Salomon continues to innovate and advance runner performance with the launch of the new S/LAB Phantasm 2. Salomon has updated its premium racing shoe to create a super light, supersonic carbon-plated road runner built for chasing personal records and podium finishes. The S/LAB Phantasm 2 will be available for purchase on Salomon.com and at select retailers across North America on October 1.
“The foam, plate and geometry construction are the three essential parts to the construction of a premium road racing shoe. These three elements on the new S/LAB Phantasm 2 are significantly improved to offer a better performance for elite and sub-elite runners on race day,” shares Gatien Airiau, product line manager for Salomon road running footwear.
The new S/LAB Phantasm 2 uses the soft, resilient PEBA foam in the midsole for a greater energy return and performance on race day. The foam—located above and under the carbon fiber plate—is lighter and more responsive, delivering an explosive, propulsive energy when running at high speed. The full-length carbon fiber plate provides a more ridgid and demanding build for athletes, while its spoon-shaped geometry optimizes propulsion. With 3 millimeters of foam added under the plate, the S/LAB Phantasm 2 reaches a height of 37.5 millimeters, which meets the regulation limit of 40 millimeters from the World Athletics Organization.
The upper of the S/LAB Phantasm 2 has been re-engineered to be a lighter, single-layer mesh for increased breathability and comfort, effectively reducing the overall weight of the shoe. Designers were able to shave 10 grams off the shoe, for a total weight of 219 grams per pair. The rocker has been redesigned and moved further forward to reduce the transition time from heel to toe, effectively benefiting runners with a forefoot stride.
“We are proud to say that the S/LAB Phantasm 2 is the best performance shoe we can provide to our road athletes to reach their goals,” shares Airiau.
Salomon road running athletes have raced in versions of the shoe already this year, with Maggie Montoya sporting a version at the 2023 Boston Marathon and Anaïs Quemener testing it at the Paris Half-Marathon.
“I am very grateful to have been a part of the early stages of Salomon joining the road running space and have felt like an integral part of developing a shoe that I’m very proud to represent,” shares Salomon North America road running athlete Maggie Montoya. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed racing in the S/LAB Phantasm 2 and am running faster than I ever had before. I can’t wait to race in them again in Chicago this October!”
“I absolutely loved it! I wasn’t used to running with carbon plated shoes, so I tried it at the Paris Half-Marathon, and since then I’ve broken all my personal bests! No pain, no blisters, just speed,” says Anaïs Quemener, Salomon road running athlete.
The S/LAB Phantasm 2 is will be available for purchase on Salomon.com and at select North American retailers on October 1.
About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon creates premium footwear, apparel, gear and winter sports equipment that is superior in function, radical in design and obsessive in style. At the Annecy Design Center, engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to write the future of sports by creating products that transform outside sports experiences and enable a deeper connection with nature, allowing people to unleash the best version of themselves so that they might positively impact the world.