Salming Elements

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Salming Elements Review Facts

Salming is a running company dedicated to providing its customers with top of the line athletic gear. The Salming Elements running shoe was designed for the trails. In creating this shoe, Salming wanted to create a real performance trail shoe that stayed true to their initial running principles. The well-padded heel along with a wide toe box creates an ideal fit. The outsole provides traction on multiple surfaces, both wet and dry. With this shoe you will be able to run, even swim, at your maximum potential.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

• The heel cup is designed to add the least amount of weight to your shoes, making them adaptable to your foot.
• The inner layer has air mesh in order to create a plush feel while you are being active.
• The thin net mesh on top of the shoe allows for easy water drainage while keeping out the other elements.
• The sturdy and flexible base of the shoe provides a comfortable fit to anyone on the move.
• The lugged outer sole material provides traction in any conditions to prevent you from slipping or falling on the run.

Cons
  •  Rubber will wear down if frequently taken for runs on the road.
  • Only comes in one color combination for men and women
  • Lack of a rock plate or toe cap keeps the shoe light but takes away from the overall protection
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Salming Element trail running shoe has a lightweight outsole for maximum comfort. The outsole is made of TOC66 (Traction Outsole Control 66) compound featuring 8mm lugs. The Traction Outsole Control 66 supports you by enabling you to run at your top speed without a worry of falling or slipping. The lug lengths provide a great advantage when it comes to descending on steep slopes. The strong grip will hug the trail closely to prevent any slips. These features combined together provide the best grip possible on a multitude of surfaces including gravel, rocks, roots, loose dirt, and other trail surfaces, wet or dry.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The material of the midsole in the Salming Element is Salming's Runlite, which is absorbs negative impact forces and releases those forces at toe off. The Salming Runlite material makes running over rocks, sticks, roots, and other obstacles easy and with no uncomfortable impact on your foot. This material features a High Abrasion Injection EVA, which is designed to provide a responsive ride while still being flexible and allowing you to feel the ground while running. The TGS 62/75 design will provide extra stability from the ball of the foot to the heel. The 62/75 translates to 62 being the distance from the heel to the ball of the foot (62%) and 75 being the angle of the tip of the shoe.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The 2 layer upper construction is designed to be lightweight and durable while also providing a maximum amount of breathability. The first layer of the 2 layer construction offers a big air mesh which creates that plush feel. The second layer of the shoe is the thin mesh net that keeps rocks and dirt out while also providing ventilation around the foot. This layer is called a RocShield. While the shield keeps out rocks and dirt, it also provides a space for water drainage to occur, making this shoe perfect for running in any weather condition. This shield also prevents the outsole from scuffing. The tough Exoskeleton helps to stabilize the foot. While providing a stable fit, the Exoskeleton also relieves the pressure on the MTP (Metatarsophalangeal) joints. The heel cup design is what brings the whole shoe together by providing an adaptive fit to anyone's foot while still being lightweight.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe has a sleek and light feel. Based on a men's shoe size 9, the weight of this shoe is 9.8 oz per shoe. The elements of this shoe are built with a light weight material. If water enters the shoe, the mesh netting on the upper layer will provide proper drainage so as to not add to the weight of the shoe. The light weight feel of this shoe will have you performing your best on the trails.

Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Salming has created this shoe with breathability in mind. On the upper layer of the shoe there is a RocShield added to help with this. The shield protects the shoe from rocks, dirt and other debris from coming into the shoe but also provides a high level of breathability and water drainage when running in wet conditions. The mesh netting of the shield allows for a good amount airflow around the foot.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Salming Elements has many features that make it comfortable. The shoe's tongue is well padded along the top. This will add comfort for the top of your foot while running. The padded heel collar is another feature that provides comfort. The tongue and heel are made of a soft material that will reduce the chance of blisters.. The lightweight material used in this shoe means that when it comes to comfort, your foot will not be weighed down. The breathability of this shoe adds to its comfort as well. The mesh layer on top allows for proper ventilation, keeping the foot cool and dry. It also allows for water drainage. The fit is snug to keep you secure while running over trails. Despite the snug fit, the shoe is not uncomfortably tight. There is space in the toe area for movement, but without sliding.
Style
Style

