Salomon never ceases to amaze us with their groundbreaking technologies, and the Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Gloves are no exception. Sometimes, you don’t know how much better a run experience could be until you try a new piece of run gear. Innovations like flat waistbands that don’t dig in and lace pockets on trail shoes can take your run from good to great. These gloves are one of those innovations.
The Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Gloves are available in small, medium and large sizes to provide a nearly custom fit to a variety of hand sizes. The pair of gloves even includes a single 8oz Salomon Soft Flask to fuel your hydration needs. We sent Randy – our hard goods accessories buyer and a genuine gearhead – to test the gloves on the roads and trails, and here’s what he had to say.
RW: Overall, how would you describe the user experience?
Randy (R): I generally don’t want anything in my hands while running, but the Sense Hydro Gloves didn’t bother me. I also liked how you can take small sips. If I drink too much while running, I’m really prone to getting cramps. The bite valve was nice and soft, really easy on the teeth. I was also able to still use my fingers – I could re-tie my shoes without taking the flask out of my hand.
RW: How is using the gloves different from using a standard handheld bottle?
R: Standard handhelds are prone to sloshing around, and you always have to grip the bottle no matter how tight you get the hand strap. With these, you can still keep your hand relaxed and there was no sloshing because the soft flask reduces in volume as you use the liquid.
RW: Does the flask stay secure even if you don’t hold it with your hand?
R: The flask does stay secure with the strap and bungee alone. I never felt it was going to fly out of my hand.
RW: Can you douse yourself with water from the flask to cool down, or do you have to bite the valve to get water out?
R: You can douse yourself, but you have to pinch the valve for liquid to come out. It’s not as easy as pouring water from a bottle, but you can do it. It’s also a pretty small stream of water…but that helped me from using too much water too soon.
RW: Is the glove adjustable at all?
R: The glove isn’t adjustable, but it comes in 3 sizes.
RW: If you could change one thing about this product, what would it be?
R: A fair number of people who buy the gloves will want a second Soft Flask, but that’s an easy fix because we sell them individually. The only other thing I can think of is maybe a slight modification to the strap design, since I had to keep the flask pushed up in my hand to prevent it from flopping a bit. But that’s a very minor point and I’m not sure every runner will experience this.
RW: Does this product have any other standout features you enjoyed?
R: I liked the terry cloth on the back of the hand. It’s really easy to wipe sweat off your forehead.