Facts

Terrain
Trail

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

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.

Use
Daily running

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
$130
Weight
Men: 10.9oz
Women: 9.2oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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

12 reasons to buy

  • A good number of trail runners and hikers find the Speedcross 4 to be very comfortable.
  • The traction is a monster on mud, snow, and even in wet conditions, according to a majority of the reviews.
  • It has decent ground feedback, based on the observations of several users.
  • The price is considered by many as well worth the performance and durability.
  • There are various color options to choose from.
  • The Quicklace system makes cinching easy and very convenient.
  • The anti-debris mesh readily wards off dirt and trail debris.
  • It is lighter than the previous model.
  • A handful noted that the outsole of the 4th version of the Speedcross is significantly more durable than the earlier version.
  • Some runners welcomed the more rounded toe box for improved comfort and toe splay.
  • A large number of runners praised the Endofit inner sleeve as it wraps the foot in comfort while the Sensifit overlays provide support and improved precision where fit goes.
  • More than a couple of wear testers were amazed by the responsiveness and quite nimble ride for such a burly shoe.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The high stack height and prominent lugs may cause some issues on uneven and rugged terrains.
  • A handful remarked that it does not dry as quickly as they would want it to.
  • Breathability is a bit hampered by the anti-debris mesh, according to a few.
  • Some runners also mentioned that it is a bit smaller than before.
  • More than a handful just couldn’t get the right fit in this shoe.
  • The Salomon Speedcross 4 is slightly narrower than the past version, as observed by a few runners.
  • It does not come with a wide option, which a large number of runners wanted.

Bottom line

The Salomon Speedcross 4 is something hordes of fans of the line will be very familiar with. There is still that insane traction on almost all surfaces, but with the added durability in the outsole to match its performance. It is quite light and nimble and comes in a variety of colors that will suit the fashion tastes of just about everyone. The shoe excels on steep inclines, grass, loose gravel, and almost any slippery surfaces.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 1147 ratings

5 star
73%
4 star
16%
3 star
5%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 33 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Leave the Couch • Fareed • Level 1 expert

    Fit's great, look's decent and the grip is amazing.

  • 82 / 100 by Pro: Direct Running • Pro: Direct Running • Level 1 expert

    My favorite part of the shoe is the Contagrip outsole that really grips unto anything.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Salomon tweaked the traction pattern to deliver more ground contact at all times, especially at the edges of the shoe, and used a new “wet traction” rubber compound for the outsole that really does grip better on slick surfaces.

  • 82 / 100 by Men's Health • Men's Health • Level 4 expert

    What the Speedcross 4 taught me is that the brand is popular and respected for a good reason - it offers good comfort and a sense of certainty in the rough, unpredictable terrains that define trail running.

  • 81 / 100 by Triathlete • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    The SpeedCross 4 is nimble and fast enough that it could be an ideal XTERRA racer, but sturdy and cushioned enough to be the tool of choice for easy long runs too. 

  • 80 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    Salomon’s trail running staple is finally updated, if only with tweaks. The drop goes from 11 to 10mm, the underfoot package is more sculpted in the midfoot, and the chevrons around the outside of the shoe are now complete rather than “cutoff,” adding 22% more surface area.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Village • Running Village • Level 3 expert

    Nothing can stand in your way when you're wearing these shoes.

  • 87 / 100 by Gear Institute • Jason Brozek • Level 3 expert

    With its deep lugs and protective upper, the Salomon Speedcross 4 is an aggressive trail runner best suited for soft ground, muddy trails, and rocks. The new version receives only minor updates to last year’s Speedcross 3, including a slight change to the toebox, tongue, and tread.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Competitor • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    The SpeedCross 4 is nimble and fast enough that it could be an idea trail racer, but sturdy and cushioned enough to be the tool of choice for easy long runs too.

