Salomon SpeedCross 2 Review

The Salomon SpeedCross 2 is a trail racing/training shoe that was first introduced in 2007 and continues to be a popular choice for many as a trail racing shoe.  Salomon may have stumbled onto a very valuable lesson that shoe manufacturers never seem to abide by; if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.  With this review I hope to provide a comprehensive and unbiased look at the fit, performance, and durability aspects of this trail shoe.  I have put about 200 miles on this shoe of trail running on a variety of different trail surfaces.

Salomon SpeedCross 2

First Impressions
What I first noticed about this shoe is that it does fit true to size.  The upper has a glove like feel to it that really straps the foot down making this shoe feel like a very natural extension of the foot.  For its lack of weight, this Salomon comes in at about 11 oz. for my size 9.5.  The shoes initially feels light and responsive, with a surprising amount of soft cushiness, especially in the heel.  I tested the all black model which is striking in its appearance and is offset by the bright primary colored Salomon logo on the tongue.  During one of my first runs in this shoe a friend remarked that they looked like the popular all-black 3/4 top basketball shoes from the 1990s.  I took that to mean that they’re classic!  Plus, we’re trail runners and we don’t really care anyway.

Outsole
The first thing I noticed about this shoe’s outsole was the absence of a rock plate.  However, this absence was not accompanied by the usual bruising of my metatarsals.  Instead, the outsole of the SpeedCross 2 is covered in chevron shaped lugs, made of a softer rubber composite than many trail shoes.  These lugs seems to give the shoe much of its cushioned feel, and grip very well on just about any surface from rock, to mud, and sand.  The outsole on the test shoes provided by Salomon were labeled “M&S Contagrip” and appeared to be exactly the same soles as others I saw in stores that said “Winter Contagrip”.  I initially assumed the shoes labeled winter were the Gore-tex model, but I haven’t found any supporting evidence for that.  What I find useful about this outsole is that it seems to extend and blend into the upper, giving the shoe a protective, but not bulky, surface around the midfoot that seems to be very durable.  Salomon calls this a Mud Guard, and it did just that.  Despite mountain runs on very muddy, clay-filled trails, the SpeedCross seemed to shed the mud and clay just as quickly as it accumulated.  The synthetic rubber-like toecap on the front of the shoe also feels protective, but flexible, and kept water out of the shoe when stepping through puddles.

Salomon SpeedCross 2 OutsoleMidsole
The midsole of the SpeedCross 2 features quite a bit of cushion in the heel, and features dual-density foam on the medial (inside) of the shoe for pronation control.  This chassis is aptly referred to as the Salomon Cushioning System an it provides a surprising amount of heel cushioning for a low profile trail racing shoe.  Some minimalists may find this heel cushioning to be overkill, but I found it helpful when descending on rocky trail.

I’m a mid-foot striker with a little late stage pronation and I felt that the structural aspects of this shoe allowed it to support, but not impede, my stride and footfall.  The heel to toe drop on this shoe is 10mm, fairly standard for most running shoes, but maybe a bit more than a lot “minimalist” trail shoes.  The forefoot is flexible and feels nimble, especially when rock-hopping or running on scree, talus, or loose rock shards.

Upper
The upper of the SpeedCross fits very snug, especially in the mid-foot, due to the Salomon Quick-Draw kevlar lacing system.  This lacing method took me a few tries to get it right, but once you get a feel for it the entire shoe tightens with one pull, slide the tab down to lock it in place, shove the tab up into the tongue pocket, and you’re good to go for miles.  It really envelopes the foot but still allows your toes ample wiggle room and flexibility without any annoying fabric wrinkles that can cause blisters.  My only gripe about the Quick-Draw lacing system is that after I shoved the tab into the tongue pocket I had difficulty fitting the rest of the excess lace in there with it.  I ended up looping this excess lace around the lace eyelet closest to my toes to keep it from bouncing around during the run.  Salomon could probably shorten these laces a bit and still have plenty of excess kevlar lace.

