Gear Reviews Hiking and Camping

Salomon S Lab Ultra – Shoe Review

Salomon S Lab Ultra – Shoe Review

Salomon’s Latest S-LAB Ultra Could Be The Secret Weapon You’ve Been Searching For

When legendary French athlete Francois D’haene provides invaluable input into the design and testing, it’s no wonder the S-Lab Ultra feels like a race-winning shoe the moment you slip it on.

Salamon has been at the leading edge when it comes to running and trail running shoes for years, with numerous race wins under their belt whilst adorning some of the worlds top athletes. It’s no wonder that when they release a new line we all get a little bit excited.

First Impressions

The S-Lab Ultra is a good looking shoe with an aggressive tread, an elegant quick lace system and a hefty and stable looking heel design, all wrapped up in a bright and very attractive looking design. But we were particularly excited to find out that ultra trail runner legend Francois D’haene had direct input into the design of these shoes, working closely with the Salomon R&D team.

After winning multiple ultra-marathons in recent years, many have wondered what Francois D’haene’s secret weapon is. It turns out that he was wearing prototypes of these shoes!

S-LAB Ultra
With direct design input from the legend, Francois D’haene, the Salomon S-Lab Ultra has got it where it counts. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon


The S/LAB Ultra has been built so that each shoe size meets the needs of the runner wearing them. For sizes above 10 UK, Salomon designers increased the shoe stack height to have more proportional cushioning for runners who have longer feet and are slightly heavier.

Custom Fit

The Salomon S-Lab Ultra incorporates several unique features which go towards making an incredibly comfortable shoe.  First off, the Sensifit™ system essentially wraps and cradles the foot, providing a snug and secure feeling from the midsole all the way to the lacing system.

Secondly, the S-Lab Ultra features Salomons Endofit™ inner sleeve design. This neoprene style material hugs the foot like a glove, improving the foot wrapping sensation and heightening trail feedback.

The toe box has the traditional Salomon shape, so if you prefer a wider square toe box, these may not work for you.

S-LAB Ultra
The combination of the Endofit and Sensifit system makes for an incredibly comfortable shoe. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
S-LAB Ultra
Salomons Endofit™ inner sleeve wraps your foot like a glove. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Lacing Up

The S-Lab Ultra features a minimalistic yet incredibly efficient and durable Quicklacesystem. Salomon has been using this system in their runners over the past few years and it makes a lot of sense in these particular running shoes.

The Salomon S-Lab Ultra has been designed for wet weather, so they need to be able to cope with wet conditions such as running through streams. Traditional laces will soak up the water and flap around, adding extra weight to the shoe. The minimalistic Quicklace™ design does away with all that.

S-LAB Ultra
The quicklace system makes for a clutter free shoe and is ideal for wet weather running. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon


On each side of the shoe is what Salomon call Sensifit arms. These link to the Quicklace eyelets so when you pull on the Quicklace, the Sensifit wraps the foot to help deliver a precise foothold and footstrike.

Coupled with this is the advanced super-light chassis, which delivers an efficient, stable, and responsive ride. The chassis maximises motion control, energy management and push through protection.

Salomon has added an Energysave® foam insert in the forefoot for long-lasting cushioning and protection from rocks and rough ground, plus an Energy Cell+ foam in the bottom section, ensuring a smooth and consistent ride.

S-LAB Ultra
The S-Lab Ultra features fantastic levels of heel support. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon


The outsole uses a Contagrip® material that combines three major components: density, compound and geometry, to keep you in control on the trails and provide maximum comfort and protection.

For excellent traction and durability, especially in wet conditions, the lugs on the heel use a reverse design, giving them superior grip abilities, especially on downhill sections. 

S-LAB Ultra
Aggressive reverse lugs on the rear of the shoe for great downhill traction. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Out On The Trails

We took the S-Lab Ultra out for a few tests at our local trails which have a good mix of up, down and rocky terrain. First off, the S-Lab Ultra feels amazingly light! So much so, I felt an increased sense of energy and forward spring out on the trails.

Energy Efficient

Another area that became obvious was the level of support and comfort the S-Lab Ultra provided. I felt I had more energy and was having to focus hard on not turning my jog into a full-on sprint. The Endofit and Sensifit technology made the shoe feel incredibly comfortable even on longer runs.

Those features alone added a degree of comfort, support and trail feedback that was instantly noticeable and not simply a marketing gimmick.

Pushing Limits

On steeper and loose downhill sections, the aggressive reverse lugs on the rear of the shoe kept me upright and grounded and I was able to push it a little more than usual. The super-stiff heel area kept my foot in check on off-camber, steep and rocky sections, even on wet days.


The S-Lab has an impressive amount of protection for such a lightweight shoe. The toe area, heel and chassis all provided me with high levels of protection and support from multi-directional impacts. During the tests, I smashed my foot several times and cringed as I stepped down on sharp-edged rocks, but the pain never came.

