Salomon S-Lab Speed

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Salomon S-Lab Speed Review Facts

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoe is here. Under wet, dry, muddy, up hill, down hill and any other condition, the S-Lab Speed trail running shoes will keep you stable and comfortable. Terrain is never going to stop you anymore from having the runs you want to have, where you want to have them.

The excellent grip and traction from the Contragrip outsole will keep you from slipping on the slickest terrain. The SensiFit technology will provide a great fit to your feet. The Quicklace, apart from helping to provide great fit, will make it easier to tie your shoes. One pull is all you need to do.  Foot wrapping will be enhanced thanks to the EndoFit technology.

The combination of technologies incorporated in the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes make them really efficient and comfortable although there are some drawbacks.  Let’s take a closer look at the S-Lab Speed.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Great grip and traction
  • Speed lacing system
  • Excellent durability
  • Super protective upper
  • Great responsiveness
  • Good forefoot flexibility
Cons
  • Not very breathable
  • Can get pricey
  • Only sold in men’s sizes
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole from the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes is definitely one of the more powerful and efficient technologies of the shoe. The Contragrip outsole technology incorporated in the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes provides the grip, traction and durability you need to run in every condition you want. The combination of low and high densities on the outsole will make sure you get the best grip (from low density) and durability (from high density).

The Running Contragrip outsole has flex grooves on the forefoot area, multi directional lugs and defined toe off and braking lugs. As a plus, the outsole features self cleaning properties thanks to the pyramidal shape of the lugs.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes feature a combination of an anatomical EVA footbed and a compressed EVA midsole. That combination will make it possible to get great protection, high energy return and extra comfort. The cushioning from the midsole helps to absorb shock from the impact of every stride. The responsive materials of the midsole also help to provide high energy return for you to have a smooth heel to toe transition under all circumstances.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Starting with the Anti Debris Mesh, the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes will keep you protected from all kinds of brought terrain. The Anti Debris Mesh prevents debris from being trapped between your foot and the footbed. The SensiFit technology, located on the medial and lateral sides of the shoe will help providing a great and secure fit. The EndoFit enhances a great fit acting as a sock that keeps your feet secure and comfortable. The SensiFit and the EndoFit, combined with the EVA Sockliner make the shoe a really comfortable one under any conditions.

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes feature the Salomon Quicklace technology, a minimalistic and strong shoe lace that you can tighten with only one pull. Easy on, easy off. The shoes incorporate a Lace Pocket for an easy storage for the Quicklace system. The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes put protection on top of breathability, the Anti Debris Mesh and the Tongue Cover will keep away any debris coming from the outside, but will not let your feet breath as well as they should.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes are lightweight shoes. However, there are some other shoes from the same brand that are lighter. The average weight of the shoe is 265 grams (9.3 oz).
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Choosing breathable shoes is very important when it comes to getting the perfect shoe. Having good breathability will keep your feet cooler allowing the sweat to evaporate more quickly, that will reduce the risk of getting blisters. The Anti Debris Mesh that the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes feature is, unfortunately, not really good in terms of ventilation and breathability. The closed upper mesh reduces the quality of air going inside the shoes.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Technologies such as the EndoFit and the SenseFit make the she very comfortable. Along with the EVA Sockliner, they make sure to provide the best fit for better control and superior comfort. The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes are very comfortable shoes. The combination of technologies in the midsole make the shoe to absorb the impact from the terrain under any kind of conditions. The different densities of the outsole and the lug pattern will keep you in the ground all the time. The Quicklace system makes the shoes even more comfortable to use.

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes provide an outstanding performance when used over long periods of time under rough terrain conditions. Reviewers are generally very happy with the comfort of these shoes.
Style
Style