Salomon SpeedCross 2 Upper

Another view of the Salomon SpeedCross 2’s upper.

The heel collar of this shoe is well padded and snug, and worked well to keep rocks out even when wearing no-show socks.  The tongue is stitched into the shoe about half way and did not move throughout test runs.  The entire upper is made of what Salomon refers to as Anti-Debris Mesh which I found to be extremely durable, but very slow to dry.  Forays through creeks and runoff left the upper squishing as I ran for several miles and my feet felt pickled once I removed the shoes after my run.  The SpeedCross also felt a bit hot to my feet, especially on runs above 80 degrees, but I think the thickness and protection of the anti-debris mesh would keep my feet warm in fairly cold weather.

Trail Running Impressions

My first run out of the box with these shoes turned out to be a 20 mile run on wet, technical mountain trails.  The shoe felt very solid on ascents and equally in control while descending rocky terrain.  The outsole is quite tacky and grips rock very well. Mud and clay did not get stuck on the sole which is very smooth between the well-spaced lugs.  The shoes performed well on fire roads, gravel, and crushed gravel paths and the cushioning seemed suitable for use as light-weight trainers as well as trail racers.

Overall, the Salomon SpeedCross 2 is an excellently conceived and durably constructed trail shoe.  My feeling is that Salomon has made a wise decision by not changing this shoe since its inception in 2007.  This shoe would perform equally well on rocky Colorado mountain single track (where it was tested), as it would on the muddy, root-filled, rocky trails of the midwest or New England.  I tested this shoe with a long technical trail run one weekend, and then wore them the following weekend in a trail 5k that ran up a dry, sandy creek wash.  I would assume that they would perform equally well for fell running.

So, if you’re looking for a great all around trail racing/training shoe that is lightweight, as durable as they come, and will perform equally well in winter as in summer, look no further.

Call for Comments
Have you hit the trails in the SpeedCross 2? If so, let us know how it went. If you’ve got questions, fire away.

Contest
You know that we like to hook our readers up. That’s why we’re giving we gave away a pair of SpeedCross 2 compliments of Salomon. (Thanks, guys!) Kristin Zosel was the lucky winner!

[Disclosure: Salomon provided the author with a sample pair on SpeedCross 2 to review. In addition, the Amazon link in this post is part of an affiliate program that helps support iRunFar.com.]

Tom Caughlan

is iRunFar's Minimalist Gear Editor. Tom’s passion for trail running and specialty running retail experience shine through in all of his highly technical reviews, which do range outside minimalist shoes.

There are 132 comments

  1. David

    I've been eyeballin' these for quite awhile but with so many shoes out there I have never gotten around to trying them. ( I surely would like to though. )

  2. John R.

    I bought a pair the first year they came out and wore them for everything from trailrunning to construction work to fly-fishing. They were possibly the most durable, comfortable shoes ive ever run in. They dry quick enought to get wet one day and run in (dry) the next morning which is a key quality in a pair of trailrunners for me. Sole finally came off after 4 years of abuse and who knows how many miles. NEED NEW ONES!

  3. EMRE TOK

    I have a Salomon XA Pro Ultra 3D S-Lab with embedded gaiters. Actually it is my first Salomon trail running shoe. I bought it 4 years ago. It still exists… I have tested here as you can clik and read in both in English and Turkish. http://www.geziyorum.net/salomon-s-lab-xa-pro-3d-… It is very light and very durable. Even though it had spent more than 1000 Kms in Trails, Adventure Races it still exists and i am still using it. So I would like to test the Speed Cross 2 as well. I heard about it is very light and can be used in adventure races. so i have an adventure race coming; I need a new pair to test and write…

  4. Morgan Williams

    Hello from England.

    I love these shoes. I have been using them for several years and prior to that used their predecessor, the Harrier. The upgrade from the original Speedcross version to the Speedcross 2 was definite progress.

    They are the most confortable off road shoes I have worn. My most recent race outing in then was the 82kms of the CCC I was allowed to race at the end of August in and around Chamonix.

