Salming Distance D4

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The Salming Distance D4 is the fourth iteration in this line of Salming shoes. With very minimal changes to the previous versions, Salming steps it up to make some noted improvements. The D4 is a performance shoe that can be used for racing or everyday running. Salming managed to reduce the weight of the shoe by 6% by updating the upper and changing the cushioning on the midsole. Salming also kept its strongest feature, the outsole, the same, so that wearers of the previous versions will be happy. With a price close to $150, the shoe is in the higher performance category, but with the updates on the weight, cushioning and also the flexibility, the shoe fits right in line. Mixed with the shoe’s strong durability, the Salming D4 is a shoe worth trying.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Updated upper
  • Versatility
  • Strong outsole
  • Flexible
Cons
  • Price
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Salming Distance D4’s outsole is the same outsole that wearers have come to enjoy. The outsole uses a TOC66 compound, also known as the Traction Outsole Control 66, which uses two types of rubber, a stronger rubber on the heel and a softer rubber in the forefoot. The outsole also uses 8mm lugs that are meant to provide strong grip on wet and dry surfaces, as well as elements often found on trails. The lightweight outsole still offers a strong amount of durability, as there were limited reviews with concerns about wear and tear. One reviewer noted that the appeal with the D4’s outsole comes from the transition during toe off and the stability it provides. Overall, the Salming Distance D4 ranks high on its outsole.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Salming Distance D4 boasts an improved midsole from previous versions. The shoe uses the RunLite midsole, which is an injection molded EVA that is said to be softer than previous cushioning. The RunLite material is designed to use the force during impact to create energy for toe off. Reviewers described the midsole as a soft cushioning that works well for both longer distances and harder surfaces. Another reviewer described the midsole as having a forgiving feels and great responsiveness. Overall, the midsole on the Salming D4 is an upgrade from previous versions and ranks above average.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper on the Salming Distance D4 has been updated the most and contributes to the lighter feel of the shoe. The upper is made of a thin, soft mesh that is both open and closed with single overlays that sit on each side of the shoe. The different types of mesh allow for breathability with water drainage. The upper boasts a new ExoSkeleton design that attached to the exterior upper mesh, whereas in previous versions it was attached to the mesh on the interior. The ExoSkeleton helps keep the foot secure by using the overlays, but with less layers than previous versions, so the weight on the D4 is much lower. Reviewers felt that the upper still provided an adequate amount of support with the reduced layers on the ExoSkeleton. There is also a padded tongue and a toe bumper that is comprised of a material that is softer than previous versions. While some reviewers felt that the laces were a bit awkward in how they tied, most thought that the thin laces worked well on the performance shoe. Overall, reviewers were happy with the changes to the upper as the updates contribute to the lighter, more flexible shoe. The Salming Distance D4 ranks above average on its upper.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Salming Distance D4 weighs in at 7.9 ounces for men and 6 ounces for women. Contributing to the 6% drop in weight from the previous versions are the updated upper and the softer cushioning. Reviewers enjoyed how lightweight the D4 is, especially those who were using the shoe for everyday training.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Salming Distance D4’s new upper helps contribute to the improved breathability. The combination of the closed and open mesh on the upper allow cool air to enter the shoe and water to drain from the shoe, creating a breathable atmosphere. By reducing the overlays on the upper from previous versions, breathability is improved as well, as there is little interference from the overlays. Reviewers noted that the light mesh is breathable and works well in hot or humid conditions. Overall the Salming Distance D4 has above average breathability for a running shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Salming Distance D4 is created for those putting higher mileage on the shoe. With that in mind, the features combine to create a highly comfortable shoe. The D4 is described as having a plush, soft feel that works well for longer distances and trail-like elements. The RunLite upgraded midsole provides a soft, cushioned landing that reduces impact. The updated upper with less layers, lighter weight and breathability allow the foot to feel more comfortable within the shoe, whatever the weather may be. Additionally, the reduction in weight from previous versions, help runner feel better about using the shoe for both racing or everyday training.
Style
Style

