Salomon Sense ProPulse

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Salomon Sense ProPulse Review Facts

Salomon is probably a lesser-known name in terms of regular running shoes, primarily due to the fact that they almost exclusively focus on trail shoes. Trail runners, however, definitely know the quality of shoes produced by Salomon. Trail running is a bit of a different beast from regular running, usually offering more challenging terrain and obstacles. As such, trail running shoes are often constructed differently to compensate for these extra challenges. Salomon is a very popular choice for those who prefer to run on rougher trails. The Salomon Sense ProPulse is designed to be a very well cushioned, though not super quick, shoe for training and for longer trail runs in particular.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very well cushioned
  • Optimized for trails
  • Breathable, and quick drying
  • Quick lace system
Cons
  • A bit pricey
  • A bit heavy
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Positive
  • These are the only shoes that I have been able to wear to work for 12 hours without rubbing my feet raw. I have a high arch and a very narrow heel with wide toes and I find it hard to keep my feet n place. These work so good and keep my supported all day. I got these a half size smaller and they worked out great. They have a nice thick sole and I will be buying many more of these.
  • I am happy these work great with my Zumba. They are made fo running but have a great lateral and bouncy support to them. They are ranked really high in quality and they have proven above my expectation. Probably better than any shoe or brand I have had. They were a half size bigger than my normal, I had to down size.
  • These shoes are really great shoes, my feet just run abnormally narrow. They were swimming but they fit true to size. I think these would be perfect for someone with wider feet.
  • I like that I can feel the road and terrain under the shoe. They look really nice and are very comfortable all over the shoe. I like the laces but the pocket is in a bad spot.
  • I am so freaking happy with these shoes. I did have a n issue with the laces though. The pocket is in the wrong place and really doesn't work for those that want to tuck them away.
  • These have been great for the trails and mild hiking that I do. They are so supportive for my high arches and very comfortable everywhere else. Salomons are the best shoes on the market.
  • These support, fit and cradle my feet perfect right out of the box. They work from everything to hiking to walking to working in the hospital. I am so impressed with their design and durability, I highly recommend them.
  • The toe box makes me wanna if these. It is REALLY wide. I do love the comfort and soles. They were also a bit hot, they didn't breathe well.
  • I tested these out and I am so happy I bought them. They fit my foot great and have so much running support and cushioning. I love these shoes.
  • The cushioning around the foot is epic and really supports for running and rocky terrain. They fit perfect and are fairly light for how they are built.
  • I use these for running more than hiking, although that is what I bought them for. They feel really nice on rough terrain. They have high supportive soles and really protect my ankles and I find myself feeling really secure in them.
  • I love the ways these feel on my feet. They have stellar support and really keep my feet safe. They are a little more weight than I like though.
  • These fit my wide feet great. They fit perfect and are mean and comfortable. I was able to take these out the box and put a few miles on them with no aggravation to my feet.
  • These really prove to be a stable shoe. They provide extra stability on the sides, which keep the shoes from rolling or becoming unstable on rough ground. Really great shoe compared to my other Nikes and Asics.
  • These shoes are so durriable and they don't stink like my other shoes do. These actually are vegan shoes, which I am fond of. Great design.
  • I run an average 40 miles a week and strie with my heels and these are holding up real nice. I have no pain in my heels like I normally do and I am able to keep them on and do other things. They support and comfort, which make s for a great shoe. They just are heavier than my other shoes.
  • These have a roomier toe box than my other Salomons nd I love it. I am a huge fan of the brand and they really stepped it up with these. Exactly what I was expecting.
  • Salomon are so durable and rugged compared to all my other shoes. They are lightweight and you can tuck the laces into a pocket to stay out of your way.
  • These have some thick soles, especially in the heels. The toes are roomy and not s thick and the tongue seems a little thin.
  • These shoes were referred to me for my fasciitis. I am a REF and need a good shoe and these have been pretty much eliminating any previous problems I was having. I am actually able to run in these and not have any pain later. It is a dream come true. So grateful for these shoes. If your have the plantar fasciitis I highly recommend these.
  • These shoes are very stable and have proven to be great for my crossfit and for my cardio. They are very comfortable as well. Great all around shoe.
  • These are bit stiffer than my ther trail shoes but they are very comfortable. They have tons of cushion and seem very stable. They are great on my local trails.
  • These shoes are so well made and they stand up to some stuff. They are very comfortable and have a ton of cushion. They do have se vents in them that collect a bit of dirt on the trail but not too fussy.
  • These shoes have a great tread to them and really carry me on some distance with how thick and cushioned the soles are. Salomon delivered again and I am never disappointed. Great shoe company!.
  • I am happy with the sole and the cushion. They are very stable and sturdy and keep my feet from fatiguing after long hikes and rail runs. These run true to size as well, which is nice.
Negative
  • I am so disappointed I only wear these about 4 miles a day on a treadmill and they are falling apart. Like my big toes was trying to escape.
  • These really hurt my feet and squished my toes. If I tightened them right, I could not get the laces into the pocket. It is in a weird position. Such a shame.
  • These looked like giant clown shoes, really big and really clunky. I was not impressed so I returned them.
  • These shoes were a pain in my foot. I struggled getting them on and the lacing system was horrible and out of line with the pocket. The tongue was getting pushed down and was uncomfortable. They run smaller than any other Salomon that I have bought as well. Just a bad design I think.
  • Horrible, horrible shoe. They were too narrow and really uncomfortable all together. And the lacing system just flat out sucks, so complicated for no reason and the pocket is useless.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is the very bottom of the shoe. It is very important, as it helps both the durability and traction of a shoe, which are both important components of trail shoes. The outsole of the Sense ProPulse is composed of their High Abrasion Contragrip rubber, which is designed to both give good grip, and also resist abrasions. This gives the outsole good traction and also makes it fairly durable. The outsole also features a slightly different Wet Traction Contragrip material.