  • 82 / 100 by Trail Runner Magazine • Paul Cuno-Booth • Level 3 expert

     This won’t be the shoe for every runner, but if you need a protective, amply treaded and cushioned shoe for mountains and mud, look no further.

  • 82 / 100 by Outdoors Magic • Jon • Level 3 expert

    Yes if you want a brilliant all-round mix of near fell-shoe grip, cushioning and deceptive precision.

  • 70 / 100 by Foot Pro • Foot Pro • Level 3 expert

    Generally speaking, the Salomon Speedcross 4 will still suit a majority of SC3 wearers with little time needed to adapt, if any.  To be honest, we are slightly disappointed that modern innovations in cushioned midsoles and technical shoe upper materials were not used on the Speedcross 4.

  • 100 / 100 by Outdoor Gear Lab • Outdoor Gear Lab • Level 2 expert

    The Salomon Speedcross 4 is specialized for the hard, steep, burly trails.

  • 86 / 100 by Runnerlight • Runner Light • Level 2 expert

    Great comfort, good grip and high reliability are the wonderful things I have received from Salomon Speedcross 4. There are more and more runners choose these trail running shoes to deal with technical running terrains. 

  • 84 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Gear Junkie • Level 2 expert

    The Speedcross 4 is a well-built and versatile shoe. At $130, the price tag is a little high in its category, but the shoe is amazingly built

  • 81 / 100 by Outside Online • Justin Nyberg • Level 2 expert

    A steep ramp angle means the Speedcross is definitely a shoe for heel strikers, although you shouldn’t expect a squishy, drowsy landing: the foam is firm for precision and quickness.

  • 90 / 100 by Trail and Ultra Running • Mark Kreuzer • Level 1 expert

    In all cases, whether running on flat surfaces, climbing, descending or running off camber, these shoes have yet to fail.

  • 87 / 100 by Run 4 It • Johnny Hall • Level 1 expert

    I ran a 43-mile trail race in the Speedcross 4s and they rose to every challenge presented to them. They have all the features you could ask for in a pair of trail shoes: lightweight, durable, comfortable and, most importantly, they are reliable under challenging conditions. 

  • 86 / 100 by Tahoe Mountain Sports • Coral Rose Taylor • Level 1 expert

    I noticed that when running up or downhill with loose material, these shoes were in their element – the grippy lugs dug in and kept my foot where I placed it, which gave me more power and confidence on the ascents and descents. 

  • 85 / 100 by The Young Feller • Calvin Jake Ferguson • Level 1 expert

    The improved grip and traction is a winner and if you want a long distance shoe that provides comfort, grip and vivid colour, the Speedcross 4 would be a great addition to your shoe collection!

  • 85 / 100 by Pikes Peak Sports • Shannon Payne • Level 1 expert

    The shoe offers a surprisingly soft and very flexible ride despite its outward rugged appearance, and still utilizes Salomon’s quick-lace system to lock the foot in place regardless of the grade being tackled.

  • 85 / 100 by The Running Bug • Rhalou Allerhand • Level 1 expert

    A lightweight bouncy shoe with exceptional grip, The Salomon Speedcross 4 is the perfect footwear for running in the hills. 

  • 83 / 100 by Ginger Running Man • Ginger Running Man • Level 1 expert

    All in all these shoes are perfect for long trail runs. The grip is ridiculously good and the best i have used to date. 

  • 82 / 100 by Cape Union Mart • Blake Dyason • Level 1 expert

    It is really precise, so precise that I would recommend trying the shoes on before buying a pair. I personally would go half a size bigger to ensure the fit is still accurate but also not too tight. The foot is cradled from the midsole all the way to the lace system. This keeps the foot from any slippage whatsoever, a massive advantage on technical terrain when you don't want to be slipping around inside the shoe, and out of it.

  • 82 / 100 by Tris Reid • Tris Reid • Level 1 expert

    They fit really well, the grip on everything but wet rock is fantastic. All in all a pretty perfect shoe for almost any offroad terrain!

