Salomon Speedcross 4

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Salomon Speedcross 4 Facts

Despite the name, this is actually the 3rd installment of the Salomon Speedcross line. Salomon took it’s time coming out with the Speedcross 4 because there were only a few very minor updates to be make to the shoe. They put a lot of engineering into making the first Speedcross shoe and they did a good job.

Salomon was originally a ski company and since it’s inception in the 70s, it has been making high quality products. Its headquarters are in Annecy, France and they now manufacture a lot of high quality equipment for a variety of outdoor adventure sports, such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and trail running. If you are looking for a rugged shoe to take you the distance or even something to tackle the trails for a short time, this is the shoe for you. Inspired by fell running shoes, this shoe is built to take on the toughest terrain thanks to it’s well built outsole that really digs into soft terrain.

Pros
  • The lacing system works to wrap snugly around your foot giving you a great secure feeling, the addition of the quick laces is great for adjusting the shoe on the fly
  • The Contigrip outsole does a great job of digging into any soft terrain and the sticky rubber does a great job of hugging surfaces
  • The durable mesh upper is great at keeping debris out while still being highly breathable
  • This shoe is perfectly designed for runners whether they are new to the trails or tackling an ultra distance race, it’s built well
  • Dual density EVA throughout the shoe does a great job of cushioning your ride and providing a little bit of stability while still being quite flexible
  • Salomon has made some improvements to the durability of the outsole from previous models, and the lugs are now smaller and there are more of them
Cons
  • Some people might find the toe box a little constricting
  • Some people complained about the large lugs breaking off or wearing prematurely, this is not a road to trail shoe
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

There haven't been many changes to this shoe in general, but there are a couple of changes on the outsole. It still uses the Contigrip outsole rubber, but Salomon claims it is stickier than previously, which really helps you to stick to wet surfaces. They also made some slight changes to the outsole pattern. It’s still made of chevron shaped lugs, but they are slightly smaller and there are more of them and in areas where it was previously covered in half a lug, Salomon has fit a full lug along the outside, making it slightly grippier than previously. Unfortunately, these lugs are still prone to wearing out prematurely if used on hard terrain.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

There haven’t been many changes to the midsole material, although Salomon did manage to shave off a little weight from the 3rd edition to the 4th, which is most likely due to them being able to put the same amount of dual density EVA with a lighter weight. The cushion is strategically placed throughout the midsole to absorb shock where you need it most in the heel, while also allowing the shoe to retain it’s flexibility. The cushion also supports and cradles the foot to promote good form and dissuade runners from pronating.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of this shoe is still made with Salomon’s Sensifit technology which really works to wrap around the foot and offer a snug fit, especially in the midfoot area. The quick lace system makes it easy to adjust the fit on the fly, so you can make sure you get the proper fit every time. The Anti-Debris mesh is breathable and effective at keeping debris out. The overlays are strategically placed throughout the shoe to tighten around the foot and also add durability to the upper and other areas that are prone to wear, such as the toe box. The shoe is lined with moisture wicking nylon material, which is soft to the touch, and the Ortholite insole has anti-odor properties to keep your shoes smelling decent even after long, tough runs.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe weighs in at around 11 oz for men and 9.2 oz for women, so Salomon was successful at shaving off around 1 oz of weight from both men’s and women’s while keeping the same design AND actually putting a full lug on the outer edge of the outsole. While this shoe is still a little on the heavy side, the lightweight design feels great underfoot and the way that it hugs and moves with you throughout your stride makes this shoe feel like it’s an extension of your body.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Anti-Debris mesh and the overall design of the shoe make for a very breathable upper. The synthetic overlays are used sparingly and the majority of the shoe is built with mesh. The way the shoe really wraps around your foot also makes for a breathable experience. Pair with thin socks in summer to make the most of this shoe’s breathability.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The way this shoe hugs your feet and moves with you make for a very comfortable fit. The inner lining makes for a great next to foot feeling. The padded lace area along with the quick lace system means that you can quickly adjust the tightness around your foot adding to the comfort of the shoe. The dual density midsole material is also great at cushioning your ride. Some runners with wide feet might find this shoe a little constricting because of it’s narrow fit, so they might have to go up a size or even give this shoe a pass.
Style
Style

Style

I love all the color options of this shoe. No matter what kind of style you are looking for on the trails, there is a rendition of this shoe for you. Lots of bright, bold color choices and some more conservative ones as well. The whole shoe, with it’s big lugs and flashy looks make this shoe look very appealing for anyone who needs a shoe to tackle the toughest of trails.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Salomon worked hard at creating a durable shoe that will go the distance. The outsole is all one unit which means that there are no areas of weakness between different types of rubber and the chance of them separating. While I do find this to be a very durable outsole, it is very terrain specific, the lugs will not hold up to time spent on the road or paved surfaces.

