Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • According to several reviewers, the upper offered reliable waterproof coverage.
  • Most consumers welcomed the shoe’s good-looking design.
  • Several runners welcomed the proficient performance of the Wet Traction Contagrip outsole.
  • Most users lauded the durability of the Salomon Speedcross Vario 2 GTX.
  • The shoe offers a reliable level of cushioning, according to a few reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of unhappy users mentioned that the heel had a tight fit; one said he had a blister.
  • The Speedcross Vario 2 GTX is a bit heavy, said one
  • According to a few, the shoe has a narrow fit in the forefoot.

Bottom line

The Salomon Speedcross Vario 2 GTX is a trail running shoe with a waterproof coverage. The shoe gained both positive and negative feedback from the users. Some admired the shoe’s impressive grip and durable design; others were really disappointed with the fit and weight. Overall, the shoe performs well for others, but it also needs some improvement.

Facts

  • The Speedcross Vario GTX is now in its 2nd version. The shoe is packed with the same technologies as its predecessor to deliver the same amount of cushioning, traction, and durability. The Salomon Speedcross Vario 2 GTX features a few updates in its upper for enhanced breathability and waterproof protection.
  • An Anti-debris mesh is incorporated into the upper of the shoe for breathable coverage. The upper also makes use of the Salomon Flex Engineered with Gore-Tex. It is specifically designed to keep the feet dry throughout the run.

Most of those who tried the Salomon Speedcross Vario 2 GTX said that the size runs smaller than usual and it has a narrow fit. Runners should consider getting one full-size higher to experience the right fit. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium.

The Speedcross Vario 2 GTX makes use of the Wet Traction Contagrip outsole. It is made from a durable rubber compound. It is strategically placed in high-abrasion areas, and it protects the midsole from the damaging nature of the trails. It also delivers an impressive grip on both dry and wet running surfaces.

The outsole has slight less aggressive treads, but should be enough to handle technical terrains, especially during upward and downhill runs. They are reliable enough for hard or soft surfaces.

For cushioning, the shoe uses an injected and molded EVA foam. This midsole foam delivers a durable and responsive cushioning without adding too much weight.

Just like its predecessor, it uses the LT Muscle for additional underfoot cushioning. It is made from lightweight EVA and specifically placed in the rearfoot area for shock absorption.

The Die-Cut Ortholite Sockliner creates a healthier underfoot cushioning. It is very durable and will provide the foot with a much cooler and drier environment.

The upper of the Salomon Speedcross Vario 2 GTX features a mid-feather construction which gives runners a comfortable, skin-like feel.

An anti-debris mesh made up the majority of the upper. It offers effective protection against debris and dirt without compromising comfort and breathability.

Salomon Flex Engineered with Gore-Tex offers waterproof protection without affecting the shoe’s overall breathability and comfort. The full Gore-Tex membrane delivers all weather comfort, all year round.

Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, this shoe uses the Sensifit overlays enhance the overall fit while giving structural integrity. The overlays secure the foot and keep it in place throughout the run. They are connected to the lacing system for better midfoot lock down.

The Salomon Speedcross Vario 2 GTX also has a Mud Guard on its upper for added protection while running on the trail. It prevents mud and dirt from entering into the shoe.

The shoe has a traditional lacing system and it has a moderately padded tongue and collar for enhanced comfort and fit.

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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