Salomon Fellraiser, Fell Running Shoes

Women's Salomon Fellraiser

(Men's left; Women's right)
Category: Trail Running Shoes and Fell Running Shoes
Average Weight: Men's 290g (8.5 UK) / Women's 240g (5.5 UK)
Heel-forefoot Differential: 6mm (12mm heel, 6mm forefoot)
Recommended for: fell running and softer trails. Will work on muddy fells and rocky mountains, but will also be great for miles of trails too. Ideal as a first fell and trail shoe, or a shoe that will double for the odd cross country or trail race.

Overview

In essence Salomon have taken the technology from the more expensive S-lab Fellcross and "trickled it down" to produce a cracking shoe at a price point that will suit a wider audience. If you liked the Salomon Speedcross 3 then the Fellraiser is a lower profile model.

Outsole: Deep aggressive looking 8mm chevron lugs, multi-directional for great traction, in wet or dry conditions.
Midsole: Compression moulded EVA midsole, that offers plenty of cushioning for hard packed trails, and the odd couple of road miles when necessary, yet low enough to feel responsive on a more technical trail or hillside.
Uppers: Breathable mesh uppers with substantive overlays and randing to make a good strong reliable upper.


Pros

  • Strong "rand" around the base of the foot for strength and protection
  • Sturdy enough to train in but light enough to race in too
  • Roomy toe box, breathable mesh uppers that are quick drying and excellent toe guard for when you start kicking those rocks in the path when you are tired
  • Removable insole to aid drying out!
  • Speed lace system made from strong Kevlar, and the usual cute little Salomon pouch at the top of the tongue to tuck laces into

Cons

  • The extra work on the upper makes it slightly heavier than some other trail or fell running shoes, but this has to be balanced out with the expected longevity.
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Performance

tarit-fellraiserI have used the Fellraiser on hills and trails around Edinburgh, trips up to Highland Perthshire on hills and forest trails, also took them to North Cornwall and ran many miles on the undulating, rugged coastal path. They offer a real hybrid, as either low profile trail shoes, close enough to the ground to have that responsive feel of the terrain underneath your feet, yet also grippy enough to cope with, and make you feel confident when descending on mud, wet grass or loose rock. They have enough cushioning to cope with a mile or so of interlinking roads too. The speed lacing system works well as long as you ensure it is tight and secure when you set off. (On a couple of early runs I pulled the laces tight enough for running on initial flat terrain, but felt my foot moving a little as soon as I was on uneven ground. Tightening the laces, not surprisingly, sorted this.)

Verdict

The Salomon Fellraiser is a welcome new addition to the Salomon range of fell and trail running shoes. A lightweight shoe built for the fells and trails, at a price to compare well with anything on the market. Basically you can baffle folk with technical features all day and leaving aside the obvious individual foot-fit, in essence if you looking for a durable shoe to cope with hills and trails€¦ they work.

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  • Steve LewisMarch 14, 2014 at 5:06pm
    I'm quite pleased with the shoe but very disappointed that after less than 3 weeks and 50 miles, the laces are falling apart. The sheath has worn away where the lace goes through the shoe, exposing the white stranded core. The strands are fraying and will break if I go on another run with them. I called Salomon customer service and they told me to contact the outlet and that the laces would be replaced.

    Hopefully the replacement Quicklace Kit is better quality than the originals. I would expect the shoes to last at least 450 miles, so that could be another 6 pairs of laces. If I was paying for those along with P&P, it would double the cost of the shoe! Reply
    • Adrian Tarit StottMarch 18, 2014 at 4:41pm
      Steve,

      Thanks for your feedback, which we are always pleased to receive. This is not a unique or common situation, but never this quick before, usually after many many miles. We have a supply of the Salomon laces in store, which we never charge for in these rare circumstances, and you are welcome to pop in and get a pair. If your faith in the speed laces is totally gone... we can also give you a set of conventional laces!

      If you are outwith the city, we would be happy to mail them to you, in which case, please send us a mail or give us a call so we can action this.

      From what you are saying, you are happy with the shoe generally. I have had a pair that have seen me through autumn and winter, and laces are fine, though the uppers are just starting to show a tad thin in one place (too much "heather bashing") but they have generally served my feet well these last few months, and there is still life in them.

      Adrian Reply
  • MirandaAugust 20, 2014 at 8:41am
    Will these suit feet with inflamed big toes joints(Not quite bunions!) and overpronating Reply
    • Adrian Tarit StottSeptember 17, 2014 at 8:14am
      Miranda

      The Salomon Fellraiser, being a low profile shoe, has little in the way of pronation support. Some trail shoes do, but no fell shoes to our knowledge have any substantive support. Obviously if you are running on softer ground, it isn't quite such an issue as pounding the pavements. In some ways it depends how far you are running, and how extreme / technical / muddy the terrain you are planning to run on is. As regards toe area? The Fellraiser does have a fairly large volume toe box to allow the toes to spread well. Knowing what you have run in before can be helpful in assessing whether a particular shoe will work for you, and as always, the fit is paramount. So if you are in touching distance of any of our stores do call in and try on this and possibly other pairs. Hope this is useful.

