|Salomon Sense Pro-Center|
The Salomon Sense, the minimal light weight trail runner used by Kilian Jornet the last few years, while a fabulous shoe for this exceptional athlete is now logically extended for mere mortal serious athletes and different terrains with the Sense 3, the Sense Ultra, and the new Sense Pro. The Sense Mantra remains in the line as a "recreational" door to trail model as does the new Salomon X-Scream models designed for all surfaces found in urban environments-dirt, pavement, gravel (right and left in picture)
|Salomon Sense Pro|
- the stretchy yet supportive Endofit with the Sensifit overlays
- OS Tendon for heel to toe transition.
- Salomon's QuickLace system
- light weight: Sense 3 7.7oz, Ultra 8.6oz, Pro 9.5 oz
- low drop, 4mm for Sense 3 and Ultra, 6mm for Pro
- low stack heights( heel/toe in mm): Sense 14/10, Ultra 14/10, 16/10
Along with a welcome difference in price between the new Pro $130 and the Ultra $160 and Sense 3 at $200,and to my eye not quite the super fine carefully crafted materials of the Sense 3 and Ultra in the Pro and thus a bit heavier, the key differences between models are in the outsole and extent of use of ProFeel Film, a fabric like protective rock layer.
|Left to Right- Salomon Sense Pro, Sense Ultra, Sense 3|
The Sense Pro (left) has ProFeel Fim , the gray seen through the outsole extending all the way back through the midfoot. The outsole is similar to the Mantra's a "City to Trail" design, comfortable on the road and suitable for most trails. A midfoot and heel striker would feel comfortable in this shoe.
|Left Salomon Sense Pro Right Salomon Sense Ultra|
The Ultra has less ProFeel than the Pro and deep lugs, deeper than the model currently on the market. Ultra is now for soft ground and thus great in mud and snow. I would use these daily for snow running. All soft ground Salomon performance shoes will be distinguished by black and red colors.
The Sense 3 has lugs in the heel, the original had none to speak of. The ProFeel film is also extended from the original. Kilian is a pure forefoot striker and this design makes the shoe more accessible but nonetheless this is a racing machine. Salomon also expects runners to get 2X the mileage out of the Sense 3 when compared to the original versions.
Given the low stack and drop heights all the Sense shoes should be considered fairly minimal. Probably not an every day trail trainer for most of us but great go fast shoes. I like how Salomon has rationalized and organized the models and provided a performance Sense model at a more "reasonable" price point. I believe the availabilities for the Sense 3 and Pro are Spring 14.
While at Salomon I also saw a new hydration belt the Agile. Made of a stretchy soft material with a wide simple velcro belt in front it features 2 deep stretch pockets with a deep center zip pocket. The 16 oz SoftFlasks will fit with far less flopping than in the fussy overly complex S-Lab Advanced Skin 2 belt.
|Salomon Agile Run Belt|