While cruising RnR Philly Expo I came across the Salming Booth, their bright illuminating colors screamed for my attention, so I heeded the call and tried on a few of their kicks. I was impressed with the feel of their shoes, "No Nonsense" approach to running and was eager to discover more about the company.
After the RnR Philly Half I contacted Salming to learn more about the brand and an opportunity to review the Distance and share my findings with you and they agreed-the receipt of the shoes came without any strings and did not influence my review.
|Salming "No Nonsense" Shoes for "No Nonsense Runners"|
Introducing the Salming Distance a bright sleek elegant looking shoe that feels great underfoot and up top. The Distance features a 3 Layer Construction, the first mesh layer adds comfort, while the middle stabilizes lateral movement and reduces pressure on the foot. The final translucent mesh layer wraps the remainder of the shoe. Instead of traditional eyelets the Distance utilizes a tab hooped lacing system and a adequate mesh tongue to lock your foot in place.
Salming uses a standard 5mm drop in all their shoes that set up a natural running posture, allowing a correct forward lean. After logging several miles in the Distance I didn't experience any bunching slipping or blistering.
The 8.4oz Distance in a Men's size 9 is responsive without being overly supportive-the Torsion Efficent Unit offers sturdiness to the shoe in the latter miles of a marathon with a semi-transparent TPU similar to the Adidas Adios Boost 2.
Salming RunLite Midsole features a special High Abrasion Injection EVA that has an awesome responsive feeling while you're kicking up asphalt during your training or race day. While vacationing in Barbados I was able to put Salming's lightweight sticky blown rubber compound sole to the test on their varied terrain in the middle of the rainy season and the Distance hugged the road at every turn.
According to Salming their heel cup is specifically designed to add minimal weight and creates a transformative, adaptive fit. If you really want to "geek out" on a shoe visit Salming Running to discover more about the Distance specs, natural running RunLab and much more.
Salming recently received the Best Shoe Debut Honor from Runner's World Magazine. Salming is certainly creating a buzz since its entry into a saturated US shoe market-it's boutique pricing may initially deter some from trying the brand. But like other brands such as Hoka and Newton that entered the market on the high end of the spectrum and then subsequently introduced shoes with a more appealing price point for the masses, perhaps Salming will follow their strategy and reap similar success like Hoka and Newton did with the introduction of the Clifton and Fate-(See Runblogger's Review of the Fate)
In my opinion the Salming Distance is a solid daily trainer or race day shoe, that provides a secure fast responsive ride. The Distance is a flexible lightweight "No Nonsense" shoe.
|Salming Distance Bright Fast Light and Responsive|