Salomon Sense Ride 3 - Women's Review
Cons: Not the most stable, doesn't perform well in mud
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Salmon Sense Ride 3 is a versatile trail runner that can go from the trails to the road. While its outsole isn't the most aggressive, it'll hold up on most dry technical and non-technical terrain. It's comfortable and features a specific fit best for regular to narrow feet. It has an 8-mm drop, suitable for both heel and midfoot strikers.
Protection is above average in this shoe with it's ample cushioning throughout the midsole. The upper is protective from debris while the toe cap is tough, keeping your toes protected against stubs. This is a shoe we'd take on everything from speedy road workouts to technical trails. Expect your feet to feel protected. While the cushioning is ample, some of our testers did mention that they could feel rocks and roots underfoot, a product of its excellent sensitivity. As a result, it doesn't earn top marks in this metric.
We love the sensitivity of this shoe. It features more cushioning in the heel with a thin layer in the mid and forefoot. This allows you to get intimate with the trail. If you prefer to feel most things underfoot, this shoe will provide that experience. It's far and away from a barefoot trail runner, but it'll give you a more intimate experience than most.
The ContraGrip outsole features many smaller lugs with medium spacing. It provides great traction on steep, rocky terrain that'll hug even slick rock trails.
The lugs aren't super aggressive and unfortunately doesn't shed very well. As a result, while it can perform on dry trails, its not our top recommendation for muddy or rainy weather. Surprisingly, on flatter snow surfaces, it actually does a decent job. However, on steep snow, we'd opt for a shoe with deeper lugs as we found ourselves sliding around quite a bit. While this shoe is built to handle basically any surface, it's optimized for dry conditions and can easily cross-over for road running.
The newest design feels a lot less stable than previous versions. While this shoe will help to keep you upright and intimate with the trail, we found lateral stability to be subpar. The heel is quite tall, and we actually feel more elevated in this shoe. We rolled our ankles a few times while running in this shoe. As a result of this instability, our main tester didn't typically choose it for more technical trails. The forefoot is fairly wide, but the fit feels more narrow and higher than it did before. Our experience? Less stable than other contenders and previous iterations.
Comfort and Fit
Many women love this shoe for its excellent comfort and specific fit. The fit isn't as wide as our super wide contenders but provides plenty of room for toe wiggle. The heel is specific, there is a little arch support, and a decently wide platform. For super long distances, we didn't choose it as we prefer a wider shoe (our main tester was wider feet). However, women looking for a slimmer fit will appreciate its ample room and stiffer construction.
A size nine shoe weighs 10.2 oz. Compared to other shoes, it is a little heavier but doesn't feel like that on the trail.
If you're a woman seeking a less aggressive trail runner that'll do well over technical terrain and roads, the Salmon Sense Ride offers excellent value. We didn't have any issues with durability after testing it for over 100+ miles. The price is about average, and Salmon is known for its level of quality that's known to last well into the upper hundreds of miles.
The Salmon Sense Ride 3 offers a comfortable ride over most types of terrain. While it's suitable for dry technical trails, its limitations are reached in super wet or muddy terrain. This is an excellent cross-over shoe as well. If you typically stick to hilly trails that aren't climbing up tall mountains with wet or sloppy steeps, this 8-mm drop shoe will offer a comfortable ride over a plethora of distances. Built for racing and training, it's designed to transition from the pavement to the trail.
— Amber King