This past June, Salomon launched their latest update to their fleet, the Speedcross 4. Runners and hikers familiar with Salomon and the Speedcross line have come to love this shoe for what it is, a technical trail shoe that begs to play in the mud and steep stuff.
Snug like a glove fit. The open toebox allows my foot to expand and/or push forward on the downhill, but isn't so loosey goosey it feels void of support. Mudguard material surrounding entire base of shoe not only protects from mud, dirt, snow, but shields against rocks crashing in to my forefoot upon impact with trail. The new sole design maintains classic grip I’ve come to LOVE and EXPECT from the Speedcross style. It's not my every day trail shoe, I need more cushioning; days I know there will be rocky terrain and some scrambling, this baby performs.
There’s so many things to like about this shoe, so I’ll focus my comments on the top three that stand out in my mind.
Quicklace System – I look for this technology in every shoe I pick up. It really works! When I run trails, I want my shoe to stay snug on my feet. Any movement in my shoe and I get nervous that I will roll my ankle on the next rock bed.
Contragrip – The lugs on the Speedcross 4 work in any environment or trail condition you may run in. Although, these wouldn’t be my first choice on a hard packed smooth trail system. Soft, technical trails with obstacles is where the Speedcross 4 excels, and you really want it to in these types of conditions.
Gore-Tex Upper – These shoes shed everything you throw at it, it’s truly amazing. I found myself running through mud puddles like an adolescent school child without a care in the world. My feet never felt heavy and there was still no movement in the shoe even after getting wet.