Salomon Sense Ride 2
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.
- Breathable mesh upper which is water-resistant
- Lightweight design
- Good responsiveness due to the Energy Cell+ EVA midsole
- Quicklace system
- Many colorways available
- Quite similar to the Sense Ride 2
- Traction is weak on wet surfaces
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
-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
-Quicklace system with a lace garage
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.