Style

The style of the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes is great! It looks like a strong shoe while looking, and feeling, really comfortable. It only comes in black. It has some red lines on the sides of the shoe that make it look cool. The Quicklace system makes the shoe look very comfortable while the aggressive Contragrip outsole makes it look it can handle anything.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes are made to last. From the extra durability of the Contragrip outsole to the Anti Debris Mesh, the shoes will conquer with you the toughest terrains without taking much damage. The high density compound from the outsole will make the shoes extra durable from the bottom up and from the outside in. The combined EVA technologies used in the midsole give the shoe extra durability from the inside out. The closed upper Anti Debris Mesh is made to last, it can handle the toughest conditions from the road easily. If you get a pair of the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes, you are making a long time investment (in terms of shoes).
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes make sure you not only feel protected, but they will really protect you from the terrain. The outsole will make sure every step you take is secured in the ground. The midsole technologies absorb the shock from the impacts. The Anti Debris Mesh will keep the debris from getting into the shoes. The Quicklace system provides an easier and more secure fit to your feet. The EVA Sockliner adapts to your shoe and combined with the SensiFit and EndoFit, will provide the best fit to keep your feet secured within the shoes. The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes features a toe cap that will keep your toes from getting hurt by the rocks, roots and any other element.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The combination of technologies that make the midsole of the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes great, also are responsible for providing great responsiveness. The high energy return is enhanced by the combination of compressed and molded EVA midsole technologies. That gives you a smoother ride, making easier the heel to toe transition. You get the best control and responsiveness from these shoes, wether is on steep climbs or descents, and in wet or dry conditions, from the Contragrip outsole. The Quicklace system, SensiFit, EndoFit and Eva sockliner foot bed make the shoe really responsive under any condition of the terrain.
Support
Support

Support

When it comes to running, more important than the shoes, is you own body mechanics. If you over pronate or under pronate when you walk and run, will make a difference regarding the kind of support you need from the shoes you buy. The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes are really comfortable shoes with good cushioning, great responsiveness and outstanding traction, but they do not provide any extra support for over and under pronators. If you are looking for shoes that provide you specific pronation support, it is better is you ask for assistance in your nearest store to get the best performance and support from the right shoes.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The last thing you may need to consider when running with the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes is the terrain. As trail running shoes, they perform the best on off road conditions. The outstanding grip, traction and durability of the Contragrip outsole will make sure that the terrain don't stop you from having your run. Over wet, dry, muddy, dusty, rocky surfaces, the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes will perform great. The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes are made to really dig dip in to the ground, regardless of the direction of travel, up or down the hills.
Price
Price

Price

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes can get a bit pricey. Definately more expensive than the Fellraiser line. Right now the average price on Amazon is $135 USD, but they tend to be more expensive than that. Regardless the price at the moment, the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes are good value for your money.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The combination of low density and high density compounds in the outsole provide the Salomon S-Lab Speed with great traction, grip and durability. The Contragrip technology provides the best traction over mixed terrain at high speeds. With flex grooves on the fore foot, multi directional lugs and excellent grip over wet surfaces, these shoes are designed and built for great traction.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes manage to have a great balance of protection, weight and flexibility. That great balance is due to the combination of outstanding
technologies such as the Contragrip outsole, the compressed EVA, the molded EVA and a closed but flexible upper mesh. All those materials enhance the flexibility of the shoe without compromising the cushioning and the protection. As expected, the flexibility of these shoe is limited because is a trail running shoe. The shoe is designed to be protective and responsive, yet flexible and light.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes come multi directional deep lugs, making them long enough to keep you secured to the ground yet providing you a great feeling of the terrain. According to reviewers, the depth of the lugs is really good, making the shoes very stable in every step you take. The multi directional lugs make it as well very stable regardless the terrain. The SensiFit and EndoFit provide great fit to your feet. The EVA Sockliner also enhances the way the shoes adapt to your feet. The combined EVA technologies from the midsole keep you stable and protected in every stride.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. The Salomon S-Lab Speed has a 4 mm drop. The heel height is 20mm while the forefoot height is 16mm.
Key Features of the Salomon S-Lab Speed
Key Features of the Salomon S-Lab Speed

Key Features of the Salomon S-Lab Speed

• SensiFit Technology

• EndoFit Technology

• Anti Debris Mesh

• Quicklace System

• Lace Pocket

• Anatomical EVA footbed

• Durable materials

• Tongue Cover
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Salomon S-Lab Speed trail running shoes are definitely among the best shoes in terms of traction and stability. The comfort that the midsole provides is outstanding according to the reviewers. These shoes will make sure you get the best ride over uneven terrains. Off road running gets easier if you use the kind of traction and responsiveness the Salomon S-Lab Speed provide. The price is a bit high, compared to similar shoes, but if you buy them you can be sure you are making a good investment on you. The only downside to the shoe is the Anti Debris Mesh does not allow good breathability. The comfort that the rest of the technologies provide to the shoe can be affected by the lack of ventilation and breathability. Also not that the Salomon S-Lab Speed trail will not provide any extra support for those who over or under pronate. As always, make sure you know your running mechanics before buying a pair of shoes.