I recently moved three miles from my work, but sadly the bus takes a whopping 45 minutes to get me home. Since I am too thrifty to buy a parking pass at the university when I live so close and it doesn’t make sense to drive there since I would just sit in traffic anyway, I’ve been exploring running paths from home and work.
Lucky for me I can connect with a series of amazing trails right from the door of my office, but unfortunately I have 2.6 miles of pavement to contend with.
Good thing I found the Salomon Sense Mantra 3s, they’re lightweight, versatile and great on roads and hard-packed trails. With a 7mm heel to forefoot drop and weighing in around 9 ounces, the Salomon Sense Mantra is good choice between minimalist shoes and clunky tanks and a great natural motion choice for running on light trails and the occasional roads.
The Mantras get high marks in comfort and they’re pretty wide, which is hard to find in trail shoes. I have a difficult time finding shoes wide enough for my size 6 feet; apparently I have very fat yet tiny feet. Since they’re so comfortable, I’ve been taking the Mantras on increasingly steeper and technical terrain, but they don’t have the traction compared to rugged runners like the Salomon Speedcrosses and I already took a good digger trying to descend a steep and wet trail this very morning.
I would recommend the Salomon Sense Mantras as a trainer for door to trail running and as a speedier shoe for short and smooth trail races. I only have about 80 miles on the Mantras so I will update the post on a durability at a later time, but so far like new.
Where to Buy:
- Lightweight at ~9 ounces
- 7mm heel to forefoot drop
- Allows for natural motion
- Ortholite footbed and a dual-density EVA midsole for comfortable cush
- QuickLace closure ensures a secure fit
- ContaGrip Sole allows traction for light trails and is fine-tuned for streets