The Salomon Speedcross has become a very popular shoe – this model has all the regular features, plus a Gore-Tex upper to keep your feet warm and dry in windy or snowy conditions. The sole is quite aggressive, with large arrow-shaped lugs that grip well in muddy conditions and don’t clog up. The Contagrip sole performs well on dry rock, but less so in damp conditions when the rock is more slippery. The soft sole compound may also see some wear after prolonged use. The durable upper and toe protector allowed me to run confidently on loose, rocky ground, without worrying about hurting my feet. The fit is precise and comfortable; the Sensifit technology holds the foot firmly in place, meaning that I could run on steep ground without my feet moving inside the shoe. Also, the Quicklace system means you don’t have to tie your laces – simply pull the lace tight and stow it away in the lace pocket. With a midsole height of 20mm and a 9mm drop, this shoe won’t suit minimalist runners. However, it does provide good cushioning for running on harder, rocky terrain in freezing cold winter wind and snow.
A good race shoe for cold, wet and windy conditions. Particularly good in wet grass and mud but performance on wet rock does let it down.