Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers appreciated the waterproof ClimaShield membrane, which is capable of staving off wetness while also maintaining breathability.
  • The gaiter design of its collar was well-received as it offers more protection against rocks, dirt, and even snow.
  • The snow-specific construction and design keeps you comfortable in the winter
  • Mud and Snow Contagrip makes up the outsole of this model and it’s one of the most durable and effective technologies around.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were reviewers who complained about the narrow heel area, which became uncomfortable after prolonged use.
  • The heavy weight was noted by some because it made them feel the shoe bearing down a bit.
  • A few runners thought the design was a bit overwhelming.
  • It comes with a high price.

Bottom line

The Salomon Snowcross CS is a suitable offering for the snowy weather as it provides protection and support for the foot even when tackling white-capped paths. It doesn’t offer much stability, but it’s a running shoe that’s great for a neutral foot motion.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 12.9oz | Women: 12.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Features: High-top
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 31mm | Women: 31mm
Forefoot height: Men: 20mm | Women: 20mm
Brand: Salomon
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $200
Colorways: Black, Multi
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 7% best Trail running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | GearJunkie | Level 2 expert

    The Snowcross CS is an exceptional but specialized winter shoe. They felt great on technical ground, where the aggressive knobs bit into the slop and the gaiters shed every flake.

  • 86 / 100 | The Run Commuter | | Level 1 expert

    Frankly, I am now in love with these shoes.  If you have to run on icy and snowy roads on your way to work, they offer amazing grip while keeping you warm.

  • 85 / 100 | Running Magazine | | Level 1 expert

    This shoe handled everything I threw at it, including running across a frozen lake and through knee-high snowy trails. It kept my feet warm and dry, but didn’t feel too bulky.

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  • The upper of the Salomon Snowcross CS was updated, giving runners more protective and comfortable features for an improved running experience. It features the brand’s ClimaShield, a waterproof membrane that keeps the foot drier while running on snow or wet conditions.
  • The shoe comes with an impressive traction through its Mud and Snow Contagrip outsole with 9 metal spike spins. The outsole is designed to dig in deep on soft or snowy grounds.

The Snowcross CS is a unisex shoe that is available in standard men’s size. Women should subtract 1.5 from the actual running shoe size. It is roomy in the forefoot with a snug midfoot feel for a more lockdown fit on the uneven terrain. Salomon is offering this shoe in a standard D width.

Similar to the well known Salomon Speedcross 5, the outsole of the Snowcross CS utilizes the brand’s Mud and Snow Contagrip outsole with aggressive lug pattern that dig in deep on soft grounds. It comes with a 9 metal spike spins for excellent traction.

The shoe uses the traditional injected and molded EVA that is extended in the entire midsole for enough underfoot cushioning. The brand’s LT muscle, a lightweight EVA midsole foam, helps absorbs shock during impact and gives a resilient cushioning for a more responsive ride.

Anti-debris mesh is used in the upper of the Salomon Snowcross CS that delivers a breathable coverage. It keeps debris out while keeping the foot cool and dry. It works perfectly with the brand’s ClimaShield membrane that is quick drying in nature and has the capacity to repel water. It keeps foot drier and gives added protection to the foot. The shoe features the brand’s quick lacing system that gives secure fit and facilitates the easy entry and exit of the foot. It comes with the lace pockets that tucked up the laces out of the way during the entire run. The zip gaiter gives foot protection by keeping debris and water from entering the shoe while the ankle pads give protection to the lower leg against debris and ice.

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