Best Salomon Running Shoes for Women

10 Best Salomon Running Shoes for Women for 2019

In 2001, Salomon produced their own trail running shoe and by 2008, trail runners were winning world-class races in them. Swedish runner Emelie Forsberg won every trail race she ever ran from 2012-2014 in Salomons and has been the brand’s ambassador ever since. In 2018, the brand introduced a line of road running shoes and further cemented itself as a name in the running world. So whether you’re a trail-running kind of gal that loves to careen down a mountain or rack up 50+ miles down an endless stretch of road, this brand has a high quality option for you, allowing us to bring you our 10 Best Salomon Running Shoes for Women.

Number 10

Salomon Sonic RA Max

Salomon Sonic RA Max

We start our list with one of Salomon’s new road running options and the Sonic RA Max 2 lives up to its name as the most cushioned of the brand’s shoes—designed for the road runner that needs or wants the most supportive assistance. One form of this assistance comes from the brand’s patented midsole cushioning, using an EVA foam they call EnergyCell+ to provide shock absorption and quick energy return and Opal, another type of patented foam to provide soft cushioning. Together, Salomon calls these two foam layers “Vibe Technology” for their ability to cushion the foot and lessen the jarring vibrations that lead to muscle fatigue and injury. A second supportive device is on the outsole, which has the brand’s new Geometric Decoupling design in which the outsole is split with a ridge that ensures equal distribution of weight and impact. In the RA Max, the Decoupling line is shifted to create more stability in the forefoot. While the Sonic RA Max 2 does not feel like slipping into a pair of pillow-like Hokas and doesn’t provide the guidance of a true stability shoe, devotees of the brand will appreciate it as the most cushioned and supportive Salomon option.

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Number 9

Salomon S/Lab Ultra

Salomon S/Lab Ultra

This shoe is no joke. The “ultra” in its name doesn’t refer to any bells and whistles (though it does have several) but rather what the shoe was designed to do. This bad girl was created for the competitive ultra runner. The S/Lab Ultra 2 is a unisex trail runner that can live up to not only competing in these long distance races, but training for them as well. There is firmer EnergySave foam in the forefoot for protection from rougher ground while the softer EnergyCell+ foam runs through the midfoot for extra softness and support. The upper is a combination of engineered mesh for breathability and Salomon’s Sensifit construction, which is a lightweight overlay that acts as further protection against the elements and provides support. The brand’s Quicklace system provides additional support and a custom fit by using a buckle that is pulled up to cinch the Kevlar cords that act as laces. That same buckle is then pushed down to lock the fit in place and the buckle is stored in a tiny pocket in the shoe’s tongue. Last, but not least, the outsole is made up of Salomon’s Contagrip technology, with a harder density rubber compound along the outside of the sole for durability and a lower density compound up the middle for traction and flexibility. Multidirectional lugs run throughout for superior grip of any terrain. This shoe is considered the crème de la crème of Salomon’s fleet and gives you the best technological advantages with the brand’s reputation for high-quality outdoor equipment. A competitive ultra runner really couldn’t ask for more.

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Number 8

Salomon Speedcross

Salomon Speedcross

The Speedcross has long been considered one of the top trail running shoes in the world and this 5th edition makes use of the latest trends and technology to update a universal favorite. The outsole of the Speedcross 5 is made of Contagrip and has larger lugs than previous models with more space in between for improved grip, toe-off, and braking on any surface from sand to stone. Some stability features were added to this shoe, such as an improved heel counter for a stable stride mile after mile and the Sensifit overlay across the upper helps keep your foot securely in place. The rest of the upper is made up of breathable mesh and the brand’s Quicklace system for additional custom support. Meanwhile, EnergyCell+ cushioning throughout the midsole provides a soft but responsive ride. Once again, the Speedcross 5 delivers as the epitome of a trail running shoe.

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Number 7

Salomon Sense Ride GTX Invisible Fit

Salomon Sense Ride GTX Invisible Fit

Wearing this shoe? Don’t even think about staying home if it’s raining outside. The Sense Ride GTX Invisible Fit was made to withstand deep puddles on the trail and still leave your feet warm and dry. These miracle-workers have a Gore-Tex liner that is adhered to the upper’s mesh, essentially making the shoe waterproof. The Quicklace system solves the problem of laces dragging in the mud and diamond shaped lugs on the Contagrip outsole provide plenty of grip on the slippery ground, including slush and snow. Salomon’s Sense line was developed with ultra runner Kilian Jornet to be a shoe that enhances your natural gait while running, so what the shoe lacks in stability function it makes up for in its intuitiveness and responsiveness. It’s light, strong and waterproof, making mile 32 through the woods in the rain downright enjoyable.

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Number 6

Salomon Sense Pro

Salomon Sense Pro

These babies are light and fast. So much so that they really blend the line with a traditional road racing flat: just enough trail running features are in place on this model to keep you protected while really emphasizing speed. The Sense Pro 3 is not advised for the rockiest terrain but, rather, those courses that are somewhat smoother. The midsole EnergyCell+ cushioning here is thinner than in other models, providing less cushioning and a distinctly firmer support. The mesh upper is lightweight with the brand’s Profeel Film providing a thin protective layer against rocks and debris. As the Sense line of shoes promote a runners natural gait, the shoe has a minimal 4mm drop, which also emphasizes speed through rapid turnovers. The Contagrip outsole here is also noticeably thinner, though the soft rubber lugs still provide good grip on looser ground. If you’re light, fast, and can scramble over smoother terrain like a mountain lion, the Sense Pro 3 will get you across the finish line in record time.

