Salomon Sense Mantra Trail-Running Shoes - Men's Specs
Polyester mesh/thermoplastic urethane overlays
1 lb. 3 oz.
Running shoe type
Average footwear weight (pair)
Salomon Sense Mantra Trail-Running Shoes - Men's
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Salomon Sense Mantra Trail-Running Shoes - Men'sis rated4.5455out of5by11.
Rated4out of5byFFTorchedfromA Hybrid ShoeSalomon shoes are typical to most European shoes where they feel a bit small and narrow. I am a huge fanboy of the Salomon Speedcross 3, so I know to buy large when I buy Salomons. The first thing I noticed about the the construction is you kind of slide into it like a slipper because of the closed tongue. I bought this shoe for an upcoming road marathon, so I wanted a shoe that would not be useless to me after the road race. I find the shoe quite adept to handling pavement, and still can tear it up on the trail. So far I've put about 40 miles on them and I'm happy with them.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated5out of5byJoe MofromUltralight, well-structured, grippy.I wanted a combination of super light weight a la FiveFingers, and a narrow-ish fit. These are exactly it.
Lighter shoes like FiveFingers (which I used for two years before this) are easier on my knees which tend to get patellofemoral irritation. But for any run over three miles on concrete with FiveFingers, my feet start to hurt; and for runs or walks in the woods, sticks get stuck between the toes; and toe socks are a pain to put on. So I decided to move back to more conventional shoe structure.
At REI, I tried these, a pair of Sportiva Wildcats, and some other shoes (one by Brooks, one by Merrell). The Wildcats were nice, but a bit heavier and stiff. The Brooks had an asymmetrical lace and pulled on one side of my foot. These were goldilocks, just right.
I've run at least a few dozen miles on these, and they feel just right. I also took them on a three-day 18-mile backpacking trip in Yosemite, and they worked quite well for that. Although they vent well, the sealed part of the shoe extends fairly high up, so I could stomp through wet and snowy (1-3") sections of trail without getting wet feet.
The sole is quite grippy with a medium-heavy tread. For pure road running, it seems like might would wear out more quickly; so probably this is best for those planning to do a significant amount of trail running.
The tying mechanism is convenient, faster than lacing -- especially for adjustments, no untie-retie -- and also makes it easy to slip on the shoe and walk around casually without having to cinch it down.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated5out of5byMichel de CopacabanafromSneaker kickAs usual, Salomon shoes/sneakers have great support and high arch support, and that is true of the Sense Mantra. Very snug fit. The Sense Mantra is also lighter than the rest of the Salomon line. Overall, a groovy foot experience.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated5out of5byedmahoney1805fromSolid ShoeI bought these after wearing out a previous pair of Salomon. Very happy with the brand for trail running shoes. The tongue on this shoe tends to fold down and I need to straighten it out before lacing, not a big deal. It's also a bit short when trying to tuck the speed lace into the flap. Almost a cosmetic flaw and might just be my shoe, but great trail shoe.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated5out of5byAlaska DustinfromLightweight, good traction, comfortableI've had these shoes about a month, and thus far love them. I've had quick-lace shoes before, but were never very impressed with them; I'm not sure how these ones are different, but I'm totally sold. They snug up quickly and the fit feels perfect.
The traction on these is also great, without the need for big lugs. I used to have the La Sportiva Wildcats which had equally good traction but I feel like the lugs stuck out a bit too much and occasionally caught on something.
They're nice and lightweight, and dry pretty quickly-- I just ran a backcountry race with a bunch of stream crossings and a river crossing and it was really nice to not feel like I was lugging around a pound of water all day.
The only thing I'm not sure about is durability-- they're so lightweight that it's hard for me to imagine them lasting a long time, but only time will tell.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated5out of5byMore Miles is More FunfromOne of my top 2 shoes for long trailnot the best traction in mud, but you need lugs for that... besides that, these shoes are awesome. I've gone up to 30-ish mile distances without issue, but at that point my feet started feeling fatigued (they're not super cushioned, but just enough IMHO). The lacing system is second to none. Rock plate is great, fit is superb... really feels like they hug your mid foot. It's a toss-up between these and the N2's for my favorite trail shoe... N2's have better grip, but feel slower and more water-logged. These feel light and are a better door-to-trail option.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated3out of5byesaufrompay attention to pinch spots!I was pretty excited about these, but unfortunately they didn't work out with my particular foot shape.
For context, I tend to run in lighter, more flexible shoes, but the upper on my current favorite for longer distances (20 miles or more) -- new balance 1010 -- starts to fall apart after maybe 100-150 miles. The Mantra is stiffer, but still relatively light, and felt great when I pulled them on at home. BUT, on only my second run in them (11-ish miles on rolling woodsy trails, not too rugged) I got a bad blister on top of my foot, right at the proximal knuckle at the base of the big toe. The thicker material wrapping the mid part of the shoe for lacing stops right about there, and so the thinner fabric material over the toes folds pretty deeply as the shoe/foot flexes with every step. I imagine most people won't have this issue, but if you have a particularly knobby shaped foot at this spot like I do you might have a similar problem.
Otherwise they seemed like they would have been great. Traction was fantastic. They weren't very clunky feeling even compared to the floppy "minimalist" shoes I've been running lately.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated5out of5byTrail Runner LancefromLight, fast and tough.I have been running trails for about a year and have had great success with the La Sportiva Wildcat. However, I was looking for something a little lighter and with less cushioning but not a minimalist shoe. This shoe has that great balance between durability and lightweight. No issues with the quick lace system and get a great fit. Toebox is roomy. I find the sole thickness is perfect, a little protection but not a lot of cushioning. Also has a "rock plate" or profilm as they call it and have no issues with smaller sharp rocks poking my feet. The bottom of the shoe doesn't look like it has agressive traction, but I have yet to have any issues with grip or bite on most surfaces; mud might be an issue though. I am not a lightwieght trail runner (5'10" 220lbs) but find these hold up to the abuse I can throw at them. At the time of this review, I really don't see many specific cons and would certainly buy another pair when these wear out.
Date published: 2013-04-19
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Salomon Sense Mantra Trail-Running Shoes - Men's Customer Reviews