Over the last few weeks I have been sent several trainers to test and review. After leading the Running Works run club events with Salomon throughout December and January, I was sent a pair of Sonic RA Pro 2. Salomon are best known for manufacturing alpine gear and trail shoes, including the Speedcross. However, recently they have been developing shoes to break into the road running market. In 2018 Salomon released Running Avenue (RA) a three shoe collection, including the Sonic RA a lightweight responsive trainer, Sonic RA Max offering more stability and Sonic RA Pro an even lighter racing option.
I have always been a big fan of Salomon trail shoes, running regularly in the S/LAB Sense 6, S/LAB Ultra, and Sense Ride so was looking forward to seeing how their road shoes would fare. Putting on the Sonic for the first time I was pleasantly surprised; the toe box felt spacious but structured, the Sensifit upper secured my foot in position and there was a great amount of padding in the heel.
Due to using firmer/more synthetic materials I have previously found trail brands struggling to make comfortable road shoes, but Salomon in this instance have got the balance right. I sometimes find road shoes too soft and not responsive enough. I understand brands want their shoes to feel comfortable when you step into them but in certain instances they seem to prioritise that more than how it performs when running.
Luckily Salomon have designed the Sonic RA Pro 2 to be incredibly responsive. They are well cushioned and deliver a comfortable, stable ride. This is mainly thanks to the Vibe Technology midsole which reduces fatigue-causing vibrations. I have relatively narrow feet but the Sensifit upper works well despite a minimal appearance and the Contagrip outsole provides good traction for taking corners at speed. I think Salomon have done incredibly well to produce a shoe that is comfortable on easy recovery runs yet light and responsive for tempo sessions. I personally prefer them for the latter but if you are looking for a shoe that is at home on the track or out on the roads, the Sonic RA Pro 2 would be a great option. They run (pun intended) relatively true to size, I feel comfortable in a UK 11.5, I opt for a half size bigger in lightweight/racing shoes like the Adidas Adios.
Now for the stats:
Support: Neutral (stable)
Heel/toe drop: 6mm
Overall, I am a big fan of the Sonic RA Pro 2, I will continue to use them for tempo and hill sessions. I am looking forward to seeing how Salomon’s road shoes develop over the next couple of years. As they are one of the most innovative brands, I would recommend keeping your eyes peeled.