In this review, I will be talking about the Salming Race R21 running shoe. Now, when I first received this, just looking at it, picking it up, and trying it on, I was impressed. When it comes to running shoes, I like them to stand out. The colors and design of this shoe really caught my eye and stood out. The only thing I will warn you about that is that the brightness is quickly fading with use. Not that it really matters, but because of the type of material, and possibly the rainy weather here in South Florida, I have noticed the colors fading.
One of the things I really love about this shoe is how light it is. My shoe is a size 11 Men's and weighs about 7 ounces. It really feels like you are not wearing a shoe at times. The outer sole is really light as well since it’s made out of lightweight rubber. What’s also nice about the outer sole is the grip it has on wet pavement. In some of my other shoes I have felt like I was sliding at times and could even hear squeaking noises as the bottom of the shoe landed on and pushed off the pavement. But with these, it seems like they maintain their grip which is good as it gives me one less thing to worry about while I’m running.
One last thing I would like to add about the weight of the shoe, which is because of the material, is the breathable layers. I was on vacation recently and left my shoes outside to air out after a run. While I was gone there was a ridiculous rain storm that came through and soaked the shoes. The next morning I picked them up and noticed they were still pretty soaked. I literally started squeezing them and pressing down on the insole and the water was dripping out quickly. I did that for about a minute, put them on and went for a run. I can honestly say that the run wasn’t as bad as I thought. The first mile or two was weird as water was still coming out of the insole with my full body weight now helping get it out, but the shoe still felt really light unlike other shoes I’ve run in that were soaked overnight or if I got caught in a rain storm mid run.
Now when most people see or hear the name “race” they probably will consider this shoe to be more for shorter distance runs or races. Personally I feel like you could use it for at least a half marathon. I’m 6 feet tall and usually run around an 8 minute per mile average. With that said, I don’t feel like I have a long stride so I believe I still end up taking a lot of steps when I run. I wore these on a 10 mile run and my feet felt better than I expected at the end. So if you’d like to use these for a race where you’re aiming to place high in your age group or reach a personal record, I would definitely recommend it, but consider the distance. I believe someone with a longer stride requiring fewer steps could do a half marathon in these and feel fine. A 5k or 10k feels perfect in these for sure.
Overall I really like this shoe. Currently I’ve run 80 miles in them and I’m really happy with them. I have felt light and fast each time. My feet have felt comfortable and secure. Before receiving this shoe, I had never seen or heard of the Salming brand. After running in this shoe, I am already impressed with their product and look forward to trying out some of their other shoes, specifically the Distance and Trail shoes. If their other shoes are made like these, I believe they have a chance to be a top brand for years to come, especially if some of the elite runners in the world get their hands on them. Or should I say, get their feet in them?