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Salomon Sense Ride 2 - Women's Review

A well fitted and comfortable shoe that is best for non-technical surfaces.
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Price:  $120 List | $119.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great price, flexible, comfortable, responsive, one-pull lacing system
Cons:  No aggressive outsole, lug durability is questionable
Manufacturer:   Salomon
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 2, 2019
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  • Foot protection - 20% 7
  • Sensitivity - 20% 8
  • Traction - 15% 6
  • Stability - 15% 8
  • Comfort and Fit - 15% 9
  • Weight - 15% 9

Our Verdict

If you seek all-day comfort in a barebones shoe, the Salomon Sense Ride 2 delivers. It offers a good level of protection underfoot with a sensitive and stable platform that'll have you picking your way through different trail surfaces. The outsole is sticky and grippy, but not super aggressive, functioning best on smoother surfaces and zoomier single track. The upper is soft and moldable, while the entire shoe flexes overtop trail hazards. We love the comfort of this shoe but wish that it performed well on all surfaces; other versions are available and have a more aggressive outsole, which we imagine would perform magically.


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Pros Great price, flexible, comfortable, responsive, one-pull lacing systemSuperb traction, amazing durability, wide-toe box, zero-drop design, great sensitivity, highly protective outsole and upperComfortable, versatile fit, great responsiveness, fantastic value, durableExcellent traction, great balance of foot protection and sensitivity, specific fit, durable outsoleAggressive and versatile outsole, breathable upper, protective, light cushioning, zero-drop, wide forefoot
Cons No aggressive outsole, lug durability is questionableLaces come undone easily, lacks a women’s specific fit, upper takes time to break-inDoesn't shed mud well, some midsole compaction over timeHigher heel is less stable, lugs wear down on pavementDurability issues, expensive
Bottom Line A well fitted and comfortable shoe that is best for non-technical surfaces.This Editors' Choice winner crushes every metric with its innovative and super durable design.A superior performer that offers exceptional value on all types of terrain.An aggressive trail shoe that is built for the steepest and most technical trails out there.A lightweight zero drop shoe with ample toe splay that'll take you anywhere you wish.
Rating Categories Sense Ride 2 Inov-8 TerraUltra G260 Peregrine ISO Speedcross 5 Altra King MT 1.5 - Women's
Foot Protection (20%)
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Sensitivity (20%)
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Traction (15%)
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Specs Sense Ride 2 Inov-8 TerraUltra... Peregrine ISO Speedcross 5 Altra King MT 1.5...
Measured Weight 8.6 oz 8.75 oz 9.8 oz 10.7 oz 9.6 oz
Ideal Terrain Non-technical trails, cross-over terrain All terrain All terrain Soft surfaces, technical terrain All terrain
Width Options Regular Regular Regular and Wide Regular and Wide Regular
Heel-to-Toe Drop 8 mm 0 mm 4 mm 10 mm 0 mm
Stack Height from toe to heel (mm) 27/19 9/9 18.5/22.5 10/20 19/19
Upper 3D Mesh Kevlar Mesh IsoFit Nylon mesh, sythetic overlays Ripstop nylon/mesh
Midsole Vibe EXTERFLOW PWRFOAM Injected EVA Altra EGO
Outsole ContraGrip Graphene Grip PWRTRAC Contragrip Vibram MegaGrip
Rock Plate? None, profeel film Yes None Yes Yes
Sizes Available 7 - 10 4 - 15 5 - 12 5 - 12 6 - 11

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Salomon Sense Ride 2 offers all-day comfort with its responsive midsole and super cozy upper. This flexible shoe has a more narrow profile, with many comfort and easy-to-use features. The outsole offers a good level of stickiness and grip but is limited to moderate slopes with less technical terrain. Overall, a great trail runner that we are psyched to be checking out!

Performance Comparison


A comfortable trail runner that has the affinity to easily cross over from non-technical terrain to dirt roads.
A comfortable trail runner that has the affinity to easily cross over from non-technical terrain to dirt roads.

Foot Protection


This shoe offers a pretty average level of foot protection. Even though its design feels lightweight, it's surprisingly protective with a midsole that is packed with robust and harder and made of a material called Vibe. In the forefoot, it has 27 mm of material while the heel has 19mm of padding.

The toe cap is pretty flexible which doesn't lend to the best protection.
The toe cap is pretty flexible which doesn't lend to the best protection.

