I recently got a happy package in the mail: A pair of Sense Mantra trail running shoes from Salomon Sports. You might know this company for all of the great ski gear it makes, but trail runners and other off-trail athletes know this company for a whole line of other well-regarded products.
Getting a chance to work with the company in testing these shoes is a privilege, and hopefully I can give you some insight on what Salomon is trying to do with this shoe. The one thing I can tell you: Salomon is looking to strike a balance between low-drop shoes with high performance and “trail feel” while also protecting runners’ feet.
So look for a couple of reviews on these kicks soon: One on initial quality, and down the road, another that looks at more long-term durability and performance. Until then, these puppies are going to get some serious trail time.
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