We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many wearers agreed that the shoe was extremely comfortable.
  • One user was impressed with how it kept the foot completely dry and warm at the same time.
  • The outsole worked well in enabling a steady run in the snow, according to some runners.
  • A buyer was amazed at the underfoot protection brought by the shoe.
  • It felt like a warm and dry slipper, and it was surprisingly lightweight, stated a tester.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One consumer was disappointed that the shoe did not have forefoot studs, considering it was meant for winter conditions.
  • Another user complained that the grip on icy surfaces wasn’t very reliable, that it was flimsy.
  • Some purchasers felt that the shoe was overpriced.

Bottom line

With mixed reactions that came from consumers, the Salomon Snowcross 2 CSWP did not turn out to be a highly recommendable shoe. A lot of users were satisfied with how well the numerous qualities worked, but others were displeased with the fit and sizing aspects.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 12.8oz | Women: 12.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Features: High-top
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 16mm | Women: 16mm
Brand: Salomon
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $200
Colorways: Black, Blue
Small True to size Large
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  • The Snowcross 2 CSWP is Salomon’s updated version of their trail shoe that’s specially designed for the winter season. It is for unusual running conditions, such as rain, snow, and sleet. This running wear is ideal for neutral pronators or runners with medium to high arches.
  • The upper presents the ClimaSalomon waterproof membrane in a mid-feather construction. It covers the shoe’s anti-debris mesh, which in turn protects the foot and keeps it ventilated.
  • With injected EVA foam, the midsole promises a lightweight yet sturdy cushioning. With the Lightweight Muscle compound, the impact is absorbed to allow a smooth stride.
  • The outsole has the brand’s Premium Wet Traction Contagrip for a non-slip grip, no matter how tight the trails are.

The length of the Snowcross 2 CSWP is for the standard running shoe. It possesses a narrow heel and midfoot, a small forefoot, and a short toe box height; thus, it is suitable for wearers with low to medium foot volumes. The width follows the men’s measurements, so it’s D – Medium, but the shoe is unisex and can be worn by men and women.

Same as in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, the outsole features Salomon’s original Premium Wet Traction Contagrip, an outsole material created from a mix of various compounds. It provides a superior level of grip, excelling on wet and slippery surfaces.

The brand’s signature lug pattern is present, including the siping which offers additional traction.

With the Mud Guard protective covering, the outsole sheds the elements that stick to the shoe, thus maintaining a clean surface.

The injected EVA foam offers an adequate amount of cushioning and shock absorption, resulting in a high energy return and a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

A compound called Lightweight Muscle blends with the EVA foam to deliver some more attenuation of impact. It also ensures a soft and comfortable ride when running on rough trails.

The sock liner is from Ortholite, and it’s designed to create a dry and healthy underfoot environment. It has an EVA heel cup that facilitates better heel support and supplementary cushioning.

With an anti-debris mesh, the upper of the Snowcross 2 CSWP is breathable and protective at the same time.

The upper’s mid-feather construction lets the shoe be comfortable enough to feel like a second skin.

Featuring ClimaSalomon, a membrane covering the mesh, the shoe gains waterproof and quick-drying properties while still permitting the runner to move without distractions.

A Lycra collar supports the ankle, and there is protective padding in the area to keep the lower leg safe from debris, snow, and ice.

The Sensifit overlays provide a supportive framework for a snug fit. The result is a cradled and customized coverage all over the foot.

The shoe works with a Quicklace system, which uses Kevlar fibers for a natural shoe entry and exit. There is a lace pocket installed to keep the laces secured and out of the way.

On top of the mesh is a Ripstop fabric, which works by preventing the elements from entering and damaging the shoe. It also has reflective properties to enable visibility in low-light surroundings.

A zip gaiter joins the Ripstop fabric together; it is a closure system that keeps rocks, debris, and water out of the shoe.


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.