Sa­lomon S/Lab Sense 7 and 7 SG

$220 Weight: 199 g (7.0 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 4 mm

Canadian Running - - GREAT STRIDES -

The en­gi­neers and de­sign­ers at Sa­lomon’s An­necy De­sign Cen­tre in France have done it again with this up­date. For those not fa­mil­iar with this cult clas­sic, the S/Lab Sense model is cre­ated with heavy in­put from Kilian Jor­net, one of the great­est ul­tra­run­ners in his­tory. Ver­sion seven is the most Kil­ianesque ver­sion yet of this su­per-light, ag­gres­sive trail rac­ing flat. The team have fig­ured out how to get the shoe down in weight (to a shock­ing sub-200 g for the test size), while re­tain­ing its rugged DNA. Af­ter all, Jor­net (and those who are look­ing for a swift ul­tra shoe) still needs some pro­tec­tion from roots, stones and an­kle-twist­ing de­scents out in the moun­tains. One of the ways they shaved off the ex­cess was by clean­ing up the lug pat­tern and light­ened them up. This up­date also fea­tures a com­fier in­te­grated sock liner, and a thin­ner, more min­i­mal heel counter, which still pro­vides enough sta­bil­ity to lock the foot in place dur­ing even the nut­ti­est switch­back. The SG (“soft ground”) ver­sion has big­ger, more spaced out lugs for slop­pier runs. It’s a per­fect shoul­der sea­son rac­ing al­ter­na­tive, or very fast win­ter run­ner. Avail­able in fall 2018.— MD

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