    It was noticeable in the last 5/6 hours of that race the trouble people in XAPros and the like were having with grip in the deep mud that passed for the trails. I was having fewer grip issues.

    I have even used these shoes in long English fell races, 20 plus miles of often pathless mountain terrain. They cope pretty well, the only issue being when contouring, where the stability and fit lets them down. That is less of a problem for your average European and US trail runner suspect.

    Great shoes; I hope a few of you take the plunge.

  5. Mark

    Great review as always. Sound like an ideal shoe for winter running and well since we've been having frost up here in Canada for about the last week, I could use some winter shoes asap.

  6. CJ LaFond

    I have been interested in trying a shoe from the Salomon lineup but have been stuck repeating my current brandmodel because it has been working (although I am not blown away).

    Thank you for the chance to try something new.

    CJ

  7. sam

    I'd love to try the Speedcross 2's. I've been a huge fan of Saloman's kevlar speed laces for a couple years. I bought a set that I switch in to all of my running shoes. They can easily be cut to length if you have too much lace. Try trimming the length so that you can tuck the end tab into the last lace towards the toe. It works great with no flopping while you run.

  8. William Grauer

    Currently I run in the Salomon XAPro on trails and really like it. I have also been introduced to other Salomon equipment, compression calf, tech-t. Their stuff is really good, lite and definitely produced for the runner.

    The Salomon SpeedCross 2 is on my short list.

    Thanks

  9. Jenny Handy

    I would love to try a pair. Maybe they'll make me faster and better at running up the crazy mountains out here!

    Jenny

    Stanardsville, VA

  10. Paige T.

    I noticed a lot of these on the trail while watching the HOBO 50k last weekend, in Rockford, IL. They sure look snazzy! I love trying new shoes and would love to try out some Salomons…I have yet to try anything of theirs out :)

    I do have a question…how would you classify the forefoot (narrow, medium, medium-wide)?

    Thanks for the great review!

    Paige T.

    Chicago, IL

  11. Matt Thalman

    Looks good. I've only used normal road shoes to this point but have been thinking of trying out some trail shoes for running here in North Dakota where it's always an adventure running in winter. I might give these a shot.

  12. Jen

    These shoes are my go-to trail shoes for this past season. They make my feel look adorable and fierce at the same time. I need a new pair.

    Jen

    Campbell River, BC

    Canada

  13. kyle

    The SpeedCross 2's have always peaked my interst, but I have never had a chance to try them on or run in any Salomon shoes. After reading this post, and seeing a few others wearing them at a couple of other ultras it's time to for me to give them a try.

  14. Michele Bierstedt

    I would love to try the Solomons. I've never tried them before, and run mostly on the Rocky Mountain trails west of Colorado, so they sound like a perfect fit.

  15. Kim Neill

    Love these shoes. Great lightweight cushioning combined with a low heel to toe ratio. Not a minimalist shoe, but not over-constructed either. I had previously run in the XA Pro/Pro 3D, which I thought became hard and clunky after only a few wearings. The Speedcross has a much nicer feel and fantastic traction.

  16. dnaistheway

    I have been wearing only Salomon Speed Cross 2 for a year now. I need a new pair for Dick Collins Firetrails 50 and the North Face Endurance Challenge 50, SF.

    San Francisco, CA/Berkeley, CA

    Best regards,

    dnaistheway

  17. Brent W

    I've long loved the XA's as my winter shoes, and would definitely be interested in giving these a shot for spring-summer-fall.

    Great review too …

  18. Ryan Miller

    Been wearing the Salomon XT Wings 2 – Best damn trail shoe I have ever owned! Been eyeballing this Salomon brand lately as well for training purposes. I like the write up here and the more info I get the better! Just need to go try a pair on and see how my feet will like them!

    1. Mark

      Great in depth review. I have previously run in the XA 3D Ultras and really likes them and would love to get my hands on a pair of these!

