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NEW Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra review by Coops

Fast, light… flow. Pretty much sums up the new S-lab Sense Ultra

NEW Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra

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For those of you with some S-lab experience, I would describe the new S-lab Sense Ultra as a mix between the S-lab Wings SG and S-lab Sense 6 SG. Colours, lacing system, Endofit and Ortholite impressions all standard on the flagship of S-labs premium race trail shoes – so what’s the difference?

Well, for those of you who haven’t quite run in Salomon’s range for very long, here’s a couple of handy tips to help find out if this shoes right for you.

Trail/Mountain/Skyrunning/Soft trail – Yes

S-lab Sense Ultra tread pattern

Road – Very capable, but not its sole design

Normal to Wider fit preferred – Yes

Narrower fit preferred – No (in fact I would say this fits a fairly standard foot, as opposed to some runners I know who find the Speed and Speedcross slightly narrow)

Support/cushion underfoot – Yes

minimalistic/zero drop flat shoes – No

Long distance training/competing (including 100 mile) – Yes

Short distances/speed shoe – can definitely still fit this range but not first choice

S-lab Sense Ultra top view

Dirt/rock/wet/loose – Yes

Deep mud/steep wet grass – not so much

 

How I use this shoe…

As the Sense Ultra has a heel drop of 8mm (275g), is super light and has the feel of a race shoe with the added bonus of good cushioning and rock protection, I’ll be using this as my main long distance (40km+) race shoe.

I’ll combine it with the S-lab Wings SG shoe which has a 9mm drop (285g) and use this as my long haul training shoe. There is a definite difference in feel from the Wings to the Ultra, enough to make it feel like come race day – you are strapping on some fast wheels. Yet the two are similar enough, that for conditioning purposes your muscle fibres/lengths etc will be utilised in a similar bio-mechanic.

One thing that was very noticeable about the Ultra is the rocker on the heel of it. Its actually the first S-lab shoe I’ve had that really looks like it will just bounce along the trail from heel to toe (see pic at top).

Sense Ultra in powder

The other main differences would be the grip. The Sense Ultra has a less aggressive grip than the Wings SG (which has a chunkier, more aggressive grip), yet I have found to be very effective on many surfaces including loose rock/grit, mud, snow, large wet boulders. The rubber compound Salomon has used on the Sense is definitely worth its weight in performance. Any trail with a combination of these surfaces, you’ll have no problem going from one to the other in this shoe.

The Wings SG I would take out where the condition were maybe a bit wetter, more fist sized rock/obstacles or you were really going to descend/ascend with some power in slushy conditions.

S-lab Wings SG
S-lab Wings SG tread pattern more aggressive

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve only put 300km on this new Sense Ultra, but found it absolutely awesome on anything from single trail, fire road, steep loose rock, wet boulders to snow lined trail.

 

left to right, Speed, Sense 6 SG, Sense Ultra, Wings SG, Speedcross

 

A bit of a personal rough guide to what S-lab I’d chose when…

5-15km steep/technical/fast – Salomon S-lab Speed

15-30km steep/technical – Salomon S-lab Sense 6 SG or Speedcross

42km Skyrace – Salomon S-lab Sense 6 SG or Speedcross

50-100km Skyrace – Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra or S-lab Wings SG

100km+ Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra or S-lab Wings SG

Note. The S-lab Wings and Sense 6 also come with a standard grip pattern that is not as aggressive as the SG (soft ground). These would be a better choice for trail races that are not as steep, aggressive or technical.

left to right, Speedcross, Wings SG, Sense 6 SG, Sense Ultra, Speed

 

The S-lab line-up. Shoe Vs Race Australia

please note, this is my own personal preference but I have been wearing these for a little while now.

Bogong 2 Hotham- Salomon S-lab Sense 6 SG/Wings SG

GSER- Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra

UTA 100- Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra

UTA 50- Salomon Sense 6 SG

UTA 22- Salomon Sense 6 SG

Buffalo Stampede Ultra – Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra

Buffalo Stampede Marathon- Salomon S-lab Sense 6 SG

Buffalo Stampede 26- Salomon S-lab Speed/Speedcross

Cradle Mtn Ultra- Salomon S-lab Wings SG

4 Peaks- Salomon S-lab Speed/Sense 6 SG

6 ft track marathon- Salomon S-lab Speedcross

Mt Solitary- Salomon S-lab Sense 6 SG/Speed/Speedcross

Mt difficult Skyrace- Salomon S-lab Sense 6 SG/Speed/Speedcross

Wandi Cross- Salomon S-lab Speed

Snowtrail- Salomon S-lab Speed/Sense Ultra

GNW100- Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra

Hounslow 68- Salomon S-lab Sense 6 SG/Speedcross

Local fun run- Salomon S-lab (any of them will be fun!)

Alpine Challenge 100 mile- Salomon S-lab Wings SG

Coast 2 Kosci 240 – Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra

GOW100- Salomon S-lab Sense Ultra/Speedcross

To sum it up…

The S-lab range by Salomon definitely have a shoe to match any mountain trail you wish to go play in. I have been running/racing in these shoes for nearly 10 years now, over many terrains, from Skyrunning World 100 mile races to the local fun runs in my home town. To me, fit and feel is what counts most when you are out running in the mountains and thats exactly what I find in the S-lab range.

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