      Adrian Reply
  • LewisJune 3, 2015 at 3:28pm
    I'm trying to figure out if I need 1 or 2 pairs of shoes. I doing 4 mud races from 5k to 13.1 miles and also an ultra trail race. What kind of shoe would you recommend? Reply
    • Adrian Tarit StottJune 3, 2015 at 3:39pm

      Hi Lewis,
      Thanks for your comment. Maybe hard to answer in a short reply, without more info, but here goes.
      It depends on four things really.
      1) How muddy are the mud races, or how important is having deep grip to stay upright.
      2) How long is the ultra and how firm is the terrain, is it road ot hard/soft trails. (Basically,how much cushioning might you need?)
      3) What are you wearing at the moment.
      4) How exhaustive is your budget!
      There is no perfect shoe for all surfaces, so either you have to have a couple of pairs, or come to a compromise. For muddy obstacle course type races, mainly on soft uneven ground, like tough mudder etc, grip is usually essential, so a low profile dedicated trail or fell shoe like an Inov-8 mudclaw or X-talon; Salomon Fellraiser; or if on a budget the Adidas Kanadia will most of the time have enough grip to keep you upright. For your ultra which I suspect will be on firmer hard packed trails, a multi terain shoe, with slightly less grip, but more cushining, like a Brooks Pure Grit or Cascadia; Salomon Speedcross, or for maximum cushioning the Hoka Mafate Speed or Rapa Nui are very popular. As you will see from our website, their are other options too.
      It depends how big a budget you have. Ideally you may need two shoes, for both events and for the specific training for both. However weighing up all your likely conditions over the year, a compromise on a good all round multi terain pair may work for both.
      As always, the fit differs betwen models, so if possibe always try and drop into one of our stores to try a few pairs on, and get advice from our team. If that is not possible mail or call us and we can easily advise and send mail order a suitable pair. Hope that is useful.
      Adrian

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      • Prashant PiseJuly 15, 2015 at 5:12pm
        Dear Adrian,
        I have been using Inov8 Mudclaw 265 for trail running but its toe box is quite narrow. In the past , I used Salomon speedcross3 which was a great shoe but again the toe box wasn't very roomy. I am running the North Downs Way 100 miles and also UTMB in August. Which shoe will you recommend for UTMB, especially I am looking for a wide toebox as I have had far too many blisters on my little toes? Reply
        • Adrian Tarit StottJuly 16, 2015 at 11:49am

          Prashant,

          Thanks for your comments. Ho hum... trying to prevent blisters when running 100 milers is always challenging. The Speedcross and Mudclaw 265 are both excellent shoes. Are you just getting the issue with your little toe on 100mile runs, or on shorter runs too?

          The Salomon Fellraiser does have a slightly wider and deeper toe box than the Speedcross, but some runners find they need to go up half a size, especially if, like you, they are doing longer events. The half size up in any shoe will give more space around the toes, one just has to ensure that the mid foot and heel fit is not compromised as the foot does still need to be held snugly.

          A similar shoe with a low profile worth looking at would be the latest Brooks PureGrit 4. It has a softer upper now and a roomy toe box, a low 4mm drop but with Brooks' excellent biomogo cushioning. The vastly improved grip which was introduced with the PureGrit 3 has been continued to the PureGrit 4.

          Adrian

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  • Mark JamesSeptember 29, 2015 at 10:51am
    A durable shoe, more suited to trails than fells. Really hard wearing soles, very slippery on wet hard surfaces. I've used them in triathlon with off road sections, easy to get on and comfy with no socks. I'd buy another pair, just watch the wet. Reply
    • Adrian Tarit StottSeptember 29, 2015 at 2:35pm

      Mark,
      Thanks for the feedback. We have generally had good reports on the durability and longevity, and the speed lacing as you say makes them very easy to slip on. The perfect shoe for wet rock is always a talking point. As always, finding the elusive perfect shoe for all surfaces is tricky.

      Reply
      • chrisMay 5, 2016 at 11:15pm
        I have just started using Fellraisers after being an inov8 user for many years. Felt great in the shop and on the first few you long runs. Once I go over one hour I suffer rubbing on the back of the heel which seems to be worse when ascending. I have never had this before and wonder if this is something to do with the shoe itself not suiting me or my feet or with how tight I am fastening them? Reply
        • Adrian Tarit StottMay 12, 2016 at 8:27am

          Chris,

          Thanks for your feedback, always appreciated. It's not a general issue we have encountered with the Fellraisers. Having said that, something, somehow is obviously irritating your heel. Interesting that you feel it more so when ascending, when the angle of the foot (on your toes more?) usually pushes the heel against the heel cup of the shoe.

          Hard to fully assess without seeing the shoes, so I will mail separately to see how close you are to our stores. It seems like the shoes are getting well worn in now too so the heel collar should be "getting the feel of our feet". The speed lacing system on Salomons as opposed to traditional lacing on your previous shoes may be a factor. This works well for most runners. Occasionally we have heard that a runner, although loving the general fit of the Fellraiser, has replaced the speed lacing with regular laces, as the individual felt it helped the fit better for his particular feet.

          Hope this is useful, but will follow up with you too.

          Reply
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