      Mark Connolly

      Vale, NC

  19. Kristin Zosel

    i'm currently "without brand" since my very favorite brand and line of shoes is no longer living up to it's billing… i'd love to try these for the wet winter rocks and roots i run on now… as well as crossing over to high rocky trails… thanks!

    Kristin

  20. Jason

    Great review, I've been partial to La Sportiva for some time, but have recently made the switch. Love the fit, gonna have to check these out!

  21. Elizabeth Minnick

    always looking for a good pair of shoes to alternate with my beloved masochists but haven't found the right one yet… could this be it? i like the description light, responsive, but also soft CUSHINESS!

  22. Richard Sudz

    I've never tried Salomon before, I've been wearing Brooks for a long time. From time to time I try another brand to no avail. They sound great and I would love to try them!

  23. Alex

    I am just about to need to retire a couple of pairs of shoes. Never tried the Salomon shoes. This might be the perfect time for me to try a pair. Especially for free :)

  24. Tarzan Sutton

    Just finished my first Ultra-learned a lot about running trails during a long event. My only lingering concern was my choice of foot-wear. I ran in the Five Finger Bikila's. They were great for the most part, but on rocky down hills and very rocky terran I suffered horribly. I would love to try these out and hopefully wear them for my next Ultra! Still learning after 20 yrs of running…….

  25. Mike Griffiths

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the real-world review. I'd love a pair, I am looking for a lighter shoe but I am a bit of a heavier heel striker and so most minimalist shoes don't work well for me.

    Mike

    Calgary

  26. Jim P.

    So much time, so few shoes. Love to give the Salomon's a try. Used to wear them a lot. Ready to give 'em another go. I like the lacing system…especially after recent experiences with the laces on a couple pairs of Cascadias.

    Jim P.

    Evergreen, CO

  27. Henry Bickerstaff

    I have a lot of trouble with the tongue of my shoe shifting on long trail runs. I would like to see if these are any different.

    Henry Bickerstaff

    Alva, OK

  28. Mike V.

    Sounds like a great shoe! I'm looking for something lightweight that also has some chops for fastpacking and lightweight backpacking. These sound like they may be right up that alley. Thanks for the review!

  29. Janice Ellis

    I am a newbie… I have played sports all my life, but now at age 45, have decided to try running. It is not easy. I have two different sneakers that i have tried running in on both the road and on the trail. I have had difficulty with each sneaker. I dont want to give up trying to run. I really want to do a 5k, 10k, 15k, and maybe even 1/2 marathon someday. I would love to try these shoes to see if they can help prevent the foot pain that I have been having with the other shoes.

  30. Kay

    Perfect timing for this article as I'm roaming around reading trail shoe reviews at the moment. I'm trying to figure out what it is I want to look for in a trail shoe. Thanks.

  31. nick b

    love my salomon xa pro 3d ultras and would love to see how those lil puppies do on the rocky trails… ps I just moved out to San Diego from Detroit for grad school, so I have tons of trails to explore on a broke students budget, some free shoes would be amazing!!!

  32. Todd S

    Its always frustrating when you find a good shoe only to have it change in next year's model. I'd love to try a shoe that others as well as the company has recognized as "aint broke".

    Very informative review.

  33. Jeff S.

    I need a responsive trail shoe while still protecting my pups that doesn't weigh 2lbs each. Rarely do I ever need aggressive lugs. These look like my next trail shoe to try. Thanks.

  34. Cesc

    These are good quality shoes. I had a single but was damaged and the longer I could use more. I regret that I have left without Salomon SpeedCross.

  35. Tony Mollica

    I'd like to try a pair of Salomon SpeedCross shoes. I recently bought a Salomon hydration pack and it's great. If the shoes are as good as the pack I will have to purchase more Salomon products!

