Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $170
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 11.5oz
    Women: 9.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Sep 2017
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

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

6 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers mentioned that the grip of the Salomon Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX was reliable during their winter runs. They said that they went over poorly treated sidewalks, roads, and puddles without slipping.
  • The cleats also worked well on dirt, some reviewers mentioned.
  • Users experienced lasting comfort.
  • A majority of testers praised this running shoe for its sleek appearance and minimalist color combination.
  • Plenty of runners said that the shoe felt stable.
  • Many agreed that the durability of the materials was reliable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user mentioned that the shoe was too pricey.
  • Some reviewers said that it might not be ideal for a wide foot as the shape of the forefoot appeared narrow.

Bottom line

Salomon’s Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX is a premium neutral trail shoe fit for running in low-light conditions. Almost all users procured it for its reliable grip on snowy and icy sidewalks. Its durable construction and minimalist design were features that were also much appreciated. Some found the fit to be a tad narrow. Other than that, it seemed that the shoe emerged as a must-buy for those seeking a reflective and reliable shoe for the trail.

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Expert Reviews

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90 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

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Updates to Salomon Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX

  • The Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX features Salomon’s LT Muscle cushioning which aids in absorbing the force received by the runner during the striking phase of the gait cycle. It also minimally helps in delivering a pleasant underfoot experience.
  • Another notable feature of this running shoe is its Wet Traction Contagrip outsole. This outer layer helps enhance the shoe’s grip on surfaces that are wet or slippery, making the runner more confident while running on technical terrain.
  • The upper was designed to be waterproof and breathable through the incorporation of the Gore-Tex technology. This thin membrane protects the foot from extreme weather conditions, keeping it dry and comfortable at all times.
  • To give the upper a bit of structure and to help with wrapping the foot in place, Sensifit overlays were added. These additions lightly prevent the foot from moving from side to side while the runner is in motion.
  • The shoe has been Strobel lasted to improve durability and further enhance the underfoot comfort of the wearer. The Strobel construction is commonly used in athletic footwear because it’s light, and it offers flexibility.
  • So runners can easily slip in and out of the shoe quickly, a Quicklace method was added. With one pull, this system produces a secure and customized fit.

Salomon Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX size and fit

The Salomon Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX comes in standard running shoe lengths. Runners will be able to purchase the shoe in their usual sizes. The same goes for the width. It is available in standard widths: D - Medium for men and B - Medium for women.

Outsole

The outsole of the Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX is equipped with the Wet Traction Contagrip technology, providing superior traction and grab on various surfaces. The same level of grip is also present when the runner is over the terrain that’s soft or wet. The amount of grab is due to the stickiness of the material and the strategic placement of the lugs.

Midsole

The midsole was formed using an injection technique where liquid EVA is poured into a mold. When the EVA has cooled and solidified, the frame is opened, and the unit pops out. This procedure produces midsoles that are lighter and more responsive.

As a cushioning layer, the LT Muscle or Lightweight Muscle feature was added. It is an EVA cushioning compound that’s meant to absorb the impacting forces received by runners during the landing phase of the running cycle. The impact upon landing becomes less taxing on the joints and muscles. The transition between passing and kicking-off also becomes smoother.

The Ortholite sock liner helps in absorbing foot sweat and moisture, keeping the inside environment clean and free from bacteria. It also complements other features of the shoe that deliver better underfoot comfort.

Upper

The Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX’s upper is made with the Gore-Tex technology. The material is a thin layer of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) with over 9 billion pores per square inch. Any product made with this becomes waterproof and windproof yet breathable. Runners can expect their foot to be comfortable and protected, even in extreme weather conditions.

To keep debris from getting into the shoe, an Anti-debris Mesh was added to the upper. This layer ensures that minute dirt particles won’t get into the shoe.

Surrounding the base is a Mud Guard. From the name, its primary purpose is to fend off mud and clay from entering the shoe. Stepping into puddles or running over muddy terrain won’t be a problem.

Further preventing tiny particles from entering the shoe, the tongue has been connected to the sides of the upper. This design is called gusseted tongue.

For better foot-wrapping and a more secure fit, Sensifit overlays were added. They have been strategically concentrated on the midfoot to lock it down, delivering minimal stability during runs.

The shoe is equipped with a Quicklace system so runners can easily slip in and out of the shoe. The lacing also makes it more convenient to tighten or loosen the midfoot without having to tie or untie the laces manually.

On top of the tongue is a Lace Pocket which runners can use to keep the extra length of the laces. It fundamentally prevents the strings from flying in different directions while the runner is in motion.

Reflective detailing is added to make sure that this shoe is visible under low-light conditions. It’s a safety measure.

The upper materials are stitched and attached to the midsole. Called a Strobel Last, this construction influences the stiffness and flexibility of the shoe. It also delivers extra durability and better underfoot comfort.