Review: Salomon Speedcross 4

By Julia - 15:57:00

My shoe of choice for the technical trails out there is a pretty classic one: the Salomon Speedcross 4.

Dirty. That's how they want to be.

I've run in this shoe for quite a while now and thought I'd share some of my thoughts about the shoe.
First, it has to be mentioned that this is a trail shoe. That's where it belongs. Don't try to take it to the streets or the park – you won't have much fun. The reason is found when you check out the Contagrip outsole: packed with lugs which provide lots of aggressive grip for difficult terrain. Up- and downhill, mud, snow, climbing a rocky trail, the more rugged the better, that's where the shoe is at its best. And let's be honest, to me, that's where the fun is!

The lugs go both directions. Helping you up and down!

The quality of the shoe is what you would expect from a brand like Salomon. They just know how to make shoes, which is why they are very well know.
The rubber covering the lower area all around the shoe is very durable and offers good protection against stones, sticks and all the other dangers your toes could meet out there.

When I get into the shoe I feel like sliding into a good sports sock. Which is a nice secure feeling for me but it might be one of the weaknesses of the shoe for others. I have very narrow (but relatively long) feet and the shoe as well is quite narrow. I guess it can easily get too tight for many. If that could be the case for you, you might want to try the GTX version, which has a wider fit or even check out the wider version of the Speedcross 4 (yes, they exist). Once in there the cushioning makes it comfortable and holds my foot in place, no moving around in this shoe! A quick mention of Salomon's quick lace system which, I admit, is practical, easily adjustable and never in the way (the tongue has a little pocket for the fastener).

With 10mm it does have quite a big heel drop but especially on technical trails, going downhill it feels comfortable and responsive to me.
The looks? Pick whatever colourway you like, because there are many. Or do like me and go all black.

To round this thing up: the Salomon Speedcross 4 is an awesome shoe. BUT very terrain specific. On flat and dry surfaces (and tarmac in general) the lugs will be in the way. It just screams for wild conditions! And that's where I really enjoy running in them. Long distances are no problem either if the narrow shoe is a good fit for you they are comfortable for miles. And finally the quality doesn't disappoint, the shoe turned out to be very durable and my pair is still going strong – a solid shoe over all!

Yes, I do clean my shoes at the end of the day!

I hope you enjoyed my first review and it was helpful for you in whatever way! Let me know if you tried the shoe, love or hate, I'm always curious!

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