Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A good number of trail runners and hikers find the Salomon Speedcross 4 to be very comfortable.
  • The traction is a monster on mud, snow, and even in wet conditions, according to a majority of the reviews.
  • It has decent ground feedback, based on the observations of several users.
  • The price is considered by many as well worth the performance and durability.
  • The Quicklace system makes cinching easy and very convenient.
  • The anti-debris mesh readily wards off dirt and trail debris.
  • A handful noted that the outsole of the 4th version of the Speedcross is significantly more durable than the earlier version.
  • Some runners welcomed the more rounded toe box for improved comfort and toe splay.
  • A large number of runners praised the Endofit inner sleeve as it wraps the foot in comfort while the Sensifit overlays provide support and improved precision where fit goes.
  • More than a couple of wear testers were amazed by the responsiveness and nimble ride for such a burly shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The high stack height and prominent lugs may cause some issues on uneven and rugged terrains.
  • A handful remarked that it does not dry as quickly as they would want it to.
  • Breathability is a bit hampered by the anti-debris mesh, according to a few.
  • Some runners also mentioned that it is a bit smaller and narrower than the past version.

Bottom line

The Salomon Speedcross 4 is something hordes of fans of the line will be very familiar with. There is still that insane traction on almost all surfaces, but with the added durability in the outsole to match its performance. It is quite light and nimble and comes in a variety of colors that will suit the fashion tastes of just about everyone. The running shoe excels on steep inclines, grass, loose gravel, and almost any slippery surfaces.

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A top rated Trail running shoe
Top 5% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August

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  • Salomon hardly ever makes changes in the Speedcross line and this is true in the 4th version of this series. As it is a trail shoe, the most substantial changes are made in the outsole. Unlike the past models where half-sized lugs often found themselves on the shoe's perimeter where they are easily abused and pounded, the underfoot now uses full-sized lugs all over. The bite on uneven terrain is enhanced without too much damage.
  • An updated version of the Contagrip rubber compound finds itself in the outsole as well. The new version of the Contagrip keeps the runner sure-footed on slippery or wet surfaces. This update is one reason the traction is simply unbelievable in this shoe.

The fit of the Speedcross 4 is a trademark of this line. It has a slightly narrow to medium fit all over. The upper hugs the foot well in comfort and security. There is decent padding in the right areas of the shoe for the foot to be very comfortable. It runs true to size.


Same as in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, the outsole of the Speedcross 4 uses the Contagrip rubber for superior traction, even on wet surfaces. Giving the shoe exceptional bite on rugged terrains are the 6mm arrow-shaped lugs. The lugs face opposite each other for multi-directional grip. Because the shoe does not have a rock guard, the lugs act as a buffer against the often pointed or sharp objects on the trails.


The midsole is a rather thick slice of molded EVA as the main cushioning material and added protection against the rough surfaces or objects on the trail. It covers the entire midsole and helps with the momentum from landing to toe-off. It also has standard durability and responsiveness.

The Salomon Speedcross 4 is also equipped with the notable LT muscle compound. It is a lightweight EVA cushioning material that absorbs impact forces in every step.

A removable Ortholite sockliner is also inserted into the midsole of the shoe. It is meant to provide an odor-free environment and it has an anti-bacterial element to keep the foot healthy and fresh. The sockliner is also designed to give additional underfoot cushioning.


Designed for trail running, the Salomon Speedcross 4 makes use of an anti-debris mesh on its upper. The mesh material is very breathable and lightweight. It offers a good level of protection as it keeps the dirt and trail debris out of the shoe.

Along with the anti-debris mesh is the water-resistant textile. It Keeps the foot dry while running on puddles or wet running surfaces. The textile is durable and it does not compromise breathability and comfort.

A mudguard is specifically placed all around the base of the shoe for added protection against mud and dirt. The mudguard, a protective element, remains light yet durable.

Salomon’s unique SensiFit system is at work in the upper of the Salomon Speedcross 4. The SensiFit overlays wrap the foot comfortably. The overlays give runners a close, secure foot lockdown without giving a constricting fit.

The stitched midfoot overlays are directly connected to the QuickLace System, which is made from sturdy Kevlar fibers. They function together to hold the foot securely and with excellent comfort. Getting the right fit is made easier with a quick tug of the lacing system. It stays true from the first stride to the finish. There are also lace pockets to keep the laces out of the way.

