Sunday, 8 July 2012

Making Sense

Kilian Jornet and the Sense (picture by salomonrunning.com).

New technology (src: salomonrunning.com)

When I was in Chamonix Mr LG introduced me to a new pair of shoes, a pair of shoes that I quickly became very fond of, the Salomon S-Lab SenseThese shoes are developed with Kilian Jornet, and most of Salomon's running team were using them during the Mont-Blanc Marathon events.

Kilian Jornet and his S-Lab Sense at Mont-Blanc Marathon 2012.

Antonella Confortola Wyatt and her S-Lab Sense at Vertical KM, Chamonix.

The shoes are super light, and gives you a remarkable feeling of the surface you're running on. They fit like a sock on your foot and hence are super comfortable to wear. The heel drop is very low, letting you easily run on your forefoot. The latter might be hard on your calves going uphill for though, if you're not used to it that is.

Unboxing the Sense.

The shoes are really great, except for one major problem, they are far from durable. They do not last many kilometers. Just after having used mine for only about 35 km the laces has almost snatched and the sole is about to come off. OK, I was warned by the shop owner that these shoes were not long-lasting, however I did expect them to last a bit longer than miserable 35 km. After all, these shoes are far from cheap.

Sole coming off after 35 km of running. No good!

The lace is about to snatch. No good!

The S-Lab Sense were made in limited numbers. A brilliant marking trick from Salomon as they then became exclusive and sold very well. According to sources Salomon is developing three new models / versions of the S-Lab Sense for next year. I've been told they are working on making them more sturdy. I'm not sure what the three models will be like, but it was mentioned that there might come one model specialised for slippery ground during steep uphill races, one model for longer ultra trail runs, next to a a new version of this year's Sense.

You would think Salomon knew how to spell Kilian Jornet (src:  salomonrunning.com).

If I get hold of more info about the S-Lab Sense I will update this post. Or if you know something feel free to add a comment below. If you work for Salomon, please do update your webpage. You've misspelled your number one lead runner's first name, it is Kilian, not Killian.

[UPDATE : 15/10]
In the beginning of October I received a brand new pair from Salomon. This due to me contacting them and complaining. The shoes are not durable, but they should last longer than 35 km.

5 comments:

  1. Hem.... lurer på om disse skoene også var til utlån på trail touren de arrangerte på øversetertjern. Jeg prøvde dem ikke men slik jeg forsto så vil bruksområdet være svært begrenset da de blir for glatte under normale norske forhold.... og hvis de varer i 35km så er det jo enda en god grunn til ikke å kjøpe dem (selv om de definitivt pirret appetitten min!!).

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    1. Stemmer. Disse var til utlån under touren har jeg fått beskjed om også. De hadde dem kun i mindre størrelser. Det er ikke mye mønster under, så egner seg nok best når det er tørt. Fantastisk gode sko er det uansett, bare veldig dumt at de ikke holder bedre. Jeg ville nok ventet til neste sesong for å se om de kommer med en ny modell som er mer holdbar da.

      # salomon s-lab sense review

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  2. Hadde det ikke vært for at jeg allerede har tre par terrengsko hadde jeg gått for disse: http://www.fresk.no/shop/inov-8-x-talon-212-172p.html
    Samme prinsippene som s-lab, men holdbar!

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    1. 212 gram er nada. Jeg har selv noen inov-8 baregrip 200 som er supre (http://www.zappos.com/inov-8-bare-grip-200). Kanskje jeg skal få meg et par Inov-8 X-Talon 212 også. At mine Sense kun hold 35 km var noe skuffende. Spesielt siden de kostet meg den nette sum av 200 Euro.

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  3. UPDATE:
    After I contacted Salomon and told them about my shoes I'm now getting a brand new pair. They were supposed to last a bit longer than 35 km.

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