Salomon S-Lab Sense Review

Product:  S-Lab Sense Size 10

Manufacturer: Salomon

Review Dates: 10/1-2/1 (4 months)

Estimate Mileage: 400+ Miles

Estimated Time: 60 Hrs +

Tester information:

5’9″ 184lbs 34 years old

90% with Socks 4 different companies (Drymax,Salomon,Swiftwick,Injini)10% without any socks
Ran with shoe insert for first 100 miles then removed for remaining 300+ Miles.

Shoes were used on hard packed surfaces, some soft ground, raining/muddy conditions and very minimal road use.

Shoes were run in training runs from 2 miles to 40 miles.

Shoes were also used in Both Cactus Rose 50M Ultramarthon and Bandera 50k Ultramarathons.

 

The story of the Salomon S-Lab Sense is that the shoe is built for Killian Jornet to win at the Western States Race. If you want the full preview and specs please visit Irunfar preview HERE

Here are the shoes before I started running in them.

 

Salomon S-Lab Sense New

Salomon S-Lab Sense New

It has been a 4 of months since I started running in the Salomon S Lab Sense shoe and I wanted to push the shoe as hard and far as I could before I made the reviews.

I have put approximately 400 miles on the shoes, 82 miles of which was in a race setting in Bandera Texas during Cactus Rose and Bandera. The Shoes still perform today after 400 miles as they had when I opened them back in October.

S-Lab Sense Bottoms

Salomon Bottoms

Salomon S-Labn Sense Side

Salomon S-Labn Sense Side

Salomon S-Lab Sense Toe

Salomon S-Lab Sense Toe

Salomon S-Lab Sense Toe

Salomon S-Lab Sense Toe

S-Lab Sense Bottom Side

S-Lab Sense Bottom Side

Salomon S-Lab Sense Heel

Salomon S-Lab Sense Heel

Weight

The shoes are incredibly light. These size US 10s′s weighed in at around 7.5oz. After running in these shoes I know that weight matters in distance racing. The ounces although small make you feel like you have more when you are running uphill and have nothing holding you back going downhills. I also own Pure Grits, Hokas, MT 10 and Altra and you can feel the difference in every once once you get out of them.

Fit

The fit is comparable to a slipper that is on your feet at any given time. I think the best part of the shoe is it feels like that you aren’t wearing any shoes. It give you a a barefoot feel and the inner sock allows you to wear the shoes with or without socks as well.  The speed laces are perfectly placed and once pulled tight the laces hide away in a convenient ouch in the tongue as well. Although the Sense fit tight once you snug them up I usually found that after 10-15 minutes they loosened in time and my feet felt very comfortable. Noting the snugness in all of my 400+ miles in these shoes I never wore gaiters and never had a rock, twig or pebble get in the shoe. The slipper like feel and the tightness of the shoe really makes you feel like you are wearing a glove and are the Best Fitting Shoes I have every worn.

Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is probably the best since it combines very good grip and a flexible platform to run on. The upper part of the shoes was very flexible and let the shoe air out through the process. I never had issues with hot spots in the shoes and never felt like my feet were getting warm. The toe cap that surrounds the front of the shoes is protective but also flexible as well. I did receive 2 black toenails while racing through Bandera in the shoes through the rocks but I have hit my feet hundreds of times in these shoes throughout the wear of them. I also took the shoes into 1 foot water to check the durability and drainage. Everything after running through standing water the shoes drained very quickly with no sloshing and no added weight in the shoe. I was also very surprised on the shoes capabilities for being in mud or slid conditions. Recently in Bandera it was a cross between a mud fest that caked on your shoes and a slip and slide on muddy rocks. The S Labs still gripped over the downhills with mud slick rocks and when running I noticed they didnt cake up as much as the other people I had passed.

Performance

I have never owned or run in anything that makes you feel like the S Lab Sense has. There are no comparisons on the craftsmanship of these shoes or the way that they perform. What made we wait to buy them was the reports of 100km-200km is all that the consumer would get out of the shoes. As I started to build mileage in them I became more confident and a better runner. The shoes help you to run more efficiently and in the end have better form as a runner.

Price

It seems like the shoes will stay around $200 although the new Salomon Mantras are around $140 and the S Lab Sense Ultra are $180. I think they are worth every penny of the $200 and once I get finished with  tearing them into shreds I will order another pair. I personally want to have the shoes that fits the best, makes me most confident and a better runner.. If you are like me then the Salomon S Lab Sense is the best shoe money can buy.

 

If you are wondering whats next…

Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra

Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra

 

Rob Goyen 2/6/2013

 

 

Who is Robert Goyen?

Hello,

My name is Rob Goyen, I am writing this blog as a way to share my life with everyone.  I thank you for taking an interest into reading this blog and understanding who I am.