This material is similar to the High Abrasion Contragrip, except with a primary focus on maintaining traction in wet or rainy situations. Clearly, this is a very useful feature for a trail shoe and makes the Sense ProPulse more usable in different situations. Apart from these materials, the outsole doesn’t offer much else, making it a bit underwhelming. That said, the High Abrasion and Wet Traction Contragrip rubber both contribute to making the outsole fairly solid overall.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of a shoe is the area responsible for energy return and is between the outsole and upper. The midsole of the Salomon Sense ProPulse is made of EVA foam, a pretty standard choice. Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate or EVA is frequently used for midsoles due to the fact that it is springy, lightweight, and retains its shape well.

The Sense ProPulse actually features a bit more of the EVA foam than most shoes, in places like the forefoot, in an effort to provide extra cushioning. The midsole also features a TPU, or thermoplastic urethane, film called Profeel Film. This film is designed to provide extra protection from the impacts of trails. As a whole the midsole is definitely very solid, offering good materials and technology to promote responsiveness and cushioning.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper is the part of the shoe that holds the foot down from above. The upper of the Salomon Sense ProPulse is made of a mesh design. Mesh is a very common choice for uppers, as mesh promotes breathability and flexibility inherently by its design. As a result, the upper of the Sense ProPulse is fairly flexible, and also dries quite quickly, which is a nice bonus.

Atop the mesh upper are Salomon’s Sensifit overlays, which are designed to provide extra support to the upper from the top and help secure the foot. The upper also features Salomon’s Ortholite liner inside, which is designed to be cooler, drier, and better cushioned, and also features an EVA foam heel cup at the bottom. Finally, the upper has a quick lace system, with pockets to tuck laces into. As a whole, the upper of the Sense ProPulse has many very useful features and technology and is definitely a strong aspect of the shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Salomon Sense ProPulse weighs about just under 12 ounces, weighing in at 11.8 ounces. 11.8 ounces is a bit on the heavy side, but is definitely within reason for a trail shoe, and particularly for a trail shoe for with the amount of cushioning that the ProPulse has. Overall, though the weight of the ProPulse could definitely be better, its weight shouldn’t be much of an issue for most runners.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is definitely an important aspect of a shoe. Lowe breathability leads to sweaty and cramped feet, which are definitely not fun. The Sense ProPulse offers pretty good breathability, mostly due to the design of the upper. In most cases, the upper of a shoe is the key factor that determines breathability, and the Sense ProPulse follows this trend as well. The upper being designed with mesh plays a big part in making the shoe more breathable.

Mesh has holes woven into it that allow air to flow properly in and out of the shoe, making the interior airier and light. The Ortholite liner the upper inside also contributes to the breathability, as it is designed with a special foam that creates a cooler overall environment inside the shoe. The breathability of the Salomon Sense ProPulse is quite good, and sweaty feet definitely should not be a major issue for most runners.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Every runner knows the importance of comfort when looking at any pair of shoes. No runner wants to deal with an uncomfortable pair of shoes for mile upon mile until they wear out. Luckily, the Salomon Sense ProPulse is one of Salomon’s more comfortable trail shoe models. The ProPulse features some of the most cushioning out of any of Salmon’s shoes, akin to the style popularized by Hoka shoes. The midsole is the main place this cushioning can be found, as it is packed with EVA foam in large quantities.

