Salomon S-Lab Sense Sneak Peek

Salomon S-Lab Sense Men's Trail Running Shoe

Salomon S-Lab Sense Men's Trail Running Shoe

If you don’t know the name Kilian Jornet, chances are good that this shoe’s not quite right for you. For those of you who are familiar with Kilian’s achievements, you might have noticed the shoe you see above on his feet when he was first across the finish line at The North Face 100K in Australia. And the 2011 Western States 100. And the 9th UTMB. And the Table Mountain Challenge 2011. See a trend?

This is a very special shoe. We use the term “shoe” loosely – this model is more like a precision trail instrument for the ultra runner. It has been designed new from the ground up specifically for trail racers who need ultimate performance.

The S-Lab Sense will be produced in very limited quantities for its official release date of July 2012. Can’t wait that long? We’re expecting our shipment in early May. MSRP is $200.00.

What to Watch For

  • Amazing Upper: A close, comfortable fit was a priority when designing this shoe. The Sense’s EndoFit technology is an internal sleeve that wraps the foot, providing comfortable structure along with regulated breathability. You can run sockless with complete confidence in this model. Simply put, the Sense has one of the most comfortable fits of any running shoe on the market.
  • Rabid Weight Reduction: Salomon shaved weight wherever they could, paying particular attention to the midsole and outsole design. They even redesigned the toggle for the Quicklace system, just to cut a fraction of an ounce. The result? An estimated weight of just 6.5 oz (Men’s 9).
  • Innovative Rock Protection: Instead of a rock plate that would weigh the shoe down, Salomon engineered the Sense with a thin TPU mesh film in the middle of the midsole. This provides poke-through protection while maintaining a flexible forefoot (a design feature Salomon is calling “propriotection” – no, we don’t think that term will catch on).
  • Dynamic Traction: The outsole of the Sense looks pretty smooth for a trail shoe. But this is a case of looks being deceiving. The outsole is able to deform in order to provide grip specific to the type of terrain it encounters.
  • Low Offset: Even though the shoe is designed for forefoot strikers, it offers a 4mm heel-to-toe drop to provide some extra cushion and protection at the tail end of a long-haul race.
  • Low to the Ground: As designed, the midsole height is 9mm in the forefoot and 13mm in the heel. We’ll give you full stack height measurements when the shoe arrives in inventory, but expect those numbers to rise by 4 to 6mm if you’re comparing the shoe to other stack heights listed on our site.


  • Ben

    Why didn’t you mention the part everyone really wants to know about? Will it still have the $200.00 price tag?

  • Mark

    Curious on others’ thoughts on cushioning. I weigh about 165. I’m assuming Kilian weighs 25-30lbs less than me. Is there enough cushioning in a 13/9 mm stack for long trail runs?

  • Nate

    Thanks for the preview. Do you expect the stack height measurements to change just based on the way you measure products versus how the manufacturers tend to measure their own products? Also, will they be available for preorder?

  • Alex Bridgeforth (@alexbridgeforth)

    When does it come out?

  • Matt

    It will indeed be priced at $200.00.

  • Matt

    The difference in stack heights is due to the fact that Salomon only provides midsole heights. We measure stack heights including the midsole and outsole. We expect the shoes to be made available on our site very close to their arrival date in our warehouse.

  • Matt

    We’re expecting an early May 2012 arrival. The official release date is set for July.

  • David Henry

    Will this only go to size 12 like the other S-lab models or will there be some larger sizes?

  • Matt

    The Sense U only goes up to size 12.0.

  • carlos martinez

    can these be preordered now?

  • Matt

    We expect the S-Lab Sense U to be available for sale on our site in May.

  • Richard Senelly

    Will there be other colors?

  • Matt

    Thanks for the question. The Red/White colorway is the only one that we have seen so far.

  • George Tseng

    can we get on an email list to be notified when you get the shoes? or can we pre-order like other sites?

  • Matt

    We will post the Sense for preorder once we have confirmed shipment from Salomon. As soon as it is posted on our site, we will also announce its availability on Facebook, so keep an eye on your Facebook feed.

  • Grace

    Is it just on limited release presently? I need a pair in 7. Will RW have more shipment in July?

  • Matt

    We are not planning to receive more of size 7.0 in July, but do expect a shipment in November.