Salomon Sense Mantra, $120
9.6 oz.; 8.8 oz.
Fit: The Sense Mantra boasts a medium-fitting heel and a reliably snug midfoot that locks down to a glove-like fit, and a high-volume toe box
Feel: These are part of Salomon’s road-to-trail line and have a less burly feel than many of the brand’s mountain runners. They feel firm and neutral with a 6mm drop and good ground awareness. If you like running sans socks, you’ll love the seamless construction and sock sleeve.
Ride: Trails are about the journey, and the playfully responsive feel to the Sense Mantra makes for an enjoyable partner on the way. While these work just fine for heel strikers, they are designed for efficient midfoot runners, with a protective film from the midfoot forward. Multi-directional lugs run the length of the shoe for stability and traction when you need it.