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SHOE REVIEW: Salomon Sense Pro

Salomon Sense Pro Trail Running Shoe

I’ve been a fan of Salomon shoes for a long time. I got my first pair of Salomons in 1991—a pair of low-top, lightweight ascent shoes for hiking and easy rock climbing. They were built well, fit well, and gripped well. I can say the same for the Salomon Sense Pro trail running shoe. I love these things! If you’re looking for a pretty low-drop (6mm heel to toe), lightweight (men’s 8.8 ounces, women’s 8.1 ounces), trail shoe that performs well on-road and off, you’ll love these things, too.

One note: like most Salomon’s they’re fairly narrow so while they fit true to size, I wound up with a half size larger shoe than normal to get myself a little extra toe-room. I ran 20 miles up and down Mt. Evans the other day in them and they performed awesome!

THE UPPER: Snug & Comfy Like I said, a little narrow, but it works for me. The Sense Pro has a little extra toe protection than the Sense Mantra (another favorite trail running shoe of mine), so that helps on more technical trails. The bootie-like Endofit internal sleeve of the Sense Pro is nearly unparalleled—Salomon really nailed the fit of the Sense series shoes. And add the single-pull Quicklace system with handy garage, and you’ve got a quick adjusting, comfy upper that beats out most any trail shoe out there.

THE MIDSOLE: Firm For being a pretty light hybrid trail shoe, you get a nice amount of cushioning—16 mm in the heel and 10 mm in the forefoot. Salomon’s cushioning is firm, yet absorptive. Not too soft—not too hard. It feels comfy on the road and on the trail. One other thing Salomon nailed is the shaped footbed and that hugs the contours of your foot helping lock it in place inside the shoe.

THE OUTSOLE: Solid Grip You get just enough rock protection with the Profeel Film without losing touch with the ground. Add that nice amount of cushioning I was talking about earlier and these shoes really cut down on foot fatigue on the trail. Tread is good and grippy on dry, rocky, or paved terrain. I’ve also run in these in the snow and felt like traction was fair. Also noted they get a little slippy on wet and muddy terrain.

THE RUNDOWN: Get ‘Em Awesome all-around trail shoe. The fit, the amount of protection, and grip is good enough for me, and because they’re light yet provide solid cushioning, the Salomon Sense Pro will be my weapon of choice for the Pikes Peak Marathon this year.

Steve Lemig

Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Managing Editor at Road Runner Sports for the last 11 years.