Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX

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Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX Review Facts

The GTX is the waterproof version of the long-awaited addition to the Salomon Speedcross 4 line. Salomon is a well-established company that has manufactured the quality gear that meets the needs of a variety of outdoor sports such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and in this case, trail running. They also manufacture other gear for trail running, such as specialized clothing, hydration packs, etc. This model is a really great choice for rugged outdoor adventure running. Its design allows you to tackle the toughest of terrains while staying light and nimble. The combination of its durable design and the Gore-Tex upper make this shoe perfect for wet muddy conditions or colder snowy climates.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • The lacing system provides a secure fit 
  • The durable upper is made with a breathable yet protective mesh.
  • This shoe works well for runners new or experienced runners and those who are looking to tackle an ultra marathon.
  • The dual density midsole cushions your run and provides some stability and flexible
Cons
  • Some people might find the toe box a little constricting.
  • Some people complained about the large lugs breaking off or wearing prematurely.
  • Not very lightweight
  • Breathability could be improved.
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Positive
  • I was able to get thee dirty right out of the box with no issues. I used these on an obstacle course, through the mud and grime and had no issues. They have epic traction and the size is perfect. These shoes are top of the line, I cannot recommend them enough.
  • These shoes are an all terrain god! They have super traction and are for anyone who is really active outside. They also work great for those who likes to run on there hikes. I cannot say enough good things about this shoe.
  • I walk daily for 10+ hours and these have never disappointed. I have had over 7 pairs of these shoes and I have never had any pain. They are over the moon comfortable and I highly recommend them.
  • These shoes are actually waterproof. I wore these for my Tough Mudder and was pleasantly surprised. I love the foot bed support and they look like awesome rugged cleats. I love running the trails in these too.
  • They have a great traction to them on slick, wet and icy surfaces and they are very waterproof. They seem a bit bigger than the previous models ad the material is a bit harder but I really like them.
  • I was able to take these on my trail run with ease. They have little to no break in time and they traction is amazing with all the elevation changes I had. These are just a great dang shoe.
  • I have been using these for my snowy hikes and have done over 60 miles in the snow. These have not failed once. I use these with gaiters when I am on the snowy trails and they do not allow any water in and my feet stay super dry and warm. They have also really impressed in comfort and design. These are by far my favorite hiking and trail shoes.
  • I run with my dogs in these through the trails. These are super comfortable and take a lot of beating. I like the lacing system. It is almost not necessary. Just a perfect shoe all together.
  • I needed something more sneakery for my landscaping job and these have given me what I was looking for without losing the durability and ruggedness that I need for being in the drt and grass all day. Jhey also keep my feet nice and cozy and comfortable. These also keep my feet dry , which is a huge plus. I highly recommend these shoes to any type of outdoorsy folks.
  • These shoes are the top of the line trailer. I mean, seriously, they fail in no area. They are rugged and comfortable. They have a great flexibility and the traction is out of the world. These are by far the best trail shoes I have ever purchased. I am on my second pair and will be sticking to these until they change.
  • I bought these for the snow and ice that i anticipated on my mountain trails. I also wanted to test them before my Spartan race. These shoes have hands down the best traction ever. They kept my feet super dry and warm with no blisters or slippage. I am looking to buy a second pair for color options. I absolutely love these shoes.
  • These look great as well as feel great. These are an upgrade from the last model for sure. The tread on these is way better and the insides are super durable for those long hard trails. They are covered in gore tex, which kept my feet dry as I trained through the slush and snow. I recommend these to anyone who trails.
  • These run a bit narrow so I suggest a size larger if you have a wide toe box. These work with my really deep arches and keep me pain free from my Neuroma. They have really worked with my bone spurs too. I have issues with my feet obviously but love to hike and runa and these are magic for me. Thee are really comfortable shoes.
  • I like to do obstacles and thee are the best shoes on the market. They stay dry and have a lot of comfort. They fit perfect too, true to size.
  • I would not recommend these for anything but the trails. They have a real cleats likeness to them and can possibly do some damage to other surfaces. I did have to go a size up on these but they are a great fit and super comfortable. If you have a chance to try them on before you buy them, do it.
  • These shoes are great for what they are made for, trailing. I do recommend going a size up, they are a it tight in the toes.
  • These really make my trail experiences much more enjoyable. They keep my feet warm and dry and I love the quick lace system. I am able to do all sorts of activities in these without any pain. Great shoe Salomon keep it up.
  • These shoes get me all sorts of compliments. They have a super grip to them and they keep my feet toasty warm and dry.
  • I love the style and look of these and the tracton, WOAH! These can hold up to just about anything trail.
  • I really like thee shoes. However, they are not as great in the heel as the older models and the toe box seems to be a bit more narrow than I am used to from Salomon.
  • I was able to get on the trail with these without any awkward break in time. They are really light for a trail shoe and it seems the more I wear them the more comfy they get.
  • I suggest really following the chart on thee. They aren't the size I normally wear but they chart seems to really know the correctness of these shoes. They are great and really rock on the trails.
  • I went on a 3 day hike in the mud and rain and these did not fail me. WHen it dried a bit I had do work some of it off but that I expected. The tread and traction are top of the line and I would never purchase another shoe for my trails. Salomon is the top of the line in trail shoes!
  • Do not try these on a normal paved road. They were not made for that and were horribly uncomfortable. Now, for trail use. THese are the best shoes ever! They grip great and have a good impact absorption to them. They kept my feet really dry. They have a great cleat like style to them and they kept me comfortable too. I hate the lacing and they are a bit stiff.
Negative
  • No matter what I did with these shoes, I could not get my heel to set in pace. It was sliding all over the place and was really not comfortable. I wanted to like these shoes but that inside material is just too slick for me, which I find annoying for how much they cost.
  • The heel of these was flat, which made my foot come out often. The shoe was way narrow sand the lacing was just awkward. I returned them.
  • These shoes feel like they are carved out of wod. For some people this rugged and tough feel may be god but I cannot handle it. The arches are made of plastic as well as the heel and my feet slid around. They have a very small toe box, surprisingly and I just cannot get these to feel comfortable. They have low stability and I feel with more wear that I will be getting an injury. I am not pleased with the construction at all, very disappointed.
  • My older versions of these were epic. Now, these, not so much. These do not even compare in durability, they are already falling apart with minimal use. I am very disappointed, they are a definite downgrade.
  • I have to say these are the most uncomfortable pair of shoes I have ever bought. They are hard as a brick and have to flex to them. They kill my feet with very minimal wear. I really wanted to like these, I am sad they are such a horrible shoe.
  • The soles on these wore out way too fast. My other pair lasted forever, it seemed. These wore down to the point of not being able to wear them after only 2 months. That is ridiculous for the price and really unacceptable.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The biggest change made to the GTX was the rubber outsole. This shoe uses an updated version of Contagrip, which supposedly has better "stick" than the previous Contagrip used in the Speedcross 3.