Some people get the opportunity to be great by birth. Some people get the perfect genes and a peaceful start at life. I am not one of those people. I was adopted to an abusive family at 3 days old. The first 16 years of my life I don’t remember much, because remembering the good times (though few) means I have to open the scars of the bad times. I was a child they couldn’t break at 5 years old; they couldn’t beat me to submission. Unknowingly to me, these horrendous circumstances would later fuel my life motivations.

The emotional and physical abuse I suffered through childhood severely contributed to my struggles with obesity. I used food to hide my emotions to satisfy the happiness that I yearned for. I went through school larger than life and running would always be something I knew I could never do. Soon after high school, in 1999, I married and settled into life. As the pounds piled on I thought it was just natural.  I was the big, fat and funny guy who used food and humor to mask all the pain inside.  Later, at 30 years of age, after my divorce I slipped into a dark place where food and alcohol became my coping mechanisms to avoid acknowledging my past.

This is me in the middle with my 6x tshirt.

This is me at my highest weight.

This is me at my highest weight.

At 31 I was 347 pounds in September of 2009. I was a morbidly obese, smoker, and alcoholic whom had never run before in my life. The day after this picture was taken my best friend on the left told me that I was spinning out of control and I was eventually going to kill myself with this unhealthy lifestyle. I started making life changes soon after and met my wife to be in April 2010. She was then a student studying Nutrition at the University of Houston studying to be a Registered Dietitian (RD). As the year progressed I started understanding healthful eating and began modifying my diet. By changing the way I ate and doing minimal exercise I lost about 50 pounds that year. Exercise was a big challenge to me since I was still a pack a day smoker.

On January 17th 2011 my now wife made a statement that would change my life forever, “Quit smoking, or I’m leaving you.” She hated that I smoked and finally let me know how serious that hate was. It was the first time that someone had cared more about me than I did myself. I quit smoking that day. Jan 19th I began a runner. I still have my first mapmyrun on my desktop: 1 mile, 17 min. I can still remember the agony that I felt as I sprinted 30 yards only to start walking. I can remember wondering how in the world people even ran 1 mile. Once I started running, I decided to run a half marathon with my other best friend, Jeremy Hanson, in San Antonio for my birthday that November. I began to love the challenge of running and completed the half marathon in Nov with 6 other friends. As soon as I left that race I began to wonder if I had more in me, if I could run farther. The next weekend I ran 20 miles. Through the running and weight loss I experimented with vegetarianism and went completely vegetarian in December of 2012.

In the midst of all the healthy choices I was making, I was still continuing to abuse alcohol.   Fat Tuesday (Februrary 20th, 2012) would be the last night I would be alcoholic. I had promised to quit drinking for years, but this night was unlike others. As I laid there unresponsive my wife asked me why I had been drunk yet again. I had no answers for her or myself. That day I went to an AA meeting and quit drinking. I then decided to run the Grasslands Ultra 50miles in March 2012 sober. I will admit I had never run on the trails, and was completely in over my head, but trained hard and thought I was ready. Mile 17 of the race I hit a rock with my right foot and fractured it in 3 places. I decided to continue, but ended up DNF’ing (Did Not Finish) at 33 miles- which was my longest run to date.

After 6 weeks of healing I was back to running. At the end of May 2012, I was running the circle around memorial park and I was bored. I ended up going up the street and coming back when I saw a white fence that looked like an opening. I can remember that day like it was yesterday. As soon as I made my way through the fence on that muddy day the rain started to come down and my life as a trail runner began. I always tell people that trail running found me. I was looking for something different that day and trail running was it. Since that day, I have continued to loose weight, (I’m down 163 lbs), continued vegetarianism, remained sober (and counting), and completed the Cactus Rose (50 miler).

After Cactus Rose I realized that it was time for me to give back to the community that had supported me during all of my major life changes. On December 17th, 2012 (my one year wedding anniversary) I started Houston Area Trail Runners (HATR). Houston Area Trail Runners is a trail club that will enable us to give back to the trails we run, encourage those who run with us, and inspire those who want to change. We recently debuted our club at the Bandera 100k Trail Championship a few weeks ago with a great amount of support.

 

A picture of Rob Goyen and Jose Quintanilla at the Bandera 50k Race

A picture of Rob Goyen and Jose Quintanilla at the Bandera 50k Race

So if you have read this far then you can see from above that one man’s change can make a difference in the lives of many. But it is my time to give back and to share to people the real story of real people. I wasn’t a track star in high school; I didn’t come from great genes or run a 2:12 mile.  But I am a real person who despite all the worst situations in life decided to take a stand and take my life back one day at a time. These sacrifices and tribulations have led me to the place where I want to share the power of change.

Thank you for reading this. I will blog on my struggles, my happiness and my life. Subscribe and watch as it all unfolds.

 

Rob Goyen