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WeightMen: 10.9ozWomen: 9.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 30mmWomen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateAug 2016
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83 / 100 based on 31 expert reviews
An iconic trail shoe that just might fit your needs - quite literally.
Fit's great, look's decent and the grip is amazing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.