Salomon has for a long time been a well-respected and sought after brand as they are known in the community for their exceptional trail running shoes, gear and apparel. In recent years, they have introduced a number of road running shoes which are sure to make an impression.
One such shoe is the Sonic Pro 2, a lightweight, neutral trainer designed for faster-paced efforts like racing and performance.
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Release date: Spring 2017
Type: Neutral, lightweight trainer
Heel-to-toe drop: 8 mm (24 mm to 16 mm)
Weight: Men’s: 8.4 oz./240g (size 9), Women’s: 6.7 oz/190g (size 9)
Price (MSRP): $190
Terrain tested: Road
Kilometres tested: 96
The shoe features an abundance of unique and Salomon-specific features and technology including Sensifit and Endofit which work together to lock the foot into place and provides a snug and secure fit. If you’re someone who experiences a lot of foot slippage during the run, this feature will solve those problems. A seamless and uber-breathable upper makes for maximal ventilation even on those long, hot summer runs. That lightweight construction also means the shoe will dry out in no time. Finally, the “Vibe” technology is a combination of related technologies that work together to minimize the energy lost through natural vibrations that occur while running.
One thing that is notably different about this shoe versus others in the brand’s line-up is that unlike the majority of Salomon trail shoes, the Sonic Pro 2 forgoes the Quicklace system and instead uses a traditional (and extremely lightweight) lacing system. That’s a win. We feel that this more traditional feature is generally preferred by road runners.
Combined, the Sonic Pro 2 offers a stiff but supportive ride with minimal added cushioning in an exceptionally lightweight package. This makes for a quick and speedy shoe that is great for faster efforts including workouts and races. So specialized is the Sonic Pro 2 that we generally wouldn’t recommend it as an everyday trainer but rather recommend it for workout days and races.