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This is my 2nd pair.
- Anti-Debris Mesh/Water Resistant Textile
- Rubber sole
- Aggressive Grip: The fourth generation of our legendary Speedcross lug pattern is an even hungrier monster for eating up soft, technical trails.
- Precise Foothold: Up the tempo in a shoe that delivers precision over the most challenging landscape, with Endofit and Sensifit giving you optimal foothold without compromising on comfort.
- Stretch Comfort: Techno fabric meets technical terrain in a weatherproof GORE-TEX shoe that breathes and protects so you can run through all seasons.
- OUTSOLE: Wet Traction Contagrip
- MISOLE: Molded EVA / Lightweight Muscle / injected EVA
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Speedcross 4 GTX
Play with grip
Speedcross 4 GTX is more than a running shoe, it's an institution for enthusiasts who want lightweight and aggressive grip on technical, soft trails. Add the protection of GORE-TEX and you're ready for anything out on the trail.
Aggressive Grip - Precise Foothold - Stretch Comfort.
30mm/20mm (10mm drop).
12.3 oz (Size US 9M).
- Premium Wet Traction Contagrip
- Molded EVA / injected EVA / Lightweight Muscle
- Molded EVA / EVA shaped footbed / OrthoLite
- Salomon Flex Engineered with GORE-TEX
- Anti-debris mesh / Water Resistant textile
- Mud guard
- Sensifit / Quicklace
- Mid feather construction
GORE-TEX Weather Protection
Engineered with durably waterproof GORE-TEX providing greater flex, better cushion and less weight.
Sensifit cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, providing a secure, snug and virtually customized fit all around the foot.
Contagrip is a precise combination of geometry, density, and compound, optimized for specific sports and surface conditions.
The 4Th edition of an iconic and aggressively lugged trail runner for tearing through technical, soft ground with speed – featuring the weatherproof protection of gore-tex®.
Salomon was born in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps and the birthplace of modern alpinism. Driven by a passion for skiing and design innovation, Francois Salomon and his son George designed and perfected much of the first modern ski equipment. During the following 60 years, Salomon's commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports created a vast range of revolutionary new concepts in boots, skis and apparel and brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel and equipment for hiking, adventure racing, mountaineering and trail running. Through performance-driven design, Salomon enhances mountain sports by converting new ideas into action and expanding the limits of possibility.
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B01J23V8HE
- Item model number: SPEEDCROSS 4 GTX®-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
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For me these shoes fit true to size. As I expected based on reviews, the toe box was a bit on the narrower side, which I think does help with maneuverability when running on rough trails, and is an intentional feature of the design. I found it did start to become just slightly uncomfortable in the forefoot after a long period of wear, which wasn't a surprise. Overall comfort is good. I also liked the fact that, despite the slightly narrow shape, the upper construction allows for quite a bit of adjustment and accommodation of different sock types. I found the lacing system effective and it has the feature of a pouch at the top of the tongue to secure the excess laces and fastening device, so you have nothing bouncing around while running. Traction is great although it does have its limits. In particular, wet rocks (which I knew to be careful with) and clay-like mud (which sticks to anything).
Although the amount and feel of the cushioning is generally good, I do agree with the main criticism that many reviewers had about the Speedcross 4. The heel stack height is just a little too high. That height, combined with narrowish footprint, did lead to a couple moments of sketchy ankle movement, although nothing that caused pain or injury. I noticed when looking on Salomon's website they now produce a version of the Speedcross 4 with a slightly lower heel, which might be an option if that's a concern for you. I wouldn't call it a glaring defect, but it does seem a little silly to push the heel height on an aggressive trail running shoe that by no means needs the extra cushioning. Overall though, I find it to be a great shoe, and I still feel like I'm getting used to it.
The lacing system is wrapped up entirely in a drawstring loop pull tab near the shoe's tongue. I never felt this grip loosen and I can't remember adjusting it whatsoever during my runs. My only tip here is that, because of how important the drawstrings are to the efficaciousness of this shoe remaining in place, I suggest tucking the excess exposed string underneath nearby laces or you'll like kick the dangling line repeatedly throughout your activity and I can imagine a scenario where a heavy rubber lug grabs the lace too whole-heatedly during a stride and rips it from its mooring, essentially ruining the shoe thenceforth. In short, tighten the drawstring then tuck it under the laces.
Lastly, the lugs have held up really well. I've only needed to resort to these shoes 100 miles this season, but I imagine I'll easily get another 150 miles in them this year or next before I rush out to replace them with another pair
The Gore-Tex upper is the reason I bought these. The Gore-Tex DELIVERS. My Merrill Vapor Gloves would have been soaked after 30 seconds through wet leaves, but these bad boys had me literally submerging my feet in running water. I have heard that once water breaches the top of the upper near the ankle it's game-over. But for me, the Gore-Tex was awesome.
The shoes are supremely good looking and don't look out of place with a pair of jeans or running shorts.
I took them on a single run after a big storm down a normally well maintained trail. I encountered mud, rivulets, downed trees, carpets of wet leaves, along with the the usual hills and roots and gravel. These shoes seemed to communicate the same message for each encounter: go forward. These shoes were barrier between me and the elements.
However, there is virtually no feedback between the shoe and the foot. My foot feels only the shape of the shoe and a very slight flexing between the forefoot and midsole.... THAT'S IT. The tread (cleats?) grip everything. The grip is helpful sometimes, such as when trouncing a slick downed tree, but can also become obnoxious getting caught on every little tree root, stone, or anything that's anchored to the earth. When I wear these Salomon SPEEDCROSS 4s, I feel more like a shoe than a runner.
The construction of the sole is uncompromising. The sole is built with an un-moving arch made out of hard plastic (In fact the whole shoe feels to be made out of hard plastic). A wedge shape heel arches to the tight toe box. A gentle ellipse shapes the sole and hugely promotes a heel-strike followed by rolling the foot from heel to forefoot.
I like to run with a forefoot strike, absorbing impact into my calves. In order to strike on the forefoot in these shoes, my heel slides slightly out of the shoe. As my speed increases, my heel height rises until my heel is popping entirely out of the shoe. The sensation is unnatural and distracting. The lack of foot movement permitted by the shoe encouraged more knee and leg work/impact than usual. The day after my run, my knees ached.
The hard almost wood-like nature of these shoes removes all stability. Slightly bumpy ground is easily traversed in all my other shoes, but in these SPEEDCROSS shoes, everything is dulled. Since the foot can't move, all stability is transferred upward to the ankles and knees. Twice my ankles rolled due to the shoe simply not bending a little.
Regular Heel Stompers will probably be pretty happy with these SPEEDCROSS shoes. For me, these feel like a major injury waiting to happen.