This is a soft terrain shoe and some runners have had problems with the lug tearing or having excessive damage, which will happen if the shoe spends excessive time running on the road. I really like the way the upper and the outsole attach. There is synthetic material and the 2 units just sort of weld together. This is great for standing up to rocks, sticks and trail debris in general, and it greatly contributes to the shoe’s durability. The mesh part of the upper, because it is so tightly woven, is also great at standing up to trail debris.
Protection
Protection

Protection

This shoe stands up to gnarly trails and the greatest protective feature it has is the ability to keep you upright on the muddiest terrains or when tackling steep inclines or declines. The shoe is also really built to keep foreign material out of the shoe and keep your foot comfortable. The highly breathable, quick drying upper is good at warding off blisters. There is also a little toe protection with the extra synthetic materials placed around the toe box. The midsole and outsole work well at cushioning your stride to keep impact related injuries at bay.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

There isn’t a ton of midsole cushioning in this shoe which is great for maintaining flexibility and responsiveness. The outsole and lug design give this shoe a good grippy feeling and also makes you feel like you are low to the ground and really digging in. This shoe is great for a cushioned yet responsive ride, built for training and racing alike.
Support
Support

Support

There isn’t a ton of cushion in this shoe but it is strategically placed throughout the midsole to promote good form and keep runners from pronating. It is especially nice the way the shoe wraps around your foot to give you a nice secure fit, making it feel like the shoe is almost an extension of your foot.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is built for soft, muddy terrain and is great for digging in and giving you the traction you need on steep inclines and declines. The stickiness of the rubber also helps with maintaining grip in wet conditions such as on slippery stones etc. This is not a shoe designed for the road and while you can do minimal road running between sections of trail, if you know there will be a lot of road, leave this shoe at home.
Price
Price

Price

This is an expensive shoe, but you can get it online for a great deal! Do try to test this shoe in store before purchasing online through, as the sizing can be a little challenging, due to it’s narrow fit. This is a durable shoe that excels at tough trails, so if you think it belongs in your shoe rotation, it has a very reasonable price tag.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The large lugs on the outsole of the Salomon Speedcross 4 are really good and providing traction on wet muddy terrains. The placement of the lugs and the space between them really allow for this shoe to dig in for a powerful stride and a strong toe off. The stickiness of the outsole material also allows for traction on wet slick surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This shoe has a very minimalist feeling and offers nice flexibility throughout, especially in the forefoot area. While the midsole and heel area are a little stiffer to give you the support you need, it still makes for a flexible feeling throughout the shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Salomon Speedcross 4 really hugs your feet and with a 10mm drop has some stability features. The midsole is designed to promote good running form and get you onto your forefoot for a powerful toe off. The dual-density EVA material is also placed throughout the shoe to dissuade runners from pronating which can cause knee related injuries.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Salomon has reduced the drop a little and this shoe now offers a 10mm heel to toe offset. This allows for more cushioning in the heel, great for protecting you from impact related injuries. With an offset this high, some shoes might make you feel like you are dragging your heels, but not in this shoe, it really does a great job of moving with your foot and making your stride feel natural and effortless.
Key Features of the Salomon Speedcross 4
Key Features of the Salomon Speedcross 4

Key Features of the Salomon Speedcross 4

• Anti debris mesh is breathable and the synthetic leather overlays are breathable, light, flexible and fast drying
• Sensifit technology gives the shoe a snug fit in all the right places, the overlay design cradles your feet and the quick lace system is great for adjusting that fit on the fly
• The protective toe cap on the front increases the durability of the shoe and keeps toes safe from bumps and trail debris.
• The nylon lining is designed to wick moisture away and keep feet dry and comfortable
• The removeable Ortholite insole is great for increased shock absorption and the antimicrobial properties deter odors and keep shoes smelling fresh
• Dual density EVA padding inside the shoe provides excellent stability, cushioning and a nice responsive feeling throughout your stride
• Contragrip rubber outsole is great for making you stick to gnarly trail, the fact that it is slightly sticky and has large lugs make this a great shoe for tackling anything the trail has to throw at you.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Salomon really took it’s time releasing this latest edition of this shoe and that’s probably because they got so much right in the Speedcross 2 and 3. Finally after years of refining their already superior technology, this long awaited shoe is on the market. The made some minor changes to the outsole to make it grippier and little bit lighter. This is a highly durable, terrain specific shoe, so if you are looking for something colorful to help you tackle those muddy, soft or even snowy trails, look into this shoe, its lightweight design make it great for training or racing on the trails.