Light, Fast & Free: 2014 Summer Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Salomon Sense Pro

Salomon Sense Pro, $130

9.2 oz. (men’s), 8.1oz. (women’s)

22 mm (heel), 17 mm forefoot

Category: MODERATE HYBRID/MOUNTAIN MARAUDER

Fit: This shoe fits snug in the padded heel and fairly narrow in the forefoot, but a bit more spaciously in the wider midfoot region. The one-pull lace system helped snug in the arch area, but several wear-testers said it took some time and effort to dial in a custom fit.

Feel: With a good blend of cushy foam in the midsole and a low-profile but aggressive outsole, the Sense Pro serves up a nimble, race-ready feel. The shoe is fairly low to the ground, but the proprioceptive feel for the trail isn’t as sharp as with some other models in this review. Still, our wear-testers felt it is able to straddle the line between a true mountain running shoe and a moderate hybrid.

Ride: Like some other Salomon shoes, this shoe offers plenty of cushion and sturdiness in the heel area but a more agile sensation up front. That combination, along with the subtle-yet-grippy outsole lug configuration and lower heel-toe drop (just 5mm), allows it to be both a long-haul cruiser and a model that allows a runner to pick and poke through patches of rocky terrain. “The big, great surprise with this shoe, despite its rather hefty, layered midsole, is how it can feel so light and even nimble out on the trails,” one wear-tester said. “A great, technically sound trail runner with a surprising amount of versatility,” another wear-tester said.

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