Salomon Speedcross 4 Reviewed

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Salomon Speedcross 4 Reviewed Review Facts

Salomon Speedcross 4 is a good shoe, and it is the modest update of last year’s make Speedcross 3. It is the fourth edition of the famous and recognized running shoe with some extras and improvements. The Salomon manufacturer has been in existence for years; they are among the toughest trail model shoe in the market. Innovation and desire for mountain sports drive the company Salomon to develop mountain sports by transforming new ideas into action and escalating the limit of possibility. It is a trail shoe that has lugs all over. The latest update of contagrip rubber keeps users confident on wet or slippery terrains. The shoe is best suitable for muddy trails, soft ground, snow, and rocky areas. The Salomon Speedcross 4 updates are in the tongue, minor changes to the toe box, and thread. The shoe is considered the best when it comes to sloppy areas and rocky terrains. The Salomon Speedcross 4 twisted the traction outline to provide more groundbreaking for runners all the time. In the outsole, they have used a new wet traction rubber material for that stick which is better on slippery terrains. The Abrasion Resistance rubber increases the lifespan of the shoe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

The shoe is durable

Quality warranty

Aggressive grip

Lightweight protection

Precise foothold

Weatherproof

Shoe is comfortable

Various colors

Quick lace system

Lighter than iterations

Durable outsole

Anti-debris mesh

Well known manufacturer

Cons

A narrow fit

It is heavy

Tight Toe-box

Lugs not durable

Unsuitable for road

OUTSOLE

OUTSOLE

The Outsole of Salomon Speedcross 4 is an improvement to create an extra durable and dense form of Premium Wet Traction Contagrip rubber. The shoe still customizes the contigrip outsole rubber like their other shoe models. The contigrip is a sticker which gives runners superior traction to stick in wet surfaces. Salomon Speedcross 4 is gripper than the previous shoe since it has fully fitted lugs along the outsole which works in any trail or environment. The outsole pattern is made up of chevron-shaped lugs, but they have been improved, and the lugs are situated opposite each other for multiple directional grips. The grip is suitable for most conditions. The lugs are more in parts where formerly only a half lug covered, the lugs are also slightly smaller. The lugs are disposed to wearing out too early when used on hard terrain. The lugs perform as a buffer contrary to the regularly sharp or pointed substances on the trails since the Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe do not have a rock guard. The soft, tough trails with hitches are where the Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe excels.
MIDSOLE

MIDSOLE

Salomon has not made significant improvements in the midsole material. However, they shed off a little weight in the Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe. The midsole offers excellent traction and protection. Salomon has used the similar amount of dual-density EVA with less weight both injected and molded. The EVA is used to allow cushioning, relative light weight and stability. The midsole has a cushion placed throughout which help in absorbing shock where you require it more in the heel, which likewise lets the shoe to maintain its flexibility and momentum from alighting to toe off. The cushion also cradles and support the feet enabling a good form and deter runners from pronating. The cushion components safeguard runner’s foot against sharp objects or surfaces on the trail. The midsole generally is responsive and has standard durability.
UPPER

UPPER

The upper of Salomon Speedcross 4 uses the unique technology of Salomon’s Sensifit, and this technology helps in offering a comfortable fit and wrapping around the foot, particularly to the midfoot section. The speed cross 4 has a Gore-Tex upper which shed every obstacle thrown at it. The shoe upper is also reinforced and water resistant. The Overlays of Salomon Speedcross 4 are placed strategically all through the shoe to harden around the foot. The Overlays also assist in increasing the upper durability and other parts which are exposed to wearing out, like the toe box. The sewed midfoot overlays and anti-debris mesh are directly linked to the Quicklace. The Salomon Speedcross is equipped with a moisture wicking nylon substance, which is very soft and the shoe’s Ortholite insole has properties for anti-odor which keeps runners shoes smelling nice even after tough and long runs. The shoe has a fast lace system which makes it easier for users to adjust the fit on the fly, this ensures runners get a right fit each time they wear it. The mesh makes the shoe breathable increasing its effectiveness and keeping out debris. They all work together to grip the foot securely with outstanding comfort.
WEIGHT

