Salomon S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra SG review
“A proven, lightweight and low drop ultra-distance trail racer designed to perform in wet, soft ground conditions.”
Product: S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra SG
Shoe type: Trail
Drop: 4mm (21mm/17mm)
Immediate standouts: Lightweight with an aggressive lug design
Why Salomon and why now?
The S-Lab Sense 5 are the first pair of Salomon shoes I have owned and I have now been running the trail circuit for almost 3 years. The first time I tried on a pair I was concerned they felt like a ‘true shoe’ as I had been use to running in Vivo BareFoot and New Balance Minimus shoes so opted to run in the Inov8 Trailroc 245 which I still run into today and love. I have owned over 5 pairs of the trailroc’s and they have seen me successfully complete 3 x 100km ultra marathons with not one blister or foot issue – I owe a lot of these shoes. So why the change now? Grip.
During the winter months trails become muddy and very slippery and I just felt I needed a little bit more of an aggressive grip to ensure I had the confidence to throw myself down the descents without losing my footing. Not that the trail roc’s have ever caused me that kind of issue but within myself I just needed more.
Since purchasing these shoes over a week ago I have already run over 130kms with the first run being 6km followed by a 17km race the next day (one of the golden rules of running is, never race in a pair of new shoes!) Having launched feet first into these shoes I must say I am very, very impressed. Not one blister and for being such a light weight shoe they are super comfortable. OK so they are a little harder on the foot compared to the Trailroc but my feet will get use to that in no time.
With technologies such as a lace pocket, quicklace and anti-debris mesh these are all the qualities that make a Salomon shoe so unique.
I look forward to training and racing further with these shoes and exploring the other shoes in the range. Because as we all know, as a runner you can never have too many shoes.
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