Salomon S Lab Sense 7

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Salomon S Lab Sense 7 Review Facts

Salomon is a company that has been well known for several decades for its high-quality running shoes and trail shoes. One of the most important things that anyone who likes to run knows is that they need to be able to invest in a pair of shoes that will ensure the highest amount of comfort for them.

If a runner ends up with a pair of running shoes that are not so great, they could end up with several serious problems, discomfort being the least of their worries. They could have serious problems with their joints, and even end up with injuries on the trail. Therefore, it is important to do ample research when purchasing a pair of running shoes so that an individual can get maximum use out of what they purchased.

A great shoe that is worth the investment for running on trails is the Salomon Lab Sense 7. These shoes are available for both men and women, and many people were pleased with the fact that they are available in a variety of colors. These highly durable shoes are not only lightweight, but they also are made to fit with the contours of the foot. People loved the way these shoes fit and considered them to be a great investment.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • The shoes have an attractive design and many people liked the color scheme
  • These shoes are considered to be durable and they did not break down quickly at all
  • The shoe was able to fit the natural contours of the foot nicely
  • People said that these shoes were especially lightweight for a shoe that was meant to be used for running on trails
Cons
  • There were people who did not like the toe cap of the shoe, and they said that it did not protect their feet adequately from debris on the trail
  • People said that the top part of the shoelaces was difficult to have access to
Outsole

Outsole

The rubber that is on the outsole of the shoe is Salomon’s Premium Wet Traction Contragrip. This allows runners to have as much traction as possible while out on the trail. There are also isolated lugs on the outsole of the shoe, overall making the shoe perfect for running on such rough terrain. All of these features combined help runners to feel as stable and comfortable as possible while out on the trail. It is also important to mention that the Contragrip outsole is made with more than 20 different types of material to help ensure maximum comfort and protection for any type of environment that you are in.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Salomon S Lab Sense 7 is made with a special SensiFit technology that is meant to be able to make the foot feel more secure in the shoe. It does this by conforming to each individual foot and holding it tightly in place. And this is an important feature for trail runners because they especially need to avoid any possibility of having their feet slide around in the shoes. There is also EVA foam material in the midsole of the shoe to provide added cushioning, therefore adding to the overall comfort of the shoe. And between the outsole and the midsole of the shoe, there is a film layer, which is meant to protect the feet from any dangers on the trail.
Upper

Upper

Another important feature that trail running shoes should provide is enough breathability to the runner’s feet. This shoe not only has breathability, but it also has the overlays constructed in such a way in order to make the foot feel comfortable and snug inside the shoe. It is also meant to conform differently to each foot. The mesh material in the upper does help to increase the breathability of the shoe, as well as the shoe’s resistance to any abrasion, and to help the shoe dry quickly in the instance where a runner would encounter some wet terrain. The lacing system is easy to use and one can tie the shoelaces quickly. There is also a sock liner in the shoe, which helps to keep the foot secure.
Weight

Weight

Compared to many other trail running shoes, these are actually very lightweight. The shoe weighs around 7.2 ounces, which is a reduction when compared to previous models. And despite being as lightweight as it is, the shoe is still durable and stable.
Breathability

Breathability

The upper part of the shoe is made out of a mesh fabric that allows for maximum breathability. This is important in order to keep a trail runner’s foot well-ventilated because sweating too much while out on the trail could end up being a nightmare. And the shoes were also tested in wet environments- someone who tested them even ran in a creek- to see how well they were able to dry. People were surprised by the extremely fast drying time. This is important for those days when people who go out running on trails are encountered by surprise rain, puddles, or creeks.
Style

Style

Something interesting to note is that the Salomon S Lab Sense 7 is unisex, so both men and women can wear the same shoe. It is also worth mentioning that the shoe is only available in red and white, so if you are someone who does not like such bold colors for your trail running shoes, that might be something to take into consideration before purchasing. Otherwise, the shoe is sleek looking and does have an attractive design. However, one thing that several people mentioned was that the design made it a little difficult to have access to the upper part of the shoelaces, which could have an impact on the comfort of the shoe because tightening or loosening the laces can make the shoe too tight or too loose. And while this is not the worst thing in the world for a pair of shoes, it is important to mention nonetheless.
Durability

Durability

Most people said that these shoes lasted them for a very long time without breaking down whatsoever. The upper part of the shoe is constructed well, despite the fact that it is made out of rather thin material. And the rubber traction on the outsole of the shoe is very durable and will last on any surface.
Protection

Protection

Since the shoes are meant to be used on trails, it should be without question that they should have the best protection possible. There is a special material between the midsole and the outsole of the shoe which protects the foot from any debris or anything that might cause injury on the trail. However, people complained about the toe box. They said that it did not offer enough protection for the toes, and that the rubber is too thin. Some people also said that they were able to feel rocks under their feet while running, and while this did not hurt them, it was not something that they had expected.

Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The midsoles of the shoes are fitted with EnergyCell+ technology, which completely guarantees that the shoes will be responsive for all wearers. This technology is also a great contributor to the cushioning and durability of the shoe. When the person strikes their foot to the ground, the EnergyCell+ technology absorbs the shock of the strike and returns that energy back to the runner. One of the people who reviewed it said that even just by standing still, they were able to tell that the shoes would be very responsive on the trails.
Support

Support

If you are someone who likes to run on trails, one of the most important things that you can do is ensure that your feet have all the support they need. This is because running on such terrain can be dangerous, and you do not want your feet to hurt and you want to decrease the possibility of you getting injured. The shoe is fit with SensiFit overlays in the upper, which help to ensure that the shoe will fit like a glove on your feet. And, it helps to keep your feet feeling nice and secure in the shoe. The shoelaces are easy to lace and they will be able to provide for the most comfortable fit and support.
Terrain

Terrain

These shoes are made to be used on rough terrain, especially trails. The company made two versions of the shoe depending on the runner’s preferences. For those who like to run on the muddier ground, there is a shoe that is meant for the soft ground, and for those who like to run on rockier trails or otherwise harsher trails, there are shoes that are meant for the hard ground. The soft shoes can technically be worn in harsher environments, but it is not recommended, due to the fact that it could cause the shoes to wear down a lot faster than normal.
Traction

Traction

Since these shoes are meant for running on tough trails, the traction capabilities that the Sense 7 has are exceptional. The shoes are durable and strong, and they are made in such a way so that if you are running on a rocky surface, the shoe will not get damaged. They are also able to withstand both wet and dry environments. The rubber on the outsole of the shoe provides the runner with a strong grip on the ground.
Stability

Stability

The lugs on the outsole of the shoe are perfect for keeping the feet stable when running on tougher terrain. This is also to ensure that no rocks or other debris can get inside the shoe. There is also a ProFeel Film in between the midsole and the outsole of the shoe, which helps to make sure that the back of the shoe and the forefoot can feel as stable as possible. And, many people were genuinely pleased with how stable the shoe felt on their feet.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Since it is a trail shoe, the Salomon S Lab Sense 7 is not very likely to be the most flexible shoe out there. Nor is it considered to be the most flexible trail shoe. But the newer model of the shoe does feature a heel cup that is considered to be more flexible than previous versions, as it does allow your foot to move much more naturally than other models. The midsole’s cushioning is also flexible for users, which added some more to the shoe’s overall flexibility. However, once again, it is important to keep in mind that the Sense 7 is not the most flexible shoe out there.
Drop

Drop

Something that needs to be taken into consideration before deciding whether or not to purchase this shoe is the drop. The drop is 4mm, which means that the height of the heel is 22mm and the height of the forefoot is 18mm. The shoe was constructed in this way with the intention of having the person run with the strike hitting the middle of their foot. Some people are not able to run like this because they are not physically suited to do so, therefore, it is important to be able to understand whether or not you can run like this before making the decision to purchase these shoes.
Key Features

Key Features

-The shoes are very lightweight in comparison to other trail running shoes.
-People who strike the ground with the middle of the foot would be the most comfortable in these shoes due to the way the midsole is designed.
-The rubber on the outsole of the shoe is perfect for tough environments and for getting a strong grip on any surface.
-The material of the upper is breathable and will keep the feet as dry as possible for hours.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are someone who enjoys racing on trails, then the Salomon S Lab Sense 7 is the perfect shoe for you. Otherwise, you should reconsider buying the shoe, since it is not technically meant to be worn more than twice per week, and it is really only meant to be used for racing. The shoes are also a rather large investment when compared to other trail running shoes. However, the shoes are highly durable and comfortable according to many people who purchased them, and those who race on trails said that the shoes are completely worth the investment.