From: Shawn, Lake Mary, FL, USA
Comments: Ordered this shoe the day it became available on runningwarehouse and like others have said my first impression was to send them back. This shoe is incredibly narrow and rubbed blisters on both my pinky toes during my first run in them. But After the blisters got better I decided to tape and set out undaunted to give the shoes another go. And they do actually stretch to fit somewhat but the narrow toebox is going to an issue for many runners with wider feet. Now on to the positives and they are many, this shoe runs incredibly soft much softer than any other minimal shoe I've ever ran it, it drains superbly and the lacing and fit in the heel is just beyond wonderful. I think gen 2 of this shoe with a wider toebox out of the box (no stretching needed) is going to be the best minimal shoe to date. The negatives are as everyone else has mentioned, 200 bucks for this shoe is a real downer and it is one narrow shoe.
From: Chad, Caddo, OK, USA
Comments: Out of the box, I ran for 41/2 hours without socks on wet technical trails up a mountain. The shoes worked fine. One small blister on top of left second toe from accumulated crap from trail. Cushy but not mushy. 4mm drop was fine. Shoe has enough midsole to allow heel striking on downhill if you wish, but heel won't get in your way on the flats. I have a wide foot and actually sent back my first pair without running in them. After talking to others though, I ordered again and gave the shoes a chance to stretch to fit. They did. Felt like a compression sock.
Next day did a long run of 9 hours over varied terrain. Lots of mud and water to deal with. Shoe did well on all surfaces. Not as sticky as an Inov-8 on wet rock, but much more versatile. The price SUCKS, but I did pay it didn't I? As long as the shoes are in such high demand, the price will hold I imagine. Time will tell if this was money well spent. So far so good.
From: John, Saint Albans, VT USA
Comments: This is a fantastic shoe. I had high hopes when I ordered this shoe based on a number of very positive reviews I read on the web. I can tell you the reviews were correct as this shoe is awesome. The fit is great, glove like would be the correct term to use (though if you have really wide feet it might be an issue). Really like the lacing system as it gives one a secure fit and as a bonus a place to stash the laces. The shoe if very light I would say 9 oz or less for my size 11.5 (size 10 is 7oz). Very flexible and a minimal drop (4 mm) which I like since my road shoe is the Brooks Pure Cadence. I feel like I can fly with these shoes on and have already seemed a decrease in my time on my standard trail run. Transition from trail to road is very good. Traction on the trail is excellent though I have not tried them yet on wet terrain but they appear to hold well on loose dirt and rocks. The rock plate design in the forefoot works very well. Price yeah that is an issue 200 bucks, but it is a great shoe and I think worth every cent.
From: George, Manteca, California, USA