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.