Salomon S-Lab Cross: Race through muddy, loose, and soft terrain

If there was a crossover between the S-Lab Sense 8 SG and the Speedcross 5, that would be the S-Lab Cross. It's soft, light, durable, grippy, and agile. These are the qualities that make the Salomon S-Lab Cross a perfect choice for race day on muddy, loose, and soft terrain. 

These are also owed to the following: 

  • EnergyCell+ foam is soft, responsive, and minimal, allowing trail runners to go fast without expending all their energy, and; 
  • Contragrip TA bites extremely well on all soft, uneven surfaces. 

What is it for?

As mentioned, it's a technical race shoe that's designed for: 

Surfaces:

  • Mud
  • Off-camber terrain
  • Loose and soft ground

Conditions: Snow and wet conditions 

Distance: up to a marathon 

NOT for: The Salomon S-Lab Cross is not for hard surfaces, and is certainly not for the pavement. Its durability suffers in these sections. 

Salomon's 2020 lineup: The Salomon Cross range

  • Salomon S-Lab Cross - for race day on mud and soft surfaces
  • Salomon Speedcross 5 - for training and competition in the harsh mountain terrain 
  • Salomon Wildcross - an amped-up version of the Speedcross 5 in terms of support and grip; a suitable choice for training runs in the mud 
  • Salomon Alphacross Blast - an affordable version of the Speedcross 5 made for everyday training 
  • Salomon Supercross Blast - a trail shoe for mud and loose dirt 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 230g
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 9mm
Heel height: 13mm
Collection: Salomon S-lab

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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