Who should buy Salomon Madcross GTX

Buy it if you want a shoe that makes you feel secure and can bite the toughest ground, such as technical, wet, muddy and rocky terrain. It’s great for beginners and experienced runners alike, and surprisingly for a Salomon shoe, it provides enough room to be comfortable for wider feet.

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Who should not buy it

Not the best if you:

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Salomon Madcross GTX vs. Salomon Madcross

The two versions of this trail running shoe share a lot of qualities, such as grip, comfort, protection and durability. However, there are some differences that separate them, as the Madcross GTX is:

  • waterproof, thanks to the added Gore-Tex
  • slightly taller, as the the stack height is 1.5 mm higher
  • heavier: it weighs 1oz (30g) more
  • a little bit more protective in the upper

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An upper that keeps your feet dry

Thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane, the upper offers plenty of protection against bad weather, as reported by all reviewers. It keeps water out of the shoe and feet dry. 

On top of this, the fabric is soft and as a tester pointed out, it felt “very good on [his] skin.”

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Superlative grip

The Salomon Madcross GTX is made for the roughest conditions: it shines on muddy trails, wet grass and even on snow, thanks to some super-aggressive lugs. As a runner noticed, these are even “poking out the side of the shoe” for better traction, and are spaced apart so as to disperse the mud quickly. 

Other runners who tested this shoe have no doubts about it, as they pointed out:

  • it’s “super grippy”
  • the “traction I had in the snow was terrific”
  • there’s “excellent amount of bite”
  • it’s just “really good at what it does”

No wear after 50 miles

This shoe offers great durability, as noticed by a tester who ran more than 50 miles in it. It is not meant for packed trails, nor for roads, where its lugs would wear off easily, but when taken to softer terrain like grass or wet trails, it lasts more than many other trail running shoes

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Salomon Madcross GTX is incredibly flexible

These shoes are extremely flexible. A runner pointed out that when putting the foot on a rock, the shoe is “really going to wrap itself around it.” and he added that it’s going to take “any shape you need it to” along the trail.

Short to medium distances only

Though protective and comfortable, this shoe is best for short to medium runs, as it’s not as cushioned as other trail shoes (take the Salomon Ultra Glide, for example).

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Madcross GTX is protective

As a runner noticed, the toe bumper is soft, yet the shoe provides good protection upfront against roots and rocks. The same holds true underfoot: from those who tested it, there are no reports of issues in this department.

Not the usual Salomon fit

Salomon has been known for making narrow shoes, so runners with larger feet have often preferred other brands. However, it’s a different matter with the Madcross GTX, given that there’s enough room in the midfoot and in the toe box to accommodate normal to wider feet comfortably.

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Secure lockdown in the Madcross

In this case Salomon opted for traditional laces instead of their Quicklace system. This might seem like a drawback, but according to the runners who tried it, it’s very easy to tighten the shoe and they had no issues whatsoever while running.

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Not so heavy for a GTX shoe

As it’s often the case with shoes offering Gore-Tex and aggressive outsoles, the Salomon Madcross GTX, at 11.4oz (325g), is heavier than many other shoes in this category. But not if compared to other waterproof trail running shoes, which weigh (on average) 11.6oz (331g).

For the budget-minded

In a market full of expensive shoes, this Madcross stands out for its relatively low price. If we have a look at the average cost for a Salomon trail running shoe, which is 143$, the Salomon Madcross GTX gets noticed for being a very affordable choice: it can be found at around 110$, and even less than that.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 11.5oz
Drop: Men 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Salomon Madcross
Forefoot height: Men 22.8mm
Heel height: Men 30.8mm

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Gabriele Zampieri
Gabriele Zampieri

Gabriele lives and runs in Italy and he knows the Alps inside out. No wonder given that he has 30+ via ferratas, 20+ trail races and 100+ hiking routes under his belt. And he willingly bivouacked more than 30 times in the middle of nowhere. He logs 25-45 miles per week with 1k-3k elevation gain and is now training for his first 100k race. Trails run through his veins but so does the Italian talkative side.