Salomon markets this as its premium technical trail-racing shoe. This shoe was designed with ultramarathons in mind – giving you everything you need to cover the distance and terrain.
This Salomon S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra has a 19mm heel and a 14mm forefoot – a 5mm drop.
Most Salomon shoes are a little tight on me, particularly in the forefoot area. This shoe is no different – the entire length of the shoe fits snugly. I appreciated this feel in the heel, but it was a little too much for me in the forefoot, as it did not allow for any toe splay at all. If you have a wider foot, these are not the shoes for you.
I only went for a short run in them (I didn’t want to go any longer, because quite frankly, they didn’t fit me very well). I found them to be a little stiff – similar to the Salomon Sense Pro that I also reviewed. The rock plate here felt a little thinner, but honestly, I don’t think it gave the shoe any more flexibility (it did help make it lighter).
My favorite feature of the shoe is the sole. I really like the lug pattern and the feel of the lugs. I think they would hold up quite well on trails and could probably even handle a little pavement.
– a good brand that produces quality shoes
– a design that gives you everything you need, but nothing more
– a lightweight design
– a lug pattern that will provide traction on any surface
– I love Salomon’s “lacing” system
– the price – $160 is too much for me.
– the fit – unless you have a narrow foot, these are not the shoes for you
– they felt a little stiff to me (this may just be a personal preference)
The Salomon S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra is available at Running Warehouse.
There is also a “soft ground” version of this shoe available at Zappos: