Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Contragrip Technology of the Salomon S-Lab Speed allows runners to run in wet and muddy trails without holding back based on the reviews of most runners.
  • The combination of the great grip and excellent forefoot flexibility made a substantial number of runners happy with this shoe.
  • The Endofit and Sensifit technologies of the S-Lab Speed provide comfortable fit and agility.
  • Features the Salomon quick lacing system.
  • Low to the ground and light construction made this shoe ideal for uptempo training and trail running as noted in most reviews.
  • The streamlined upper construction is very helpful in keeping the debris out.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An expensive trail running shoe.
  • The upper material is not as breathable as expected by some users.

Bottom line

The Salomon S-Lab Speed is a trail running shoe perfect for trail running and uptempo training. The construction of the shoe allows runners to move quickly and perform well even in rough, wet terrains. This shoe offers a secure fit, enough cushioning and stability.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Outdoor Kinetics | Level 3 expert

    When used in conditions where they excel, i.e fast running on steep, soft, technical ground the S-Lab Speed really is tough to beat and in my opinion, the best shoe currently on the market. 

  • 83 / 100 | RunSociety | | Level 2 expert

    Best suited for uptempo training and trail racing, this low, light racing machine is the “most aggressive” shoe in the S-Lab series.

  • 88 / 100 | Find Your Feet | Level 1 expert

    If you are looking for a tough, grippy shoe ideal for rough trails, skyracing, orienteering or fell running, I cannot recommend this shoe enough. 

  • 85 / 100 | Grit Camp | Level 1 expert

    Low drop (4mm) and lightweight (265g), yet have enough cushion to protect from harsh terrains and give just the amount of support that’s needed

  • 85 / 100 | SA OCR | | Level 1 expert

    Salomon added some grip to the bottom of the mid sole, which helps a lot on the rope climbs, and some extra grip on a wet pole or obstacle.

  • 84 / 100 | Wild Running | Level 1 expert

    They are lighter and they feel faster, grippier and more technical, but have a price tag to match. 

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  • The Salomon S-Lab Speed features an impressive grip through the brand’s mud and snow ContraGrip technology that allows runners to keep upright even in soft and muddy trails.
  • This shoe also features a closed upper mesh that keeps debris out without affecting breathability and comfort. It uses technologies that give improved fit and a quick-lacing system that delivers a precise foothold.

The Salomon S-Lab speed is a unisex running shoe but it is available in men’s size. Those women who want to wear this shoe should purchase 1.5 size smaller than the standard size available. The heel, midfoot and forefoot offer a snug fit.


Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, this shoe uses the Non-Marking Contragrip technology which delivers impressive traction on varied surfaces. The combined rubber outsole offers great grip on wet conditions and on softer ground.


The midsole features the full-length Molded EVA midsole foam that delivers lightweight cushioning and stability. The EVA foam which is also used in the shoe's latest version, the Salomon S-Lab Speed 2, offers greater shock absorption and energy-return for a more resilient ride.


The upper of the Salomon S-Lab Speed uses an anti-debris mesh that keeps debris out while staying breathable. This works perfectly with the tongue cover that gives added comfort and keeps shoe debris-free. The Sensifit and Endofit technologies offer unmatched comfort and secure fit. It also have rubber toe cap that keeps the toes protective while running on technical and rough terrains. Lastly, this shoe comes with lace pockets that keep laces out of the while.

Author
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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