Salming has a terrific selection of high performance indoor court shoes that are perfect for squash. Salming is very active in sponsoring Professional Squash Association (PSA) players and marketing their brand in association with the PSA itself. As such they are very visible in the squash market. Most of their models are also quite eye catching and flashy so they are hard to miss. Salming’s real strength I believe in their line is providing very light, very comfortable, high performance indoor court shoes. There are 4 series of shoes from Salming: the Kobra, the Viper, the Race and the Adder. Each model has its own strength and those strengths will help determine what the right Salming shoe is for you.
Here is what Salming has to say about the Kobra:
“The Salming Kobra is a fast paced unique combination of lightweight, cushioning and stability. Together with all the unique Salming technologies, Kobra is wrapped up into one agile shoe.
A new Wrap Around System Design (WAS Design)
In order to facilitate agility and stability but still maintain the lightweight characteristics, we have designed the midsole rear end with higher side walls that wrap around the heel area. In combination with the LMS Plus 8° and the new fully integrated ExoSkeleton construction, it ensures an excellent stability and perfect fit.”
The lateral support provided by the Kobra is exceptional. I have found that the LMS+ system in combination with the ExoSkeleton that is incorporated in to the WAS Design really does keep your foot firmly planted in the shoe. This in turn helps keep you firmly planted to the court.
The cushioning system of the Kobra is designed to both provide comfort but also help with performance. Under the heel of the foot the Kobra has cushioning foam which is designed to absorb shock. As squash has a lot of lunging and longer strides most people will strike heel first. The cushioning foam system from Salming does an excellent job of absorbing that shock. In the mid to forefoot area of the shoes Salming has used a rebound foam system. The rebound foam will absorb shock of course but it also transfer energy back in to the foot to add more spring to your movement. It’s a smart design that really is there to provide comfort and aid in performance.
The Kobra are very light and breath extremely well. Salming is a real innovator in the indoor court shoe market in this aspect of the shoe. The shoes are so light and breath so well due to the use of mesh in the upper of the shoe. The mesh is what makes the shoe extremely light weight and also what allows it to breath so well. To provide the necessary stability to the shoe Salming has designed the Wrap Around System Design (WAS Design) in the Kobra. The WAS Design is the Exoskeleton system that comes up between the 2 layers of mesh from under the foot and integrates in to the loop the laces pass through. The Exoskeleton provides excellent strength to the shoe without adding very much weight. Where the Kobra is unique in the Salming line is that the Exoskeleton goes up in to the loop that the laces pass through which really allows the shoe to wrap around the foot.
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The Salming Viper are all about performance. While they have a good cushioning system under your heel they are lower to the court than the Kobra in the mid to forefoot area. They keep you really connected to the court which really helps with movement. As with the Kobra the Viper feature a lot of mesh to keep the shoe light and to help it breath. Strength is provided by the Exoskeleton technology.
Here is what Salming has to say about the Viper:
“The Salming Viper is a fast paced agile shoe with a low profile and excellent stability characteristics. It incorporates the very best of Salming Indoor shoe technologies and then some. If you’re a fan of the Salming Race model you will find the Viper lower and with less cushioning in the fore-foot area, enabling a more close-to-the court feel plus a lighter and more breathable upper.
The construction has its origin in the Salming Running shoe product range, where it has been very well received with its three layer system where the unique Salming ExoSkeleton™ keeps the foot in the right position during lateral movements and high performance activities. Agile, fast paced with a low profile – The Viper.”
Once again lateral support in the Viper is excellent. The provide a wide base under the forefoot area and feature Salming LMS and LMS+ systems to really keep you foot planted on the court and help prevent ankle roll. Being such a low profile shoe helps with lateral support as well.
The Viper are a very comfortable shoe to wear. The cushioning under the heel is the same as in the other Salming models, a cushioning foam. The upper is quite soft as well while still providing the strength and stability needed by way of the Exoskeleton system. As they are lower to the court in the forefoot area you will feel the court more and there is less cushioning there compared to the Kobra or Race. They are designed this way intentionally. They are for the player looking for performance and not as worried about maximum cushioning.
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Salming Race X
The Salming Race X are the latest in the Race series and are the shoes endorsed by Ramy Ashour. The Race X are a good performing pair of indoor court shoes but their claim to fame is comfort. They are a very soft pair of indoor court shoes and feature excellent cushioning in the heel area of the shoe and in the forefoot area.
Here is what Salming has to say about the Race X:
“The Race X is an updated version of the Salming race model powered with a new Exoskeleton™ design that is integrated with the lacing construction. The shoe’s upper is made from the same durable lightweight polyester fabric featured on the race providing virtually zero “break-in” time.”
If you play a lot and are looking to protect your feet from the wear and tear of the hard movements we squash players have to make on court then you should definitely take a look at the Race X. The cushioning foam under the heel of the foot and the rebound foam under the forefoot provide an ultra comfortable ride. The upper of the shoe is incredibly comfortable too and Salming’s claim of requiring virtually zero break-in time is accurate. You can take them out of the box, lace them up and go play!
While designed for comfort, the Race X do also perform well on court. They are used at all levels of the sport including many top level professional squash players. The LMS system provides good lateral support. The Exoskeleton system keeps the foot in place in the shoe even though the upper is incredibly soft and comfortable.
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Last up in the line-up this year is the Salming Adder. The Adder are Salming’s more value priced offering. While they do not feature all of Salming’s top technologies they are still a very good pair of indoor court shoes that provide excellent performance on court.
Here is what Salming has to say about the Adder
“The Salming Adder is greatly inspired by the success Salming Viper in many aspects. Salming Adder provides the lowest profile (height from ground surface to your foot sole) of all Salming indoor shoes. This enables a great feel for the ground and great stability characteristics. The material in the midsole is a lightweight EVA compound and in the heel impact zone there’s a C35 compound designed to reduce impact forces.”
The Adder as noted by Salming are the lowest profile shoe they make. They are very low to the court which from a pure performance perspective is a real plus. While they do have Salming’s cushioning foam in the heel overall the player is lower to the court and there is less cushioning provided. The upper is a little more firm than the Kobra, Viper or Race. For the player that likes a very low to the court shoe and likes a shoe that is a little firmer than the other Salming models the Adder is good shoe to take a look at.
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So that is the new lineup for the 2017/2018 season. Salming has incredible indoor court shoes that are designed with squash in mind. Their different models all provide some different strengths and there should be a model in their lineup that will work for the vast majority of squash players!