Like the previous version, the 4 GTX features large rubber lugs throughout the outsole that provides good grip on soft terrain. However, the lugs in this version are a bit smaller but more frequent as a way to help with grip and durability. These lugs also help to absorb shock, so there can be less midsole material and thus, an overall lighter weight shoe. One of the things I like most about the outsole design of this model is the way it appears to seamlessly attach to the upper making for a secure, snug fit.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

This shoe still features dual density material throughout the midsole which is strategically placed throughout to support the stride and promote good form. Because of the shock absorbing qualities of the Contagrip lugs, designers were able to put less cushioning in the midsole to help retain the shoe’s flexibility. Even with the minimal midsole material, it still feels highly cushioned.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The biggest advantage of this upper is that it is waterproof. The shoe itself was built for tackling rugged terrains and the waterproofing upper is no exception. This waterproof membrane makes this shoe great for deep mud, wet terrain or even snow. The brand's Sensifit design wraps around the feet, providing a snug, stable fit around the midfoot, while still having a little wiggle room in the toe box area.

Their quick lace setup allows an easily adjustable fit that can easily and quickly be changed. The mesh upper is resistant to debris and is also quite breathable, being made with Gore-Tex material. The synthetic overlays are sparingly placed to maintain breathability but also give the shoe a secure fit and provide extra durability. The Speedcross 4 GTX has a lining which consists of a material that effectively wicks away a decent amount of moisture and is actually quite soft. The shoe's Ortholite insole is equally comfortable, and also has odor resistant properties which help even more to keep them from stinking, even after those longer hotter runs.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This is one of the biggest improvements to this model as compared to previous versions. Designers managed to shave off about 1 oz from the previous versions . While this is not an extremely lightweight shoe, it is comparable to other shoes of its type. The shoe does a great job of hugging the foot and making it feel not like a shoe but like an extension of your foot that moves pretty well with you during your run.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathability of this version is really good, especially considering it is waterproof. The debris resistant upper does a great job of wrapping around your foot and allowing air to pass through. Although there are some overlays, which are not breathable, they are used a bit less throughout this one. Pair with thinner socks in warmer climates and thicker socks in colder climates to make this an all-weather shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The most comfortable feature here is the way it moves with your foot. The upper does a great job of locking in the foot and the cushioning is placed strategically throughout the shoe to make for a supportive and comfortable ride. The Sensifit technology also provides a snug, but comfortable fit. Some runner reported that the shoe was a bit narrow and even when they went a size up, it still felt a little too tight. This type of fit might not be for everyone, so it is best to try on before purchasing.
Style
Style

