Spring is here and what could be more appealing than getting out on the roads for a long explorative run? Salomon has just released their new collection of road running shoes along with some user tests - read on to get familiar with it and potentially find your new companion for the roads.
Road running is a growing sport which engages both people who are seeking a recreational activity and those who want to engage for the purpose of competition. Regardless of level, shoes with the right fit will boost your performance and prevent injuries. Maybe one of Salomon’s new models is the right match for you. With test results from actual users, we
PREDICT SOC is a versatile running shoe designed for all-day comfort. It has a decoupled midsole and outsole, which is supposed to reduce stress on your joints and let you move your foot almost as if you were barefoot. At the same time, it has a responsive Energy Cell+ cushioning that is supposed to provide the necessary amount of stability. Available for Men and Women.
Tested by: @sararonne An all around athletes from Sweden that loves creating content from the outdoors.
"The shoe feels really stable from underneath, but not as much at the top. Normal size for the shoe, didn’t need to adjust shoe size to fit. The shoe has great ventilation without feeling like it is too thin or “naked”, a really comfortable shoe when it’s warm outside. The shoe feels light and fits my foot really well. Both weight, fit, and look feels light and agile. It’s extremely flexible! I prefer to land softly on my feet, and felt that the cushioning on the shoe is sufficient. Having run longer distances for 20km with these on asphalt I like that they are so smooth on the upper part without anything pushing down which can be annoying. A perfect shoe for someone with sore feet. It can be a little tight the first time you put them on."
A fully revamped version of the PREDICT, made for an even more dynamic run experience. The PREDICT 2 is a versatile shoe that’s meant to adapt to you - and the road. The anatomical decoupling of the sole allows your foot to flex naturally, supporting you when you need it. The TPU-based Infiniride™ sole also provides good cushioning for your run on the road. An all-round road running shoe, offering fit and comfort. Available for Men and Women
Tested by: @sararonne
"A great shoe for those that like minimalistic gear without too much material or support. The upper part of the shoe has good ventilation compared to other shoes thanks to it's weave. A lightweight shoe that's great for morning runs. It's highly flexible, and as a runner that likes soft landings on the foot, the shoe delivers well according to my running steps. Having ran 40km on asphalt with them I was impressed at the fit and feeling when running in these shoes. Favorite part of the shoes is that it barely feels like you're wearing shoes, they are light and comfortable with a good fit. "
This is a training shoe with premium cushioning and swift rebound. The updated SONIC 4 BALANCE still has the Optivibe™ cushioning to dampen uncomfortable vibrations without sacrificing energy return, but has a softer mesh and inner booty construction for extra comfort. Available for Men & Women.
Salomon says that SONIC 4 ACCELERATE is the shoe for your fast days. It is lightweight, and uses Optivibe™ cushioning to dampen uncomfortable vibrations without sacrificing energy return. To create a close fit that will help you pick up the pace even more, the material in the forefoot, collar and tongue is reduced. If speed is your goal this might be your shoe. Available for Men & Women
A recyclable running shoe! Index.01 will give you cushy landings thanks to durable TPU-based Infiniride™, and Reverse Camber geometry (the way the middle sole is bent) is meant to help you spend less time on the ground.The materials in the shoe are made of recycled products such as bottles, and once you have worn the shoes out they can be recycled again.
Test performed by: @undanflykter - An all around athlete from Sweden that loves photography.
"I’ve tested Salomon’s new and particularly light running shoe index 01. A simple but beautifully designed shoe that keeps my feet in place with a material that breathes well. I have a rather small foot, with size 39. The Index 01 fits perfectly according to the sizing chart for me. The shoe is flexible, but fairly hard cushioning to run on asphalt, so it’s important that one is used to running on your toes according to me, but it is also related to your personal taste. Great for long walks, or for those that stand a lot at work or if you simply want a good looking shoe for a Friday. An all around shoe basically. I’ve run quite a bit with them but only on asphalt and my longest distance was 20km. My knees took a bit of beating then, but I also have issues with my knees since before. According to me, they are a little too hard to run long distances on such hard surfaces. My favorite thing with the shoe is it’s concept however, since it can be recycled and further repurposed into another usable item."
Inspired to get out on the roads? If you have any questions about the shoes, feel free to post them on the product pages. Or do you have experience from using them? Help others choose by sharing your experience. See you in the comments, or on the road.