Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra 2
The Salomon S Lab Ultra running shoe is the latest, and some would say the greatest reincarnation of the popular series brand. Designed to meet the specifications of Francois D’haene, one of the world’s premier long-distance runners, these shoes are designed to blend comfort, precise fit, and grip with a nice balance between firmness, response, comfort, and overall protection. While it may not be the best choice for every runner out there, it certainly does meet the mark for quite a few.
- Roomier forefoot
- Stable shoe overall
- Relatively light
- Fit is relatively true to size
- Traction is not ideal
- A more expensive brand overall
- I was a bit unsure about these shoes until I did my first few runs in them. I've run on dirt roads, paved, and smooth trails and I was impressed.
- It seems that these are great shoes because they fixed the problems with the previous version. Great shoes overall.
- I was nervous about this version but these are actually better than the prior version, in my opinion.
- I love the upgrade to this version. Rock protection is a big deal. I've put 100 miles on these shoes so far. I will use these for shorter races and on the trails.
- I got these shoes because I wanted a shoe with more cushion for the winter months of running. I am used to running in Speedcross shoes but these are great and aren't as hard. The Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra 2s fit like a glove but I did have to go up a half size.
- So far these shoes are great. I wanted a shoe with a higher drop. A little snug at first but is more and more comfortable with each run. The shoe looks great and the traction is awesome too.
- I originally got these Ultra 2s for a race for this year and I am not disappointed at all. The grip on these shoes is all for fun downhill running. Very comfortable. These are standing up well so far. They seem to dry quickly when they get wet. As for sizing, I always go up a half size.
- I am a big fan of the S/Lab Sense Ultras so was a little concerned about all the changes. I am glad to know that Ultra 2s are just as good, maybe better.
- To date, this is the most comfortable shoe and I have tried many. The balance between cushion and protection is perfect for me. I used these on various terrain and have put about 250 miles on them already and it's been only three weeks. They aren't showing any wear signs or tears. Want to buy a few more pairs and hoping that these don't change.
- I intentionally purchased these to train for and run in a 125K race. These shoes are fantastic and they fit true to size. The Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra 2s provide so much control and they support the feet very well. I like how these shoes seem to get snug in the middle area when I am going downhill so that my feet don't slide to the front. I run with confidence in these shoes.
- I didn't see the need for change in the previous version I was in love with that version and was very hesitant to try these. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am actually glad that I did now I know what all the hype is about. This provides great traction on all surfaces and it is the ultimate multi-purpose shoe. Although the uppers have more firmness than the older model it also has enough give. The toolbox is a bit narrow for me but overall this is a great shoe.
- This shoe does its job well for a long time. This Is my everything shoe whether I want to run in the woods or use every day and it doesn't matter at what pace. I will point out that I did receive a blister and a development of another at the beginning of wearing these shoes but a blister pad took care of that. I'm sure the shoe will likely break in and the pads won't be needed.
- This version is slightly more narrow in the toes but fits perfectly in the mid-foot. I can also notice several features that have been improved in reference to padding and the lacing system. I plan to use these for upcoming races and I don't intend on having any issues.
- Overall these are great shoes I run a hundred miles and then so far. the wings really help to lock down the foot and are super comfortable. These shoes have solid traction too. I highly recommend them.
- I am concerned with the durability of these shoes because I'm starting to see small tears on both shoes and it's only been two hundred miles. I will say that I do put a beating on my shoes and I just wish that they would last longer because these have the perfect balance between stability and comfort.
- I am very impressed with these shoes. and they fit like a glove. True to size for me I ordered my normal size.
- When I learned about these I was a little worried about the change because I am a fan of the previous model. The fit is great after going up a half size. These shoes dry quickly and the cushion is great.
- A great investment in your feet.
- These Sense Ultra 2s are my go-to shoes for racing and training. They are very comfortable and responsive enough. I really don't regret buying these shoes because they are perfect in every aspect.
- I am already in love with them and it's only been a week. Classic S/labs but just with more comfort and support. The new lacing system took a little bit of getting used to. Perfect performance on various terrain. Awesome colors.
- Some buyers don't like the wings
- Too narrow in the toe box for some buyers
Another aspect of the midsole area that most runners appreciated was the overall Energy Cell construction. This unique compound is designed to provide a fantastic energy return with every step while being balanced with the overall superior cushioning and durability of the shoe. Most runners found it to be a nice balance between overall comfort and performance when it came to the midsole area.
However, like most shoes from the Salomon brand, if you have wider feet, they may pinch and confine in all the wrong places. The tapered toe box may end up causing a bit too much restriction, and the structural panels on the sides of the shoe may cause a bit of chafing over the long haul. While the quality and comfort may be good for the average runner, the runner with wider feet may simply find too many little things to overlook.
While the lack of design for wider fit may be a problem for some, for those with an average or narrow fit, the shoes also provide another feature that may quickly become a welcomed addition. The Endofit design features an internal sleeve that hugs the foot comfortably, offering great overall support and comfort even over the worst terrains. While this feature may be a bit too restrictive for some, others will find it quite relaxing on the longer runs.
That being said, these shoes do receive relatively high marks for their use of the unique EnergyCell material and overall grading construction to attempt to find the balance between responsiveness overall and long-run worthy cushioning and stability. While some runners may prefer that the shoes lean more towards the responsiveness side of the scale, many will find that over the long haul, comfort and stability is more desirable.
Another unique aspect of these shoes that many runners, especially those who move over a variety of rocky terrains will appreciate is the use of the Profeel film. This material is designed to engage during the transitional phase to allow for additional support during the time when the shoe is rolling between the heel and toe areas. While this doesn’t sound like much, it can certainly add stability and consistency in your step over the more rugged terrain. This added stability and support in the middle area of the shoe certainly does allow for a more comfortable run over longer distances.