  36. Chris

    My current shoes don't have quite enough cushioning for some of the rocky trails I run around here. Would love to try out a pair of SpeedCross 2's to help my sore feet :)

    Chris

  37. Ryan F

    I sit in my cubicle reading this review and my feet are throbbing to chew up some trail miles when I get off work. This fluorescent light panel above head sporting an image of palm leaves and a cloud-filled blue sky is designed to fool me into thinking I’m in Hawaii, but I’m not buying it. I should be productive, making the company money, but instead I’m buying time till I can lace up my trusty kicks and partake in similar muddy creek crossings and technical baby had rock sections the author describes in this shoe review. Looking down at my gear bag I take note of the battered soles and laces of my Rucky Chuckys, which appear to look about as good as they smell. Tonight’s session in the Oakland Hills will be a nice start to the weekend, but with cushioning and stitching on my current kicks degrading as fast as these days are getting shorter, a nice new pair of Salomon SpeedCross 2’s would surely make the toes tingle and the checkbook chuckle.

  38. Jeff F

    Those shoes look great. One of my running buddies is badgering me about Salomons but I've been reluctant thus far. A free pair to try might change my mind though. :)

  39. Xavi Alcalde

    I never had a pair of Salomon before. I keep on running with my Garmond that almost no one has, but I'm quite happy with… then I see Kilian Jornet hitting a record and another one and still another one… and I have decided that I am ready to give them a try and start breaking my own records!

    Thanks for the great website from Barcelona!

  40. Bryan Hitchcock

    I have had the XT Wings and like them quite a bit, but I would like to try a more trimmed down Salomon shoe. I run a lot on muddy, rooty, rocky trails in AK and like a shoe with good grip. Send ME a pair please. Thanks!

  41. Kevin

    Looks like a solid shoe. It's nice to see a company that doesn't radically change their shoes every year (Nike, you are far and away the biggest culprit).

  42. Susannah B

    I raced through 2 pairs of these shoes in 2008– they are light, well-built and grippy. Most Salomons are overbuilt and heavy. This shoe is different– an actual running shoe, and light enough to go fast.

    Only issue I had with them: the rubber between the chevron-shaped lugs on the sole is quite thin– you can really get bruised feet after a few hours if you hit a few pieces of gravel wrong. Not recommended for races over 50 miles.

    I didn't know they were still making these– I'll go hunt some up!

  43. John W

    The author and I have similar sounding feet and gait, would love to try these out in November on the Mt.Masochist. My Montrail masochists have shrunk with all the SE VA summer running (constantly saturated and sun drying).

  44. Kevin

    I need the Salomon SpeedCross 2 for my first 100 mile trail race, the Javelina Jundred on October 23rd. Seriously. My feet would really appreciate it!

  45. Mandy

    These look great. I LOVE my Salomon Wings – these seem to have a bit less heft but all I need otherwise. love the durability and the feel of my other Salomons so will look to getting these online =- NOBODY stocks trail shoes in FLA :-)

  46. Chris Boone

    I am a pretty new trail runner. Been a road runner for five years. I am completely loyal to the dirt now, and will never go back. I live in western Washington, where we have an abundance of trails for the taking! I have sampled a few different shoes and I like a few and a few, not so much. I am looking for a shoe that can hang with with the muddy slippery trails of a pacific northwest winter. I would enjoy the chance to wear these shoes and put them to the test. Thanks for the consideration. Keep on Runnin'

  47. Cameron

    Have been coveting the speedcross for sometime now. Have had a pair of Hawks, loved them. Super comfy, like the lacing system. Would definitely love a pair to run up on the Bonneville shoreline trail in Corner Canyon, UT!!

  48. Khai

    That's an interesting looking shoe – very minimal fore and midfoot, but based on the profile it appears to have quite a built up heel. I'd be keen on trying them. I do nearly all my runs on trail, but have never liked "trail shoes" because they always seem to be closer to hiking boots than actual running shoes. While I'm certainly not a barefoot/VFF guy, I don't like heavy blocks on my feet, either.

  49. Ty

    My Mt. Masochists are on their way out, time for some new kicks. Don't think I could buy anything else, but maybe a free pair could convince me to switch it up.

