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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 11.2oz
    Women: 11.2oz
  • 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: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | Simply Hike | Level 1 expert

    It is ridiculously lightweight, nice and breathable, and grips very well.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 88 / 100 | Trail Runner Magazine | | Level 3 expert

    A supportive, agile shoe for flying on technical trails.

  • 78 / 100 | Run Wild, Run Free | | Level 1 expert

    Cushioning again is firm, remember that. Over time and long distances, this could be a bit too punishing for your soles to take.

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  • 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.