Good to know
- The Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX is a trail running shoe that’s optimized to handle muddy ground and dirt-laden paths. This update to a relatively old series fundamentally looks like its predecessor, the Speedcross 4 GTX, save for an overlay system that is now primarily made of synthetic prints and a sole unit that has raised sidewalls for in-shoe steadiness.
- The same waterproofing technology, GORE-TEX® graces the silhouette, and it ensures protection from water infiltration without sacrificing breathability.
- Providing grip on the surfaces is a layer of rubber that has a bevy of gripping lugs pockmarking it. These traction nodes are more prominent and more evenly spaced than the set that’s on the external pad of the 4th iteration. This design ultimately aims to better the quality of the performance, particularly on squishy soil.
The outsole unit of the Speedcross 5 GTX is made up of the Contagrip® TA, a rubber compound that is meant to provide responsible traction on rugged and mushy terrains. The full-length layer protects against the abrasive nature of the surfaces, making sure to preserve the structural integrity of the midsole.
The external pad of this Salomon trail running shoe also has prominent gripping lugs. These protrusions are designed to heighten traction by acting like claws that adhere to the ground. Arrow-shaped edges permit movement control when going upwards or downwards, thereby provoking improved confidence throughout the running session or the adventure.
The Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX uses the EnergyCell™+. This technology is meant to attenuate the impact shock generated by the striking phase of the gait cycle while also permitting a well-rounded transition towards the toe-off.
The heel part of the cushioning unit has a raised perimeter to help with the in-shoe steadiness of the foot. This mechanism fundamentally prevents wobbling or movement-influenced destabilization of the foot.
ProFeel is a shet of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that is sandwiched in the midsole. This accoutrement is tasked with protecting against sharp surfaces and other rugged elements on the trails. It also bolsters the robustness of the midsole and contributes to the overall efficacy of each step.
An OrthoLite® sockliner is layered on top of the primary cushioning system. This feature offers a little bit more to the quality of the underfoot experience, giving a soft surface on which the pad of the foot can rest. It has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capacities to maintain a clean and healthy in-shoe environment.
The upper unit of the Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX is made of mesh that is resistant to debris infiltration. It has a close-weave construction to prevent dust and pebbles from going inside the foot-chamber and causing discomfort or discrepancies to the quality of the performance. It mildly permits air into the interior compartment, thereby preventing a stuffy ride.
A membrane called GORE-TEX® is used by this Salomon running shoe. This technology is waterproof, so it has the job of protecting the fabrics of the product, as well as the foot of the runner, from being soaked with water. Running in wet conditions should improve confidence.
SensiFit™ is a set of welded overlays that are designed to fill the silhouette, connecting the midsole to the upper’s lacing system with ease and relative stealthiness. The synthetic sheets that make up this overlay method cover the heel, the sides, and the front, with some portions acting like fingers that directly link to the eyelets for immediate manipulation when the shoelaces are tightened or loosened.
Quicklace™ is a single-pull lacing system that involves stretchy cables, isolated lace-loops that rest on the ends of the SensiFit™, and a locking mechanism that secures the preferred fit. The tradition of looping and tying of shoelaces is fundamentally removed, leaving a fit-adjustment method that is quick and less of a hassle. Quicklace™ is a staple in many of Salomon’s roster of shoes, and it graces series like the relatively-new yet well-received Sense Ride.
The padded tongue and collar are tasked with providing some support to the Achilles tendon, the ankles and the bridge of the foot. These parts of the upper unit are also meant to prevent accidental shoe removals.