Salomon Sense Pro 2 Running Shoe Review
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The Salomon Sense Pro 2 is a lightweight trail running shoe designed for runners that are looking for a lighter trail shoe that can handle the some rocky and rooted trails, but is intended to be used on less technical trails. This trail running shoe comes in at 9.3 ounces and has a 6mm heel to toe drop that makes it ideal for the runner that is a little lighter on their feet, but still enjoys some assistance in the drop and a little cushioning for comfort.
Salomon Sense Pro 2 Upper
The Salomon Sense Pro 2 upper is made with breathable mesh and a bonded synthetic material for structural integrity. This trail running shoe fits lower on the ankle for those who prefer a low cut fit and don’t need ankle support. The Sense Pro 2 comes with the iconic Salomon QuickLace and an internal fit sleeve called EndoFit that does an amazing job of wrapping the foot and providing secure fit without feeling too tight. The shoe fits average in the toe box for Salomon and has worked for my medium to semi-wide foot. Talking with others who have wide feet, they thought the shoe was too narrow and ended up swapping out for a different pair of shoes.
The heel cup of the shoe does a nice job at keeping your foot in place with an ample amount of cushioning around the ankle to keep your foot from moving around too much and creating hot spots.
Salomon uses an OrthoLite insole which they have also used for at least over a decade. Having tested out over a hundred pairs of shoes with OrthoLite liners, I can attest to the comfort, quality and longevity. These insoles are by far the most comfortable insoles that come with your shoes. Ortholite insoles tend to absorb more water than a typical liner if you’re doing any water crossings or running in the rain, but you can easily ring them out.
Sense Pro 2 Midsole and Outsole
Depending on what you’re looking to get out of a shoe, the Salomon Sense Pro 2 midsole and outsole may or may not work for you. This shoe offers a little less cushion compared to a traditional trail running shoe but more than a minimal trail shoe. If you weigh over 185 lbs., I would suggest going to a trail shoe with more cushioning. The reason I say this is because the EVA will condense quicker and you’ll burn through more shoes than needed. Not to mention, heavier people tend to blow out the upper of minimal and semi minimal shoes more often.
The EVA used in the Salomon Sense Pro 2 is an injected EVA that does the job, but don’t expect a super bouncy shoe.
The outsole of the Sense Pro 2 is one of the less aggressive lug patterns for Salomon trail running shoes. I find the lugs to be similar to that of a road running shoe which makes them great for less technical trails as you don’t need big lugs getting you tripped up. The outsole is made of Salomon’s Wet Traction ContraGrip which does really well on wet surfaces as you might expect from the name. I’ve always found the different variations of ContraGrip to hold up over the long haul and it’s no different in the version of ContraGrip used on the Sense Pro 2.
Sense Pro 2 Performance on Trails
I’ve taken this shoe out on trail runs ranging from easy gravel paths to 1,200 ft of vert over 2-3 miles. I tend to run more technical trails with a lot of up and down and I found the Salomon Sense Pro to keep up with my trail runs. I’ve found this shoe to really excel when I head out my door to the trail (approximately 3/4 mile). I usually weigh 173 lbs., give or take a pound or two, and 6’0 ft tall. I sometimes feel like I’m a little too big for the shoe, but that is few and far between.
My overall opinion of the Salomon Sense Pro 2 is that it is a great shoe for what it was designed for. For the runner only looking to use this for technical trails, you’ll be disappointed. This shoe is meant for lighter trails and a little more level surfaces. Since I knew what I was getting into from the moment I opened the box, I have been extremely happy with this trail running shoe. For more information, head on over to Salomon.com or amazon.com/salomon.