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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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: 9.9oz
    Women: 9.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 26mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Aug 2016
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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.

Rankings

Updates to Salomon S-Lab Speedcross

  • 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.

Salomon S-Lab Speedcross size and fit

The fit of the Salomon S-Lab Speedcross 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.


Outsole

The Wet Traction Contagrip 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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.