Salomon Sense Ride 2

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The second version of the Salomon Sense Ride, one of the star models from the French house Salomon for 2019, the Sense Ride 2 follows the same philosophy of the previous version. They have stuck with the aim of being a good option for long distances, all with a wide and comfortable cushioning.

A major change from the previous version is in the upper which is now water resistant and with a wider forefoot. which increases durability and improves flex and dynamism. The shoes continue with Salomon’s patented technology of the Endofit and Sensifit system to give good fit and support when running, especially in technical areas. You can also find the well-liked VIBE technology and the Contagrip outsole which are responsible for superior cushioning and grip respectively.

A lightweight contender, this shoe is neutral, cushioned and responsive for both short and medium distance runs and training sessions. We can expect this shoe to be durable and rugged as is Salomon’s specialty with trail running shoes with a couple of surprises up its sleeve.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Breathable mesh upper which is water-resistant
  • Lightweight design
  • Affordable
  • Good responsiveness due to the Energy Cell+ EVA midsole
  • Quicklace system
  • Many colorways available
Cons
  • Quite similar to the Sense Ride 2
  • Traction is weak on wet surfaces
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

These shoes are characterized with a 3mm Contagrip outsole. This durable rubber formula is designed to reduce the risk of slipping, even on slick surfaces. The lugs are arranged directionally to provide uphill and downhill traction as needed. You can also see large lugs along the edge of the outsole to provide superior grip and stability. Channels between the lugs allow water and mud to drain away from the sole to keep the runner light and fast on their feet.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The sense ride 2 is equipped with Pro-feel film which is a thin layer of flexible thermoplastic that spans the sole from the midfoot all the way to the forefoot. This increases protection by dampening the impact of sharp rocks, roots and other obstacles while adding minimal weight and stiffness to the shoe. It also keeps the shoe flexible which provides a smooth ride hence the name Sense Ride 2. This film is pretty light and does not compromise your connection with the ground.

The midsole uses VIBE technology with a cushioned midsole that controls vibration, rebound, and impact. The midsole balances these attributes to prevent fatigue and create a dynamic and versatile shoe. The technology called out on the shoe is made up of cushion called Opal combined with Energy Cell+ EVA. This functions to absorb impact and quickly rebound. Together these materials work together to dampen vibrations before they reach the body.
Upper
Upper

Upper

There are not a lot of things that differ from the Sense Ride 1 but the upper has a few noticeable changes. The mesh and the placement of the overlays are different but everything else remains quite the same.

Sensifit creates a precise, secure fit by wrapping securely around the instep to hold your foot in place. This works in conjunction with Endofit which is a technology that is on the inside of the shoe. It is that sleeve that hugs the foot from the top of the shoe all the way to the midfoot. This provides great fit and feedback. This shoe used Quicklace technology which is a common feature in all new Salomon shoes. You can tuck the laces in the lace garage with the sliding lace locker that allows you to easily adjust your shoelaces for the perfect fit. Salomon claims that the laces used are 4 times stronger than traditional lace.

Salomon has brought the overlays over the toebox a little bit further than the last version. Everything else has the same DNA as the previous version and this is appreciated by reviewers as the Sense Ride has functional and visually appealing uppers.
Weight
Weight

Weight

At 9 oz, the Salomon Sense Ride 2 is lighter than its previous version. Most second versions of shoes add a few grams to show superior features but this shoe has actually dropped 17g from its weight. The lighter weight can be explained by a redesigned upper with fewer overlays than before and a thin layer of Prefeel film in the midsole.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Since it is not water-proof, it did not give the impression that it would offer great protection against water. But many reviewers mentioned that the mesh upper with its many pores was able to drain out water quickly and did not feel weighed down while maintaining decent breathability.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

While many terms can feel like marketing mumbo jumbo, the VIBE midsole with the mix between Energy Cell+ and the Opal truly brings a good balance between comfort and responsiveness. Especially for race environments and short distance runs. Some reviewers mentioned that the first version is slightly softer. The Ortholite insole made from rubber and polyurethane material is a soft and durable outsole frequently seen in Salomon shoes. It has a great moisture wicking property keeping your foot clean and dry. The Sense Ride 2 has a pretty standard tongue which is thickly padded. It doesn't move around and is pretty comfortable during runs.
Style
Style

Style

Colorways are always subjective with a few runners not enjoying the white and black combination as they felt it looked old. There are 4 colorways available including Illusion Blue/Navy/Citronelle, Red Dahlia/Cherry Tomato/Quarry, Stormy Weather/Ebony/Black, Hawaiian Ocean/Navy Blazer/Mallard Blue. They are vibrant and give the look of an athleisure shoe that can be worn with many outfits. There are many branding elements such as the Sense ride printed on the tongue, VIBE on the lateral side and the Salomon logo on the forefoot.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The shoe looks very put together and is made to last for hundreds of miles due to durable materials like the Contagrip outsole and EVA midsole. Some reviewers have mentioned that the Salomon Sense Ride 1 has held up really well and they expect the Sense Ride 2 to last even longer. The sole’s 3mm lugs provided a good grip on rocky terrain and also holds up well.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Sense Ride’s toebox has a curved design that is high in the front of the shoe that protects the toes from impact. One runner tested this protection by running in tough terrain with rocks and roots and found the toe box protection adequate.

