Salomon Sense Pro Max Review
Hi LTCers! Malikah Patel-Davids steps into the hot seat as our guest reviewer for Salomon’s highly anticipated Sense Pro Max – the brand’s first proper outing into the maximalist shoe market
There’s nothing more frustrating than having that perfect day out on the mountains ruined by a crappy pair of shoes! We’ve all had those days … most times they lead to missing toenails or a screaming Achilles.
And then Salomon drops their latest release – the Sense Pro Max. Salomon sent us a pre-launch pair and I had 3 months to give them a go. After the initial shock of the fluorescent green colour, I tried them on and it didn’t disappoint!
Here are my thoughts about the Salomon Sense Pro Max:
- The shoe has SO much cushioning, they’re made especially for those runners who spend long days on the mountain. Together with a 6mm low drop and a light weight of 290g – they’re also perfect for those multi-stage races when you’re running with heavy legs and sore feet
- The toebox on the Sense Pro Max has ample space in the forefoot for my toes to wiggle which is a first for me in a pair of Salomon’s
- The signature Salomon Sensifit system pulls tight and locks your foot securely to give you a really cosy ride, especially on the downhills – no more bashing your toes on the front of the shoe… your toenails will thank you for it!
WHAT NEEDS WORK
- I don’t believe that the Sense Pro Max was really designed for quick feet. The bulkiness of the shoe and the amount of cushioning doesn’t allow you to have much contact with the terrain and you will lose some proprioception. For me that meant running more cautiously when it came to technical terrain or single track sections
- The grip of the shoe is also very terrain specific. I’ve found them to have better control on jeep track and softer, muddier terrain. It even works great when you’re running on sections of road. But on the harder, rockier surfaces I couldn’t quite find my footing 😉
Overall I would call the Salomon Sense Pro Max the SUV of trail shoes. It’s comfortable, it’s got amazing cushioning, and it will go the distance and be kind to your feet while doing so.
But come race day – you might be looking for something a little more minimalist for more ground feel.
So that’s my little take on the Salomon Sense Pro Max… The shoe will be available in the first quarter of 2017.