From the first cross country race in which I first took part onwards, my love for this sport has been on the increase. And since then, I have been searching for a suitable running shoe that is lightweight, breathable and non-skid and these are the most basic requirements. However, as the saying goes that “Godhelpsthosewhohelpthemselves”, I finally got this Salomon Sense Ride.
Salomon continues the brand’s tonal and graphic elements in its shoe box design. And the one I got here is designed with the Alps , which looks graphic and delicate.
Upon opening the box, I was delighted and stunned at the shoes’ appearance. Its bright red colorway is very striking and can be eye-catching on the street.
In terms of the setups, I’d talk about the vamp first of all. The vamp of Salomon Sense Ride adopts the 3D Stretch Air Mesh which is a kind of breathable mesh fabrics, and at the same time adopts SensiFIT and EndoFIT. The 3D elastic breathable mesh is jointed with SensiFit, extending from the sole part to the shoelace part. The design of 3D elastic breathable mesh fabric can improve the breathability of both interior and exterior during cross-country running, thus achieving better comfort and keeping dry for a long time.
The tongue of Salomon Sense Ride is so soft that it doesn’t squeeze the ankle as does hard tongue. As for its design, the EndoFIT is built with tongue lining, which is connected to the inside of the sole. As soon as you put on the shoes, you are bound to feel very comfortable and the wrapping performance is excellent. With soft and comfortable fabric, even if you are just wearing a pair of very thin socks, you will quickly get used to the wrapping.
Similar to the toe design of most running shoes,Salomon Sense Ride has a bump-resistant design that reduces the chance of toe injuries while running and increases the life of shoes.
The QuickLace lacing system makes it easier to put on and take off the shoes and plays a good role in fixing the laces and making adjusting easier and faster.
Salomon Sense Ride incorporates the brand’s new Opal Vibe, lightweight ENERGY CELL+ and Opal materials. Compared to EVA materials used in the past, the new Opal Vibe has better cushioning performance and longer life.
With respect to the outsole, it is the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip rubber sole that is a mixture of 20 kinds of rubber and presented in the form of the assemblage of many rhombuses with a thickness of about 4mm. Its anti-skid performance is especially outstanding and it can grip nicely on all kinds of grounds.
The size of this Salomon Sense Ride here is US 8.5 and each weighs no more than 280g. For a pair of running shoes that is quite professional in cushioning, Sense Ride has actually done a great job in combining cushioning and lightness.
For the size, I chose the same one that I usually pick since there is no deviation in the shoes’ size.
But if you ask me the actual wearing experience, I should say that the biggest difference lies in forefoot of the shoes which makes me feel like wearing a pair of spikes and the arch support is slightly weaker compared with the front and rear parts.
Salomon Sense Ride has really excellent anti-skid performance. Even on rainy days, I will wear Salomon Sense Ride for exercising and with the help of the shoes, it can be a breeze for me to work out on wet grounds.
As the first pair of Salomon cross-country shoes of mine, Sense Ride brings me more surprises than disappointments. The lightness, wrapping and other excellent performances all deserve more attention and cherishing.