Salomon Snowcross CS

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Salomon Snowcross CS Review Facts

The Salomon Snowcross CS is a very interesting trail running shoe, with plenty of unique features for new runners. It is great for just about any wet or cold running conditions. Many like the tight feel of the shoe, though some said it fits a bit narrow. The Snowcross CS is waterproof and breathable. Keep reading to find out what makes this trail shoe more unique than other trail running shoes.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Waterproof
  • Offers great protection from debris, snow, etc.
  • Very comfortable shoe during the winter months
  • Extremely durable outsole
Cons
  • The shoe is very heavy.
  • Only one color combination
  • Not very responsive
  • It has a very narrow heel, which becomes uncomfortable with prolonged use.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Salomon Snowcross CS is extremely durable, possibly one of the most durable outsoles trail runners are going to come across. The shoe was built to be run on a very harsh terrain. The outsole is built with Contagrip rubber, which provides solid traction on even the most slippery frozen surfaces.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is made up of a dual-density EVA midsole which provides great responsiveness and stability.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Salomon Snowcross CS is where the shoe really shines. The Climashield technology in the forefoot of the shoe makes the shoe breathable and quick drying. The OrthoLite is a removable footbed which protects against shock and removes odors. The synthetic mesh upper is important to the upper as well because it helps to keep the foot cool, dry and comfortable. The protective toe caps protect the toes from debris runners may run into on the trail. The anti-debris mesh also has protective ankle pads helps to cradle the feet in a supportive, flexible fit.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The weight is a major problem of this shoe. The Salomon Snowcross CS looks very heavy and it is, weighing in at 12.9 ounces. Though trail running shoes tend to be a bit heavier, reviewers were not happy with this much weight and felt that it dragged them down some.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathability of the Salomon Snowcross CS is surprisingly good, even with its waterproof upper. The Climashield feature of the upper helps to make the shoe very breathable and quick drying, even in the colder conditions.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The comfort of the Salomon Snowcross CS is sort of a double-edged sword. Though the shoe has features to help make it very comfortable, many feel the narrow fit is a little uncomfortable. For runners with wider feet though, the narrow fit might be a problem. The shoe's upper features SensiFit technology, which cradles the foot to provide a secure and precise fit.
Style
Style

Style

The style of the Salomon Snowcross CS is very interesting, to say the least. There is only one color combination available, red and black. The upper is completely seamless which adds to the sleek style of the shoe. It definitely does not look like a traditional trail running shoe, and runners will definitely get noticed when running in a pair of these. If you are looking for a shoe that looks a bit different than the rest, this is a great option to fit that.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The durability of the Salomon Snowcross CS is great, especially the outsole of the shoe. The Contagrip outsole is made to last on a variety of snowy and icy terrain. The rubber outsole of the shoe is likely not to break down fast and will last the runner a long time. The upper and midsole of the shoe have lasted runners for a long time as well.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Salomon Snowcross CS offers a lot of protection on the trails. There are toe caps on the upper of the shoe to protect the toes from debris that the runner may run into on the trail. The anti-debris mesh is also very helpful in keeping debris out of the shoe and footbed.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Salomon Snowcross CS isn't the most responsive shoe, but it gets the job done. The EVA midsole is supposed to help the shoe with responsiveness, though there is just so much to the shoe that it still lacks a bit of it.
Support
Support

Support

The Salomon Snowcross CS does a great job at supporting the upper of the foot. The tight-fitting upper provides a secure, supportive fit.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Salomon Snowcross CS works best on the snowy, icy, and muddy terrain.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Salomon Snowcross CS is very high. It comes in around $200, which is way more than most runners are willing to pay for a trail running shoe. This is a specialty shoe and offers many appealing features, which in many ways, justifies the price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction of the Salomon Snowcross CS is very good and works best on a wet and slippery terrain. Running on other terrains will likely bring mixed results. The durable outsole allows for long-lasting traction.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The flexibility of the Snowcross CS is okay. The heavy weight of the shoe and the number of features the shoe offers, make this a slightly stiff shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The stability of the shoe is great, as it does a great job at keeping the runner’s foot locked and secured into place.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Coming in at 11mm, the drop of the Snowcross CS is pretty average.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Seamless Upper
• Anti-Debris Mesh
• Sensifit
• Quicklace
• Climashield
• OrthoLite Footbed
• Toe Caps
• Mesh Lining
• Contagrip outsole
• Dual-Density EVA
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Salomon Snowcross CS is a very interesting trail running shoe. It offers a lot of unique features not seen in many other trail shoes, but it is a specialty running shoe. If you are planning to run on wet and slippery, possibly icy terrain, this is the shoe for you. Reviewers stated that the shoe has a nice fit if you have a narrow foot, but may be too tight if your foot is on the wider side. Though the price of the shoe is high, it may be worth the cost if you are looking for a shoe with these features.