Verdict from 6.9 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • Traction: The Salomon Wildcross performs well on mud and uneven surfaces, based on many reviews. 
  • Cushioning: It’s not overly plush but it delivers adequate comfort when running over the rugged terrain, a lot of wearers claim. 
  • Structure: The shoe is lightweight yet sturdy, according to several commenters. 
  • Forefoot: Some consumers appreciate this running shoe’s roomy toe box. 
  • Lacing system: Numerous testers mention that the Quicklace system allows the shoe to be put on and off easily. 
  • Upper: Multiple buyers say that it allows for continuous airflow while effectively preventing the entry of water inside the platform.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Upper: One purchaser says that the material on the shoe’s tongue rubs on his foot. 
  • Midsole: A few runners who prefer plush comfort desire more cushioning from the shoe.

Bottom line

Built for running on rugged terrain, the Salomon Wildcross is equipped with trail-specific features that deliver exceptional durability and protection. It has a water-repellent upper, high-rebound midsole, and aggressive outsole. This Salomon shoe is a good option for runners seeking a sturdy and protective trail companion.

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90
/100 by Ale Oostlander, posted on .

Salomon released two new models for 2020 within the Cross Family - the Cross/Pro and the Wildcross. With both having the same sole, the main differences are the fit and the upper.

Many people see these as an “evolution” from the classics Speedcross for more technical terrains.

 

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I had the opportunity to try the Speedcross, the Cross/Pro, and the Wildcross, and these last ones are my favourites! But like with most trail running shoes, it depends on the use you will give them.

Terrain

The first thing you will notice is the aggressive lugs, which will allow you to play off the main paths. These shoes aim to be used mainly in technical terrains having the best grip I have ever tried so far.

This is because of the combination of the multi-directional lugs and the Contragrip outsole compound. The Speedcross has a Chevron lugs shape for a traditional forward grip, where these new lugs allow you to move sideways with great confidence.

I tried them on dry and wet surfaces, and they didn’t disappoint. It works great on soft and muddy terrains, steep grassy and forest track with no problems. The spaced lugs help a lot to clear the mud clumped on your soles.

When I used them on the road, it gives a nice springy feeling because the long lugs give you an extra cushion, but that is not its intention, and prolonged use on road segment will wear the lugs quite quickly.

Distance

I would say they are great for short/medium distances. I used them in 2/3 hours, easy runs without any discomfort.

The midsole is made with their EnergyCell compound, giving enough cushioning for medium distances but maybe not for ultras.

 

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They are relatively light for this kind of trail running shoes. With only 290 grams, you won’t be bothered about the weight in longer runs.

Also, these shoes can be used for heel or midfoot strikers. The drop and stack height gives you just the right amount of stability.

Fit

This is the main difference between the Wildcross and the Cross/Pro. This one has a more generous fit.

It is known between trail runners that Salomon has many shoes with a snug fit. I heard this so often, saying that Salomon doesn’t work for them because they are too narrow.

I found myself in the same position. But they have been changing some of the fits; even the Speedcross became more comfortable in their last version.

 

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The Wildcross come in a standard fit, and I found them really comfy, from the heel to the toes box. The SensiFit system secures the arch of your feet to provide an adapted fit.

The lacing system is the well-known Quicklace, and Salomon keeps developing the system. Since last year, they introduce the tongue’s lace pocket from the top instead of the bottom, and that’s an improvement.

However, I found them still a bit difficult to tight when in a rush, like in races. If you pull the laces, you will have a tight pressure near the tongue, but near the toes will not be so tight, so you would need to tight first that part of the shoes to get a well-adjusted fit.

Pros

  • Extraordinary grip for the most adverse terrain
  • Comfy fit with extra toe box space
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Laces are difficult to get an even tightness when in a rush
  • Not the best ones for road surfaces

Conclusion

The Salomon Wildcross performed great in a variety of terrains and situations. It provides the security you need for the most demanding terrains with a nice and comfortable fit around your feet.

I would highly recommend the Salomon Wildcross to anyone looking for a reliable shoe for muddy or more demanding terrains. But if you want to use them for forest tracks or compact gravel, you won’t need so much grip.

Also, come in a variety of colours to fit your needs.

Ale Oostlander | Level 1 expert Verified
Hello, I'm Ale - a road runner since 1997 and a passionate trail runner for the last 3 years. I'm part of a community run in London, Wild Trail Runners (powered by Salomon), and always happy to advise people about the different shoe options. Living in London, my weeks run are on the road and every weekend escape to the trails. Last year I took part in memorable trail races like MIUT, Eiger E35, Mont Blanc Marathon, Transgrancanaria, and ran across Iceland from North to South, 330 km in 9 days.

Salomon Wildcross: The reliable trail companion with the price of a running shoe

Crafted with the brand’s up-to-date technologies and premium materials, the Salomon Wildcross is a highly durable shoe built to withstand all the challenges of the mountain runs. 

Designed to optimize comfort and performance, Wildcross is among the exceptional Salomon trail shoes without a hefty price tag. 

Highlights 

Multidirectional lugs. The Contagrip outsole utilizes deep, sharp 6-mm lugs that offer excellent traction on both dry and wet surfaces. 

Water-repellent TPU mesh. In addition to keeping the foot secure, the mesh top is also tasked to repel water and moisture without compromising breathability. 

One-pull tightening. Manufactured with minimalistic yet durable laces, the shoe’s Quicklace system offers a personalized fit while allowing for easy on and off. 

Precise midfoot lockdown. Combining the DreamTex wings (a TPU mesh material that offers a secure foothold) and Quicklace system, this trail shoe will ensure a lockdown fit even when running over rugged terrains. 

GTX version of the Salomon Wildcross

The Salomon Wildcross GTX is a waterproof version of the Salomon Wildcross. It incorporates Gore-Tex technology, which prevents liquid and moisture from getting inside the shoe.

Designed to keep the foot dry in wet and muddy conditions, this waterproof running shoe cost a bit more compared to the original model.

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