Salming Trail T1 Review Facts
The Salming Trail T1 is the inaugural trail shoe from the Swedish brand, Salming. You may not yet have heard about this brand because they are actually more known for their Squash and Badminton products, but get ready to meet a great new brand and great new shoe. This might be Salming’s only trail shoe, but make no mistakes about it, this shoe is for the most extreme trail athlete among us. The upper and the outsole are durable and specifically designed for the roughness of mountain racing. If you are seeking a long-lasting ultra shoe, this is a great option for you too. The Salming brand has since come out with two newer models of the Trail shoe, the T2 and the T3, but there is no reason why you need to turn your back on the original model. Plus, the good news is that with newer iterations of the shoe available, you can save money on the original model. This is a powerful shoe to take on your more adventurous trail runs, and with a thick, protective, lugged outsole, you can feel confident regardless of terrain or weather condition.
The outsole of these shoes shows us that Salming knows what they are doing. The outsole is lugged out with extra grippers which make this a great ride for all of the elements. Runners said over and over that this shoe is a great option for the ultra marathon and the most extreme of the trails. Even though this shoe only has a five millimeter drop, it does provide good cushioning underfoot for protection and comfort. And just like the upper, this outsole is extremely durable (which can justify the higher price tag, but more on that later).
You can consider it a pro or a con, but it feels like Salming put the majority of its attention into the construction of the outsole and upper. The midsole uses a very firm foam in the heel and midfoot, so if you like a firmer, less cushioned ride, this can be a good option for you. The heel drop is low, and runners reported that they felt like the support provided could have been improved in this model.
The upper of this shoe highlights how much this brand puts into its design processes. One of the pitfalls with a good trail shoe is that often times all of the energy is put into the design and execution of the outsole (which is great!) but then the upper is neglected. Not in this shoe. The upper of the Trail T1 is designed for the elements. It is made of a super durable, nylon material. It is covered with different overlays and it is actually heavier than most other uppers I've encountered. This upper can go the distance. It's ready for the elements and it's ready for whatever you can dish out. On the flip side, because this is a heavier material that is dedicated to durability, this shoe is not going to offer the runner much in the way of breathability. There is very little air flow which leads to a hot, sweaty foot. Blister prevention is going to be an issue in these shoes.
Overall, I'm going to say with confidence that this is upper is designed for the more extreme trail runners
Looking for a light weight trail shoe? Well, keep looking my friends
. This shoe comes in a ten millimeters, which is not extremely heavy on its own, but it does have a very heavy feel to it. The nylon upper and lugged outsole create a stiffer, less breathable running experience. However, while you will sacrifice lightness in this shoe, you will gain a ton of durability and overall toughness. It's personal preference based on what your individual needs as an athlete are.
This shoe is made for the extreme terrain of mountain trail running. It does a lot of things well, namely its high level of durability, but the one area where it falters is in the breathability category. The upper is designed using a nylon material, and it is covered in durable overlays. This makes it great to stand up against the elements, but not so great when it comes to allowing air flow to circulate through the shoe. If breathability is your top priority, there are other great shoes on the market, but this might not be your number one contender.
I'm a person who appreciates a wacky color scheme on their racing shoes, I have to admit it. These shoes hit my taste preference perfectly. The colors are bright and eye catching. If you want to stand out against the natural background of the trails, this is a great, colorful choice for you.
This is where this shoe really shines. Runner after runner reported that there is no sign of breakdown in the upper or outsole even after high mileage. While the more common upper material is a synthetic mesh, this upper is made from nylon and covered in overlays to keep the foot secure and protected from the elements. The outsole is also extremely durable and helps the runner feel protected against the surprised the trail can throw your way.
For a variety of reasons, protection is important for a trail running shoe. This shoe provides a great amount of protection for the runner who is out in some of the toughest terrains. For starters, the upper features a patented Salming element called the RocShield. this is a safety detail located at the toe of the shoe to guard against the unpredictable elements of the trail. Another
Runners report that this shoe has a high level of responsiveness. Runners felt confident and comfortable on the trails and felt that the shoe response well to the quick movements that needed to adapt to the varying terrain of the trail. However, the outsole of these shoes is fairly stiff, so it did feel at times like the shoe did not conform to the contours fo the trail as well as I would have liked.
Don't expect too much in terms of support from this shoe. While the outsole is thicker and heavier than some others, making it a good choice for a heavier runner, there is little in ways of ankle support. This is not a deal breaker by any means because it doesn't stop the shoe from being a powerful companion on the trails. There are lots of shoes that a designed for added support
, but these shoes are more focused on performance.
This one is going to hurt a bit, but don't worry, there is some good news too! While these shoes originally came on the market for upwards of one hundred and fifty dollars, since their inception there have been many newer models that have come out. This means that the price has decreased and you can actually find them for close to one hundred dollars. While this might still seem like a good amount for some of us, the durability level on these bad boys is super high so you won't need to replace them as often as you would other trail running shoes. If your main priority is price, there are other great options
, but if you can afford it, this is a trail shoe that makes sense to purchase.
This is a shoe that was designed for a more aggressive trail, and the traction is there to prove it. Even on steep up and down hill adventures, this shoe keeps the runner feeling safe. They even hold up under tough weather patterns. Rain and puddles and slick rocks are no match for these shoes.
The outsole of this shoe has traded its flexibility for durability and responsiveness. The outsole is thick and protective, which is great and helps add powerful traction for the slick and uneven surfaces of the trail, but runners reported that the shoe lacks flexibility. Even after running in the shoe for many, many miles, it never adopts a flexible feeling.
This isn't a shoe that is designed for the runner who needs extra arch suppor
t or necessarily for the runner looking to improve their overpronation tendencies. This is a low drop shoe and really designed with the neutral runner
This shoe has a five millimeter drop, which places it right outside of the minimal or natural
feeling guidelines. In general, a minimal drop shoe is any shoe with a zero to four drop. The jury is out on the ideal drop for a trail shoe. On one side of the debate, you have those who prefer a higher drop. This allows for more support and protection between yourself and the unexpected elements of the trail. A higher drop generally provides more cushioning which is generally the option for the heavier athlete. On the flip side, a zero drop (or close to it) promotes a more "natural" running gait. It also helps the athlete feel connected to the ground below. It also tends to be faster and lighter than a higher drop option. This is all about your personal preference on the trail, of course. Getting back to the Salming Trail T1, this is going to give you a very lightweight, natural feel.
- This shoe offers the patented Salming RocShield. The RocShield does exactly what it claims, protects the toe from the elements of the trail.
- Nylon upper instead of mesh makes this an extra durable shoe that will protect against the elements and won't break down even after many, many miles.
This is a solid fledgling trail running shoe from Salming. The durability, traction, and firm comfort are where this shoe really shines. It is designed for the neutral runner who is looking for a firm, protective, trail running partner that is just as good on the groomed trails as it is on the most adventurous routes you can find.