The Salomon S-Lab Sense is a new light-weight trail racing shoe that is set to launch in May. It was developed specifically for ultra running superstar Killian Jornet, and was worn during his major wins in 2011 including the Western States 100. Even though I’m a Saucony guy (and much more of a road guy than a trail guy), this shoe is extremely intriguing to me for a few reasons:
It is a 6.5-ounce trail shoe, but it looks much, much more substantial than any other sub 7-ounce trail shoe I’ve ever seen before. For example, it weights less than the Merrell Trail Glove which basically looks like a slipper compared to the Sense.
The reviews are almost universally glowing (Example1, Example2), and make it seem like this is some type of alien technology super-shoe.
The MSRP is $200!!!! I don’t care how good it is, are people other than elite racers actually going to drop $200 for a trail shoe?
Anybody else out there intrigued by the Salomon S-Lab Sense?
Currently in the New Balance MT110, always looking for something lighter. Will have to give these a look.
“I never really discussed this with anyone because it sounds pretentious, but i started running ultras to become a better person,” Jenn told me. ”I thought if you could run one hundred miles, you’d be in this Zen state. You’d be the fucking Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn’t work in my case—I’m the same old punk-ass as before—but there’s always hope that it will turn you into the person you want to be, a better, more peaceful person.”
“When I’m out on a long run,” she continued, “the only thing in life that matters is finishing the run. For once, my brain isn’t going blehblehbleh all the time. Everything quiets down, and the only thing going on is pure flow. It’s just me and the movement and the motion. That’s what I love—just being a barbarian, running through the woods.”
Got another long run in this weekend on Nose Hill, put in a 6 hour heavy hill run in on Sunday. With only 3 weeks till the Blackfoot 100km Ultra, I’m running better, but it is still going to be a rough go for the first 100km race of the season.