Salomon S/LAB Ultra Review

Released last October, the Salomon S/LAB Ultra is a trail running shoe designed by trail runners. It incorporates many new features from the Salomon product innovators.

Local Salomon rep Ryan Lassen promotes it as “a shoe that I would 100% recommend to Quad Rock runners (along with the Sense Ride, and S/LAB Sense 6 SG)”

 

Ed DeLosh Salomon S/LAB Ultra

Ed DeLosh

Key Innovations:

Progressive Stack Height – Unique to any shoe on the market, Salomon has introduced a variable stack height for the S/Lab Ultra to help standardize the shoe’s drop and offset as it wears. As shoes compress differently across sizes, the stack height of the S/Lab Ultra increases slightly for larger shoes to ensure a standard ride for all, regardless of the size or mileage of the shoe.

Hydrophobic Materials – The S/LAB Ultra incorporates the hydrophobic material made popular in the XA Amphib. This means when the shoe gets wet, the weight hardly changes.

Energy Save – The design adds a special piece of EVA foam in the forefoot that does not pack out over time. 

Adaptive Sensifit – The shoe warms up as your foot does, allowing it to adjust the way it wraps around your foot as the race goes on and foot swell occurs.

Premium Wet Traction – The outsole retains the same lug pattern as its predecessor and uses Salomon’s stickiest rubber compound.

Gnar Team Members Testify:

Elijah Flenner – I brought one trail shoe on my five week trip to France, the S/Lab Ultra. There were no other contenders.

Ed DeLosh – I love the endofit inner sleeve and the lacing that Salomon uses. They provide for a good, stable fit and really allow you to dial it in. The outsole is just like the previous version, which I found to provide pretty good traction without feeling like you’re running on big knobby tires.
When I saw this new version, my immediate concern was that the more rigid upper could cause hot spots on long runs, and when I put them on, they definitely gave the sensation of having less give than the prior version. The shoe also has a tongue that comes up higher on the ankle, raising the concern the it’d irritate the tendons on the top of the foot. But I’m happy to say that after a couple of short runs and now a 25 miler, I experienced no issues at all, and so far find them to be a solid shoe that I enjoy running in. For me, they are an improvement over the previous version and may well be the shoe that I end up turning to for my racing this year, after I get a chance to try them out on a couple more long runs.

Salomon will be joining Gnar Runners for our Quad Rock Preview Run, April 7 at Lory State Park, with shoes to wear test. Come out for miles, fun, food and try out a new pair of kicks.

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Run Through Time Marathon/Half – Salida, CO Mar 10, 2018

The Run Through Time Marathon/Half in Salida, Colorado typically marks the beginning of the Colorado trail racing season. 39 athletes and dozens more supporters from Fort Collins Trail Runners ventured down for a weekend of racing, pizza, music & fun!

Multiple community houses provided base camp for a full weekend of community building. Clear skies, perfect temperatures and minimal snow/mud made for ideal racing conditions, and copious hardware was collected. Congrats to all finishers!  Local results below.

Post-race, many of the crew descended on Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub for an afternoon of patio-sitting, beer and pizza. Later that evening, Fort Collins-based band The Swashbuckling Doctors provided entertainment with a live concert at the Victoria Tavern.

Marathon:
Ryan Burch – 5th Overall, 1st Age Group, 3:29:40
Nick Clark – 7th Overall, 1st Age Group 3:34:43
Chris Copenhaver – 9th Overall, 3rd Age Group 3:39:02
Mike Hinterberg – 10th Overall, 4th Age Group 3:40:29
Horsecow Lonac – 11th Overall, 5th Age Group 3:41:27
David Boyd – 16th Overall, 4:01:14
Ed DeLosh – 23rd Overall, 1st Age Group 4:06:08
Jaime Yebra – 25th Overall, 5th Age Group 4:10:01
Daniel Clark – 27th Overall, 4:11:52
Terry Grenwelge – 30th Overall, 4:14:23
Ben Kuster – 49th Overall, 3rd Age Group 4:40:35
Stephanie Forrest-Swedenborg – 7th Female, 4th Age Group, 4:48:16
Tina Duncan – 9th Female, 1st Age Group 4:57:21
Brad Bishop – 68th Overall, 4:58:32
Colleen Weitzel – 10th Female, 5:01:16
Myra Shanks – 18th Female, 5:11:01
Richard McDonnell – 91st Overall, 5:13:22
Brett Carlson – 93rd Overall, 5:15:28
Stephanie Dalager – 35th Female, 5:36:55
Marie-Helene Faurie – 56th Female, 5th Age Group, 6:23:48
Dan Blankenship – 174th Overall, 4th Age Group, 6:59:28

Half Marathon:
Ruth Waller-Liddle – 2nd Female, 1:51:18
Johann Ripsam – 23rd Overall, 5th Age Group, 2:02:34
Levi Flint – 34th Overall, 2nd Age Group, 2:09:15
Eliza Walthers – 11th Female, 1st Age Group, 2:09:26
Richard Michelson – 42nd Overall, 1st Age Group, 2:13:44
Mica Adesso – 28th Female, 4th Age Group, 2:25:09
Katie Robinson – 30th Female, 2:25:39
Catharine Speights – 53rd Female, 4th Age Group, 2:42:16
Pete Stevenson – 118th Overall, 2:44:05
Caitlin Yates – 56th Female, 2:45:58
Trevor Yates – 121st Overall, 2:45:59
Steve Loewenkamp – 125th Overall, 2:47:39
Paige Jaquish – 68th Female, 2:53:28
Celeste O’Connor – 74th Female, 2:58:03
Elizabeth O’Brien – 87th Female, 3:08:22
Deborah Gulley – 117th Female, 3:41:05
Sara Ripsam – 119th Female, 3:47:43

Kids Race:
Will Raguet-Schofield – 1st Overall

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Train for Quad Rock with the Gnar Runners Team

Gnar Runners Team

As we gear up for the 2018 Gnar Runners race season, we’re extremely proud to be able to introduce a passionate group of 15 local trail runners who together will make up the 2018 Gnar Runners Racing and Training Team.

MEET THE TEAM

Not only will you see the team out and about representing Gnar Runners at local and regional races this season, but they’ll also be helping to lead local training and social runs throughout the year to help you get ready for your target Gnar Runners races. The team has a broad range of running backgrounds and abilities, and will be available at local training runs to offer advice and company out on the trail.

Not only do these individuals have a passion for trail running, but importantly they also share the ideals and mission of Gnar Runners as trail stewards and Northern Colorado trail running community-builders.

Quad Rock Training

If you’re looking for some structure and a plan for your Quad Rock training, then take a look at our 18-week training outline, which offers plans for both the 50 and 25 mile races.

We will host a course preview training run on April 7 beginning and ending at the Soldier Canyon trailhead (the race start/finish). All abilities are welcome to attend and we will have many local runners attending to guide those coming in from out of town.

Follow us on Facebook or join the Fort Collins Trail Runners group to get additional updates on local training runs leading up to Quad Rock.

REGISTRATION FOR QUAD ROCK IS NOW OPEN

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