Salomon Speedcross 5
328g (men's UK 8.5) £TBC
The latest version of this popular shoe (out in March) is great if grip is high on our agenda. Older models scored highly for grip, but one or two testers grumbled over stability. That’s been addressed, with wider lugs creating a solid and more secure base. The forefoot is wider and there’s a softer, more responsive feel. The Speedcross 5 works off a 10mm drop and the super-aggressive outsole only feels at home on mud – road is a no no. This is a positive move from Salomon and clearly the designers have taken the comfort issues on board, because this more responsive shoe is able to cope with longer runs and racing.
Verdict: Safe, secure and ready for foul conditions.
The Speedcross 4 manages to deliver top-notch precision and grip in a super-comfortable, protective shoe. The aggressive lugs give superb traction on muddy and rocky terrain, whether you’re climbing, descending or contouring steep hillsides, yet the ride is smooth and cushioned enough for hard-packed trails. The only conditions it’s not great in is on wet, slippery rocks and roads, as the rubber’s not as sticky as some on test, and if you’re running through water the padded upper means it doesn’t drain quickly. But for an all-round off-road shoe – anything from a 5k to an ultra – they’re hard to beat. 10mm drop.
VERDICT: Protective, cushioned, grippy and comfortable. A great all-round off-roader.
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