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Number 5

Salomon Ultra Pro

Salomon Ultra Pro

Like its souped-up cousin, the S/Lab Ultra, the Ultra Pro was designed for the long distances of ultra running. While not marketed to professional runners, this shoe is meant for those intrepid souls who, for lack of a better word, are more of a recreational ultra runner. The Sensifit upper is here in this model with “wings” that wrap around the midfoot, providing some stability functioning with extra support over long distances. The firmer EnergySave foam runs throughout but still provides enough cushioning and the Contagrip outsole is still here for great traction on all kinds of terrain. This combination of features renders the Ultra Pro like the Speedcross of the ultra running world; it’s a fantastic all around shoe for these longer distance races.

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Number 4

Salomon XA Elevate GTX

Salomon XA Elevate GTX

This shoe can do a little bit of everything and, because it’s Salomon, it does it all really well. The XA Elevate GTX has the brand’s Contagrip outsole but its lugs are not particularly deep, enabling it to transition to road running with ease while still giving plenty of grip on soft ground or over rocks. The midsole cushioning has the brand’s EnergyCell+ cushioning for softness, but also has a layer of firmer foam between the mid and outsoles that Salomon calls the “Advanced Chassis” for firmer support. This latest edition of the XA Elevate gets the GTX in its name from the Gore-Tex liner under the upper’s mesh to keep your feet warm and dry while the Sensifit overlays, Quicklace system and Profeel toecap provide structure, support, and protection against debris. This shoe gives you the gift of spontaneity: if you want to veer off the road for a trail through the woods, it will be there for you on every step of the adventure.

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Number 3

Salomon Predict RA

Salomon Predict RA

The second road running option on our list is Salomon’s contribution to stability shoes but the Predict RA approaches stability differently than other brands. Rather than utilizing dense foams and stiff guidance mechanisms, the Predict RA uses smaller adaptive tweaks to create a stability shoe that guides you towards your most beneficial stride, not a standardized ideal. The EnergyCell+ midsole cushioning is etched with grooves that correspond to the joints and anatomy of your foot, helping to guide your stride forward, as opposed to pronating to either side, and creating a firmer feel that settles in comfortably as you run. Similarly, the Contagrip outsole has an advanced version of the brand’s Geometric Decoupling design, with multiple lines and grooves that mirror those in the midsole to further channel your personal gait forward. The upper is also in sync with these mechanisms by utilizing the brand’s 360 Degree Articulated Fit, which is a thickly-molded fabric heel as opposed to a heel counter, to provide guidance and compliment the more flexible mesh of the rest of the upper. Standard laces complete the package to create a road running stability shoe that can rival any Asics or New Balance model out there.

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Number 2

Salomon S/Lab Sense 7

Salomon S/Lab Sense 7

Like the S/Lab Ultra 2, this runner up to the best Salomon running shoe was designed for the elite athlete, only this time for trail running. The S/Lab Sense 7 is as light as a feather so it doesn’t weigh you down getting to the finish line and, like the other Sense models, is created to correspond with the runner’s natural gait. There are no corrective measures like a heel counter in this shoe and the heel toe drop is a minimal 4mm. Consequently, you get a great feel for the terrain and the EnergyCell+ midsole cushioning also gives plenty of energy return. The Contagrip outsole is here too but in the name of speed, the lugs are not too big and bulky. They give you the grip you need without slowing you down in the least. The inside of the upper is designed with Salomon’s Endofit sockliner, providing a welcome hug for your foot in this somewhat minimalist trail racer. The brand’s Quicklace system and a snug but breathable mesh round out the upper and complete a shoe that is the very essence of what an elite trail runner could want.

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Number 1

Salomon XA Pro 3D

Salomon XA Pro 3D

On a list of shoes that are considered to be among the best made in the world, for some of the toughest runners in the world, the XA Pro 3D comes in at number one because it has a little bit of all the things that make Salomon running shoes so great. This is a trail running shoe for everyone from enthusiasts to athletes and, for that reason, it’s one of the most popular trail running shoes worldwide. The Contagrip outsole is here, with lugs large enough to withstand any type of terrain or weather from dry desert sand to wet rainy mountainsides. The EnergyCell+ cushioning is also here with the brand’s Advanced Chassis between the mid and outsoles, like the XA Elevate GTX, to provide stability and maintain forward motion even on the longest uphill battles. The upper has a good amount of Salomon’s Sensifit molding around it for maximum support, while the rest of the upper’s synthetic mesh keeps debris out while allowing air to flow in, keeping your feet dry and protected. For additional protection, the toecap has extra reinforcement and the Quicklace system makes tripping on dirty laces a consideration of the past. When you put these on, you can “play in the outdoors” in the true Salomon way: in shoes that were created with the best in technology and materials to make you the best runner you can be.

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