  50. James

    Sounds like I may need to check these out. My North Face shoes are starting to show some age. Maybe I'll get lucky and score the free pair. Thanks for thr review.

    Fishback Boy

    Benton Co Arkansas

  51. Glenn

    I really like my XAs, which feel well ventalated here in HI. Been thinking about the SpeedCrosses for a while, in an effort to slowly move to a more minimalist shoe. Love to try a pair!

  52. Tom Sauerbrei

    Thanks for he review. I would like to try them as my brooks and asics give me a blister on the bottom of my right foot,and l am running trail half marathon at the end of october.

    Thanks

  53. Andy

    Just picked up a pair of the Salomon calf exo III and love them – my first experience with a Salomon product. Would be thrilled to pair them up with a pair of the SpeedCross 2's! As a guy who's fallen for trail running in the past year, a well reviewed shoe on a fellow mid-foot striker would be awesome.

  54. Jason nemecek

    I'm skeptical of the lacing system as I haven't has good experiences with those wire-type laces. I hope that they figured it out. I wonde if a sime lug pattern like that will work as well as others.

    Sign me up.

    Jason

    Gig Harbor, WA

  55. Alison

    Great review, Bryon. I've been wanting to try these guys for a while, and now that I keep getting blisters for some reason on the shoes I've had several pairs of, I really want to try them!

  56. Bruce Baker

    I am so happy I read this review! I have been running trails in a road shoe and recently started having pain in the joints of my toes and of course thought the worst….neuroma. Most of the pain was in the area of where they usually appear, (My wife has them on both feet.)I completely shut my running down and am waiting to have my feet checked out.

    After reading this review, I am 95% sure that I have bruised my metatarsals! I have hope! I need to try a pair soon. Please sign me up.

  57. Jon Allen

    I'm always up for a new pair of shoes. Just ran 70 miles of the Bear 100 in my Salomon XT Wings- great shoes, except for those darn kevlar laces that keep breaking (and are $8.50 to replace!)

  58. victor snover

    I am always interested in checking out a new shoe, but often not able to afford too many at any given time. The Salomon Speedcross 2's look like and sound like something that is right up my alley! I am still looking for that perfect combination of fit, availability and weight. Love the site Bryon.

  59. Mike W

    I have tried a couple other Salomons and have looked at these so a free pair would be great. I like the tread design on these better than my other shoes for our Midwestern mud and snow.

  60. Shanna

    I'd like to try the Salomon Speedcross because it appears to be exactly what I have looking for for. After trying on every shoe I can find; they sound like the combo of weight, confort, and most importantly grip I've been looking for. It would be great to see how they handle the CO 14ers.

  61. Leonardo

    Excellent shoe! I bought the 2007 version and I am satisfied with it. I wouldn't use it for a 100 miler, but it's my first choice for races from 50k to 50 miles.

  62. Patrick

    The sleek, sexy look of the speedcross2 nearly had me at "hello," but I have been wed to its heavier cousin, the XA Comp, for some time now and was not sure if the speedcrosses would offer enough support. They look wonderfully light for racing and I would love to try them out.

  63. Hone

    They are the best winter running shoe I have ever worn. I wore the same pair for 3 straight winters in Alaska. They kept my feet warm and the traction was top notch for the Alaskan trails.

    Evan Hone

  64. Natural1

    I've been a Salomon-only runner for the past few years and have loved every pair that I've owned (9 pairs in 3 years…) The XA Pro 3D is my shoe of choice for training, but I've been looking for a lighter model for racing and the SpeedCross looks like it would fit the bill (I blew through a pair of Speed Comps a couple of years ago, but never got around to buying another pair…)

    I'd love a pair of these for my fall races – nothing like a fresh pair of kicks to get the blood flowing and the legs cranking!!

