Want to perform like an elite trail runner? Salomon has engineered the highest quality S-Lab trail running clothing and shoes for the trail runners and ultra endurance. Designed in the French Alps, Salomon S-Lab trail running clothing and S-Lab trail running shoes are designed for wild mountain sports.
Trail running shoes are not made equally, especially when it comes to the lung-searing, leg-burning uphills and the try-not-to-slide-on-my-bum downhills. There is one shoe on the market that is perfectly engineered for such races and adventures - the Salomon S-Lab Speed.
My current pair of Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoeshas travelled more than 600km with me and still look brand new. They have: traversed the icy, snow-covered Overland Track in winter; orienteered in the sodden Fells of Scotland; Sky raced over the Dolomites in Italy; bush-walked off-track through alpine Tasmania with an 18kg pack; done interval training on the mountain; run on roads… versatility and durability +++ !
My positives Absolute credit to Salomon for creating such a lightweight pack capable of going the long haul. I have used this pack for long missions, training runs and hopefully soon a race. The absolute benefits are:
Super stretchy back pocket just keeps expanding. On occasions I have had a thermal, raincoat, first aid kit, down jacket, beanie, gloves, spare food and more. There is always space for something more in there!
Washable! Who doesn’t want to be able to hurl their sweat-stained friend into the washing machine for a quick cleanse!
Soft flask design. I am not a bladder girl and never will be. If you need more fluids there is a second stretchy pocket on the back highly capable of carrying one or two more soft flasks.
Breathable. The fabrics are definitely superb. I never get too hot in my vest pack, even with the black colour that I have chosen.
Transportable. Because the pack is so small if packs down to nothing. I recently took it to Nepal with me and it was the first thing I packed into my suitcase.
Super light! This has to be the lightest long-haul pack on the market. Hands down this wins it for me!
REVIEW: Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set Trail Running Vest pack
By Hanny Allston
Finding a shoe that will meet most of our requirements as a trail runner is really difficult. Not only do races throw multiple challenges at us - single tracks, rougher terrain, roads - so too does the weather! What happens when the rocks get slippery or the scale of muddiness increases? Then of course we all partake in training or ‘missioning’. Whilst I enjoy the freedom of the trails on my daily jaunts, there are times when I find myself cruising the roads and footpaths too, be it for recovery, long runs, speed or access to new trails.
Asking one shoe to do all this for us is quite a challenge! However, I honestly believe that the all new Salomon SLAB Sense Ultratrail running shoe gets damn close to achieving this for me. Details and technical specs is not my strength so here is my ‘layman's' review of this shoe.