Style

The overall style of these makes a statement - it’s ready to tackle tough terrain and really dig in. The GTX look is a good mix of function and style. The synthetic overlays that attach directly to the laces are brightly colored and add to the already bold statement. The shoe is big but it does a good job of not looking chunky. I’m really impressed with the wide array of color variations they managed to fit into this Gore-Tex version. In the past, this line featured more conservative, darker colors, but with the GTX, there are some really nice bright designs.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This shoe will stand up to anything you have to throw at it. The mix of tightly woven Anti-Debris Mesh, Gore-Tex, and synthetic overlays work together to add more durability to the already tough upper. The improved design and the way the outsole and the upper mold together almost seamlessly means there is no space for separating or tearing between the 2 main sections. Some runners had trouble with the lugs wearing down prematurely. However, if used on the terrain it was intended for, that will most likely not be an issue.
Protection
Protection

Protection

This shoe offers great protection from the elements. The tightly woven mesh is great for keeping debris out. The waterproofing properties keep your feet dry and help to prevent blisters. They also have a toe cap on this shoe to keep your toe safe. There is no rock plate which is becoming more popular in trail running shoes. Most of all, the rugged outsole design is great at keeping you upright, even in the most challenging terrains, which is obviously a great protective feature.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This one is a very responsive shoe which is mostly due to the lack of cushioning in the midsole. The secure fit of the shoe allows for more natural movement, making the shoe almost feel like an extension of your body. There is good flexibility in the forefoot area which furthers the overall responsiveness of the shoe.
Support
Support

Support

Considering the minimal amount of cushioning in this shoe, it does feel very supportive. The EVA material is strategically placed to help improve form, helping some to prevent pronation. The Sensifit technology does a great job of wrapping around the foot and giving this shoe a nice supportive feeling.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This trail running shoe and works very well soft, wet terrain. The aggressive outsole and secure fit work to keep you on your feet in the most technical terrain. The Gore-Tex upper also makes this an excellent choice for tackling winter trails.
Price
Price

Price

The GTX is priced a little higher than the regular version and can run as high as $190 USD. However, you can find them at lower prices online. If you are looking for a high performing, long-lasting, durable shoe, this is definitely a good option.
Traction
Traction

Traction

This is also a great choice for confident traction on tough to tackle terrains. It really digs into any surface. It also works especially well on tough uphill and downhill sections of trail. The additional smaller lugs, as well as their updated placement along the outsole supposedly offer 30% more traction than previous versions of the shoe.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

There is some great flexibility throughout this shoe, even noticeable in the midfoot and forefoot areas. This is because of the minimal midfoot cushioning and the lug placements on the outsole. This shoe is a great balance between flexibility, comfort, and support.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This shoe has some nice features with regards to overall stability. The shoe's fit provides good stability, with its wrap-around, secure fit. The cushion is strategically placed to help promote good form and provide stability throughout the stride. This shoe is a great pick for someone who is new to the trails or someone tackling a technical terrain ultra and needs that extra stability.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe has a 10mm offset from toe to heel. It has a standard drop. The drop does give runners some stability as well as cushioning, to get runners on their toes for a more powerful toe off.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Anti-debris mesh
• Sensifit technology
• Toe cap for added protection
• Moisture-wicking nylon lining
• Removable Ortholite insole
• Dual-density EVA midsole
• Contagrip rubber outsole
• Gore-Tex upper
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Thanks to the Gore-Tex upper, this is a great shoe for tackling wet, technical terrain. If you spend a lot of time running on soft trails this shoe deserves a place in your closet. The design makes for great flexibility, support, and a nimble ride. The Sensifit is great at locking in your foot and giving a secure ride, which is perfect for technical trails. Overall, this one is a solid choice, one that really stands out on tough trails.