This midsole is somewhat protective, but can't offer enough of a bumper from direct blows with super sharp rocks. This shoe does not have a rock plate, which contributes to a more responsive and springy lift-off and landing. The toe bump is a little more flexible, so it's not the most protective from hard impacts. This shoe will keep you protected on the trail from unwanted debris, with the affinity to tackle most surfaces.

The midsole through the body is thicker  offering sufficient protection from underfoot hazards.
The midsole through the body is thicker, offering sufficient protection from underfoot hazards.

Sensitivity


Sensitivity is wonderful. It allows you to feel all aspects of the trail from rocks to roots, providing better stability and protection overall. If you're seeking a sensitive trail shoe, this is a wonderful option to consider.

The forefoot has minimal material which makes feeling the trail easy.
The forefoot has minimal material which makes feeling the trail easy.

Traction


The traction on this shoe is sub-par for a trail runner but works super well on dirt roads and less technical terrain. The ContraGrip rubber proves to be sticky on rocky surfaces that are both wet and dry.

A look at the ContraGrip rubberized outsole that is sticky but doesn't do well with wet or soft trail surfaces.
A look at the ContraGrip rubberized outsole that is sticky but doesn't do well with wet or soft trail surfaces.

Unfortunately, because the lugs are smaller, they don't grab super slippery surfaces on steep slopes very well. We found that on single track trail, they thrive. But in wet mud or snow, these shoes are best left at home.


Stability


Stability is also pretty bomber. The fit has a more European feel, with a slim feel in general. Even though there is a lot of material packed into the outsole, it feels low to the ground with good lateral stability.

Testing the stability of this runner over some rocky terrain near the Skeena River in Terrace  BC.
Testing the stability of this runner over some rocky terrain near the Skeena River in Terrace, BC.

The heel cup fits nice and tightly, so it doesn't slide around, feeling good on the trail. If the toe box was a touch wider, we imagine this shoe would feel even more stable than it is.

A look at the harness that wraps around the top of the foot to add stability on the trail.
A look at the harness that wraps around the top of the foot to add stability on the trail.

Comfort & Fit


The upper and midsole all articulate well to cater to optimal comfort for all-day wear. The upper is constructed of an Endofit upper that slips on just like a sock. The tongue is super soft and provides a versatile fit. The lacing system has a one-pull system with a hideaway pocket located in the tongue. Underfoot, the cushioning molds to the foot over time, offering all-around comforts that makes this shoe great to wear casually or on the trail all day.

A look at the one-pull lacing system that keeps the shoe snug on the run. If you're not a fan of it  cut out the laces and replace with another set that is thin.
A look at the one-pull lacing system that keeps the shoe snug on the run. If you're not a fan of it, cut out the laces and replace with another set that is thin.

The fit offers some arch support with a tight-fitting heel cup. The toe box is wide enough and flexible enough for a wide-footed person, but tapers at the front, not allowing a whole lot of wiggle room. It has an 8mm heel to toe drop which offers more support and cushioning for both midfoot and heel strikers. In all, we love the comfort of this shoe that provides a fit best for those with regular to narrow feet.

Weight


A lightweight trail shoe that weighs 8.6 oz for a size nine, this was one of our highest scorers in this metric. If light is right for your running adventures, the Sense Ride 2 is a great consideration.

This is a lightweight shoe. Here we see the weight of one size nine.
This is a lightweight shoe. Here we see the weight of one size nine.

Best Applications


This trail runner is a great option for those seeking, what feels like, a low profile and sleek trail runner. While it can tackle more technical terrain, the outsole performs best on flatter and rolly terrain. It would also function well as a trail racer.

Dirt roads  normal roads  less technical trails with wet or dry rocks is a great place for this lightweight and less-aggressive shoe. Consider it for your next trail race of half-marathon distances or less.
Dirt roads, normal roads, less technical trails with wet or dry rocks is a great place for this lightweight and less-aggressive shoe. Consider it for your next trail race of half-marathon distances or less.

Value


Costing $120 and finishing at the top of the fleet, this shoe offers outstanding value. Do take note that we've noticed lugs wearing down when worn on hard-packed or abrasive surfaces, which could affect the Ride's overall level of long-term value.

Conclusion


The Salomon Sense Ride 2 offers immense comfort for all-day wear. Best for non-technical surfaces and dirt roads, it has a limited performance on steeper slopes and sloppy conditions. If you're a fan of Salomon, the price is right on this one.

A low profile and super comfortable shoe that is great for both non-technical trails and everyday wear.
A low profile and super comfortable shoe that is great for both non-technical trails and everyday wear.


Amber King