Salomon Speedcross Vario

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The Speedcross is one of Salomon’s most popular and well-respected lines. This shoe is worn by some of the best trail runners in the world like Kilian Jornet and Anna Frost. There is a slew of reasons why the pros rely on this shoe to carry them to victory. When Salomon designed a new model to add to the Speedcross line, they knew they had to ensure that runners would get all of the elements they loved in previous Speedcross models with a few carefully selected additions. The Speedcross Vario is a versatile shoe that has the signature grip of the shoe line with a redesigned upper that keeps debris out. The breathability afforded by this shoe allows air to flow freely to the foot. The outsole of this shoe can handle the tough terrain of the trails but is also versatile enough to be used as an everyday wear shoe or for runs on pavement. Runners love the addition of thoughtful protective elements that keep the runner safe whether they are running on the roads or the trails. The sneaker is a unisex shoe that comes in a wide variety of colors and provides the runner with superior durability and protection at a cost that is lower than the average trail running shoe on the market today. The look is rugged and has a design that lets others known that you are a serious trail runner. Overall, this shoe is a durable trail running shoe that reliably takes runners through speedy races and workouts.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Versatile
  • Cushioned
  • Can tackle roads or trails
  • Great traction

Cons
  • Only two color options
  • Runs a half size small
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Positive
  • Comfortably fits my feet and great for any type of endurance, good footing on trail surfaces, not had any issues on this. I find the traction and balance work well together, really happy with the removable insole much quicker to dry it out, love the durability in these shoes.
  • These ran a bit larger than the shoe I had before but wearable, I like the quality materials as they all play a function, the sole does give very good traction whenI'm out, even on trails covered in pine needles, balance is right and the shoe has a good amount of breathability, not bad at all.
  • I love the sure-footed feeling from these, dry out time is ok, the grip is reliable, I run a lot of dry mussy routes, the shoelaces system is better than the bungee style lace up, this is my second pair, very good shoe for all trails.
  • Got these just for the trails around my area, the sole gives the type of grip which lets you know your not going to slip, as for support these are fine for all activities while the comfort level is consistent, I don’t like the rubber heel and toe area but it does keep out the wet. Maybe they should have used gore-tex.
  • I bought two pairs and I am happy that I did, my feet are a bit different in size so I often get problems with sizing but not from these, they fit just about right so I can feel the support and not worry while I focus on running. To sum up, these are a dream.
  • I’m not a trail runner, I got these shoes because I had a knee operation and I needed shoes which would give me stable support and comfort, I made the right choice, not too much cushion especially good for me is these give the exact level of arch support that I must have. No pain and a great pair of comfy supportive shoes
  • Usually, shoes are tight on me as my feet are longer than usual, I got these in a size bigger and this worked out, I don’t want a lot of cushions it’s more about arch support for my long feet and the design of the shoe arch is perfect. Very balanced shoe, love it.
  • I’ve found these to be the best trail shoes around at the moment, super for lightness, amazing traction, the best comfort and the sizing was so perfect, breaking in time was a breeze and I use these four times a week for trails and totally satisfied.
  • Love these shoes totally, they give a full on perfect fit, even when I’m not wearing socks. They are light on my feet, tons of breathability, the cushion is good for roads and trails, even good for taking long trail walks, and I even wear these when I travel.
  • Great for everyday stuff and trails, nice short runs, the shoe gives me the flex I prefer but still ok for support, when out on the trails this tread grips all the time, I feel lucky to have found these.
  • When I got these, I tried them out and they are perfectly good for trails, nice fit, very snug, the whole shoe is top quality, sized up by a half to get the right fit for my feet.
  • Like these, my local trails are rocky but wet or bone dry I find the grip to be good, if the shoe gets too wet I do get friction issues but dry out for the shoe is reasonably quick. Will stick with this brand. I’m a supinator and these are great.
Negative
  • I run rocky trails and I find the protection could be better, not impressed with the standard style lace up system at all, going downhill I have to stop and adjust the lace tightness, the same problem going up. Apart from these points, the shoe is good for support, comfort etc.
  • These were pricey for what they give, I think the shoe is ordinary, much the same as other shoes I had for trails but the price is very high. For me the toe box is narrow and uncomfortable, especially going downhill on a trail. Lateral support is not set right, my feet slide off center and gives me problems, thumbs down, just a few stars.
  • Shortly after breaking in the shoe it began to fall apart and this is not good when considering it should be a durable trail shoe. Toebox gives problems when I run down on a trail and the lace system does not hold well when tension from slopes is applied to the shoe structure.
  • I found the shoes to fit too narrow on my feet, gave it some shoe break-in time because in the past with other shoes giving this issue, they stretched to fit but these don’t, I can run in these but the narrowness feels restrictive and gives me foot ache.
  • The shoe feels too stiff and lacks the level of flexibility needed for the trail surfaces which I use, waited a month to see if breaking in the shoe would put this right but the shoe is still too stiff for me. Not to happy with the lace system, lots of stopping and adjusting.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of this shoe features Salomon’s patented Contagrip outsole rubber. This material and design provide the runner with the highest quality traction due to the multi-directional lugs that line the underfoot of the shoe. Runners commented that this additional traction makes this a great shoe for training on hills. Additionally, runners commented that the Contagrip outsole does a great job of standing up against the harsh conditions of the trail without losing its shape. This adds long lasting durability so runners need to replace this shoe less often.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

