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
    $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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Aug 2016
  • Special editions
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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

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 31 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Real Life Reviews

    An iconic trail shoe that just might fit your needs - quite literally.

  • 85 / 100 | Leave the Couch

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

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World

    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 | Men's Health

    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.

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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.