WEIGHT

The Salomon Speedcross 4 is quite a little on the heavy side, although the company has managed to successfully shred off the weight from both the women’s and men’s shoes of around 1 oz. The Speedcross 4 is among the heaviest track running shoes. The men shoes weigh at approximately 11 oz while the women shoe weighs about 9.2 oz. The shoe has managed to keep the same design and essentially stroking a full lug on the external edge of the outsole. The lightweight design feels good on the underfoot and how it hugs the foot and travels with the user during their walk makes the Salomon Speedcross 4 feels likes a part of your body.
BREATHABILITY

BREATHABILITY

Salomon Speedcross 4 overall design and Anti-Debris mesh ensure the shoe has a very breathable upper. The synthetic overlay is used carefully, and the mainstream of the shoe is built with mesh. The mesh keeps the foot dry and cool on long runs and hikes. The Salomon Speedcross 4 has a Climashield technology (CS) which provide additional breathability and safety against dirt in the forefoot. The way the shoe wraps the foot makes it has an excellent breathable involvement. Majority of users pairs the shoe with thin socks to implement the breathability of the shoe. The Salomon Company knew that a shoe upper need to have good breathability for it to lessen the risk of runners having hot spots and blisters.
COMFORT

COMFORT

The Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe is a very comfortable fit, in the way it holds and moves with your foot. Its inner lining provides great comfort to the runner’s feet’s. The heel drop is not too deep, and it has a good amount of cushioning around the ankle which assist runners in feeling supported during the entire run. The quick lace system together with the padded area ensures users can swiftly regulate the tightness around their foot facilitating to more comfort of the shoe. The lacing is not tied using the traditional technique, but instead, it has a toggle fastener. The shoe also has a great cushioning which is due to its dual density midsole substance. This shoe, however, is not suitable for users with wide feet since it has a narrow fit. Most runners like the Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe which is ideal for tough, long hiking and running.
STYLE

STYLE

The shoe looks appealing and has a flashy look and big lugs. The Salomon Speedcross 4 has a classic style which many runners love. The shoe comes into numerous fantastic color options, and there is a bold color, a lot of bright as well as some conservative ones for both men and women. Usually, it is difficult to find a colorful track running shoe as many shoes come in a darker and neutral color. The Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe caters for all kind of styles users may require on the trails, there is every version of the shoe for you. The shoe is attractive in general for anyone who needs a shoe for tough trails. The Salomon shoe has a range of choices like the GTX (Gore-Tex) shoe.
DURABILITY

DURABILITY

The company of Salomon put the adequate effort into making durable shoes that go the distance. The previous version had customers complaining that it did not provide adequate traction and durability. The outsole of the Salomon Speedcross 4 is durable having all one unit, and this means that the shoe has no area of weakness between the various types of rubber and the chances of them separating is very minimal. The outsole is also exact terrain precise, and the lugs will not sustain to the time spent on paved surfaces or the road. Nevertheless, the Salomon Speedcross 4 is a soft terrain shoe which some runners have had challenges of the lugs tearing up or being excessively damaged, and this is bound to happen when the shoe spend extreme duration running on the road. The midsole and the upper attach well, there is a synthetic component, and the units merge appropriately. This makes the shoe adequate for standing up to sticks, rocks and in general on the trail debris contributing to the durability of the shoe. The upper mesh is tightly woven making the shoe appropriate and durable when standing to trail debris. The mud-guard helps to shields the forefoot against rock crashing impacts with trails.
PROTECTION

PROTECTION

The Solomon Salomon Speedcross 4 is designed in such a way that it prevents unwanted material out of the shoe and put your foot comfortable. The shoe also has small toe protection with additional synthetic material positioned around the toe box. The Climasheild membrane around the upper is uniquely developed to repel unsafe trail debris to protect the runner’s foot. The Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe stands up to tough trails, and one of its unique features is the ability to keep users upright on muddy terrains and when tackling sharp incline and declines. The outsole and midsole work effectively at cushioning your steps to avoid the impact related injuries. The lace pockets are an essential aspect which are used in stashing the lace to evade them from not being tied up or getting in the way.
RESPONSIVENESS