Style

The Salming Elements shoe delivers when it comes to style. However, the shoe only comes in two colors: one forthe women's version and on for the men's version. The men's shoe comes in a Gecko Green color with a navy exoskeleton. The women's shoe comes in a Safety Yellow Color with a pink exoskeleton. The lack of choices may be disappointing, or if you are looking for a shoe with a more neutral color combination. The structure of this shoe gives it a sleek and light look while still giving you the best possible fit.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This shoe is designed for durability. Since it is a trail running shoe, the Salming Elements needs to hold up under all different types of conditions. In rain or shine, this shoe will hold firm against the elements. The 8mm high lugs not only provide traction, but they also help to extend the life of the shoe's sole. Mountain trails require durable shoes, and this shoe is built to handle the toughest of trails. You can run easy with the assurance that while you're scaling those trails, your shoe will not fall apart under your foot.
Protection
Protection

Protection

This shoe is a lightweight shoe, so it does not provide the thickest layer of protection. It does not have a rock plate or a toe guard that many trail running shoes have. Luckily, the thick sole and 8mm lugs will protect your feet from rough terrain underfoot while the two layer upper will prevent debris such as dirt and rocks from enter the shoe.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This lightweight shoe is very responsive. The light materials are built to hug your foot for a secure fit, allowing you the shoe to move with your foot. The RunLite midsole is very responsive, providing energy at toe off. Because of the secure fit, you will not find your foot sliding in this shoe as you run over the trails. The shoe will respond to your foot movements so you can move over tough terrain with ease.
Support
Support

Support

The Salming Elements is overall a pretty supportive shoe. The heel cup keeps your heel secure while the TGS 62/75, which is the 75 degree angle from heel to toe that allows for a guided, but natural foot movement. The ExoSkeleton construction of the upper locks the foot in place so that your foot does not shift around inside the shoe.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The best terrain to use the Salming Elements shoe on is trails. Whether it is loose gravel, rocks, dirt or mud, this shoe can handle it all. Be warned that if you do take the Salming Elements on the road, the 8mm lugs can wear down prematurely. This shoe will hold up in different weather conditions as well including wet, icy, or snowy conditions.
Price
Price

Price

As far as pricing goes, the Salming Elements is on the higher end of trail running shoes, but well worth the price. The cost falls around $130 for both the men's or women's version. While you can find other trail running shoes at a lower price, the quality won't be there. With this price, you are getting a quality shoe with many features to give you the support and durability that you need.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Since the Salming Elements is designed for trail running, the traction you will get with this shoe is top of the line. The 8mm lugs on the bottom provide a strong grip for going up for down hill. You will be able to run over any type of terrain in any type of weather without a fear of slipping or falling. Whether you are heading uphill at the start of your run or heading downhill after a long workout, this shoe will keep you securely on the trail.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This shoe is extremely flexible. There is no rock plate in the shoe, meaning that it molds better to the surface you are running on. The top of the shoe is a sturdy mesh material which also is extreme flexibility. The shoe can be folded in half in order to prove the flexibility. This high level of flexibility gives you a responsive, natural ride.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This shoe keeps your foot secure in several places so that you can feel stable while running across all types of terrain. The strong outsole provides a stable platform, and the lugs give you better grip on rough terrain. It does not provide much arch support as it was designed for the neutral runner. This flexible, more minimalistic design was created to be more of an extension of your foot.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Salming Elements has a 4mm drop. This makes the Salming Elements a minimal running shoe. Runners who are used to a higher drop should be careful and slowly transition, so that you do not get injured.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- TOC66 (Traction Outsole Control 66) provides support
- 8mm high lugs to make ascending and descending steep trails easy.
- Salming Runlite material in midsole to absorbs negative impact forces and releases those forces off the toe.
- The TGS 62/75 design provides stability from the ball of the foot to the heel
- 2 Layer Construction outsole with ExoSkeleton design
- 4mm drop
- Roomy toe box
- Adaptive heel cup
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Salming Elements was created to improve every athlete's ability while running on trails. Running over tough terrain requires a durable shoe with good traction and the Salming Elements can keep up with the active trail runner. This Salming shoe company has supplied runners with a lightweight, yet still durable, trail running shoe. The upper mesh layer provides proper ventilation and a secure fit. Unfortunately, it only comes in one color in the men's and women's version. However, it does have a sleek, stylish design that will get you noticed on the trails. This shoe is a top of the line, stylish and high performing trail running shoe fit for any runner's shoe rotation.