Salomon Sense Mantra Review

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Salomon Sense Mantra



  • April 2013


The Sense Mantra trail shoe is a door to trail version of the S-Lab Sense minimal shoe.   In this shoe, there is a  little more rubber in the outsole so that it will work for more runners, especially those who run a mile or two on the roads between their home and the trailhead.

The Sense Mantra features a 7 mm heel-to-toe drop, so runners may adjust to the minimalist platform more quickly than in more minimal footwear.   This trail shoe offers a lot of protection from both rocks and sticks.  There is a layer of flexible, puncture-proof material which offers great protection from trail debris.

This shoe brings your feet closer to the ground without feeling all the rock debris on the ground and allows for a soft cushioned trail run.   The Mantra felt like a lightweight training shoe and provided good protection and neutral cushioning for my longer runs.   A low heel-to-toe offset promotes a mid-to-forefoot strike.

These shoes felt good for mid to long trail training runs. These were a good option for making a translational shoe in moving from a normal trail shoe to a more minimalist trail shoe. Also, I have used them for a few half marathons which the shoe felt light and fast.



  • Weight: 9.5 oz (size 9)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 7 mm
  • Available Widths: D=Medium, 2E=Wide
  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Colors : Black-Green/Black-Light-Blue




  • Open Mesh throughout the upper provides breathability
  • Sensifit on the upper wrap the foot for a close, secure fit
  • Endofit a sock like upper that yields unmatched comfort and fit
  • Gusseted Tongue keeps shoe free from rock debris
  • Quicklace made from durable Kevlarand provides easy shoe entry/exit
  • Lace Pocket secures laces while running
  • OrthoLite Sockliner composed of anti-bacterial material for reduced odor and moisture wicking


  • Pro-prioception features a low heel-to-toe offset to promote mid-foot striking
  • OS Tendon flexible tendon system that provides stretch and balance during the heel-to-toe transition
  • ProFeel Film a thin midsole film which provides midfoot protection without losing ground feel


  • Contagrip is a uniquely designed outsole of differing densities, providing durable traction over varying terrains
  • Dynamic Traction offset lugs which provide unparalleled grip on hard, wet, and loose surfaces


  • Durable: Good arch support
  • Comfort: Pronation Control
  • Contagrip Outsole: Good cushioning on forefoot
  • Wide Toe Area: Provides exceptional room for toes
  • Blown Rubber Forefoot: Lightweight and cushioned
  • Sensifit: Provides foot for a close, secure fit



  • Distance Trail running, Training



  • A lightweight option for runners looking to go more minimal




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