  • 81 / 100 by Run James • Run James • Level 1 expert

    The rounding off of the toe box will be a big plus to many people for sure but I think it’s probably time to start paring down the size of the heel on the Speedcross. It’s very comfortable but on harder surfaces and at speed downhill it can feel a slightly unstable shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Zach Smith • Level 1 expert

    In other words, the protective features of this shoe are not as all-encompassing as some of Salomon’s more aggressive trail shoes, especially in off-trail environments.

  • 80 / 100 by Wiggle Blog • Wiggle Blog • Level 1 expert

    Fearlessness is something that oozes from every stitch on the Salomon Speedcross 4. As per the toe guard, this shoe can tackle even the most challenging mountain environments. It's ready for loose debris, solid tree roots and unexpected obstacles.

  • 80 / 100 by RunBikeRace • Kent Keeler • Level 1 expert

    I am happy that Salomon has kept the 4th edition mostly the same, and improved on what works.  

  • 78 / 100 by Switchback Travel • John Ellings • Level 1 expert

    It’s best to classify the “4” as a modest update, which should come as a relief to many—myself included. Following extensive testing, we’ve concluded that they remain a streamlined mountain machine best for steep, muddy trails and long distances.

  • 76 / 100 by Leave the Couch • Fareed • Level 1 expert

    It may not be that one shoe for all types of terrain. It may also not be to everyone’s taste if you prefer lower drops and less material in the uppers. But for the style of mountain runs I’ve been doing lately, which includes some off-trail exploration, this shoe has been a welcomed addition to my rotation.

  • 75 / 100 by Outdoor Gear Lab • Andy Wellman • Level 1 expert

    It is comfortable, protective, and has absolutely amazing traction. However, these good qualities come at the cost of stability, which we found to be quite poor compared to the competition.

  • 70 / 100 by Hike It. Like It. • Jacob • Level 1 expert

    I took them out for a 13 mile test spin and traction is without a doubt the forte of this shoe! Stability however is not!!

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Updates to Salomon Speedcross 4

  • Salomon hardly ever makes changes in the Speedcross line and this is true in the 4th instalment of this series. As it is a trail shoe, the most substantial changes are made in the outsole. Unlike the past models where half-sized lugs often found themselves on the shoes perimeter where they are easily abused and pounded, the underfoot now uses full-sized lugs all over. The bite on uneven terrain is enhanced without too much damage.
  • An updated version of the Contagrip rubber compound finds itself in the outsole as well. The new version of the Contagrip keeps the runner sure-footed on slippery or wet surfaces. This update is one reason the traction is simply unbelievable in this shoe.

Salomon Speedcross 4 size and fit

The fit of the Speedcross 4 is a trademark of this line. It has a slightly narrow to medium fit all over. The upper hugs the foot well in comfort and security. There is decent padding in the right areas of the shoe for the foot to be very comfortable. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole of the Speedcross 4 uses the Contagrip rubber for superior traction, even on wet surfaces. Giving the shoe exceptional bite on rugged terrains are the 6mm arrow-shaped lugs. The lugs face opposite each other for multi-directional grip. Because the shoe does not have a rock guard, the lugs act as a buffer against the often pointed or sharp objects on the trails.


Midsole

The midsole is a rather thick slice of molded EVA as the main cushioning material and added protection against the rough surfaces or objects on the trail. It covers the entire midsole and helps with the momentum from landing to toe-off. It also has standard durability and responsiveness.


Upper

Salomon’s unique SensiFit system is at work in the upper of the 4th incarnation of the Speedcross. It combines an anti-debris mesh and stitched midfoot overlays that are directly connected to the QuickLace. They all function together to hold the foot securely and with excellent comfort. Getting the right fit is made easier with a quick tug of the lacing system. It stays true from the first stride to the finish. The interior of the shoe has an Ortholite sockliner for its anti-microbial and moisture-wicking features.