Almost 2 months ago Salomon sent me an e-mail stating that i am one of the 106 (actually 105 + Killian Jornet ) lucky person that will have the limited edition Salomon S-Lab Sense with special inside designed by Killian Jornet and dedicated to his epic WS100 victory.
Think about me… 🙂 I was delighted… Mad… Joyfull… Since i have met Salomon as a brand in 2004 almost 8 years ago, i felt in love and it is my true love mark that i follow, breathe, research everyday about it… I was writing articles about my Salomon gear, spreading my passion about it, telling about product quality…
I was doing this because i love it and share it through my blog. I was sharing to get few other to love it as well. I introduced the new models to first Turkish Trail runner community. I was only had buy them from abroad when i was visiting due to my business trips. Then Salomon Turkey helped me to test few and equipped me with some stuff wen i was heading to UTMB CCC in 2010.
When i came to the UK for my new work, i had chance to introduce my trail running blog posts, gear reviews to the British running community and this took attention where this was one of the best rewards i have ever got due to my blog posts and patient and passionate investing on my articles. Thank You Salomon Trail Running !
Lets come back to the shoe passing my over joy a little bit a side 🙂 This is a special shoe where it is only been produced 106 pairs. And number 1 belongs to Killian Jornet and number 50 belongs to me 🙂
WHY 106 PAIRS ?
This is something that most of the people might not exactly knew ? If you have been following Salomon Facebook Pages and comments regularly, this was once discussed. 106 the distance (in miles) of the WS100 and the UTMB, 6 miles corresponding to the +2 Killian has done at the WS when he got lost and the +4 additional the organizers of the UTMB added because of weather conditions. This is a good catch and idea where states all the official victory miles that is done by this shoe on Killian`s feet.
Unfortunately the shoes are only in 9 US – 8.5 in UK size. I am 9.5 in US so i can not fit my feet inside 🙂 This is a ultimate collectioners item, i would ask people not to lose or destroy this and leave to their children in the future telling about Salomon and Killian. 🙂
SHOES in DETAIL
This proven shoe played a key role in helping Kilian Jornet win the 2011 WS100 and UTMB. Low, light and fast, the Salomon S-LAB Sense is a top-level race shoe designed with involvement of top athletes to allow natural foot motion and forefoot running. It has a seamless construction with a breathable open mesh upper. It provides a seamless fit with SENSIFIT™ Technology and protective TPU toe cap. It has a lace pocket with the Salomon QUICKLACE™ system and a tongue cover. This shoe has dynamic traction and facilitates lightweight racing.
- Weight: 6.9 OZ (Size 9M) (Unisex sizing)
- Upper: 2nd skin, seamless construction, breathable open mesh, seamless Sensifit, protective TPU Toe Cap, lace pocket, quicklace, Tongue cover, Endofit, Racing last.
- Sole Construction: Outsole – Non-Marking Contragrip, OS Tendon, Dynamic Traction. Midsole – Profeel.
- Midsole Height: 9mm/13mm
- MSRP: $200
MORE TECHNICAL SPECS
– 2nd Skin Seamless construction
– Breathable open mesh
– Seamless Sensifit
– Protective TPU toe cap
– Lace Pocket
– Quicklace system
– Tongue cover
– Racing last
|SOLE CONSTRUCTION OUTSOLE:- Non-marking Contragrip
– OS Tendon
– Light weight racing
– Dynamic Traction
The shoe is incredibly light. You can not imagine how light it is before taking to your hand. I showed the shoe to both runners and non runners where all of them could not believed the weight of the shoe. 6.5 ounces (185 grams) for a men’s US 9 !
Bright red color and plain white without any addition of any colors was this years selection. Regarding to the clothes and gear that Killian was using in the Western States, Killian was mostly minimalist during this epic victory as the first European. His sleeveless special top, short cut shorts, and minimalist hand soft flasks and hat… This shoe was the perfect add up to his binding with nature and getting the revenge from last years mistakes in Western states 2010 where he was 3rd.
On the review of irunfar, Bryon Powell states the heel drop and the design behind it as follows:
“It’s a low-to-the-ground 9 mm in the forefoot and 13 mm in the heel for a 4 mm heel-to-toe drop. Anyone who’s seen Kilian run knows that he’s a featherweight, efficient, forefoot runner so why isn’t this a zero-drop shoe you ask? Well, because it’s designed to race 100 miles or more and Kilian wanted a 4 mm drop for the kilometers after mile 80. There’s something to be said for a little extra protection, even on a non-technical course”.
One of the important things regarding this shoe is that Killian can wear these without socks as he likes running like that. so actually the shoe is designed to wear it without socks. The upper part of the inside of the shoe and sides are padded. Salomon calls this EndoFit which is so comfortable.
Another important feature for the limited edition is the small map that Killian draw for his Western states Run inside the shoe.
Map indicates where to take action, where is snowy and where are the checkpoints. It is a quite good thing to see what Killian did on his 100 mile journey.
Some of the great ultra running sites have reviewed the shoe in detail as well. So i just wanted to show them as well for giving a credit to their efforts.
SALOMON S-LAB SENSE LIVE EVENT
Salomon team also did a great PR around Facebook and launched the first online live shoe review by S-Lab engineers and designers hosted by Vollet Greg, Marketing Manager of Salomon in Annecy. More than 500 people were at the same time watching the event sometimes peaking to more. On below you can find a one hour video of this event.
“For three years we worked with Kilian, frequently stripping pieces from our existing shoes, reducing heel drop, and making small changes. Finally, we decided to create something totally new. Everything on the new Sense has a purpose, nothing extra was added. Kilian’s results with the shoe speak for themselves.” – Jeff Dill, Salomon Running Product Manager
The event was great as not only watching the event but you can type, ask questions to Killian and S-Lab team at the same time and most of the questions was answered. I hope, Salomon would like to do events like this to showcase their shes for the first time to public, which might creative an incredibly hype.
Other fellow prominent running sites and magazines had great reviews starting with whom has showed the first closer look video of this new shoe.
Video Review by Castleberg Outdoors (James Kenyon)
Video Review by IrunFar.com
Video Review by Trail running (Spanish)
Video Review by Running Shoes
LIMITED EDITION GIVE AWAY CAMPAIGNS
Some of the web sites and also magazines have given pairs with campaigns. Salomon Facebook Fan Page still has a live campaign on their FB page till to end of April 2012. This might lead you to win one of the 9 limited edition shoes left 🙂
You can look to
HOW TO BUY ?
Definately you will have chance to buy this shoe from retailers of Salomon after May. But if you want to get them first you have to pre order to some selected reetailers. As me being part of their amateur racing team Castleberg Outdoors are also having collecting demands for this shoes. Go to their web site by to order.
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