Previously I had not enjoyed some of my forays into the Salomon line. I liked the Sense Mantra OK, and had a brief flirtation with the Sense Ride (I think), but found many of their other offerings, like the XA Pro and the Wings Pro, to be very stiff and unresponsive. Plus I find their naming system to be incredibly confusing. So I was a bit apprehensive when this partnership was announced. Fortunately mears fears were unfounded. I've fallen in love with two different models this year and wound up turning in the majority of my 2018 miles in Salomons.
|My Sonic RA Pros after their muddy maiden voyage|
As I geared up for Leadville, however, I knew I'd need a shoe with a little more heel-toe differential to protect my Achilles over 100 miles, and I definitely wanted a little more cushioning than the Sonic RA Pro could provide. I considered using the inov-8 Roclite 280s, which I'd used at Bandera in 2016, or the Race Ultra 290s, which I'd used at Rocky Raccoon in 2017. But the Race Ultras had been feeling a bit clunky recently, and so after OutdoorFest I started putting in miles in the S/Lab Ultra. I think it took two runs for me to be certain that these were my shoes for Leadville.
|My trusty S/Lab Ultras in action at Leadville|
photo: Joe Azze
But I still hate the naming system.