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The Salming Miles is one of the new additions the Salming line and the most heavily cushioned shoe that Salming offers.  It stays true to the Salming story with a 4 mm heel toe drop but has plenty of plush cushioning in both the heel and forefoot while staying remarkably light for its category.

Although I was never a fan of the minimal running shoe movement I have always tended toward a little less shoe so the Miles was definitely going to be one of the highest cushioned shoes in my arsenal.  The majority of my running is also on trails so I did not foresee myself using this shoe more than a couple times a week, a long run on the dirt roads and any time I was pushing the stroller.  As it turned out I hurt my ankle right after getting these shoes and had to stay off the technical trails for a while so these shoes got A LOT of miles!

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Here are the features of the Salming Miles shoe:

  • Heelcup: This was designed to add minimal weight to your shoes.
  • The Exo Skeleton: This was designed to stabilize your foot in lateral movements by reducing the impact of side forces to your foot. It’s a very light-weight but durable sheath across the flanks of the shoe.
  • 2 Layer Construction: The inner layer creates a plush feeling while the outer layer of thin net mesh allows water drainage while it keep out particles like sand and gravel. The lacing is held by eyelets that are part of the exoskeleton.
  • 4 mm drop: A drop is the difference in height between center heel and centre fore foot, midsole and outsole included.  A lower drop helps facilitate an improved posture.
  • RECOIL™ Midsole: Meant to absorb the negative impact forces and in turn releases a higher rebound energy effect in the toe off phase.
  • Toe Box: I like a roomy toebox. This is what they have done in order to allow the fore foot to expand during the landing phase.
  • Torsion Efficiency Unit™: Responsive without being stiff
  • Outer Sole: The outsole made in TOC66 (Traction Outsole Control 66) compound featuring 8mm high lugs. – Great gripping on both dry and wet surfaces. Great on trails.
  • 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, Salming has 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.”

This is Mike’s first assessment seconds after taking it out of the box:

As I said previously I tend toward a little less shoe than the miles so I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.  Right off the bat though the shoe fit well, it had more room in the toe box than expected which is something I always like in a shoe.  Also It was a lot lighter than other shoes in the high cushioned neutral category, and as the manager of a run specialty store for 6 years I have seen them all.

The heel seemed a little loose but simple lacing fixed that and I was off!  I was not expecting to like these shoes as much as I did the first time out.  The ride was incredibly smooth, which may not be the case for everyone since biomechanics differ, but for me this was one of the smoothest shoes I have ever worn, and although it is lighter than other shoes in its cushion category it still packs just much cushy feel without compromising energy return.

After several hundred miles (this became my go to shoe) the Miles is performing just as well as it did out of the box.  If you are a neutral runner looking for a cushioned shoe that doesn’t drag you down this shoe is definitely worth a look!  With how much I liked this shoe I can’t wait to get my hands on some of Salming’s trail shoes!

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ColorGecko Green/Navy
Weight313g (size UK 9)
Drop4mm
SizeVarious

$170.00

The purpose of the Salming Miles running shoe is to add a more cushioned shoe without compromising the Salming concept and principles. It is built to stand the tear and wear of long distance asphalt and tarmac running.

Miles has a Drop 4mm construction but compared to the popular and award winning Distance model, Miles has more heel and fore foot cushioning and the new responsive Recoil midsole compound.

The toe box is more roomy than on Distance in order to provide a possibility for the fore foot to expand properly in the landing phase, making it more effective in a biomechanic perspective.

Functionality: 5/5

Weight: 5/5

Durability: 5/5

Cost: 4/5     $170.00 (It runs higher than most shoes in it’s class but still an excellent shoe)

Comfort: 5/5

Total 24/25

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Currently sponsored by the North Face as an ultramarathon runner. Jordan loves his family, running and makes time to stay fit. 2014 Bushido 2 Challenge, 1st place 2014 Spartan Super, Evergreen, 8th place Jordan has placed first in: North Face Endurance Challenge, New York 50 M Hells Hills 25 KM Rothrock Challenge 18 M North Face Endurance Challenge, Kansas City 50 KM North Face Endurance Challenge, Washington 50 M North Face Endurance Challenge, New York 50 M Nueces 50- 50 M Placed in top 3 in multiple endurance challenges. Attended Liberty University, majoring in Kinesiology and competed on the track and cross country teams. While at Liberty earned several conference titles and was part of the 2006 US Junior Cross Country team that competed at the World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. PR’s are 3:50 for the 1500m, 14:00.13 for the 5k and 29:34 for the 10k. Member of the North Face Team, McDougal rolled through the desert trails in 6:30 to earn the U.S. 50-Mile Trail Championships/Nueces 50 – Rocksprings, Texas. 2007 (R-Jr.):Five-time All-Big South performer (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) … finished as runner-up at the Big South Cross Country Championships … earned first all-region honor of his career at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships … finished 16th at the meet, in a personal-best 10K time of 30:27, narrowly missing a berth in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships … became the first men’s runner to win three straight 5K titles at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, and also anchored the Flames’ distance medley relay squad to victory … garnered a pair of second-place finishes at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5K. 2006 (R-So.):Five-time All-Big South performer (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) … Big South third-place finisher in cross country … Liberty’s No. 2 runner (32nd overall) at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships … defended his Big South indoor 5K title and finished as 3K runner-up … 1,500-meter and 10K runner-up at outdoor conference meet. 2005 (R-Fr.):Five-time All-Big South performer (two indoor track, three outdoor track) … finished second behind his brother Josh at each of the first three cross country meets of the year … ran an 8K PR of 23:46 to finish as the Stanford Invitational runner-up … placed fifth at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Cross Country Championships, earning a trip to Japan for the World Championships … 5K champion and 3K runner-up at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships … 5K and 10K champion and 1,500-meter runner-up at the Big South outdoor meet … finished second in the Penn Relays 5K. 2004 (Fr.): Redshirted the season … placed fourth at the USATF Junior National Championships in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:29. Prep: Home schooled … placed 23rd at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships as a senior. Cross Country Bests: 8K – 23:46, 10K – 30:27 Track Bests: Steeplechase – 8:58, 5K – 14:00 Jordan subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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