Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$180
Weight
Men: 9.3oz
Women: 9.3oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 4mm
Women: 4mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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 technology of the S-Lab Speed provides 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.
  • Most women runners are complaining about getting the right size because the S-Lab Speed is sold in men’s sizes.

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 secure fit, enough cushioning and stability.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 22 ratings

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4 star
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3 star
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My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • 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 by Run Society • Yuyi Lim • 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 by Find Your Feet • 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 by Grit Camp • 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 by SA OCR • Thomas von Tonder • 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 by Wild Running • Wild Running • Level 1 expert

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

  • 84 / 100 by George Fisher • Kirk Hardwick • Level 1 expert

    If you are running in the fells then look no further than the Salomon Speeds, they will not let you down. 

  • 82 / 100 by RunCoedyBrenin • RunCoedyBrenin • Level 1 expert

    This shoe isn’t for everyone, but, if you race tough upland trails and fells and are after the ultimate grip-master, the confidence-giver, the tamer of gnarly ground; look no further.

  • 78 / 100 by Cat Slater • Cat Slater • Level 1 expert

    One important aspect too is that they are tested on the British fells which is where I do most of my running making me more confident in their ability to perform when I need them too!

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Updates to Salomon S-Lab Speed

  • 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.

Salomon S-Lab Speed size and fit

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.


Outsole

The Non-Marking Contragrip technology delivers impressive traction on varied surfaces. The combined rubber outsole offers great grip on wet conditions and on softer ground.


Midsole

The midsole features the full-length Molded EVA midsole foam that delivers lightweight cushioning and stability. The EVA foam offers greater shock absorption and energy-return for a more resilient ride.


Upper

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.