If you don't know which trail running shoe to buy to run beyond the asphalt, the Salomon Sense Ride 4 is probably a great choice. It works on all terrains without being a specialist in any, it is valid for most distances, it has a contained weight and features a fairly common 8 mm drop. Even if you need it for the most demanding weather conditions, there are versions with the unmistakable Gore-Tex® (GTX) waterproof membrane. If what you are looking for is a specialist shoe for some type of circumstance (such as the S -Lab Sense 8 for racing or the S-Lab Ultra 2 for long distances, or the Speedcross 5 for mud, etc.), it is clear that a versatile shoe like the Sense Ride 4 doesn't fit.
There are not many changes compared to the previous edition Sense Ride 3, although most focus on the upper cut, which is now based on a single-layer mesh that helps greater flexibility and breathability without affecting durability. As usual, the Sense Ride 4 has the French brand's recognizable technologies such as the bootie-type interior (EndoFit™) that prevents the introduction of dust or pebbles, providing greater comfort as well as the great Quicklace™ lacing system made of reliable Kevlar thread that not only offers a personalized fit but also as quickly as possible so that the excess can be collected in the practical pocket that incorporates the tongue to prevent it from getting caught in a branch on the way. The heat-sealed elements that make up the SensiFit™ structure are now more visible with the removal of the second layer of the upper cut.
The rest of the Sense Ride 4 remains practically the same with an Optivibe midsole, which is a combination of well known foams (Energy Cell and Opal) that improve dynamic behavior by better absorbing vibrations in order to reduce muscle fatigue that It has embedded a layer of TPU (ProFeel Film) that not only serves to protect the sole of the foot from sharp elements such as rock edges, but also to provide greater rigidity to the whole. The sole does not change either and continues to use the praised Contagrip® rubber that it shares with its little sister Sense 4 Pro thanks to its great result in both traction and durability. Let's go for a run.
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