It is also slightly wider to provide the toes some breathing space and allowing them to slide inside without being cramped. Given the shoe’s focus on extra cushioning and the inclusion of thermoplastic in the forefoot, the shoe reduces the hard-hitting impact that occurs while running on rocky trails.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The combination of the EnergyCell+ technology and the EVA material provides a highly responsive experience. EnergyCell+ is lightweight and bouncy enough to allow the energy provided on impact to rebound itself into speed. It also helps that the Energy Cell+ is soft and helps the midsole be comfortable on long runs. Some runners used these shoes for short races and found the run to be snappy and were able to keep energy loss to a minimum.
Support
Support

Support

The lacing system is dialed and the midfoot and forefoot fit is great for narrow to medium feet. The Sensifit and Endofit achieved their objective with the shoe feeling like an extension of your foot instead of holding it in a vice-like grip.

One complaint with the previous version was that the upper was wider and it seemed like a compromise to fit a variety of foot shapes. With this version, the upper has been redesigned and the overlays have been readjusted to not be very voluminous to provide a secure fit to medium and wide feet.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

There is quite a lot of cushioning on the heel which makes for a comfortable run on most kinds of terrain like cobblestones, pavements or light to medium technical terrain. When the shoes get wet, it makes a squeaky noise which can be loud and annoying. The issue can be attributed to some glue that Salomon is using or some faulty interface between the midsole. Interestingly, there are no such complaints with the Salomon Sense Ride.

Some runners found the inclusion of the Opal material somewhat undesirable as they felt that the mid-to-high frequency vibrations that the material eliminates were important to their run.
Price
Price

Price

The price is mid-range for trail running shoes and it is a really good deal considering that these shoes will last. Salomon has borrowed technology from their very expensive shoes and has packaged it quite affordable in the Sense Ride 2.
Traction
Traction

Traction

From wet leaves, mud to even hard packed surfaces, this is definitely a versatile trail running shoe on the market. One runner commented that the grip becomes overwhelmed in deep mud. That is understandable as the tread on the outsole is not super aggressive as this shoe is not built for extremely muddy terrain. On light technical terrains and even pavements, the shoe does very well, does not slip and clings on the surface. Nevertheless, if you’re walking over wet rocks, you will be able to feel the grip.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The flexibility is pretty good with a compliant EVA midsole. Even though the shoe includes the ProFeel film technology for protection against trail debris, the shoe retains a good degree of flexibility needed for speed.

This is accomplished by the lateral flex axes that are found along the width of the outsole. You can also see the flex axis across the lateral heel area. If not included, the shoe would have been stiff given the full foot Opal insert. While the shoe provides some awareness with the ground, it cannot be compared to the Sense Pro Max or S Lab Sense Ultra.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Sense Ride 2 is primarily a stable running shoe with good cushioning. If you tend to overpronate while you run, we've got you covered with our stability running shoes. With the VIBE cushioning technology and a structured upper, the midsole that has a firm yet soft foam to effectively absorb shock, minimize the effects of overpronation, and keep you running pain-free.

You can see a plush heel collar that connects to the other elements of the midsole and wraps around your ankle. It holds the ankle in place which prevents the ankle from popping out of the shoe while also cushioning your Achilles tendon.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The height of the heel is 27 mm and the toe stack stands at 19 mm. This shoe features an 8mm drop which is standard for neutral trail running shoes. A medium drop, this height helps promotes easy midfoot to forefoot transition while reducing painful heel strikes. It can also promote a more efficient stride by increasing sensations experienced by your feet.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features



      -Removable OrthoLite™ die-cut sole that is lightweight with anti-microbial properties
      -Durable Contagrip™ MA outsole
      -VIBE technology with Energy Cell+ midsole
      -Sensifit & Endofit Technology to provide a secure fit
      -8mm drop
      -Quicklace system with a lace garage
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Any time a shoe manufacturer comes out with a new version of a shoe that has done pretty well, some factors inevitably change. If many things change, the shoe becomes dissimilar to the previous and of course, there is a chance that not every change is better. Since the Sense Ride got so many things right the first time, fans were worried that too much would change. Fortunately, the shoe only improves on some things without disrupting the continuity of the series.

Another side of this argument is that many Salomon shoes of recent years have started to feel like the same.

If you are looking for a neutral, fast shoe that can fit a lot of foot styles while keeping you comfortable, this shoe is a solid buy. It is good for a neutral runner for training or shorter races like a 25k, and while not comparable to a HOKA, the cushioning will protect your feet and keep them happy. Overall this would be a great shoe for anything from a shorter run to a 50k.