Trail runner Jonny Hall puts the 4th evolution of the iconic Salomon Speedcross trail runner through its paces.
When I first got hold of my Salomon Speedcross 4s, my immediate reaction was: “Here’s a pair of shoes that look like they could take on whatever challenge the trails throw at me”.
At first glance they have that classic Salomon trail look with some unique little upgrades. Having tried the Speedcross 3s in the past, I found them quite narrow, particularly in the toe box, so was anticipating a similar feel from the Speedcross 4s.
To my surprise I found them hugely more comfortable, with plenty of room for toes to splay. Tightening up the quick fit laces I could feel the shoe fitting well and providing the arch support that I really need. Now to test them in the field – to the trails!
It’s All About The Grip
For me, the quality of a pair of trail shoes is found in their ability to keep me on the trail. That’s why it’s all about the grip. Trail running in Scotland is a sport in which you have to be prepared to really face the elements, so having a trail shoe which can take on mud, scree, bogs, soft ground and wet trails is the key.
Although they can handle harder, rocky sections well, it’s not until you come foot to ground with wet, muddy conditions that the Speedcross 4s really come into their own.
The forward and reverse lugs on the sole of the shoes provided me with confidence on both ascents and critically on descents under difficult conditions.
I ran a 43-mile trail race in the Speedcross 4s and they rose to every challenge presented to them. They have all the features you could ask for in a pair of trail shoes: lightweight, durable, comfortable and, most importantly, they are reliable under challenging conditions.
For me, these are a great all-rounder for trail running in the UK.
Buy It For: Trail and Fell Running. Tear through the most technical soft ground at speed, with comfort under foot.