A Possible contender for my WHW Race…?
“Low, light and fast.” Salomon picked those words to describe its S-Lab Sense, a racing shoe new this year that is the most minimal in the company’s line. Salomon touts natural foot motion and forefoot running with the Sense. Many shoes do that. What sets the Sense apart is its protection and support, all while keeping its light, minimal feel on the foot.
The Sense was designed and developed in collaboration with Kilian Jornet, one of the world’s leading top ultra runners. Having suffered when competing in the WS 100 2010 and claiming 3rd place, Kilian set out to develop a lightweight shoe focused on his specific needs. A development based on the need for a durable, super lightweight trail shoe that could be worn sockless on any surface. Following a 12 month period, the S-Lab Sense was born and Kilian went on to winning:
• The North Face 100km in the Blue Mountains of Australia. • The 2011 WS100. • The 2011 UTMB.
The S-Lab Sense is low-to-the-ground 9 mm in the forefoot and 13 mm in the heel for a 4 mm heel-to-toe drop. Anyone who’s seen Kilian run knows that he’s a featherweight, efficient, forefoot runner so why isn’t this a zero-drop shoe you ask? Well, because it’s designed to race 100 miles or more and Kilian wanted a 4 mm drop for the kilometers after mile 80. There’s something to be said for a little extra protection, even on a non-technical course.
The Sense shoes include foot-cradling uppers and the solid pull-to-cinch lacing system the company is known for. There’s a bit of padding in the midsole. A thin “rock plate” film in the forefoot and a lightly treaded sole give protection and grip.
A rather interesting feature for the limited edition is the small map that Killian draw for his Western states Run inside the shoe. The map indicates where to take action, where is snowy and where are the checkpoints. It is a quite good thing to see what Killian did on his 100 mile journey.
With all of this in mind, I also would like to highlight that one of my good friends and barefoot running coach Donnie Campbell, from http://www.getactiverunning.com/ , tried and tested these new minimal running shoes on his latest ultra race – Country to Capital Ultra 2013, covering 45 miles and yes – #WINNING! Congrats to Donnie!!!
– here’s a link to products that are endorsed by Jornet: http://www.kilianjornet.cat/en/equipment