RESPONSIVENESS

The Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe is responsive as many users would expect. The shoe does not have a massive tone of midsole cushioning which is useful when it comes to retaining responsiveness and flexibility. The lugs and outsole make the shoe to have proper grip making runners feel low to the surface and dig in easily. The shoe is excellently cushioned and has a responsive ride, built for racing and training. The features of the Speedcross 4 enable runners to feel the trail they are racing on and respond adequately to changes in speed, terrain, and direction.
SUPPORT

SUPPORT

The Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe cushioning in the midsole is not a lot, but it is positioned in particular sections of the midsole to keep users from pronating and to provide the best foam. The important support element of the Speedcross 4 shoe can be found in the entire unique design of the upper. The shoe wraps around the foot nicely to providing runners with a fantastic secure fit, making the shoe feel like part of your feet.
TERRAIN

TERRAIN

This shoe is made for soft, snowy, muddy terrain and it is good for thrusting in the surface and facilitating the users with the traction required on steep decline and incline. The Salomon Speedcross 4 shoe is not designed for the road, but you can do small running between the trail section. For users who aims at using a lot of road for mileage, this shoe is not suitable for them. The rubber stickiness assists with preserving the grip in wet terrains and on slippery stones.
PRICE

PRICE

The Salomon Speedcross 4 is an expensive shoe, but you can buy the shoe online at a great deal. Before purchasing the shoe online, it is necessary to test it in the shop as the size differs and it is a bit challenging due to its narrow nature to fit. The shoe is worth your money since it is durable and surpass tough trails. Despite all its features, the shoe has a very realistic price tag.
TRACTION

TRACTION

The location of the spaces and the lugs between the Salomon Speedcross 4 enables the shoe to dig in for a strong toe-off. The outsole of this Salomon shoe have large lugs and offer traction on terrains that are wet and muddy. The Outsole sticky material supports traction on wet slippery surfaces.
FLEXIBILITY

FLEXIBILITY

The Salomon Speedcross 4 has great flexibility with very less feeling throughout the entire shoe precisely on the forefoot area. The heel together with the midsole section is slightly stiffer to provide you with the support needed.
STABILITY

STABILITY

The Salomon Speedcross 4 has good stability features, with the 10mm drop that carefully hugs your feet. The double density EVA substance is placed all over the shoe to prevent runners from pronating which can lead to knee connected injuries. The midsole is made in such a way that encourages good running practice and puts your forefoot for a great toe-off
DROP

DROP

The Salomon Speedcross 4 has a heel drop of 10mm toe offset, Salomon has reduced it drop slightly compared to its other shoe model. The drop enables more cushioning in the heel protecting runners from impact-related harm. Usually, shoes with such high offset make users feel like they are dragging their heels, but with Salomon Speedcross 4 it is different. The heel to toe drop moves together with your foot making your strides effortless and feel natural.

KEY FEATURES

KEY FEATURES

• Great traction
• Keeps feet dry
• Quick lacing and comfortable fit
• Anti-Debris mesh makes the shoe highly breathable
• Ortholite insole which aids odor fighting and cushioning
• Sensifit technology.
• EVA midsole provides lightweight stability, shock absorption and cushioning
• A GTX version is available
• Climashield membrane around the upper
• Lace pocket
• Stable ride
• Protective toe cap
• Mud-guard which prevents mud from cumulating up on the outsole.
• Wet traction Contagrip rubber sole provides dynamic lug system.
BOTTOM LINE

BOTTOM LINE

Salomon has had superior technology, and it did take its time in releasing its Salomon Speedcross 4 edition. The long-awaited shoe is finally on the market. Some small improvements have been made to the outsole to make it a bit lighter, grippier and durable. The shoe is colorful and light suitable for users in muddy, snowy, steep inclines, and soft terrains. It has a lightweight design which makes it ideal for racing and training on the trails. The Salomon Speedcross 4 has a little narrow to medium fit throughout. The shoe has a decent stuffing in the right part to ensure comfortability of the foot. The Salomon Speedcross 4 quick lacing system makes the proper fix easier by staying true from the first tread to the last. The shoe has an Ortholite sock liner for moisture-wicking and anti-microbial features. The shoe is a streamlined mountain apparatus with its Sensifit overlays which makes it a fantastic shoe. Runners who have wide and high volume forefoot and may have challenges in getting a good fit in the Salomon Speedcross 4. Most users love this shoe for its durability and the point that no matter how wet the shoe becomes the upper always feel very secure.