Arch support
Daily running
Water repellent
M: 318g | W: 318g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 29mm | W: 29mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.


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

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. One can even use this shoe every day for any outdoor activity.

World wide, Speedcross Vario is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Salomon, is the 7th most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 83
    Simply HikeLevel 1 expert
    by Simply Hike
    It is ridiculously lightweight, nice and breathable, and grips very well.
  • 80
    Michael Mason-D'CrozLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    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
    Paul Cuno-BoothLevel 3 expert
    by Trail Runner Magazine
    A supportive, agile shoe for flying on technical trails.
  • 78
    YimsterLevel 1 expert
    by Run Wild, Run Free
    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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Updates to Speedcross Vario

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.

Speedcross Vario size and fit

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.


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.


The midsole unit uses the full-length injected EVA 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.


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