New Balance opted for a traditional EVA midsole foam for this shoe. The traditional EVA midsole foam provides the runner with protective cushioning. The EVA midsole foam is lighter than alternative foams, but it still does a great job of absorbing shoe and keeps the runner safe on their runs regardless fo the terrain. This shoe also features Salomon’s patented LT muscle midsole technology that is designed to provide superior energy return to the runner.

Upper
Upper

Upper

One of the biggest compliments that this shoe received was for the upper. The upper of the Speedcross Vario uses Salomon’s signature Sensifit technology. This technology molds to the shape of the foot and cradle the foot for added comfort and support. In addition to this, the anti-debris mesh material used in the upper can simultaneously protect the foot from debris and allow air to flow freely to the foot to keep it cool, dry, and free from irritation. Runners were very pleased because they didn't have to worry about blisters while wearing these shoes. Salomon also lined the tongue of the shoe with this anti-debris mesh material to ensure that all parts of the upper protect the runner from discomfort and potential injury.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of the shoe is able to provide protective breathability to the runner. This means that the anti-debris mesh has large enough ventilation holes to promote airflow. It also keeps debris from entering the shoe as well. Runners commented that then during their warm weather hikes or runs, their feet never overheated or felt restricted because the upper was so breathable. Likewise, runners reported that this shoe kept them free from blisters too.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This is a unisex design. One of the disadvantages of this design is that there is no difference in weight between the men and women’s version of this shoe. This shoe weighs in at 11. 2 ounces. Some runners, especially woman runners, reported that this weight felt too cumbersome for them and reduced their ability to go fast.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Runners loved the comfort provided by these shoes. The midsole features a responsive EVA cushioning. This absorbs shock from each foot fall to provide a more comfortable ride overall. Additionally, the EndoFit upper provides a revolutionary fit and feel. This material molds to the unique shape of each runner’s foot and provide a fit that can be both snug and supportive but also extremely breathable and flexible. Runners appreciated that the upper doesn’t contain any additional structures that impede the natural movement of the foot. This provides a bootie-like fit for the shoe that runners found to be comfortable enough to wear without socks at all.
Style
Style

Style

This shoe features a rugged style that runners who are looking for an aggressive looking competition shoe loved. The color selections are stark with pops of bright color. This shoe is not a fashion shoe and is instead intended to provide the runner with a serious look. This shoe is only offered in two color combinations, and runners reported that they were hoping for more options.
Protection
Protection

