DiscontinuedUpdate: Salomon Speedcross Vario 2
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WeightMen: 11.2ozWomen: 11.2oz
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.
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Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
It is ridiculously lightweight, nice and breathable, and grips very well.
The Salomon Speedcross Vario is an everyday, every surface trail runner. At a good price point, this is a shoe that any city trail runner could use.
A supportive, agile shoe for flying on technical trails.
Cushioning again is firm, remember that. Over time and long distances, this could be a bit too punishing for your soles to take.
- The Salomon Speedcross Vario comes with an improved outsole unit. The friction-based lugs are more aggressive, delivering an impressive grip for varied surfaces.
- The shoe also features an impressive upper construction that delivers maximum breathability that works perfectly on any trail condition. In addition to the anti-debris mesh coverage, the tongue also keeps the debris from entering the shoe.
- Unlike most of the Salomon shoes, the Speedcross Vario is no longer seamless and it does not have the brand’s notable quick-lacing system.
The Speedcross Vario has a standard running shoe size. Runners who are looking for a rough trail running shoe with enough breathing room in the forefoot, snug heel and midfoot, will really enjoy this shoe. It is available in standard widths.
Similar to the well known Salomon Sense Ride 2, the shoe uses the Salomon’s Contragrip outsole that is engineered to deliver unmatched traction on different surfaces. It has multi-directional gripping lugs that give runners great stability on both hard and soft surfaces. Uphill climbs and downhill plunges would be much easier with this outsole feature.
This shoe and its recent version, the Speedcross Vario 2, uses the full-length injected EVA midsole unit that delivers enough amount of underfoot cushioning. It also uses the LT Muscle midsole technology that gives lightweight cushioning that attenuates shock during impact and gives high energy-return for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
The upper of the Salomon Speedcross Vario features an anti-debris mesh that provides protection against small stones. This mesh cover remains breathable while efficiently keeping debris out from the shoe. This works hand-in-hand with tongue that also has an anti-debris attribute.
With the brand’s SensiFit Technology, the shoe provides a precise and secure fit by cradling the foot efficiently.
The shoe also features the Salomon’s notable mud guard element that is strategically placed around the base of the shoe. It has protective material that fends off mud and dirt.