Salomon Sense Pro Max
For many years, serious trail runners have chosen Salomon shoes as a great option. The shoes have been used to run ultra-marathons such as the Western States and Leadville 100. The Sense Pro Max is excellent on technical trails.
It is a lighter model than the past one. This shoe is also an excellent option for short distances. A long slog up a 14,000-foot mountain or a short training run are activities suitable for the Sense Pro Max.
Ortholite patented Endofit, and Sensifit technologies are featured on the shoes. They make the shoes fit snuggly much like a glove. Bounce is provided over rocks, and the shoe is made exceptionally comfortable with 17mm of EnergyCell+. A favorite Salomon feature with many runners is the speed laces included on the Sense Pro Max.
- Light for a trail shoe
- A long history of performance and reliability
- Low drop
- Snug, glove-like fit
- Terrific outsole traction
- Not water protection
TreadTreadTread is a feature Salomon get right every time. Not only does it provide excellent traction, but it also goes through mud nicely. A waffle-like outsole pattern picks up wet gunk and makes muddy conditions difficult.
The shoes become heavy, and runners have to stop and remove dirt from the bottom of the shoe. There are no deep crevices on the Salomon where mud can seep in. This feature makes a considerable difference when racing.
In storefront retail locations, Salomon sets up displays mimicking slick, rocky conditions. The company allows potential customers to see the shoes in action before buying them. It is a testament to the designers’ belief in their product. Wet Traction Contragrip technology is designed from durable material that offers maximum grip on wet, muddy, and dry surfaces. It gives added durability to high-wear areas.
Eventually, it will wear down. At that time, the shoes need to be replaced. VIBE technology is present in the midsole. It is designed to provide comfortable cushioning underfoot and high-energy return.
A combination of EnergyCell+ and Opal cushioning compounds is the technology used. The midsole is specifically inserted with Opal cushion for comfortable and soft underfoot cushioning. It encourages a bouncy and well-cushioned running experience.
The compound is durable and lightweight. It performs well when weather conditions are extreme. The EnergyCell+ is made for high-energy return. The 17mm of foam provide added durability and reliable cushioning. The TPU Profeel Film is utilized in the shoe. It enhances the ground feel as it provided underfoot protection. The film provides consistency and stability in the midfoot area.
Salomon understands that laces can be a pain before and during a run. The lace eyelets are large. The Quicklace System means never worrying about shoes coming undone. It is easy for the toes of trail runners to hit the front of the toe box when heading down a mountain due to the dramatic forward motion.
It can be painful and cause aches and blisters. The shoe minimizes the impact. It offers a fit that is snug and keeps feet in place. Endofit and Sensifit technologies are used in the upper to secure the fit and enhance comfort. The foot is wrapped in the Sensifit overlays for a snug and secure fit. Endofit provides a seamless environment. It offers a sock-like comfortable fit.
The version for mean weighs 10.4 ounces, and the model for women weighs 9.5 ounces. Those who think about cushion using protection to weight ratio feel the Sense Pro Max scores high on this metric. The weight is decent for the amount of cushioning provided.
The mesh upper drains well. The thick foam collar for the heel dries reasonably well also. 3D Stretch Air Mesh is used on the upper. It provides breathable covering while enhancing comfort. It provides a more personalized fit and hugs the foot comfortably.
Salomon has never been known for ‘loud’ shoe colors. More emphasis is placed on comfort and technology than style. Branding requires a powerful business strategy. Salomon has mastered branding. People who wear the brand are automatically thought to be faster and stronger than other runners, even those new to the trails.
That is the effect of a good brand. It gives off cues. The Salomon name does the heavy lifting in the style category. People look at the shoes and think they are great. Style is not the feature of most importance but is a bonus when functional shoes also look good.
Some reviewers do describe the two colors available for men and two for women as ‘loud’ and like that they stand out. The length of the Salomon Sense Pro Max is standard for running shoes. Its semi-curved shape conforms to the foot’s natural shape.
One reviewer critiqued the shoes after 75 miles of wear. There was no wear on the upper, and the wear on the upper and the wear on the outsole was extremely minimal. The reviewer predicts durability will permit 400 or more miles of use.
The shoes are not waterproof and do not protect on wet courses. The runner can end up with soggy, wet shoes and socks. No reflective material is on the shoes. Those who venture out in the dark need to consider wearing some other means of recognition such as a headlamp for precautionary measures.
A pair of gaiters would reduce pesky pebbles that get into the shoes. The ProFeel film and high stack height combination provide plenty of protection. The feel of the ground is somewhat muted which is not unusual for shoes with the cushioning found in the Sense Pro Max.
It is not recommended for road work or treadmills. The shoes are too heavy for such activity. It rides well on dirt roads and transitions nicely to nearly all other types of terrain. One reviewer felt a shoe with deeper lugs should be considered for rocky, steep terrain or sloppy days.
Mud doesn’t stick in the deep crevices which prevent having to clean the shoes in the middle of a run. Salomon makes an outsole that is among the best in the industry. The Wet Traction ContraGrip is excellent.
It is semi-sticky for use on rocky terrain enough to grip without being a hindrance on smoother trails or roads. ContraGrip outsole provides reliable traction on various trails and under a variety of conditions.
The versatile traction and high amount of cushioning are meant to go any distance on a trail. Most users like the overall performance of the shoes. They provide efficient foot protection, durable cushioning, and reliable grip needed for trail running experiences.
* Excellent traction for rocky and icy terrain
* High-quality materials used
* Lighter than most in the class
* Low drop
* Wide toe box
The shoes are still a trusty partner for simple trail runs or mountain conditions. Serious runners find the steep price tag worth it. Lightweight construction, durability, and comfort are additional features that satisfy users. The long-lasting cushioning make the shoe an excellent partner for long distance runs.