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The new Salomon Sense Mantra is a lightweight training shoe for midfoot strikers who want natural motion, protection and neutral cushioning for high mileage training. We reviewed the Salomon S-Lab Sense last year, a shoe that is designed specifically for ultra-runner Kilian Jornet. Our review of the follow-up, the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra, will be out soon. Born from the Western States 100 winning S-Lab Sense, the Sense Mantra provides just enough added cushioning, durability, and protection to make it your everyday trainer.

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A breathable mesh upper with lightweight synthetic overlays, it has a second skin seamless design to help reduce irritation, especially when running sockless. A seamless SENSIFIT wraps the foot for a secure fit and feel. A quick lace system  is standard for speedy adjustments with a built-in lace pocket in the plush tongue. It also has a padded heel collar.

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A stretchy TPU band (OS Tendon) placed between the midsole and outsole helps guide the foot through the entire foot strike, promoting an even ride and springy toe-off. The molded foam insole provide light underfoot cushioning.

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The non-marking CONTAGRIP outsole offers the perfect blend of reliable grip and durability over varied surfaces.

The Sense Mantra extends the PROFEEL protection all the way to the heel area (the S-Lab Sense Ultra extends only to the midfoot area). The PROFEEL film is a lightweight layer built into the top of the midsole to provide protection from the trail. With that kind of protection, Salomon must also have heel strikers in mind…

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So did the Salomon Sense Mantra perform to expectations?

My pair of Salmon Sense Mantra (US Men’s Size 10.5) weighs in at 10.4 ounces and has a 6mm drop. Heel stack height is 21mm and forefoot stack height is 15mm so there is sufficient cushioning for those looking for a lightweight cushioned running shoe from door to trail. The toe box is a little wider than the original Salomon S-Lab Sense even though it is built on a racing last. Running sockless, I have no hot spots or blisters! Because of the wider toe box, I like this shoe more than the original Salomon S-Lab Sense. I would like it a lot more if the weight is about 8 ounces, stack height about 5mm lower, and zero drop…

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I am not a fan of the quick lacing system though – it is easy to tighten but not so easy to release. I guess it is more important to stay laced when running but I would also prefer to be able to get out of my shoes quickly.

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The outsole is a little stiff for my taste – less ground feel than I like. But it has great protection from the sharp rocks and pebbles even on non-technical trails. I don’t like getting bruised when landing on small pebbles or sharp gravel so I don’t mind rotating the Sense Mantra into my trail running selection…

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This is a great transitioning shoe for those getting into minimal road and trail shoes – it has solid protection and built with quality materials in an affordable package. If you have been eyeing the Salomon S-Lab Sense from last year and the price scared you, the Sense Mantra is only $120 (MSRP) compared to the $200 (MSRP) S-Lab Sense or $180 (MSRP) S-Lab Sense Ultra.

The Salomon Sense Mantra is available in two colorways for men:

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And two colorways for women:

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The Salomon Sense Mantra is available for online purchase at: Zappos, Road Runner Sports, OnlineShoes.com

 

http://www.salomon.com

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