Shoe Review: Salomon Sense Ride GTX
Salomon is one of those insanely aspirational brands that you just have to love to follow. When you watch their trail running clinic videos or see a social post, it honestly just gives you all the feels. It is very easy to find yourself in those moments and what better way to get after it than by grabbing a pair of their always performance focused trail shoes. Today we look at the Salomon Sense Ride and as we love our inclement weather, we went for the Gore-Tex version.
The upper on the Sense Ride GTX is obviously designed to be weather resistant making use of Gore-Tex Invisible Fit technology which integrates directly into their technical mesh. In fact, it feels almost identical to its mesh counterpart and only gets a minor weight increase. All Salomon shoes also feature their Quicklace lacing system and lace pouch. It is a very simple, yet incredibly functional. These laces do not loosen up during the run. The interior lining is a synthetic mesh as well and they also feature OrthoLite molded footbeds.
The Sense Ride features a solid rocker design that really aids in transition and moves your foot smoothly from heel or mid-foot strike and then off the toe. It does have a nice amount of cushion as well featuring 27mm in the heel and an 8mm drop so designed for a certain level of performance. They also feature what Salomon is calling their Vibe technology which is designed to mitigate any additional vibrations and keep the run more comfortable.
On the GoreTex version, the outsole uses their wet traction Contragrip technology. Its goal is to provide better traction on looser or wet surfaces and the hi-directional also aid in this on climbs and descents. It also features a polyurethane “rock plate” (not a real one), but does do a good job protecting the underfoot from rocks.
Style & Aesthetics
In all honesty, every Salomon shoe looks almost identical to one another and the Sense Ride GTX is no different. The shoe comes in 3 colors for men and women and honestly looks just as comfortable and performant as you might imagine.
One thing I can clearly say after putting a decent amount of miles on the Sense Rides is that how they feel out of the box is not necessarily not how they break in. At first, things a little stiffer and even a little tighter, but after 20 or so miles they loosened up and felt more comfortable. The material became a little more pliable and when the weather was nasty, sure enough my hand would definitely head in their direction more and more.
They are not going to be the quickest choice given the little extra weight nor did Salomon design them for this, but they do strike a great balance between comfort and performance. The cushion protects your foot well and keeps you going over distance. They also give you this nimble feeling where you can just bounce off anything thrown in your way, it is hard to describe the fun I find in these, but it definitely harkens back to one of their social videos.
I do also love the waterproofing for this time of year from not only the rain and show, but also the cold. It only adds about an ounce, but the protection is decent and the foot still breathes well so if its something you might be in need of, then definitely a plus. The only downside is that the Contragrip material doesn’t work as well under dry conditions as it does on wet and in fact can even be a bit slippery. However, it is a rare occurrence and between the fun I am having and the comfort of the shoe overall I can say I am pretty happy.
Salomon makes some great shoes and the Sense Ride GTX is just another in a long line. They come in with enough comfort to make distance trail running an option, but are also aggressive and can be used to go quick when needed. It runs very average from a width perspective and gives you just enough toe box freedom. The shoe feels great on the foot and the additional weather protection is a great bonus, especially with so little weight gain.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 10.6oz (size 9)
- Drop: 8mm heel/toe
- Type: Neutral Trail
- Stack Height: 27/19mm (heel/toe)
- MSRP: $160.00
- Available: Now