  65. Nick

    The Speedcross 2 is a lightweight multi terrain racing shoe. It has a outsole with a heavy amount of traction. The Midsole offers good cushioning on on the heel, and a light amount through the shoe. The fit is great, it fits very well on the whole foot. It offers great protection from mud and and other debris. The quicklace system makes it very easy to get on and off, and keep your foot snug in the shoe. If you find yourself in a muddy, rocky, and steep trail race, the Speedcross 2 is your shoe! It is also available in GTX (Gortex) it is great when you are running in the winter, it will keep your feet warm and dry, and have a good amount of traction. Also if you are doing a lot of runs in the rain or where the trail requires to to go through a stream the Speedcross 2 is for you!!

  66. wiglebot

    I don't currently use Salomon shoes trail shoes, but would use these.

    1. The toe guard covers the toes but is not massive, it will not get hung on root and rocks.

    2. The Toe box raises a bit and that gives a better natural flex on a stiff shoe, but also helps me prevent flexing my toes (I tense my toes in a flat shoe — been working on relaxing my feet in my road shoes).

    3. The midsole is flat or close to it with the same tread. When I jump across a puddle and land on a slippery root, a carved out midsole will slide or jam my foot forward or back. You should be able to walk a small wet log or a tight rope in trail running shoes resigned for technical trails.

    4. The slightly softer heel is fine and will help with down hills. Also the heel only has the slightest rise, so standing and mid-foot landings should be very nice. Trail running shoes should not give the impression of toppling over backwards (when standing straight up) like some road shoes do.

    5. I like the consistent traction on the bottom.

    6. The sole does not flare out and have fancy junk hanging off. For technical trails, the print of a shoe should not be much more than my foot or the the shoe will cause ankle rolls.

  67. Craig Blair

    I'm an "average Joe" runner. I've completed 3 road marathons and turned to trail running this year. I finished the Scenic City trail marathon in Memphis last May and am currently planning for my first ultra, the Bigfoot 50K in Ohio, in December. I've been experimenting with a couple of different trail shoes but just haven't found the right one yet. I'd love to give this shoe a go!

  68. Bob Baldwin

    Hello!

    I'd love to try these! I've ran 4 50K's and a few mary's in the past few months and have a 100k in 3 weeks (Oil Creek). Been fighting some sore toes from kicking stumps, rocks, roots, etc. in my less durable Mizuno trail shoes and would love to try these more durable shoes at Oil Creek.

    Thanks!

  69. Scott

    I will be racing in the Red River Gorge American Classic Adventure Race in November which would be a perfect opportunity to test out these shoes, as I will no doubt be given ample opportunity to put them (and myself) through the ringer.

  70. Andrew Tomasch

    I have been a hardcore TNF guy since I started running trails. I love the look of these and would love to turned into a "Salomon Guy." Of course I would wear them at the upcoming Ohio Outdoors Series. Send a pair my way!!!!

    Andrew

  71. Erwan

    My only experience with Salomon was a great one, in March 2003 bought a pair of light fell running Salomon* at the pre-run show the day before the infamous 20-mile Grizzly trail on South coast of England – after slipping of the hills continuously during training runs out there wearing normal trainers. Without any previous trail experience, and having worn the shoes only during the previous afternoon for a stroll along the beach, I finished 4th, with no blisters or any injury! Did some more races since on those shoes…but it's about time to get new pair ;-) I'll try them in the beautiful hills of Western Kenya.

    Thanks for your great website by the way!

    *no idea what the model was, they were lightweight, almost like track spikes but with a fell-running rubber sole and slightly reinforced, very very flat, never found them again

  72. Donnie H

    Bryon-

    Keep doing what your doing my man! I would love to do some fall/winter training on the colorado front range with these bad boys.

  73. Thomas McNulty

    I own 4 pairs of these shoes and I love them! I have two black pairs and two lime/yellow pairs, these are my go to shoe for all my trail running and all my ultra races year round! The hug your foot, so I never have any problems with blisters. The shoe sheds water quick to, lets face it… NO SHOE IS WATERPROOF! But these puppies push the water right out and my feet feel dry instantly, even after large creek crossings. Shed the mud, dirt and snow easily while providing awesome grip on everything. Plus they clean up quick! Only thing that I've changed in them is the inner sole, needs a little bit more padding to be top notch, but other than that, #1 shoe! Will probably buy several more pairs to stock up just in case they ever decided to discontinue them (which I wouldn't know what to do then!)