The Speedcross is one of the iconic trail running shoe model from Salomon. The Speedcross series is known in the running community for its protective design and grippy outsole. Below are some characteristics that make the Speedcross series really popular.

They are comfortable.

All the Salomon Speedcross shoes are tough-looking, but on the inside is a soft cushioning and irritation-free fabric lining. The latest version, the Salomon Speedcross 4 offers a smooth in-shoe feel and comfortable underfoot foam. The Sensifit Technology also offers a comfortable yet secure lockdown.

They are versatile.

The running shoes in the Speedcross series are versatile enough to perform well on hiking, walking and racing activities. They have deep lugs evenly placed in the outer sole for uphill and downhill grip. The Salomon Speedcross 4 also has water-repellent textile coverage for extra wet weather protection, making it ideal for both warm and rainy running conditions.

They are grippy.

One notable characteristic of the Salomon Speedcross series is the grippy outsole. It is made possible by the Contagrip rubber material with aggressive lugs that offer superb traction on muddy, wet and even snowy surfaces. This material is also durable and protective enough against sharp rocks and other trail elements.

They are protective.

All the Salomon Speedcross versions are equipped with protective elements, from the upper to the outsole. To prevent water from entering the shoe, the upper is covered with water-repellent fabric, and the mudguard serves as the shield of the foot from dirt and debris.

For durable underfoot protection, a rock plate is inserted in between the midsole and outsole. It is durable enough to protect the foot against sharp objects. This extra foot shied is light, flexible and sturdy.

They are good looking.

The Speedcross models, especially the Salomon Speedcross 4, have a good looking design. Some runners are wearing them on casual days or even at work. They have a street-ready design which makes the shoes easily worn with shirts, shorts, and pants.

They are reasonably priced.

Compared to the other trail running shoes that offer the same level of protection, grip, and durability, the Salomon Speedcross 4 has a more affordable price. It is one of the reasons why the shoe become popular to most trail runners.

The Salomon Speedcross 4 is a trusted trail running shoe. Some of the models that are comparable to the Speedcross 4 are the following:

La Sportiva Mutant

The Mutant is a durable and reliable trail shoe from La Sportiva. Meant for daily running, the shoe has an average weight - not too heavy and not too light. Just like the Salomon Speedcross 4, the shoe features a sticky outsole, responsive cushioning, and supportive upper.

For the outsole, the shoe features the FriXion XF technology for traction and sole durability. La Sportiva also makes use of the V-Groove technology with Impact Brake System for breaking power and flexibility.

The tongue and the lacing system of this trail running shoe are unique. It uses a Spyraltongue for a personalized fit and added protection. The Fusiongate Lacing Harness system offers efficient lacing system for a secure running experience.

Brooks Cascadia 13

Brooks is known for its reliable trail and road running shoes. The Cascadia 13 features a breathable upper, responsive cushioning, and reliable traction. Built with durability in mind, the shoe offers unmatched durability.

Just like the Speedcross 4, the Brooks Cascadia 13 aims to provide impressive performance on varied trail surfaces. Some of the technologies used include the BioMoGo DNA, HPR Green compound, Ballistic Rock Shield, and 3D Rubber Print Mud Guard. These elements offer a good blend of cushioning, durability and protection. Lastly, the Cascadia 13 is also available in a waterproof version.

Salomon Ultra Pro

Another trail shoe from Salomon is the Ultra Pro. The shoe is a bit expensive but it offers an excellent and durable performance.

To provide runners with durable traction they experienced with the Speedcross 4, the shoe makes use of the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip with 5mm lugs. This outsole design gives an unmatched grip on both muddy and rocky surfaces. Along with the Contagrip outsole is the Dual Density EVA midsole, 3D Stretch Mesh upper, seamless SENSIFIT element, and QuickLace system.

The Salomon Ultra Pro is lighter than the Speedcross 4 but both shoes are designed to tackle the toughest terrain.

  • The first Salomon Speedcross was released in 2016. The purpose of the shoe is to provide runners with a reliable trail shoe that can survive wet and muddy terrain.
  • Salomon Speedcross trail runner endorsers include Kilian Jornet, Philipp Reiter and Anna Frost.
  • The Speedcross 4 is also available in a waterproof version.
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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