Salomon SpeedCross ProReview Facts
One of the most spectacular running shoes in its class, the SpeedCross Pro is a lightweight trail running shoe. Everything has been improved in the model from previous versions, especially the upper, which is more durable and water resistant. The outsole makes a strong impact with its aggressive lugs. The overall performance is great even on soft or muddy surfaces.
Salomon knows how to make a strong visual impact. We can see it in their marketing videos. This skill has been greatly translated into the SpeeCross Pro which looks very good and easily stands out from the rest of the shoes in its class. For the narrow-footed runner this shoe has the capability to unleash all the agility needed on hard, soft, rocky, rooted, uphill or downhill trails.
The outsole features the Mud & Snow Non-Marking CONTAGRIP that leaves no traces while running. The lugs are aggressive but they are design to last on soft surfaces.
The design of the outsole features an aggressive chevron pattern. It provides superior grip and it really shines shedding mud as it’s almost self-clearing. This is part of the Speedcross Contagrip technology. This grip and durability technology also embeds the single density, soft compound.
The midsole is characterized by the molded EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate). The technology offers good cushioning
with anatomical support. It manages to absorb shocks while still delivering a responsive, prompt, feel. EVA is widely used in the shoe industry as it is ‘rubber-like’, soft and flexible.
The upper has the most updates to previous models such as the SpeedCross 3. It features the EndoFit sleeve that connects the tongue to the shoe for an improved fit.
The mesh used in the upper is designed to be anti-debris. It is also a waterproof material. Salomon made an extra effort to keep the foot safe and dry. The SensiFit technology manages to hug the foot for a precise fit and reasonable comfort.
Another technology used in the upper is the Quick-lace System. It offers a simple, one-pull lacing solution. The shoe also comes with lacing pockets to keep the laces out of the way while running and increasing safety
Coming at 275g, the shoe sits comfortably in the average figures of the trail running options. The weight is increased with the tongue design but balanced by the fused overlays that connect to the laces.
On hard surfaces the weight translates into a clunky feel. Keeping your running on trails should keep you away from this however.
The construction of the shoe allows breathability on the upper. The mesh allows for some level of breathability. There is no special technology with the insole however. Runners have reported an average breathability for the SpeedCross Pro. This can be a drawback for long distance runners or to those who run in hot environments.
There is an increased feel of comfort with the shoes. There are specific technologies used to achieve this and they include: Injected EVA and the Textile Construction. The Injected EVA offers support and cushioning without sacrificing stability and while staying relatively lightweight. The Textile Construction of the mesh is breathable and abrasion-free while staying lightweight also.
The only comfort drawback is given by the relatively limited breathability of the upper. Runners can expect a decent comfort level with session of up to a few hours and not in a hot climate.
One of the major pros of the Salomon SpeedCross Pro is the style. There is no way a runner can pass by unnoticed with this shoe. In certain aspects, the shoe reminds of older, classic models but it also blends modern elements with the fused overlays.
The tongue technology and the lace technology easily stand out in the trail-running shoes options. The design of the outsole also has a major visual impact, resembling to the shoes of football players.
The shoe comes with above average durability. This is mainly possible due to specific technologies in the outsole and in the upper. The outsole features the Speedcross Contagrip technology which features deep lugs made from single density, soft compound.
The upper comes with abrasion-resistant mesh for added durability. The lacing system features finger-like design connecting to the shoe through the overlay system. Many manufacturers have adopted this technology both for style and increased durability. The lacing pockets also insure the laces are safely tucked and thus free from any damage.
There have been some debates on the protection of the SpeedCross Pro. One thing is sure; the upper is way above industry standards. The mesh protects the foot from water and is abrasion-resistant. The tongue system also protects the midfoot. Under these circumstances, the shoe is ideal for the fall-winter seasons. The outsole performs well on snow and truly supports the protective qualities of the upper.
The 6mm lugs also keep the foot away from potential hazards such as sharp rock edges proving to work with the overall protection of the shoe.
From the start it needs to be said that the responsiveness of the shoe is above the average in its class. That being said, some runners have reported softness in the heel. While this is not a problem for most runners, it can quickly become one, especially on technical downhills. There is a tendency of the heel to over-compress and this is accentuated on downhills.
Support is also above average in the class. Salomon used the Lightweight Muscle Midsole technology for long-lasting cushioning and rebound. Molded and injected EVA also contributes to the overall positive support of the shoe. They offer lightweight support, cushioning and stability. The anatomical insole support offered by the EVA technology, together with the anti-debris mesh work great to support the foot.
The outsole of the Salomon SpeedCross Pro is what will make the difference in terrain tackling. The lugs are so big that they will limit the runner`s ability to take the shoe off-trails. On flat terrain the shoe feels bulky. The shoe is not meant for technical abilities and agility, they are rather a tool for powering-through difficult terrains and conditions.
Starting at $107 online, the shoe is not cheap. Although there are some great technologies used in the shoe, the price limits it to people who mostly want a safe, work-horse-type shoe specifically for those uneven, muddy and dusty trails.
This is where the shoe truly shines. The 6mm sticky lugs provide above average traction. The outsole works great with the TPU-fused overlays allowing for better traction results due to the increased feel of security in the midfoot. Some runners even reported that the tight space in the forefoot proved to be an advantage when it comes to traction with a more determined stride.
Runners have welcomed the overall flexibility of the shoe. The injected and molded EVA technology is known for its flexibility capabilities and the SpeedCross Pro delivers exceptional results in the outsole and midsole flexibility. But there is a drawback with the upper flexibility. Although the tongue and lacing offer strong and flexible holds, the waterproof mesh has under the average flexibility in the trail-running niche.
The SensiFit technology and the EVA technology offer a good, basic, stability. SensiFit wraps the foot for a precise and safe fit. The comfort feel is enhanced by the cradling of the midfoot from the base to the laces.
EndoFit also works great to deliver increased stability in the shoe. This Salomon-specific technology is basically an internal sleeve that hugs the forefoot. It improves foot wrapping and feedback in the forefoot.
With a drop of 10mm, the shoe stands closely to similar options on the market. There are two main pluses for the drop of the shoe. One is the EVA technology. It offers full-length molded underfoot cushioning. The second is the lightweight muscle cushioning which absorbs impact during landing.
• EndoFit - Internal sleeve for improved feedback and foot-wrapping stability
• Water Resistant mesh – no more outside humidity problems
• Anti-Debris Mesh – keeps the foot safe from debris
• Injected EVA – cushioning and stability delivered with a lightweight material
• Moulded EVA – provides cushioning, support and stability
• Quicklace System – simple and quick lacing system
• Lace pockets – keeps the laces away during running
• Sensifit – precise fit for added stability and comfort feel
• Mud Guard – protective base against abrasive materials
• 6mm lugs
• Chevron-style outsole design for increased trail running capacity
The Salomon SpeedCross Pro is definitely a shoe to remember. It has such a strong visual impact with its lacing systems and chevron-style lugs that it will be nearly impossible to forget. It provides great trail traction and is regarded as shoe that protects and keeps the foot safe due to the chosen technologies and materials.
It comes with and aggressive and sticky outsole and it proves to work on any surface that keeps the shoe off a flat surface. The shoe is not meant for long distance running and it’s safe to say it doesn`t like hot weather.
There are many technologies used in the shoe but what impresses is how these technologies come together. The overall feel of the shoe recommends it for aggressive running on difficult trails.