Protection

One of the key protective elements of this shoe can be found in the EVA midsole. This midsole material is designed to absorb shock from each footfall. This translates to fewer injuries and far less impact on the major joints. Runners who are prone to injury, especially hip and knee pain, found this shoe to reduce pain. Runners who are prone to injury reported that running in these shoes helped eliminate joint pain, and overall left them with far fewer injuries than other running shoes in the same class. Since this shoe is also designed for trail running, the Salomon design team included details that will ensure a safe run over any terrain. The outsole features a mudguard that wraps around the base of the shoe. This works to repel mud that can cause slipping and injuries.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of this shoe is designed using Salomon’s signature Contagrip traction. This is made from a highly durable rubber and specifically designed to take a pounding without losing its shape. Runners were very impressed with the overall durability of this shoe and reported that even on long runs or runs through difficult terrain, the shoe maintained its new look and feel.
Responsivenss
Responsivenss

Responsivenss

This shoe does not provide the runner this as much responsiveness as some other trail running options on the market today. The 10-millimeter drop of the Saloman Speedcross Vario combined with the thicker midsole and outsole are more focused on protection than responsiveness. Runners reported that they felt protected from the elements of the trail, but this came at the cost of feeling slightly disconnected to the ground below them too.
Support
Support

Support

There are a few different ways that this shoe works to support runners through their trail or road runs and races. The first is the EndoFit technology used in the upper. This material does an amazing job of gripping the foot and providing a snug fit that supports the runner and keeps the safe from unwanted side to side movement. The LT muscle midsole technology cradles the foot and provides added arch support for the runner.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The unique thing about this shoe is that it is versatile enough to be used for rugged off-road adventures as well as less aggressive road running too. Runners found the multidirectional lug pattern that lines the underfoot to be good for soft or harder surfaces. Regardless of whether it is trail or road running, runners found this shoe to be the perfect companion for up and down hill running.
Price
Price

Price

Runners were pleasantly surprised at the affordability of this shoe. Not only does the Salomon Speedcross Vario come in under budget compared to the average price of a trail or road running shoe on the today’s market, but it's also a great value since it can be used for both road and trail. There is no need to purchase two separate shoes for trail racing and road racing because this shoe can handle both successfully.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The underfoot of this shoe features a lug system that is designed to keep the runners safe and secure regardless of the terrain. This underfoot is covered in multi-directional lugs. These arrow-shaped lugs do a great job of gripping the ground below the runner and providing them with a safe ride. Additionally, the outsole of this shoe is designed with Salomon’s patented Contagrip rubber. This material is very grippy and prevents the runner from slipping even on a wet or muddy terrain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Runners were pleased with the level of flexibility this shoe offered. Many were surprised at how freely the shoe moved considering how much protection it offers. In many cases, trail shoes that offer this level of protection can feel boxy and bulky, but this shoe is lightweight and moves with the foot. The upper uses a Sensifit technology to adapt to the natural shape and movement of the foot. The EVA midsole foam is also flexible.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This is not a shoe that is suggested for the runner who needs additional stability support. This shoe is designed for the neutral runner which means that they don’t suffer from issues of over or under pronation. The Salmon Speedcross Vario is not designed to improve the gait of the runner, and instead, supports the natural movement of each footfall.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe features a heel height 29-millimeters and forefoot height of 19-millimeters, giving this shoe a 10-millimeter drop. Runners who are used to running in a traditional drop shoe will have no problem with this shoe. However, runners who are hoping to be closer to the ground and have a more minimalist feel should look elsewhere for a running companion.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Welded construction along the upper provides added durability
- Arrow-shaped multidirectional lugs protect the runner on slippery terrain
- Contagrip runner provides durability and slip resistance
- EndoFit upper molds to the shape of the foot and provides customizable comfort
- Traditional EVA midsole absorbs shock from each footfall
- Mudguard around outsole protects the runner from mud build up
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Salmon Speedcross Vario is a versatile shoe that is designed to protect the runner on their long road or trail runs. It features a ten-millimeter drop and great underfoot protection to keep the runner safe and secure on their most difficult runs. The Contagrip outsole and multi-directional lug system is durable and makes this a perfect choice for the runner who likes to switch from trail to road running frequently. The color options, while bright and rugged, only offer two different color options which left runners wanting. The price of this is surprisingly affordable, and since runners won’t have to purchase a separate sneaker for road and trail racing, this shoe provides an unbeatable value to runners. Overall, this is a shoe for the neutral runner who is looking for more of a cushioned, protective fit and feel from the outsole and an upper that is breathable and moves naturally with the movement of the foot.