The cult-favorite X Ultra 4 hiker receives a complete redesign, while the new Sense Ride 4, S/Lab Phantasm racing flat and expanded women’s hydration collection launch for the run category
Today, Salomon announces its new collection for spring 2021, which includes a number of new products and popular redesigns across the trail running, road running and hiking footwear categories. The line includes the revamped X Ultra 4, a fan-favorite and award-winning hiker that borrows light weight and comfort cues from Salomon’s trail running collection, as well as the latest iteration of the Sense Ride 4, one of Salomon’s most successful trail running footwear launches to date. Salomon will also introduce the S/Lab Phantasm, the brand’s first-ever road racing flat designed with its athletes to expand its road running collection, as well as expanded line of the women’s-specific Advanced Skin hydration packs.
“Participation in outdoor sports like running and hiking is growing significantly, and with our new and improved product offerings, we aim to continue to inspire users of all levels to play outside, from beginners to skilled adventurers alike,” says Jenny Taylor, VP of marketing for Salomon in North America. “This new 2021 collection is designed with this idea of accessibility in mind, drawing from our athletic heritage and leadership in sports like trail running to deliver products that are durable, lightweight and purpose-built for activities.”
The X Ultra collection from Salomon has consisted of top-selling hikers for years, thanks to its lightweight protection and grip that make it perfect for everything from day hikes to extended backpacking trips. The redesigned X Ultra 4 is lightweight and agile like a trail running shoe, but with all of the stability, grip and protection needed for technical, uneven terrain, with a streamlined aesthetic. The X Ultra 4’s new ADV-C Chassis, which targets articulations on the outer foot to optimize stability without compromising freedom of movement, is the result of in-depth biomechanical studies aimed at delivering enhanced stability and reducing ankle injuries. The X Ultra 4 is available in low and mid versions and in both GORE-TEX® and non-GORE-TEX® versions, as well as wide and midsize widths.
On the trail running side, the most exciting launch is the Sense Ride 4, the latest edition of the Salomon classic developed for runners in need of a do-it-all cushioned yet responsive ride for a variety of terrain and distances. In this iteration, footwear developers redesigned the heel collar to include slightly more padding and improve the overall heel hold. The Sense Ride 4 also incorporates Optivibe™ foam, a technology borrowed from Salomon’s road running range, to absorb vibrations and decrease muscle fatigue without weighing the user down for a cushioned, comfortable ride. A full rubber Contagrip® outsole gives the shoe confident grip in any terrain while the decoupled rockplate protects feet from sharp objects without compromising flexibility.
For road running, Salomon delivers the S/Lab Phantasm, a dynamic racing flat developed with some of the world’s top athletes to focus on weight, breathability and fast transitions. With a curved, rocker profile and Salomon’s lightest, most responsive foam, Energy Surge, the Phantasm is built to feel effortless when running fast on the roads. A near-weightless upper made of airy TPU Mesh gives it a breathable, featherlight design. With a 6mm drop, the S/LAB Phantasm features a bottom unit employing R. Camber geometry, meaning you’ll spend less time on the ground and transition quicker from stride to stride.
On the gear side, Salomon will add several new women’s-specific hydration packs to its gear collection, building upon the success of its first women’s-specific vest, the ADV SKIN 8 SET W, to deliver additional sizing and volume options for runners to choose from. The most exciting of which is the new Sense Pro 5 W, a women’s-specific pack in the new Sense Pro collection, purpose-built for trail races where comfort, convenience and lightweight design are essential. The minimalist Sense Pro 5 for women is ultra-comfortable with no friction points, a precise fit and instant access to trail essentials. The Sense Pro packs are also available in 10L W, 5L M and 10L M sizes.
About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon is committed to pushing the boundaries of mountain sports through the creation of innovative equipment that allows people to play, progress and challenge themselves in their chosen outdoor sports. The company produces and sells premium footwear, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, hiking equipment, and apparel specifically designed for all of those disciplines. Products are developed in the company’s Annecy Design Center, where engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to create innovative solutions that continually improve the outdoor experiences of those who see nature as a vast playground.