Salomon S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra Review


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.

The size 10 weighed 8.4 oz on my scale. That makes it one of the lighter trail-racing shoes that I have tried.

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:

Salomon at ShopStyle

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7 Responses to Salomon S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra Review

  1. Those look so cool! I’ll try that brand, one day.

  2. great shoe review! isn’t the price tag a smidge insane….? that’s really the only thing that has made me not want to give them a try, honestly.

    • Jason says:

      It is completely insane! The old model – the Salomon S-Lab Sense 2 – is on clearance on Running Warehouse, and even with the clearance price AND a coupon code, it is still $125. Yikes!

  3. Pingback: Salomon S-Lab X-Series Review | Must Love Jogs

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