Salming Race R2 [Version 3.0 Released]

The Salming Race R2 has come in three different versions:

Salming Race R2 3.0
Salming Race R2 2.0
Salming Race R2 (Original)

Salming Race R2 3.0

Just spotted this new version! Thanks to Harrison for the tip.

Navy / yellow looks great:

Salming Race R2 3.0 Men [Navy / Yellow]
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I LOVE the white:

Salming Race R2 3.0 Men [White]
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Salming Race R2 2.0

Here’s the Salming Race R2 2.0 in red and green. Another cool style from Salming.

Salming Race R2 2.0 Men - Red
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Max Lee was wearing these at the 2015 British Open:

Photo by Steve Cubbins

Product Notes & Reviews

The naming convention is kind of weird here. We already had the Salming Race R1 and its successor, the Salming Race R1 2.0. Now this shoe here is named the Salming Race R2 2.0. But it looks pretty much the same as the Race R1 2.0. I don’t get it.

Update: Tony commented as follows:

There is a difference between R1 2.0 and R2. The tongue on the R1 2.0 is attached to the footbed with a mesh as the R2 have a free-floating tongue.

Another update: watch my video review below!

The R2 is very similar to the Salming Race R1. Here are a couple photos showing the mesh connector thingy I mentioned in the video:


Oh, one last thing that I forgot to mention in the video. In some of the pictures and videos, these shoes come out looking very red. In real life, they’re red, but with a dash of orange. I have been advised by my fellow players that in a pinch, my shoes can double as traffic cones.

Salming Race R2 (Original)

Ah, here’s the original “1.0” version:

Salming Race R2 - Black Green
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Reviews and Comments

Please leave a review or comment below!


  1. Snelly says

    Loads of people at my club have these shoes including our attached professional. Everyone says the same thing – they are the comfiest squash shoes they have ever had but they last weeks, not months.

    Great for a month then they just wear out. No longevity but maximum comfort.

  2. Pierre Bastien says

    From Rod, via email:

    I have to say I’m in love with the Salming R2

    I can say without a doubt these feel remarkably better on my feet (my opinion) than the adidas adipower stabil.

    for me, they have better arch and heel support. I get spells of plantar fasciitis and I attribute that new found discomfort to my relatively new adidas shoes–they just aren’t for me. That said, I did order a half size smaller and glad i did. They fit perfect and I immediately felt no discomfort in my foot/heel.

  3. Pierre Bastien says

    From Marc via Facebook:

    Thanks for the review, in my opinion the R2 is not durable, after 1 month the shoe got Shredded from both side. Last week got The Salming Viper. Hopefully will last longer, otherwise will get back to Asics.

  4. Rod Foster says

    I’m fairly confident in posting about the R2 durability.

    1. i’ve had them for a good while now–over 2 months and i play 3-4 nights a week and i’m no slouch…i abuse the heck out of these and i only wear them on the court….not around the house or a latte run to starbucks

    2. i ordered a half-size smaller on these and it’s perfect….

    3. 2 months later these puppies are holding their form and feel wonderful. in fact, i’ve ordered another pair just so i can have them at the ready and use them back and forth to save on wear and tear.

    4. they are the most comfortable squash shoe i’ve ever worn and i won’t be going back to the asics or adidas. and not only that, they’re freakin cool looking…the words squash shoes and stylish are not synonymous so that’s an added bonus.

    5. great video review Pierre, thanks a ton for a great post!

  5. Ibrahim says

    Based on some reviews i’ve ordered a half size smaller us size 10.5 of the Race1 2.0 blue (usually 11). And to my surprise both 10.5 and 11 are smaller than my asics, nike, and prince, US11. So i went to a store near by and got me Viper size 11.5 (yes there’s a small gap between my fingers and the forefront) but the shoes are perfect from the sides now. This is maybe due to having having a slightly wider feet than people who wear Adidas which is “known of having shoes for narrow feet”.Anyway, Since i have a history of ankle and knees injuries and was in store I’ve started trying different models R9 cushioning was the kind of shoe that perfect for my history but these were higher than the average squash shoes. Viper on the other foot (bun intended) were very low and you would be surprise of how low they are. But they have the widest gum rubber sole which is a plus for me in terms of stability on the court.

  6. Sven_Munich says

    Hi friends,

    I bought the R2 2.0 (74 EUR in Germany ) six month ago, and I am very pleased about this shoe.

    Why: The shoe is very comfortable, light and the durability is unbelievable, I play 4-6 times a week (10-15 h / a week) and my old Asics Gel Blade 4 lasts only 4 month, same procedure at my asics Gel Rocket 6.

    So, the Salming shoe is my absolute favorit and buy recommendation.

    Greetz, Sven

    • John says

      Hi Sven,

      I’ve got the Asics GB 3 and am suspicisious about some comfort during time. Reading u’re playing around same times a week I wondered about youre complaints with the Asics GB 4.

      Can u mention some complaints ?

      With regards/Mit Grusse aus Holland,


  7. Sang says

    You can buy the white R2s in the UK at

    I have a pair of R1s and R2s and can honestly say that there is minimal difference.

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