Salomon Sense Mantra 3 Review

   

I was very excited when Salomon indicated they were making a shoe with a wider toebox. Salomon shoes are awesome but almost all of them run narrow. Also, at least in the United States, they are not available in widths.

With that being said, the Sense Mantra 3 is completely different. The toebox is huge! Not only does the shoe provide extra width in the toebox, there is also lots of room up/down in the toebox.

  

The size 10.5 was 11.1 ounces on my scale. The heel is 20mm and the forefoot is 14mm – a 6mm drop.

I generally wear a 10 or a 10.5 – in this case, I went with the 10.5, and it was the right decision.

The shoe has the classic Salomon lacing system and a nice sole. You wouldn’t take it on the most rugged terrain, but it’s certainly adequate for pavement and gentle trails.

  

I think these shoes are stylish and they were definitely quite comfortable. They might be a little heavy for racing, but they would definitely make a great trainer.

They reminded me a lot of the Inov-8 Race Ultra 290. In fact, many of the specs are pretty similar.

 

Pros:

– wide toebox – finally!
– quality
– stylish design
– quick lace system
– nice sole

Cons:

– weight – a little heavy for racing
– there was a little too much room in the toebox up/down (although this is more of a personal preference)

They are available at Running Warehouse for $120.

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5 Responses to Salomon Sense Mantra 3 Review

  1. You had me excited with wide toe box but lost me at the weight. 11 oz! That is like a brick for my feet. It is interesting you have more cushioned shoes like Hoka coming in at lighter weights. The Challengers and Cliftons are both under 9oz.

    • Jason says:

      When I was writing down notes for the review, I put a sad smiley next to the weight. I really expected something around nine ounces. I thought it would be a wider version of the Sense Pro buy it had a totally different feel. With that being said, I think it’s pretty solid as a trainer.

  2. Antoine says:

    How does the Mantra 3 compare to the Mantra 2? I read elsewhere on the interweb that the Mantra 3 is a completely different style of shoe and goes more towards the X-Scream instead of the Mantra 2.

    • Jason says:

      I tend to agree – totally different shoe. I liked it (aside from the weight), but I really don’t think it resembles any other Salomon shoes (although it obviously retains some Salomon features).

  3. Hi runners,
    I also tested the Solomon Mantra, if you’re interested, here is my test results on my personal blog (in French): https://verslesommet.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/test-de-la -chaussure-of-trail-solomon-mantra /
    @ +++ Runners,
    Arnaud

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