Trail Shoe Review: Salomon Sense Ride

Trail Shoe Review: Salomon Sense Ride

Price: $120

8mm heel-toe drop; 9.7 oz. (men’s 9), 8.2 oz. (women’s 7)

The Scoop: Salomon Sense Ride is a cushy, comfortable, versatile and smooth-riding trail runner that’s buzzing with energy. It’s built with many of the high-end components found on Salomon’s S-Lab pro models, but it lacks the elite-level price tag. The key part of this shoe is the full-length Opal Vibe midsole material that offers maximal responsiveness and plenty of cushioning for long mountain runs and steep downhills. The Premium Wet Traction Contagrip outsole rubber and multi-directional lug configuration offer up exceptional adhesiveness without being overbearing. The low-profile lugs grip to all sorts or wet and dry surfaces and the built-in flex grooves allow for maximum agility and natural foot flex on smooth and technical terrain. It also has a  Profeel Film decoupled rock plate in the forefoot for added protection.

Who’s it best for? Runners who blend a variety of mountain trails, dirt paths, gravel roads and sometimes even pavement to log their daily runs. Yes, it’s that versatile of a shoe.

Plus: Salomon’s distinctive one-pull lacing system offers easy-on, easy-off access and a universal snugness with one tug. It goes a long way in enhancing the athletic fit of the shoe and helps provide confidence and security on technical terrain.

Minus: It’s most at home on mild to moderate trails, but it wouldn’t be our shoe of choice for full-on, gnarly mountain routes.

Brian Metzler
Brian Metzler is the Content Director of He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He's wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.