I bought these shoes because I deiced that I need to finish my Spartan trifecta after I completed a Sprint. I ran my Sprint in the pouring ran right outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
During this race, I realized I need a better shoe to race in because my running shoes, just weren’t giving me enough grip and traction, and got very heavy with the mud. I began looking for an OCR/trail running shoe and came across the Salomon Speed Cross 4 GTX.
These shoes are designed for trails, and waterproof. I looked at a couple of other brands of OCR shoes but kept coming back to the Salomon’s.
I’ve been a skier for 40 years, and have always used and loved Salomon’s ski boots, because of the comfort and quality. So, I figured their shoes would be just as good.
These shoes were used mostly for Spartan racing on trails and running on trails but have been used a few times on the road.
The shoe weighs 11.6 ounces. They are on the heavier side but don’t feel heavy at all, even when covered in mud from a Spartan race.
I bought these shoes online from Salomon. I got navy, yellow and orange. There was a lot of color choice online, so there was really a color combination for everyone.
I think Salomon was smart when picking the color combinations for these shoes because all of the color combinations are darker rather than lighter, since these are OCR/trail running shoes they're going to get dirty, so having darker color schemes will mean less staining.
The cushioning is adequate; it’s more of neutral cushioning.
This shoe has a 10-millimeter midsole drop. I bought these shoes specifically because of the 10mm drop, which my normal everyday running shoes (Brooks Glycerin 15) also has.
Being an older runner, I wanted to have shoes with a similar drop to my every day running shoe because I didn’t want to try and change the way I run to get comfortable with a different shoe.
These shoes run true to size but are narrower than an average width shoe. I have wide feet the shoes were tight. These shoes do fit very tight, but it is good because if you are knee deep in mud, the shoe stays on.
These shoes are great for trail running and obstacle course. They gave me good traction on wet rocks, muddy trails, sticks roots, wet leaf’s, and wet obstacles.
These shoes are made with Gore-Tex and claim to be waterproof, and I can say they are 100 % waterproof, as long as the water is not above the top of the shoe. I ran a spartan race, in Boston Massachusetts, and thanks to the lovely New England weather, it was pouring rain, my feet stayed dry.
The lacing was a downside of the shoe for me. I liked the Quicklace lacing system because I didn’t have to worry about my shoes coming untied during the race, but I found it extremely difficult to slide the releasing mechanism of the lacing system up after my shoes were covered in mud.
There is no hardened sub sole on the shoe, so I felt a lot of sharp rocks and sticks.
The retail price is $160. I feel like I got my money’s worth, because the shoe is good quality, and performed excellently for what it was designed to do. I also felt like they are worth the price because of overs a 2-year warranty on their shoes.
Good to know
- The Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX is a trail running shoe that’s meant for those who have a neutral gait. It features high quality materials and systems that enable the wearer to perform freely and naturally across the unpredictable terrains. Furthermore, it has the GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, which means that running under wet conditions is easy and less straining to the shoe itself.
- This running shoe also features technologies that specifically stave off the potentially hazardous elements on the trails. Debris won’t be able to enter the shoe because the upper was designed to keep them off. Mud won’t seep into the fabrics, as well. Water-resistant textiles compose the interior sleeve of the upper, basically keeping the foot dry and free from wetness.
- The mid-sole unit of the Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX uses high quality foam units in order to cushion the foot throughout the running session. They’re lightweight and responsive. The top part of the platform has been anatomically shaped to provide cushioning to the contours of the foot.
- Traction-capable rubber is used for the outsole unit. It is strong and long-lasting. It has gripping lugs all over its façade. They provide exceptional grip over a variety of surfaces, even wet ones. This shoe was truly designed to withstand the challenges of running under wet & slippery conditions.
The Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX has a standard running shoe length. The available width for the men and women’s versions is medium. It welcomes the runners who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe adheres nicely to the curve of the human foot.
Same as in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, Wet Traction Contagrip® is the technology used for the outsole unit of the Speedcross 4 GTX. Durable rubber covers the mid-sole and protects it from wear and tear. Gripping lugs that face different directions provide heightened traction over different types of surfaces. This material has been enhanced to function well in mud or puddles, basically preventing slippage.
Injected EVA is a lightweight but responsive underfoot cushioning unit that’s meant to carry the foot and keep it comfortable at all times. It runs the entire length of the Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX.
Molded EVA delivers soft cushioning directly to the underside of the foot. It’s lightweight and it doesn’t sag easily, thus making the running experience agreeable and consistent.
The LT Muscle is a foam unit in the heel area that’s meant to absorb the impact forces when landing the foot on the ground. It essentially prevents the foot from experiencing any discomfort during the foot-strike.
The Ortholite Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning. Also, it has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capabilities, which render the interior of the shoe healthy, clean and odor-free.
The Anti-Debris Mesh is a material that actually prevents dust and small trail debris from entering the foot-chamber. Though it strains small invasive objects, it doesn’t prevent air from infiltrating the shoe and keeping the foot cool and dry.
The GORE-TEX® membrane is a waterproof material that’s meant to fully protect the shoe and the foot from water infiltration. It’s breathable, so it won’t limit the entry of air into the foot-chamber.
Water-resistant textiles prevent mild water infiltration from absorbing into the walls of the shoe. They’re abrasion-resistant, making them long-lasting and efficient against the aggressive nature of the outdoor topography.
The base of the Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX features the Mud Guard, which is a layer that prevents mud from seeping into the fabrics and sole units. It’s a helpful means of keeping the shoe clean and free from any weight-bearing mud.
The Sensifit system suitably wraps around the foot in a snug, but secure way. It doesn’t allow the fabrics to work against the foot. Rather, it follows the movements of the foot carefully and surely.
The Quicklace system utilizes durable Kevlar fibers that adjust easily. The runner only needs to pull on these laces and fasten them using a securing mechanism. There’s no need to tie them manually.