Style

The Salming Distance D4 comes in a sleek design with an all-black shoe with splashes of red along the tread. While the shoe has design that looks like it would be appealing in different colors, for now the shoe only comes in the black with red design. The thought was that there would be additional colors coming in early 2017, but none has come out yet.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Salming Distance D4 has a decent amount of durability. The strong outsole that uses TOC66 compound, also known as the Traction Outsole Control 66, which combines two types of rubber, a stronger rubber on the heel and a softer rubber more forward. The outsole also has 8mm lugs that are meant to provide strong grip on wet and dry surfaces, as well as elements often found on trails. The lightweight outsole still offers a strong amount of durability, as there were limited reviews with concerns about wear and tear. The shoe also has a RunLite midsole that, while it is a softer cushioning, still has a strong amount of resistance to abrasion. The upper, while updated, still has structured overlays and open and closed mesh that offer a strong amount of durability to the shoe. One reviewer noted that with the D4 performance and durability are what come to mind.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Salming Distance D4 is designed to withstand hard surfaces and trail-like elements, like rocks, debris and roots. With this is mind, the outsole is designed using the Traction Outsole Control 66, which combines two types of rubber, a stronger rubber on the heel and a softer rubber more forward. The outsole also has 8mm lugs that are meant to provide strong grip on wet and dry surfaces, as well as elements often found on trails. The outsole is made to protect the foot, and it is one of the main reasons wearers keep coming back to this shoe. The RunLite cushioning also provides an element of protection even with a softer feel. Additionally, the upper with its closed and open mesh is designed to keep debris from entering the shoe.
Responsive
Responsive

Responsive

The Salming Distance D4 is said to have excellent responsiveness. With the improved midsole, the RunLite compound that is made of an injection molded EVA, is softer but highly responsive. The RunLite uses the force during impact to create energy for toe off. The shoe also has a Torsion Efficiency Unit that not only creates stability but also creates better efficiency. One reviewer said that the Torsion Efficiency System helps create a smoother and stabilized transition during toe off. With a 5mm drop the shoe is comfortable yet responsive. Reviewers were impressed with the responsiveness of the Salming Distance D4 and it ranks above average.
Support
Support

Support

The Salming Distance D4 offers a good amount of support. As the updated upper lost some of its layers of overlays, the upper still manages to offer support and stability. The upper’s ExoSkeleton supports the foot as the material as it is attached to the exterior upper mesh, whereas in previous versions it was attached to the mesh on the interior. The ExoSkeleton helps support the foot by using the overlays, but with less layers than previous versions, so the weight on the D4 is much lower. While reviewers felt that the fit was a more relaxed one that racing flats, they felt that there was an adequate amount of support throughout the shoe.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Salming Distance D4 is a versatile shoe that could be used on different types of terrain from road to trail. The D4 offers a strong outsole that is comprised of two types of rubber, a softer and harder. The outsole also has 8mm lugs that are meant to provide an optimal amount of grip on wet or dry surfaces, and trail-like elements. Reviewers thought that there was plenty of traction for all different types of terrain.
Price
Price

Price

The Salming Distance D4 retails for around $150, but can be found online for approximately $99. With the higher price tag, the D4 is in what is considered a higher performance shoe category for pricing. However with the optimal features that make the D4 an option for racing and everyday training, as well as the high quality technology that is used, the Distance D4 is worth the price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Salming Distance D4 offers an optimal amount of traction. With a strong outsole that uses the TOC66 and 8mm lugs, the shoe is designed to perform well in wet or dry conditions, and on road or trail surfaces. Reviewers were impressed with the traction the shoe provides on a variety of terrain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Salming Distance D4’s updated upper and midsole contribute to the better flexibility on this version. With less layers of overlay and a lighter weight, the D4 is much more flexible than previous versions. The softer and lighter cushioning on the RunLite midsole also contributes to the better flexibility on the D4. Reviewers noted that previous versions were too stiff and firm, so the updates were much needed.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Salming Distance D4 is a neutral shoe with few added stability features. While the upper has fewer overlays, the shoe has not lost any stability from previous versions. The shoe still has an ExoSkeleton that contributes to the shoe’s stability as it is attached to the exterior upper mesh, whereas in previous versions it was attached to the mesh on the interior. The ExoSkeleton helps keep the foot secure by using the overlays, but with less layers than previous versions, so the weight on the D4 is much lower. The Torsion Efficiency Unit also bring stability and sturdiness into the shoe. Reviewers thought that the combinations of the lower platform with the wider toe box on the shoe offered stability to the runner.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Salming Distance D4 has a 5mm drop. While this drop is on the lower end, it is typical on a high performance shoe. Most reviewers felt that the drop was adequate and that given the height of the midsole cushioning, the D4 still offered a good amount of comfort during impact.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Traction Outsole Control 66
• 2 Overlay Layer Upper
• Exo Skeleton
• Torsion Efficiency Unit
• RunLite Midsole
• 5mm drop
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Salming Distance D4 is a strong shoe in the high performance category of shoes. As a versatile option, this lightweight shoe can be worn for racing or everyday training. With a slightly higher price tag, the D4’s durability, comfort and versatility still make this a strong contender for those looking for a new neutral, low platform shoe. The D4, although lightweight, still has many features that contribute to the shoe’s overall appeal, including the updated, breathable upper, the softer RunLite midsole cushioning, and the high durable and grippy outsole. Reviewers were impressed with the improvements Salming has made to the shoe from previous versions.