Comments: While I have had great success with other Salomon trail shoes (5 pairs of one model and had a gortex pair for years for snow). The Sense Mantra 2 are terrible shoes. The big issue I had was the right and left shoes felt like different models, my left foot pronated so much that I began experiencing left tibial/knee pain within 2o minutes. Also on my right foot (which is smaller) my little toe and 2nd to little toe went numb due to compression from the toe box. The other issue was the outsole felt very slippery - skidded off a damp root, slipped on some damp stones. I am a midfoot striker and practice both Chi running and the Pose method so I don't push off aggressively. So to see if I was having a bad day I slipped off my shoes and socks and "ran" barefoot for about 10 minutes - no issues, tibial pain vanished and my toes were no longer numb. The trail was a little too muddy and slippery for barefooting it for me anyway. So shoes back on and hiked back to my car.
From: Pete, Fairfield, OH, USA. July 21st 2014
Comments: This shoe runs a 1/2 size large.
From: Kevin, GA. 2/4/14