Product Review: Salming A2 Distance Running Shoe

I am very fortunate to be able to review a lot of different items as they come my way. Some are much better than others, obviously. As much as I love reviewing tech-y gadgets, my real love is running shoes. If I had my way, I would have one pair of every brand in my closet. Not to hoard, but to be able to run more efficiently, and choose the shoe for whatever terrain I am going to run for the day. I love the science behind running shoes, to me it's as geeky tech as a laptop.

Today's review is all about a relatively new company here in the USA. Salming is a Swedish company. I was introduced to their products by a team mate and friend Stefan, the Running Swede. In talking with him about the products, I began to be very interested in these shoes. I searched the Salming website and read all the reviews I could before deciding to ask for a pair to review, and thus I am here now ready to talk about my experience with Salming.

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After looking at all the choices of shoes, I decided on the A2 Distance shoe. Being that I am a heavier runner, (currently 225lbs), I need a little more cushioning underneath my feet. Since my Achilles tear in late August, I have had to stick with a higher drop shoe for the most part. I did start running a couple of months ago, though I am limited to only 2-4 mins at a time. I have consistently been putting mileage on these shoes, since I do walk a lot inbetween my running intervals. The miles have added up and I think now I probably have about 40 miles on them. Enough for me to give you a good idea of my thoughts.

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Now let's get down to business. Not knowing what size to order, I went for the largest size they have, 10.5. Sometimes I wear a 10, other times an 11. I figured if I got the middle, I'd be safe.  Safe I was, but, I really could use a pair of 11's. I find them to be a lot less wide than I am used to. I am now conditioned to running in Skechers, which are fairly wide and fit me very well. Slipping into the Salming shoe for the first time made me worried that I would have to send it back.. but after a couple of good runs, I fell madly in love with this shoe! I do have to mention that I favor thicker socks. Needless to say, I put on a thin pair and these shoes fit better than I thought they would.

I have been on a search to find a shoe that had just the exact amount of cushioning that I wanted under the ball of my foot. I am a midfoot striker, and when I run long distances, my feet get tired and sloppy, and I start to heel strike. I have been trying all along to find the shoe that would be cushy enough, but not too much. I finally found it! The shoe holds up very well for me. The cushioning in the front took a little bit of time to get used to, as my shin muscles in front were weak. After a couple of runs, the soreness went away and I was good to go!

Take a look at the picture below. The Salming company believes in "natural running" so, the shoe itself is a 5mm heel to toe drop. You can see the difference in how the shoe holds up with a heavier runner in it. If you notice, the forefoot section is not compressed flat. It still has some give to it, which I like.

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These shoes are light, and a bit firm, like most running shoes. The shoe has a 24mm stack height in the heel

and 19 in the forefoot, which gives ample cushioning.

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There are more good qualities in this shoe than negatives. I have to say that I wish they were not so narrow at the toe, and that they would carry a size 11 for women. I guess I could buy the men's version like I often do, but most of the time I like the women's colors better.  The top part of the shoe with the pink S is an overlay and it feels and looks plastic-y. Sorry, that isnt a word, but I couldnt think of how else to describe it.

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Here are some tech specs from the Salming website:

 

Torsion Efficiency Unit™

Responsive without being overly supportive - The Torsion Efficiency Unit™  brings sturdiness to the shoe. It is appropriately placed to generate maximal running efficiency. The Distance model features a semi-transparent TPU, while the Race model is powered by a lightweight carbon fiber torsion unit.

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Outer Sole – Lightweight

Lightweight yet with sticky characteristics, our blown rubber compound is strategically placed to provide you with great grip in all slopes, twist and turns you might encounter.

Outer Sole – Tear & Wear

This particularly durable outsole material is used to further enhance the long-lasting characteristics of the shoe. The special rubber compound will get the most mileage possible out of your shoes.

TGS 62/75°

The distance from heel to the ball of foot (62% of the shoe) has been designed with extra stability, which ends in the so-called “ballet” line, a 75° angle. In front of the 75° line, we have equipped the shoe with greater flexibility to stimulate the foot’s natural movements. The TGS 62/75° feature assures that the shoe bends in exactly the right places, stimulating the foot’s natural lateral and forward movements.

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The shoe itself breathes very well, but aesthetically, it makes me feel like it's a little outdated. I can totally understand the wrapping up over the big toe, which keeps the upper from ripping in a place that many softer shoes do.  I love the laces... they stay put really well. I like the colors very much also. The RunLite midsole adds responsiveness and protection while still maintaining a low weight, which is a plus.

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I have to say that I was so pleasantly surprised by this pair of shoes. What I expected to have happen, wasn't even close. I found a good fitting, light and very comfortable pair of shoes that I totally fell in love with. If you are looking to try something new, these might be the ones to try. The price is a little high at $150.00, so I am hoping to get lots of runs out of them... but especially since I am heavier than most runners, time will tell!

If you have run in these, please share your thoughts! I'd love to hear what you think about them. :)

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