My Saucony’s recently reached the 1000km mark and as such I was due to for a replacement. Of all the running shoes I have had these past few years, my Salomon Fellraiser’s always seemed to have the best fit. I love how they grab my foot around the arches while still providing for a generous toe box. Salomon’s are a bit challenging to find, especially with road running not being their product focus, so each time I went to change shoes they were no where to be found. Luckily they opened a small specialty shop in Big City, so tried on and bought a pair of Salomon S-Lab Sonic 2’s. I’ve had them out for a few runs and they are working out well. I’m a hobbiest, and run as much for my mind as my body. With that in mind here a few impressions:
- Beautiful looking shoe. Not a consideration but a nice bonus, especially when they are worn out and are relegated to casual wear.
- Some reviews I read complained about the mesh wearing quickly. If they are half as solid as my Fellraiser’s I will be very pleased; they are a very solid shoe.
- Good solid fit with good support in the heel. They are a lighter shoe and not as stiff as the Fellraiser.
- Laces are very annoying. Standard knots will not do, as they easily come undone mid-run.
- Feel minimalist and don’t offer a lot of cushioning. Coming from Hoka One One’s and my Saucony’s these take some getting used to over longer distances.
- Products like this are always more expensive in Taiwan and seldom have markdowns but even without the Taiwan mark-up they are way too pricey.