Salomon is on its third iteration of the Sense Ride and they are really onto something here. At first glance, I couldn't get over the slight midsole bulge thinking it maybe took style notes from the Hoka One One TenNine. Thicc Bois jokes aside the Sense Ride 3 carries a bit more midsole underfoot than most other Salomon offerings. Which is a welcomed addition considering this makes it a capable daily trainer for the trails, a perfect shoe for door-to-trail efforts and pushes on dirt roads.
The Sense Ride 3 sports a new material previously seen in some of Salomon's road offerings, Optivibe. This is supposed to reduce vibrations and provide a more cushioned feel and reduce muscle fatigue from repeated impacts. In addition, the heel features a bucket seat style by putting your foot below the top of the midsole. What we see here with the midsole makes this shoe stand out and a candidate for training, racing, and mountain missions.
- Breathable mesh upper with TPU reinforcement
- Sensifit System of overlays
- 27-millimeter stack height in the heel and 19 millimeters in the forefoot, 8mm drop
- Quick laces
- Contagrip MA Outsole
- Optivibe Technology
- 10.6 oz /300 g for a Men's size 9
- $120 MSRP
The shoe didn't feel exceptionally speedy underfoot but, more like a solid companion that matched your pace and energy.
The fit was on brand and exactly what is expected from Salomon. I found the sizing to be true to size with the Senseifit overlays doing their job to lock in the heel and midfoot. I found the toe box to be roomy but not overly so but a pleasant departure from the notoriously narrow toe boxes found on some other comparable shoes from other manufacturers. Another standout component of the shoe was the bootie-like sleeve they call Endofit that wraps your foot and doesn't provide any seams or gaps. Overall, the fit was pleasant and familiar but nothing earth-shattering.
The upper is a slight departure from other offerings from the euro-brand in that it is almost all a dense mesh with various different overlays around. most notably on the toe. In addition, the Sesnsifit overlay is only present on the medial side of the shoe. The lateral side hides the retention system beneath the mesh. A bit more minimal but does the job of keeping the foot in place and delivering power.
The Sense Ride 3 rocks 27 mm of midsole under the heel and 19 mm under the forefoot resulting in a healthy amount of underfoot protection while keeping things springy. However, the midsole is also where the weight gain must've taken place over previous iterations. The thing that really separates this shoe from other Salomon trail offerings is the addition of the Optivibe technology. My best understanding of it is that there are two foams utilized in the midsole. One foam compound is used to help absorb impacts and the other one is more responsive for better toe offs. I don't know if I could really pin down which foam is doing what throughout each stride but, I did find a shoe that I could most fast in while not beating myself up too much.
The outsole in this one is pretty standard. Contagrip MA on rubber duty and 4mm lugs keep things composed on just about everything I threw at it. Throughout the outsole there is a series of cutouts that run perpendicular to the major axis of the shoe that aid in flexibility and show the ProFeel film. I like the film in place of a traditional rock plate as there would appear to be less of a weight penalty while maintaining protection and sensitivity when it counts.
- Versatile All-Arounder
- Favors stability over agility
- Optivibe Midsole is legit
- Hefty, slight weight penalty compared to other offerings
- Less agile than some
The Salomon Sense Ride 3 is a shoe that I foresee being in my rotation for a while. The combination of adequate cushion and underfoot protection, solid outsole, and a no-nonsense upper come together to create a shoe that is the perfect daily trainer. This shoe also shines on mixed surfaces and is perfect for door-trail outings or connecting trails via some pavement. What excites me most about this shoe is that the solid underfoot and increased cushioning make this a solid shoe for ultra distances, fast packing or whatever other endurance mission you have in mind.
Disclaimer: This shoe was purchased from Salomon and the opinions here are the authors unbiased thoughts.
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