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- Fabric and Synthetic
- Rubber sole
- Brightly colored trail runner featuring lightweight materials and welded construction
- Removable OrthoLite foam insole
- Sensifit with QUICKLACE and friction-free eyelets
- Endofit improves ground feel and comfort
- Contagrip outsole with smooth grip tread
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Speed cross vario brings the cushioning and precise fit of speed cross to harder surfaces with a smoother, friction based tread.
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.
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00VYYY8ZE
- Item model number: SPEEDCROSS VARIO-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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These are a variation of the Speed Cross series made with a more refined approach. They are made with the same great build quality that I expect from Salomon shoes. They are comfortable, and breathable (critical on the trail). And they have a nicely cushioned foot bed, and heel cup. Initially the toe box feels slightly more roomy than the speed cross series but not as much as the Wings XT that I am replacing. I'll let you know (via future use update) how I feel about that. The contra grip remake looks just as gnarly but with a slight bit of refinement over the previous Speed Cross treads that I have ridden.
I have realized that toe splay inside of my shoes are crucial to overall ride quality, and long term comfort on the trail. I didn't want anything else to do with the CS "Climashield" technology that Salomon applied to earlier Speed Cross series shoes as it repelled water, yes, but also held said water if your foot became submerged and made it difficult for the shoe to dry. This is never good when you are spending extended days on the trail and covering high mileage.
I am really excited to take these shoes out on the trail and see how they feel. I will report back with any updates if I find that to be necessary. But for now, with a tremendous amount of experience using Salomon trail shoes of varying types I am super confident that all will be well with these awesome shoes.
I took the Vario-M on a long 21.5 mile hike along the North Country Trial via The Tracy Ridge Hiking Trail System - Allegheny National Forest - Warren, PA. This portion of the NCT is extremely technical. There were challenging ascents, descents, switchbacks, exposed roots, jagged rocks, and leaf clutter that covered trail and its many hazards. The trail is not well traveled and this added to the inherent challenge of the trail as a whole.
1) Very well built shoe with breathable fabric
2) Well cushion foot bed and heel cup
3) Actual shoe laces gave me the ability to cinch the shoe down tight on sketchy terrain
4) Refined lugs on the out sole
1) My first concern with the shoe was how poorly it performed as I traversed 8 miles of ridge line on the first leg of the trail. The lack of adequate lateral support allowed my foot to slide slighty off of the center of the foot bed/tread. This became problematic as I racked up more and more mileage.
2) The toe box is fairly narrow which caused my toes to come into contact with it especially during hill descents. Now magnify this slight contact by 33550 steps and you will begin to understand the magnitude of discomfort that I experienced.
3) The refined contra grip sole performed well initially. It was responsive, protective, and stable. But as the hike carried on the shoe became less and less comfortable. Around the 15 mile mark I noticed that the rocks and roots that the sole handled mightily earlier on became difficult for the sole to comfortably manage.
I believe that my unfavorable results while hiking in this good shoe were caused by a number of factors: My weight - 240lbs. Pack weight: 28lbs. Terrain conditions, and some unfavorable aspects of this particular shoe design. That being said I do believe that this shoe will work great for a lot of users. It is well built and has a design that would benefit the athlete who loves to spend the day out on the trail. Sadly, it just doesn't work as a comprehensive trail shoe for me.
He is very picky on how shoes feels and fit and he absolutely loves them.
Comfort and beauty in one
Overall, i could not be happier with this purchase. Salomon makes real good products.