SALOMON ULTRA GLIDE: 32 MM OF CUSHIONING FOR MAXIMALIST TRAILRUNING.

SALOMON ULTRA GLIDE: 32mmof cushioning. New maximum trail running shoe. Our TRAIL SHOES section is now thoroughly reviewing a great novelty of the French brand’s catalogue. The Ultra Glide arrives with a very prominent cushioning. No less than 26mm in the front and 32mm in heel, with a drop of 6mm.

A long running shoe for paths and trails. The set is completed with a Contagrip MA sole, sister of the already classic Sense Ride range, as well as the use of cable laying and sense fit support, among other classics of the brand.

SALOMON TRAIL RUNNING 2021-22
A WIDE RANGE, EVERY DAY MORE COMPLETE.

Salomon, a leading French trail running brand, updated several models from its catalog for this 2021-22 and also launches a new maximalist model for ultras. With a huge catalog for all kinds of runner and today we bring you a set of models for 2021 so that you can choose what best suits you.

Oh! And for those who believe that Salomon is an expensive brand, let us remind you that they have several shoes at an economical price and with top quality materials that do not past 100€, such as the Salomon Trailster 100€ or Salomon Alphacross 90 €.


SALOMON ULTRA GLIDE: 32 MM OF CUSHIONING

Today we start the review of the salomon 2021-22 novelties with its most outstanding news. The new Salomon Ultra Glide. A maximalist shoe with numbers that Salomon is not used to. Remember that salomon’s heights have been the most consistent in the entire market for 10 years. The ground height used to range from 16-20mm to 20-24mm at the back, while the sole width was almost uniform at 10.5cm front and 8.5cm at the back.

However, we have seen many evolutions of special interest to arrive to many more runners. Thus, Not long ago we presented the Salomon Slab Ultra 3, a competition shoe for ultras of higher price, and of course the thorough test of the Salomon Ultra Pro, seeking to expand the segment of ultra runners who chose the brand.

However, the ultra segment that bets on large cushioning with medium and low drops only grows: 0-6mm drops and with a cushioning to the ground equal to or greater than 30mm. A category whose first models we could see both in the Americans of Altra Running, with zero drop, and in the French of Hoka One One.

It is logical, then, for the market leader to launch an altenrative by 2021-22: The Salomon Ultra Glide that will complement the shoe range for the ultra distance offering us more cushioning.

SALOMON ULTRA GLIDE: DATA SHEET.

  • Price: 140€. Average price for the French giant’s range. Very competitive with its rivals.
  • Weight: 260 grams. A meritorious weight for shoes with so much height to the ground. Now, both Altra, Hoka and NB hang out with rivals like the Fresh Foam Trail V1, for example.
  • Ground height: 26mm-32mm. With almost 50% more than the usual 18mm in Salomon, quite a step. However, it is not a forced height, since models like the Altra Olympus years ago since they offer up to 32mm in front.
  • Laces: Salomon Quicklace.
  • Sole: Ma Countergrip: Well known already, for its success in Salomon Sense Ride, among other shoes in the range.
  • Lugs: 3.5mm-4mm mids, Logical in a shoe that wants to be light for running on firm ground.

SALOMON ULTRA GLIDE: CONCLUSION

An almost obligatory launch for the market leader. And well worked. The volumes of maximalist shoes in ultra are becoming more dominant every day. In particular, American races are dominated by the Altra Platoon, Hoka which have even been imposed today on large hiking trips such as the Appalachian Trail, dominated by the Altra Lone Peak 4.

Now, once Salomon launches himself, he seems to have done his numbers right. The whole shoe is very technically competitive for the balance between price, weight, ground height. And it offers Salomon technology well known and valued by many mountain runners. Just as NB did by launching its maximalist Fresh Foam Trail, pioneers Altra and Hoka now face strong rivals. And I… I’m glad, because with this biggest and best offer we all win.

Now, we only have to shoot it thoroughly for you and publish our results as always here. We’ll keep you informed.


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Post by Héctor Rubio for Trailrunningspain