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Salomon Aero Volt Review: Everything Shoe
By David Salas

When I think of the company Salomon I don't normally think of lightweight trainers for the road. The Salomon Aero Volt is a highly versatile shoe that keeps a lightweight profile for the road but offers some versatility to off road conditions. 

Salomon Aero Volt
Price: $149.95 at Running Warehouse
Weight: 7.5oz, 213g (men's size 9), 6.5oz, 186g  (women's size 8)
Stack Height: 32mm heel/ 24mm forefoot
Drop: 8 mm
Classification: Lightweight Trainer


The Salomon Aero Volt is a daily running shoe that captivates the light and versatile category. The shoe feels reminiscent of lightweight trainers and racing flats like the Boston, DS Racer, and Nike Streak. The shoe has a firmer feel to it with a forgiving upper and transitions like a traditional high drop trainer. This will be worth a look for those wanting that firmer light weight ride.

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The Salomon Aero Volt fits true to size in my Men's 9.5. The shoe uses a very lightweight mesh upper that reinforced decently well throughout. There is not too much stretch to the material, though there is enough space for swelling accommodation or wider foot types.  The length is a tad bit long but not problematic in any way. The heel is normal to slightly wide, midfoot normal to slighty wide, and the forefoot and toe box are normal width. The volume feels pretty normal throughout and the laces do a great job of locking down. The tongue is thin, though padded enough to lockdown without biting issues. The laces are atrociously long. At least in my pair with double knots and tucking the laces I was still nervous about catching them on something. That is an incredibly easy fix though.

I really enjoyed the upper and felt the security was good. I probably would narrow the heel a tad to improve the lockdown in the heel cup and prevent translation side to side, though I felt the upper delivered well.


The Aero Volt is a very interesting shoe. The shoe demonstrates simplicity and versatility in some fun ways. Like I mentioned earlier it reminds me a lot of the older lightweight trainers crossing with the flats. It gives me a feel similar to the Nike Streak I used to run high school cross country in over 10 years ago. The shoe is stacked up a little more having 32mm in the heel and 24mm in the forefoot, though it still feels really grounded. The ride is light and nimble. The midsole does not have too much pop to it (feels very EVA like), though the ride relies a lot on its weight, traction, and natural transitions. The heel does have a bevel to it that seems to work pretty well. I think it would still be nice to either round it a little more or shift it posterior laterally, as I was still having some slapping into the forefoot. The shoe feels pretty stable throughout for having a lighter frame. I will get more into that in the next section.

The shoe feels like a lightweight and nimble option that you can log daily miles in on the road, runnable trail, and even some uptempo work. The shoe essentially feels like a slightly heavier and stacked racing flat from the 2000's and I mean that in a nice way.


The Salomon Aero Volt is a lightweight neutral shoe but rides surprisingly stable. The shoe uses sole flaring really well in the forefoot and heel. It is present and gives you some cross sectional area without making it feel to boat like. The shoe also has some sidewalls integrated as the heel transitions into the midfoot. The upper security is good and doesn't have too much give to it. The traction is good underfoot and trustworthy in most situations. We're talking about a 7.5 ounce neutral trainer and I feel pretty solid on my feet regardless of terrain. This would go along with upper fit but the only thing I really noticed was occasionally some heel translation in the heel cup. Overall I think Salomon did a great job here. 

Thoughts as a DPT: Simplicity
By David Salas

This isn't necessarily about biomechanics but today I wanted to talk about a dying category of shoes. These are the simple lightweight trainers. Lightweight trainers have traditionally been used to help with workouts, races, and daily mileage for those who could handle it. With the new wave of super foams these shoes are experiencing radical changes. These changes usually include a really compliant bouncy foam. Though this fits the trends of modern footwear it is leaving people who yearn for the lightweight and firmer natural feel behind. There are fewer and fewer options by the year for non plated neutral shoes that feel very grounded. The Salomon Aero Volt, however, is just that.

The Aero Volt is boring in the best ways. It is a no nonsense shoe that is lightweight and nimble across a variety of terrains and situations. Though there isn't too much pop to the foam, the nimbleness still gives a sense of responsiveness and turnover ability.  For the market currently the price of 149.95 may feel steep, but I think it is actually justified in this case. For the niche group wanting that classic feel this quite a good option and should provide plenty durability. Sometimes stripping away the bells, whistles, and modern technology can make for a pleasant experience. 


My main recommendations for the Aero Volt would be to clean up the lockdown in the heel cup by narrowing it slightly, reducing the length of the laces, and beveling the heel a little more in the lateral direction to prevent some slapping into the forefoot. Otherwise they have a solid lightweight trainer on their hands. 


The Salomon Aero Volt is a lightweight trainer for someone that wants a firmer ride and a grounded feel. The midsole doesn't have crazy pop but feels nice for daily efforts and slight uptempo efforts. Traction and security is good enough for offroading as well. For those that have a nostalgic feel for the lightweight trainers and racers of the 2000s, this gives me some positive vibes from that era.



Fit: B+/A- (Good fit throughout, laces are really long, heel cup a tad wide)
Performance: A- 
(Nimble and lightweight. Natural transitions though still a little slappy coming from heel into midfoot)
Stability: A- (Surprisingly good for the design. The heel cup and slight translation is the only thing I noticed here.)
DPT/Footwear Science: B (A relatively simple design so nothing too innovative here, but still a nice shoe)
Personal: A- (A simple but fun shoe that works for me)
Overall: B+/A- (A good option for the lightweight trainer category that gives to those wanting a more traditional feel)


Salomon Aero Volt
Price: $149.95 at Running Warehouse

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***Disclaimer: These shoes were provided free of charge in exchange for a review.  We thank the people at Salomon for sending us a pair.  This in no way affected the honesty of this review. We systematically put each type of shoe through certain runs prior to review. For trainers and performance trainers, we take them on daily runs, workouts, recovery runs and a long run prior to review (often accumulating anywhere from 20-50 miles in the process). For racing flats we ensure that we have completed intervals, a tempo or steady state run as well as a warm-up and cool down in each pair prior to review. This systematic process is to ensure that we have experience with each shoe in a large variety of conditions to provide expansive and thorough reviews for the public and for companies. Our views are based on our extensive history in the footwear industry and years testing and developing footwear. If you are a footwear rep looking for footwear reviews or consultations on development, we are currently looking to partner with companies to assist, discuss and promote footwear models. Partnership will not affect the honesty of our reviews.

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