Summary

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

8 reasons to buy

  • The supportive fit of the S-Lab Speedcross impressed most of the reviewers.
  • It is very comfortable for daily runs on slick and muddy conditions, based on the comments of several users.
  • A luxurious inner sleeve hugs the foot in comfort and support.
  • The water resistant upper makes it an ideal shoe during light rains or slightly inclement weather.
  • A handful loved its breathability.
  • More than a few runners noticed that the shoe dries quickly.
  • A large number of comments appreciated the superior traction.
  • The durability is remarkable, according to several users.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners thought that the heel area felt a bit sloppy.
  • The cushioning is too stiff for a handful.
  • It has an expensive price tag.
  • A handful of runners noted that it runs a bit narrow and small.

Bottom line

Salomon produced another trail shoe in its already deep line up with the introduction of the S-Lab Speedcross. It is a beast of a shoe designed to take on the muddiest and slickest conditions. The shoe has exceptional traction as intended while the support and security on uneven trail is simply unfailing. Runners who are looking for a comfortable, grippy, tough and burly shoe that is relatively light on the trail should give the Speedcross a serious look.

Facts

  • The main feature of the Salomon S-Lab Speedcross is found on the outsole that makes it the trail beast that can handle the muddiest and wettest conditions on the trail. Salomon utilizes aggressive lugs all over the shoe for superior grip in these areas. The rubber compound in this shoe is also designed to provide enhanced excellent traction.
  • The upper of the shoe utilizes fundamental and essential technologies starting with the synthetic overlays that cradle the foot in support and security. In the interior of the shoe is a luxurious inner sleeve that wraps the foot in comfort.
  • The QuickLace system offers convenient and effortless cinching. Once the personalized fit is located, the lace can be secured inside a lace pocket.
  • Salomon endorses the S-Lab Speedcross as a versatile shoe that can offer weather resistance. An upper that is coated with water-repellent technology provides protection against the elements.

The fit of the Salomon S-Lab Speedcross just like its updated version, the Salomon S-Lab Speedcross 3 is standard. It should be able to accommodate those with slightly narrower to slightly wider feet with ease. The heel and midfoot have sufficient space and security while the forefoot has adequate room for the toes to naturally lie down. It runs true to size.


Similar to the well known Salomon Sense Ride 2, this shoe uses Wet Traction Contagrip.  This outsole material remains to be the rubber compound of choice for most of Salomon trail shoes. It offers serious traction to the S-Lab Speedcross in wet conditions. Another feature in the outsole that makes it a beast on muddy trail are the deep lugs occupying a large section of the underfoot.


The midsole utilizes an injection molded EVA or IMEVA with a slice of Salomon’s own Lightweight Muscle for a nice blend of cushioning, responsiveness, and support. Like most full-length midsole design, the transition from the heel to the forefoot is effortlessly enhanced.


In the S-Lab Speedcross, the breathable mesh is coated with water-repellent upper for weather resistance. Besides the water-resistant upper, the shoe also uses Mud Guard to keep off mud from the upper. The proprietary SensiFit overlays secure the foot and provide sufficient support. This technology works hand in hand with the Endofit inner sleeve for a truly wraparound feel of comfort and locked down feel. A QuickLace system, which can be stowed inside the lace pocket, offers effortless cinching.

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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