Salomon Sense Ride 5 Trail Running Shoe Review

Salomon Sense Ride 5

I was excited to try the Salomon Sense Ride 5 trail running shoe. One of the most common shoe review questions is: can you review a Salomon running shoe? I haven’t reviewed a ton from Salomon, but I have touched a few things including:

I’ve never tried the Salomon Sense Ride. I do know it was a given a fairly significant update. It’s always interesting; whenever I post a “which shoe should I review next,” Salomon is always the most popular answer. For whatever reason, I haven’t reviewed a lot. It’s honestly likely (like Puma) because they are hard to find in stores to try on, I gravitate towards something else. It’s always hard to guess what size I am. Usually, I lean on “bigger is better.”

Salomon Sense Ride 5

Salomon Sense Ride 5 Quick Facts:

Weight: 10

Heel to Toe Drop: 8.3 mm

Cost: $140

Salomon Sense Ride 5 Fit:

I don’t have a lot of Salomon shoes to compare the fit to. I do remember the previous two shoes from Salomon I reviewed fit true to size. The Salomon Sense Ride 5 has an engineered mesh upper that Salomon claims has an “unmatched” range of motion. It also features the “SENSIFIT system that provides a secure fit. Salomon mentions this is your “foot seat belt.” Immediately when trying on the Sense Ride 5, the shoe felt secure without being tight.

I was a little bit worried about the “fast” laces, that come standard in the shoe. Usually those make the shoe fit too narrow for my foot (it’s an easy replacement) but I found I could easily loosen them up in the Sense Ride 5.

Salomon Sense Ride 5

The anti-debris mesh upper helps prevent junk from getting in your shoe. I use the Salomon Sense Ride 5 a lot in the desert sand, and I appreciate I can run for miles without getting a bunch of sand through the upper.

The best running shoes disappear off y, our feet and I’ve found the Salomon Sense Ride 5 to do just that. On the trails I don’t want a heavy, bulky shoe weighing me down. The Sense Ride 5 immediately felt good and I was able to run in it right off the bat. I don’t have any hot spots with the Sense Ride 5.

The Salomon Sense Ride 5 fits true to size and I haven’t had any issues. Typically in running shoes, I wear between a women’s size,10-11 wide, and I’ve found the size 11 of the Salomon Sense Ride 5 fits the best.

Salomon Sense Ride 5

Salomon Sense Ride 5 Ride:

The Salomon Sense Ride 5 is designed for neutral runners without much extra support or cushion on the trails. It’s designed to adapt with you over a variety of courses. If you’re looking for a lightweight trail shoe, it’s a great option. If you’re new to trail running and want a good trail shoe for beginners, the Salomon Sense Ride 5 is also good option. The Salomon Sense Ride 5 is really a multipurpose trail shoe that can handle almost everything.

You might prefer cushion or support if you’re on your feet for more time. Right now, I’m not running more than about 12-15 miles on the trail) and so I prefer something lighter.

The Sense Ride 5 features an “energyFOAM” midsole to help cushion you—this gives you enough cushion without being heavy or bulky. I also found it pretty responsive. I never felt like my foot was sinking into a pile of mush. Personally, I like to feel the ground underneath me when I run on trails because I don’t want to trip over debris.

Salomon Sense Ride 5

Traction and Durability: Traction and durability are two essential pieces to a trail shoe. Who wants to be sliding around the trails? I’ve discovered the Salomon Sense Ride 5 to have excellent traction. While running in Hawaii, we went through muddy spots and never slipped and fell—the traction on the Sense Ride is top-notch. The 3.5 mm lugs keep you grounded in a variety of terrains. 

Regarding durability, I think they want a total of 400 miles. I’ve run over 100 miles in the Sense Ride 5 and haven’t had any issues.

Taking them out on trails, they have been great. I was pretty risky on our trip to Hawaii, and for tracks, I just packed the Sense Ride 5. I had never used them before and hoped I would like the fit and feel. Luckily for me, I did. They are everything I want and need in a trail shoe. I’ve used them a lot on desert trails with no issues. Honestly, they are perfect shoes for almost any type of trail.

Salomon Sense Ride 5 Conclusion:

I had no idea how I would like the Sense Ride 5 because I am SO NEW to the brand. But each shoe from Salomon continues to impress me, and the Sense Ride 5 could be my favorite. If you are looking for a trail shoe, especially in muddier conditions, consider the Sense Ride 5.

Who should buy the Salomon Sense Ride 5? If you are looking for a lightweight, minimal support but durable trail shoe that performs well on the trails, especially in muddy conditions.

Who should not buy the Salomon Sense Ride 5? You might prefer something else if you’re looking for a well-cushioned and supportive trail shoe.

Salomon Sense Ride 5

My Current Shoe Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Antepes Muscle Runners, Tracksmith Eliot Runner, New Balance 1080v12,  Saucony Triumph 19, Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra, 361 Centauri

Speed Work: Hoka Solimar, Altra Vanish Carbon, 361 Flame, Nike Tempo Next%, Reebok Float Ride Run fast Pro, Nike ZoomX Streakfly

Long Runs: ASICS Superblast

Trail Running/Hiking: Brooks Caldera 6, Saucony Peregrine 12Hoka Torrent 2, Hoka Zinal Shoe, Speedland SL: PDX

Races: Nike ZoomX Streakfly, Asics Metaspeed Sky, Hoka One One Rocket X, adidas Adizero Pro, New Balance Fuelcell 5280Nike Next%,  Saucony Endorphin Pro 2Reebok Run fast Pro 

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here

Are you lookinging to learn more about running shoes? In my ebook, I talk about why you need a good running shoe, a shoe’s anatomy, neutral vs. stable, and even the mythsof running shoes.

Questions for you:

Have you tried the Salomon Sense Ride 5?

What is your favorite trail shoe?