Average Weight: Men's 320g (8 UK), Women's 280g (6 UK)
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 10mm
Stack Heights: 30mm heel 20 mm forefoot
Update of the popular Speedcross 4. Designed for off road running on hard packed and soft muddy trails.
- Upper: In line with most major running shoe companies, stitched seams are almost non-existent. Welded heat-sealing around the improved protective toe box is a definite improvement, as is the seam-free midfoot side-strapping. Previously too narrow for some feet, although maintaining its snug midfoot feel, it now seems to have a slightly deeper and higher volume toe box. It does also continue to be available in a separate wide fitting option as well.
- Midsole: Salomon’s own patented cushioning, EnergyCell, makes this a great shoe for miles and miles of trails. The heel has a new more supportive cradle to make it more stable.
- Outersole: The traditional chevron lugs have added an extra mm to their depth to 6mm, which can only make for more grip on the mushiest of surface. The contagrip rubber compound is excellent on dry and wet surfaces, and although there are never any guarantees, seems to be absolutely fine on wet rock too. The lugs, like in the previous Speedcross editions, are forward facing at the forefoot and rearfoot facing on the heel, to give excellent grip both uphill and downhill.
- The Salomon Speedcross has extremely grippy traction on all terrain. It is wider than previous versions in the forefoot but maintains its snug midfoot fit.
- Excellent cushioning, together with the grip, makes it ideal for those multi-terrain adventures where you are running on a variety of surfaces – from hard-packed trail to muddy paths and hills.
- With a 10mm differential between heel and forefoot (drop) it is a little high at the ankle for some runners, who enjoy that low profile, close-to-the ground feel.
This shoe works on many surfaces. It works on hard farm tracks and forestry commission roads, because of the cushioning, but is equally at home on muddy woodland trails or steep grassy and rocky hillsides. A great all-rounder. The availability in the wider width option is a real plus for many of our customers too.
The Speedcross has been a popular shoe with trail runners for several years. The latest updates are all positive. Deeper lugs, improved forefoot volume, seamless upper, increased heel stability are things most trail runners will finds a plus.
If you have loved previous Speedcross editions, you should love this one.
If you have never worn a Speedcross, put it in the mix next time you are looking to replace your trail shoes.