Verdict from 5.7 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • The Speedcross Vario features the anti-debris breathable mesh upper that gives comfort while running.
  • Most runners applauded the tongue cover of the shoe that keeps debris and rocks from entering the shoe.
  • The Salomon Speedcross Vario uses the Contragrip technology that provides additional gripping power when running in various terrains.
  • Some runners took note of the shoe’s precise fit as a result of the Sensifit technology.
  • The overall construction of the shoe is lightweight and durable as mentioned in several reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The firm cushioning of the shoe is not great for long distance running.
  • The price is slightly expensive.
  • Most runners expected this shoe to have a quick lacing system.

Bottom line

The Salomon Speedcross Vario is a neutral trail running shoe that offers enough cushioning, enough protection and impressive comfort. It has a great grip on different surfaces and one can even use this shoe every day for any outdoor activity. Though it also gained negative feedback from users, overall, the shoe is still considered by some as a worthy investment.

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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.

How Speedcross Vario compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 85
58 99
This shoe: $110
All shoes average: $130
$60 $250
This shoe: 11.2oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
5oz 24oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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