SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 4 GTX

PRICE: £125
WEIGHT: 290g

First impression: ‘phwar, these are solid’! Your toes are protected very well by a deceptively solid box, which extends to a rand around the rest of the foot. There’s an 11mm drop. The foot is cradled well with SensiFit technology, and the Ortholite insoles really help your feet sit well in the shoe. There’s not much room for a hot forefoot to expand in, though. Lugs have been made much more aggressive than previous versions of the shoe, to help with grip; chevron shaped, they face forward on the forefoot and backwards on the heel, to aid grip downhill. This shoe is intended for deep mud and soft ground. Comfort is reduced on harder surfaces.

VERDICT

A shoe to tackle mountainous, muddy and technical terrain.

Grip: 9/10
Cushioning: 8/10
Precision: 10/10

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