Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX

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Salomon Speedcross 4 GTXReview 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 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. It’s 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.

Pros
  • The lacing system provides a secure fit and keep be easily adjusted.
  • The durable upper is made with a breathable yet protective mesh.
  • This shoe works well for runners new or experience runners, and those who are looking to tackle an ultra marathon.
  • The dual density midsole cushions your run and provides some stability and flexible
  • Gore-Tex keeps feet dry in wet conditions
Cons
  • Some people might find the toe box a little constricting.
  • Some people complained about the large lugs breaking off or wearing prematurely.
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 provide good grip on soft terrain. However, the lugs in this version are a bit smaller but more frequent 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 designwraps around the feet, providing a snug, stable fit arounf 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 in to 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 works 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 more 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.