This makes each step feel much more supported and cushioned, leading to an overall comfortable stride. Another proponent of the comfort in the ProPulse is the upper. The upper’s flexible mesh design and its breathability make it a very comfortable and supportive fit and the liner within does a good job with this as well. Overall, the Sense ProPulse is definitely a very comfortable shoe.
Style
Style

Style

Salomon is a likely less popular than some other common shoe brands like Adidas or Asics, meaning that Salomon shoes are also less used as a casual everyday shoe. This is mainly due to the fact that Salomon focuses on trail shoes, and trail running is a bit less common. That said, the Sense ProPulse is still a fairly stylish shoe. It is available in both vibrant and dark color schemes, for both men and women, meaning there is probably a color for everyone. Though it might be hard to use as an everyday shoe, the Salomon Sense ProPulse is definitely solid in the style department for a running shoe.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is something to look at with any type of shoe. Replacing shoes quickly because they had poor durability is definitely not a fun experience. The Sense ProPulse is luckily fairly good in the durability department. The main components of this are the midsole and outsole. The outsole of the ProPulse is quite durable because of its High Abrasion Contragrip material. This rubber material is Salomon’s own unique blend, that does a good job resisting impacts and abrasions over time. The midsole, with its abundance of EVA foam, also is quite durable. EVA foam is an inherently durable material, that retains its shape well over time, and this lends itself to the overall durability of the shoe. As a whole, durability is quite solid in the Sense ProPulse.
Protection
Protection

Protection

When it comes to protection, the Salomon Sense ProPulse is fairly good. A big part of the protection comes again from the EVA midsole. The midsole is packed with cushioning which offers a lot of protection with every step and helps brace legs form harder impacts and the general pounding of long distance running. The upper also offers good protection, thanks to its synthetic overlays, which help stabilize and protect the foot from above. These are the main components that contribute to protection in the shoe and they do a good job at that.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Responsiveness usually tends to be a factor of the midsole of a shoe, and for the Sense ProPulse, this is the case as well. The midsole’s EVA foam makes for a fairly responsive stride. This is due to the fact that EVA foam is very springy, and as such, does a good job of returning energy. Apart from this, however, the ProPulse doesn’t offer much else in terms of responsiveness, which is a bit disappointing. With the cushioning offered, however, and considering that the ProPulse is a trail shoe, the responsiveness is definitely adequate at the least.
Support
Support

Support

The Sense ProPulse is pretty good when it comes to support. The main factors in this are once again the upper and the midsole. The upper contributes to support by its snug design, holding the foot in place from above. The synthetic overlays secure the footwell, making the upper support of the foot well from above. The midsole contributes once again via its ample amount of cushioning. This cushioning, from the EVA foam, does a good job of supporting the feet throughout the duration of runs.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Salomon Sense ProPulse is capable of performing on all sorts of terrains. Though the shoes are designed for the trail, they definitely are usable on road or sidewalk with no issues. Trails, dirt, and general offroad terrain are where the ProPulse really shines, however. With protection and cushioning designed for such terrains, it is easy to see why. The Sense ProPulse is also usable in rain, so long as caution is exercised.
Price
Price

Price

The Sense ProPulse was fairly expensive at debut. Trail shoes tend to be a bit pricier than regular trainers, and this was the case for the ProPulse as well. The model has been out for a bit, however, and they can be found at fairly well-discounted prices. If found at a discounted price, the ProPulse is a pretty good value, but at full price, it is definitely a bit on the higher end.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction refers to grip, and the ProPulse is very solid in this department. The primary factor in this is the outsole and its Contragrip material. As its name heavily implies, Contragrip is designed to grip on various surfaces well, and thereby improving the traction of the shoe. Traction is especially important for trail shoes, as the terrain is often much more varied than regular road or concrete, and the Sense ProPulse definitely delivers.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The flexibility of the Sense ProPulse is fairly good, mainly as a result of the upper. The upper’s design promotes a great deal of flexibility, due to the fact that it is mesh. Mesh by design is more flexible because of the way it is woven, and its materials. Apart from this, however, the ProPulse does not have much that sets it apart in the way of flexibility. That said, high levels of flexibility tend to be found in more minimalistic shoes, which the Sense ProPulse is not. As a whole, the flexibility of the ProPulse is quite good for a trail shoe, primarily due to the upper.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Stability is a measure of how well a shoe supports strides. The Salomon Sense ProPulse is a stable shoe, primarily due to the midsole and the upper. The upper contributes to the stability by securely holding the foot down with its mesh and synthetic overlays. The midsole contributes once again via its EVA foam. The foam helps stabilize impacts with every step and makes the overall ride smoother. As a whole, the stability of the Sense ProPulse is quite solid.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Salomon Sense ProPulse contains a drop of 6mm. 6mm is actually fairly low for a trainer of this type, which tends to hover around 9 or 10mm. That said, the drop probably should not be an issue for most runners.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• EVA foam cushioning in the midsole
• Breathable mesh upper
• Contragrip outsole
• Ortholite liner
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall the Salomon Sense ProPulse is a very solid trail running shoe. It doesn’t offer a ton of technology or features, but what it does offer is very good. The cushioning of the midsole, the design of the upper, and the outsole are all very solid and strong pieces of the shoe. For anyone seeking a trail running shoe with ample cushioning, the ProPulse is definitely a good choice.