Developed in collaboration with Ultra-runner Francois D'haene, the Salomon S-lab Ultra 2 is a racing shoe that offers a precise fit, superior grip, and incredible comfort for long-distance running. The S-Lab Ultra is the successor to last year's popular Salomon 'Sense Ultra' with a slight change in naming convention. Long distance trail running presents some contradictory conundrums for athletic companies such as providing a cushioning system and space in the toe box to absorb shock, yet also providing a snug fit. While most running shoes compromise on one or the other quality, this shoe seems to have checked all the boxes. The S/Lab Ultra Trail provides amazing cushioning that supports long-distance running, and has a snug upper to keep the foot secure.
-EnergyCell Plus midsole with Energysave and Sensifit that provides impressive cushioning with a comfortable fit
-Lightweight long-distance running trail shoe
-Quicklace feature for one-pull securing and loosening
-Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® at the outsole to make runs secure in all types of terrains
-The toe box was too short and too narrow, complained a user. Another said it was too rigid and less flexible because of the added material
-Only one colorway available
This shoe also boasts a grading construction that adjusts the pattern of the shoe for each size available. The second being Energysave® inserts in the forefoot which adds a bonus layer of cushioning and helps protect the feet from rocks and hard surfaces on the ground.
Like most Salomon shoes, this shoe also consists of an Endofit upper, a sock-like material on the inside, that cocoons your feet. It also features another classic Salomon feature, the Sensifit™, which wraps the foot with a precise fit. Unlike the Salomon Mantra, the Ultra doesn’t have material that needs stitching or any layering, thus keeping the upper minimal and simple.
The tongue of this shoe is extra plush compared to previous Salomon models and is gusseted to keep debris out of the shoe. Salomon shoes are known for their superior fit and this one delivers.
The S/Lab Ultra 2 has exceptional cushioning sufficient for running 50+ miles on the hard ground, and yet keeps runners positioned low to the ground with a flexible midsole that gives an outstanding feel for surfaces underfoot.
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The sleek designs cradle the foot from the midsole all the way to the lacing system to give you that secure, snug fit all race long. The quick lace top cinches closed easily to keep the fit nice and tight. The feature of a ‘lace garage’ to slip the laces back into a pocket adds to the pleasing aesthetic of the shoe and keeps the laces out of the way.
-Quick-lace system for easy lacing and an integrated tongue pocket
-Dual-density compressed EVA foam with an Ortholite sockliner
-Pro-feel film at the Forefoot
-Contagrip® outsole for traction at all surfaces
-Neutral Arch support
If you have narrow feet, you may find the toebox constricting and this shoe may not be the ideal shoe for you. In sum, for those with moderate-width feet who need a combination of a comfortable ride, lightweight, sufficient grip in a range of conditions, and impressive feel for the ground, the S/Lab Trail Ultra 2 could be a good option among its competitors.