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King of cushioning.
Developed for trail runners seeking a damp ride, the Salomon Men's Sense Pro Max Trail Running Shoe offers increased cushioning for lowland forest paths, undulating hills, and rugged alpine loops. The Sense Pro Max's taller stack translates to excellent shock absorption for athletes concerned with obtaining the smoothest ride. Despite its max cushioning, the shoe retains a responsive feel with EnergyCell+ foam, which is a bit firmer (compared to other max cushioning shoes) for greater control across variable trail surfaces.
The 3D Stretch Mesh upper wraps your foot with its inner-sleeve construction for a supportive, glove-like fit. It maintains excellent airflow with perforations throughout the upper, preventing excess perspiration build-up. The Quick Lace system alleviates the pain of messing with tying knots and making constant adjustments on the trail. For convenience, there's a nifty pocket for tucking the lace ends.
Looking to the sole, the Wet Traction Contagrip rubber compound maintains unrelenting traction, regardless if it's bone-dry or sloppy mud on the trail. Aggressive lugs dig into rocky outcroppings and root-latticed trails, meaning you'll tread confidently without accidentally slipping or losing confidence across rugged terrain.
- For trail runners seeking the smoothest ride
- Maximum cushioning with greater stack height
- EnergyCell+ foam for responsive cushioning
- Quick Lacing for quick adjustments, secure fit
- 3D Stretch Mesh upper for greater ventilation
- Wet Traction Contagrip provides non-slip traction
- Q & A
Cush and Secure
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9.5
So far so good. I usually run in medium cushion road shoes in an urban environment and put in around 15 miles / week. I was missing out on the occasional trail running diversion since my multi-tasking Brooks Glycerin 13s bit the dust. I wanted to try something new so I'm giving Salomon Sense Pro Max a try. Some would say these two shoes, comparatively, are different animals, but the Glycerins performed excellently on park trails, even with grades around 20%.
The Sense Pro Max, though not nearly as plush as the Glycerins, have an incredibly secure upper with above average breathability / ventilation. I am always impressed how minimal the uppers are but feel like an "upgrade" over most running shoes I've owned - even over luxurious Brooks shoes. The quicklaces do they're job nicely, lacing pressure is evenly distributed and very easy to get the foot locked in for a perfect fit (lacing garage in the tongue is thoughtful and works well). The length of the shoe feels about 1/4 size large, but could be considered ample space from toe bumper to toe - by the end of the run I don't even think about the shoe sizing. There is no slippage when the fit is set (though I wonder how it will feel on wet trails or rainy days).
Obviously, I find fit the most important aspect of a shoe, but the ride can be a deal breaker. The Sense Pro Max ride is great! The shoe has a very even transition from heel to toe on both trail and road. After my initial runs I find the shoe excels most on trail, the lugs really dig in and I feel not just cushioned / protected but also moderate responsiveness throughout the run. They feel fast on flat loose trails and paved road - even for a trail shoe. However, the forefoot response is lacking on road surface, which is the only drawback I've experienced thus far. I suspect this might loosen up the more miles I rack up. Overall, this is a great shoe.
***UPDATE: I have put in over 20 miles. After a straight 10k run on mixed trail & paved road (the latter being about 2/3 of the run) I can say these shoes are here to stay. I found that a midfoot strike is the shoe's sweet spot on pavement. The heel-to-toe transition is reliable throughout the run on any terrain, and, of course, cushioning remains supreme. I have a standard width foot with a high instep, yet, most shoes feel too wide across the metatarsals just before the proximal phalanges. However, these have a nice secure fit, the high sidewalls and, what some would consider, small lace opening allows a more evenly distributed lacing pressure over instep. In other works, the shoe engineering works! One thing I would comment on is the toe bumper on lateral side is quite stiff and the pinky toes do feel pressure after a while. So, Salomon should consider expanding the toe box 3-4mm laterally outward. (my big toe and medial side feels fine). Additionally, there is a noticeable stiffness in the midsole at the pinky proximal where the Opal insert and EVA transition. Hopefully, that will be smoothed out in the next version.