S-LAB Ultra
The stiff chassis provides high levels of impact protection and rigidity on rocky and off-camber surfaces. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
S-LAB Ultra
Endofit and Sensifit technology made the shoe feel incredibly comfortable on longer runs. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon


  • MIDSOLE HEIGHT: 26mm/18mm (8mm drop)
  • OUTSOLE: Premium Wet Traction Contagrip®
  • MIDSOLE: Compressed EVA, EnergyCell +, Dual Density Compressed EVA, Grading Construction
    Energy Save
  • CHASSIS: Profeel Film
  • SOCKLINER: Anatomical EVA footbed
  • WEIGHT: 300g

Where To Buy / Price

Available now at most good sports shops.

Price: $$289.95AUD approx

Salomon® is a world leader in adventure sports footwear. Since 1947, the company has built a reputation for quality and innovation, manufacturing leading-edge footwear for hiking, climbing and trail running.


  • 9/10
    Aesthetics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Weight - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Lacing - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Support - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Grip - 9/10


The Salomon S-Lab Ultra is an incredibly stealthy trail running shoe. Lightweight, supportive and comfortable with massive amounts of grip, ideal for all weather but especially wet conditions.

If you’re looking for a lightning fast shoe but don’t want to sacrifice support and protection, then the S-Lab Ultra could be the shoe for you with its perfect balance of weight to power ratio.

With legendary ultra trail runner Francois D’haene having direct input into the design, you can guarantee it’s a podium winning formula.

Jason Lorch

Chief Editor at Tyres and Soles
Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I'm also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them. So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.
Jason Lorch

Latest posts by Jason Lorch (see all)

Follow @tyresandsoles
  • If you've got a crush on your bike, then treat it with the @krushoz cleaning products, it would be rude not to. 😍 | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • The Michelin Wild Enduro tyres offer a magical mix of grip, strength and speed like no other tyre we’ve tested. 🤟 #Yiiew | Photo; @richardmcgibbon | Rider: Jason Lorch
  • Swipe right to see what can be stored in the Evoc HIP PACK PRO
  • Remember to keep well lubed throughout winter!💦 Nobody wants to suffer from a stiff, dry and noisy drivetrain whilst out riding🙅🏻‍♂️The @peatysproducts Link Lube is an anti-corrosive, fast penetrating, water displacing oil which will find it's way into every nook and cranny of your chain. @jimtopliss 📷
#linklube #peatys #chainlube #drivetrain #happydrivetrain #dhmtbiking #bikeporn #lubeitup #lube #lubey #link #chain #oil #enduromtb #mtbenduro #wintermtb #dirtbike #dirt #bikelife #mtblife
  • ATTENTION TRAIL RUNNERS! Here's a sneak peek of Salomons latest Speedcross shoe.


For trail runners seeking, superior grip, stability and rugged protection from the elements. Runners who like to go fast on and off trails in tough and challenging terrain. For outdoor enthusiasts who want the performance of a running shoe with low-to-the-ground manoeuvrability and ultimate grip, look no further than the latest iteration of Salomon most popular trail shoe - The Salomon Speedcross 5. | Athlete/tester: Hannah Porteous | Photos: 📸 @richardmcgibbon 
@salomonrunning @salomon #trailrunning #sydneytrailrunners

The Osprey Renn 65 is designed specifically for women as a lightweight, durable & comfortable pack, full of features to make the most of every hiking adventure. Featuring a LightWire peripheral frame that provides stability and comfort at a fraction of the weight of packs in similar ranges. The Renn 65 is a very capable and comfortable pack for single to multi-day hikes. 🤟 📸 @sydney_trail_sisters
  • Holy guacamole! @ospreypacks have done it again. This is one hell of a pack. The “Aether Pro 70” rocked our world, will it rock yours? We think it will. 🙌 FULL REVIEW coming soon!!! | 📸 @ianganderton
  • The MTB @deuter backpacks have been designed from the ground up to handle the specific needs of mountain biking such as; load carrying specifications, comfort, hydration and all-day performance on the trails. | Riders: @karen_eller_mountainbike and Tanja Hendrysiak riding the amazing trails around Lake Molveno! 💪🏼 -----
#deuterbackpack #itsgreatoutthere #traveladventure  #traveltales #outdoorlife #bicycletouring #bikinglife #mountainbiking
  • Dreamy loam is hard to beat when it comes to riding surfaces and the Aquila feels right at home digging through it! 💥 #onzatires #loam
  • Check out the full review in our bio 👍. Have you tried merino? Generally, you can get a bit smelly with synthetic fabrics whereas @monsroyale merino handles body odours very well. We experienced zero odours on the trails or in the car on the way home where it usually starts to pong. We felt as fresh as when we first pulled them on. The beauty of this is that you don't need to bring a change of clothing with you. You can hop off the bike and into the local bar or cafe without clearing the place out. | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • Fusing function and form, @monsroyale merino clothing is a natural, biodegradable and sustainable fibre that outperforms man-made fabrics. Mons Royale clothing is continually tested and refined to ensure it's the best match for your body and performance. | Photos: @richardmcgibbon
  • Testing the Michelin Wild Enduro tyres. Praise the knobbly gods. 🙌 These things are gripper than spider-man’s palm gunk. @michelinbicycle |  Photo: @richardmcgibbon