This shoe is for a runner looking to take their mileage up a notch. It has a very cushioned midsole that gives you what you need without tacking on the extra weight.
It’s not for someone looking for a racing shoe. I also would not suggest this to someone who enjoys feeling the ground. The stack height is on the higher side and has a platform feel to them.
When you hear the name Salomon you think of trail shoes or outdoor gear. But, in recent years they have made their way into the road-running community.
The Aero Glide is a daily max-cushioned trainer. It’s suitable for logging longer easy miles and does alright for various tempo workouts. They have a high stack height which gives them that platform feel. Each stride you take has a nice rockered feel to it.
It is similar to the Hoka Clifton or if you’re looking to stay with the Salomon brand, you could try Salomon Spectur.
Some of the features you’ll find in the midsole are the energyFOAM and a Reverse Camber. The upper is updated with a 3D mesh material that allows for extreme breathability and Salomon’s construction of the upper is called Sensifit.
Like a lot of brands, Salomon has also gotten on board with using recycled materials in their products. They have used Materials made from recycled products such as PET bottles or material waste in the making of this shoe.
It’s a neutral shoe that does fit true to size. It comes in a wide option that will give you plenty of room if you have a wider foot. Looking at them you’ll think they weigh more but weighing in at 8.9oz for men and 7.6oz for women, Salomon keeps them on the light side for a max cushioned trainer.
They have a heel drop of 10 mm with a heel stack height of 37.4mm and a forefoot stack height of 27.4mm. You will pay $160, which falls right into that daily maximal cushioned trainer category. I would say that they are reasonably priced.
I have been a trail runner for many years and Salomon has been my go-to trail shoe. I love them, so when I saw the chance to check out a road shoe I jumped on it.
When I first opened the box my first thought was that they look similar to the Hoka look. Which isn’t a bad thing: Hoka is crushing it. You’ll notice the big chunky midsole right away too and you think they are going to be on the hefty side. WRONG! They are surprisingly very lightweight.
Putting them on for the first time, again, surprising. They have a light airy feel to them. I also noticed how much room you have in the toe box. That’s one of the many reasons Salomon’s trail shoes have been my go-to pick for many years. I always can count on my feet being nice and secure yet able to breathe.
My first run was 9 miles at a moderate pace. I had no major problems except I thought the collar felt a little high. Right away you will see that the midsole isn’t as plush as it looks and does feel slightly bulky but those who are looking for a maximum cushioned trainer will find it to be fine. When you take a step, your foot will land in the mid-foot area or further forward. This helps to make transitioning easier and I did enjoy that.
The upper has a very traditional look to it. Nothing stands out or screams fancy. It feels nice on and gives you plenty of room for your toes to splay out. It’s made out of a 3D mesh that allows for maximum breathability.
The tongue has thin padding and isn’t connected to the shoe but doesn’t cause problems with moving around on a run.
Around the heel counter, you’ll see that it is padded but not overly like some daily trainers such as the Saucony Triumph. The collar around the ankle is higher then what I am used to. I initially thought it was going to be a problem but it was not.
The laces are standard and stay tied if double-knotted. In Salomon trail shoes the lacing systems are one of my favorite areas, so I was curious to see if they would put any of that into their road shoes.
In the midsole, you have the Energy Foam that will help to provide reliable cushioning. Its lightweight and responsive foam was created by combining EVA and Olefin foam. You will find 37 mm of this foam under the heel. Even though this is high, its heel is firm and stable. I think it’s a good neutral running shoe.
There is no plate but that is not needed since Salomon calls their rocker “Reverse Camber,” which makes it feel like the rocker starts in the midfoot and transitions to toe-off. This was felt every run and the midsole is nice and responsive. Nothing was lacking in the shoe when I took them out for those longer runs.
The outsole has Road Contagrip. This is Salomon’s signature outsole. It combines wide and flat lugs. This lets you be able to have a solid grip on a wide variety of surfaces. It’s been durable these last few weeks of wearing them close to 100 miles, but I have seen some wear on the sole.
Salomon has been working very hard to make it in the road running scene. Do I think the Salomon Aero Glide has what it takes to achieve that? Yes, I do! It’s performed very well for me on all my moderate runs. If you are looking for a neutral daily trainer, look no further and give them a try!