Salomon [sal-uh-muh n]: noun 1. Adventure
OK, obviously that is not the real definition, but I’m not wrong in this. Salomon’s #TimetoPlay hashtag leads you to photos and collages and videos of mountain running, backcountry skiing, epic hikes, and other travel. It makes me want to jump up from this keyboard and get outside. It gives me that FOMO feeling. It makes me want more adventure in my life.
I grew up with Salomon skis and when I became a trail runner I gravitated to their brand for shoes, running apparel, and other gear and it’s all been the quality I remember. Not excluded from that are my recent acquisition: the Sense Ride 2s.
My favorite Salomon features make an appearance on these: the Contragrip rubber outsole, the Quicklace (with garage in the tongue), the snug-fit heel to prevent slipping, and the flexible mesh upper, which provides great breathability (and, honestly, drainage!).
These shoes look good and come in fun, but not obnoxious, colors but more importantly is their performance. We’re in the thick of summer with dry trails that any road shoe could tackle, but looking ahead to those rainy fall days, having light shoes with good breathability is the key to happy feet. Speaking of road shoes, however, these are a great door-to-trail shoe, meaning you’ll not feel out-of-place on some pavement in these (making them ideal shoes to travel with, needing just the 1 pair!). Having the Contragrip rubber outsole promises durability and grip as well. The lugs are flat, diamond shaped with good surface area for grip in varying condition, but could be slightly deeper for those heavy mud days. But let’s be honest: even the grippiest of shoes will slip and slide at Hagg Lake in February! The trade-off is allowing these to be more on the hybrid-side. There’s simply no perfect trail shoe.
The midsole is advertised as follows: “The Vibe Technology is is the combination of EnergyCell +, Opal, a unique assembly that works as a system to attenuate vibrations and reduce a potentially harmful load to the body, while delivering a responsive ride.” Think of it as layers: the sole of the shoe, then a layer of Cell+, then Opal, then your liner, sock, foot. The Cell+ and Opal work to interrupt vibrations that your muscles would normally absorb, helping to reduce fatigue (fatigue = altered stride = potential for injury). As a result, the midsole might feel a bit on the firm side, but that’s a nice feature for long days on the trail, or with a heavier pack on.
As I mentioned, this shoe has a snug-fit on the heel to prevent slipping, but if you’re used to running in a wider shoe or one with a “natural”-shaped toe box, these shoes will feel narrow all over. Neither a good thing or a bad thing, just a personal thing. I’ve found the Salomons across the board can be described in this way and the Sense Ride 2s follow suit. The toebox has a nice overlay for protection and can add to the feeling of narrowness due to rigidity / placement across the toes, but try them on and pro and con it. It’s a great feature for more technical terrain and support on ascents, but could be a bummer on lengthy downhills.
The Sense Ride 2s are a great all-around shoe – perfect for someone looking for a light-weight and snappy trail shoe, someone looking for a “one size fits all” shoe, or newbie trail runners who don’t need an aggressive or super technical shoe. It’s a good combo of comfort and performance with Salomon’s dependable quality!
Company: Salomon (Facebook | Instagram)
Shoe: Salomon Sense Ride 2 (regularly $120, currently 30% off)
- Weight: 9.5 oz / 270 g
- Heel-to-toe drop: 8 mm
- Upper: 3D Mesh
- Midsole: EVA
- Outsole: Contragrip Rubber
More about Salomon:
Salomon has been playing in the French alps since 1947. Our passion for outdoor sports, new technologies and craftsmanship has driven us – and still does – to create progressive gear to enable you to freely enjoy and challenge yourself in the great outdoors. Don’t wait any longer. Now, it’s time to play.
Thank you to Salomon for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.