  74. Kristin Zosel

    THANKS FOR THE SHOES, BRYON and SALOMON!!!!

    I LOVE these shoes. I found them to run a bit big, so I exchanged them for 1/2 size smaller than I usually wear. Consequently, i received them just prior to quad dipsea… wore them for about 10 min around the house and put them on to race the next day with a spare pair of alternative kicks waiting for me at the half way point, just in case… NO NEED! these shoes are my very favorite… and were ideal for those wet, muddy, hilly conditions.

    Perfect fit… like a glove with a roomy enough toe box that my toes stayed happy, no numbness or cold spots even when in/out of water and mud at 38-50 degrees on 2 different long race/run occasions. Mid foot and heel hugged my foot snugly in combo with my drymax sock so that i had nary a blister or hot spot… again, despite 6.25hrs and 3hrs constantly wet, up/down steep hills (quad dipsea and a local muddy hil run). Achilles notch is unobtrusive. They drained water superbly… and in conjunction with dirty girl gaiters, i had no debris issues… gotta love that, as well.

    I can honestly say, I've never had a pair of shoes that gripped so well in mucky mud, slippery mud, dense clay-type mud, or any other form of wet dirt. I'd see other shoe prints that had left "windshield wiper" marks and I'd trot right through the same stuff with all effort translating into fwd motion. Impressive. Wet roots, rocks, mossy spots, and drenched weeds were no match for the grippy outsole. Again… impressive as these are not my favorite types of terrain. Give me high and dry and I'm happy as a clam.

    I feel like there's a learning curve on the laces, but I've been lucky on dialing in the tension without too much struggle thus far… I did have to have help getting them off after those 2 races… something about very cold fingers and the pressure required to undo them wasn't working for me… no problem on shorter runs where the fingers retained good blood supply. Under the gaiters, I have no concerns about the loop catching on sticks/plants, etc.

    I had the opportunity to try these shoes out on dusty, moderately, dry rocky trails outside of denver briefly… seemed to work very well… no rock bruises despite the seemingly thin protection in the forefoot… the lugs are spaced just right for that particular trail… heel cushioning felt great even on a long fire/jeep road downhill. I didn't get to try them in snow, but I have a feeling they'd do just fine.

    I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, Salomon has won me over with these shoes. Thanks so much for the opportunity to have them, Bryon and Salomon… I look forward to running them "into the ground" and getting another pair!

    Kristin

    Eugene, OR

  75. Ray Griffin

    I am curious to hear from people whom have tried both the Salomon & Inov8 trail running shoes. I know that it is difficult to compare brands so to be more specific I am curious to know from people whom have tried both the Salomon Speedcross 2 & the Inov8 Roclite 295, Inov8 Roclite 285, Inov Mudclaw 272. I am trying to decide on a trail running show. One of my running mates has the Salomon Speedcross 2's. I am looking to puchase the Inov8 Roclite 295 or the Inov8 Mudclaw 272. I can not find a review on this site relating to the Roclite 285 or Mudclaw 272. Guess they are untested. Do you guys have a link that reviews both Salomon Shoes with the Inov8 shoes in the same breath.

    My problem appears to be that when a runner decides on a brand, be it Salomon or Inov8, they tend to be so impressed by the shoe that they tend not to deviate. When reading the Salomon reviews the reviewer speaks only of Salomon and the same can be said of the Inov8 reviewers.

  76. Mike Papageorge

    Just bought a pair of Speedcross 3s, thanks for the review here! It helped…

    Was at a bit of a loss as my old standby has been discontinued, going to be hitting a lot of clay over the next few months and wasn't sold on the heavier Cascadias… Looking forward to hitting the trails..

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