A cursory glance at the Salomon Supercross reveals an aggressive tread that appears to be ready to tackle some burly terrain, and in that vein, the Supercross did not disappoint.
A dedicated trail running shoe to be certain, the Supercross finds its home on a variety of terrain and even felt pretty good on a gravel pedestrian trail. With five different color options, the Supercross will also fit nicely into the color palate of any runners wardrobe.
- Category: Trail running
- Weight: 11oz.
- Drop: 10mm
The Salomon Supercross offers a comfortable fit. The heel box is nice and snug, which is something I really look for with my boney heels. The accentuated tab at the rear entrance of the heel-box helped to make for easy on and off.
The Orthofit liner felt nice as usual. The tongue is well-padded. And combined with the Quicklace system, it provided a very secure fit that lasted the entirety of every run I've done in these shoes.
The tongue features an elastic band that lets you tuck in any excess lace after snugging it up.
The Salomon Supercross has superb grip. The 4mm multidirectional lugs offer great grip on loose, rocky, and rugged terrain.
My initial test runs in these shoes were all done in late fall and early winter conditions, basically a mess of snow, ice, water, and mud. These shoes were right at home in these conditions.
These were just enough to handle everything short of what might require a waterproof shoe or something with additional traction.
The Contragrip compound that Salomon uses has excellent grip in wet conditions. The shoe cushioning is pretty decent, considering the weight of the shoe. I found it to be ample.
This shoe hit my training cycle right at the perfect time. My long Ultras are done for the year, and my mileage has tapered off a bit, but the trails around Missoula are still pretty run-able.
These shoes seem perfect for my 8-12 mile runs on semi-aggressive trails with an odd wintery mix of conditions. The toe cleat is nice for that those short and fast bursts up small, steep climbs.
The padding of the sole is most aggressive in the heel and as perfectly suited for those heel strikers out there. The weave of the upper material reminded me of rip-stop fabric used in tents and other outdoor gear. It looks pretty rugged but retains a high level of breathability.
The shoes upper felt a little bit chilly on the cold days I had it out, but it is December in Montana, so go figure.
The upper is fabric and is injected with lateral bands of smooth rubber that tie into the reinforced rubber of the lacing system. These created a strong girdle of support around the foot without adding a bunch of unnecessary weight.
The Quicklace lacing system is Salomon’s trademark lace technology and never seems to fail. I used this system from back in my days of cross-country ski racing.
The Quicklace system gives a super nice balanced lockdown on foot and is very user-friendly when it comes to making micro-adjustments on the fly.
The Supercross is not a stability shoe, so if you’re looking for a shoe that is forgiving on tricky terrain, this is not it. The narrow sole in the arch runs more like a road shoe in that respect.
That said, the traction of the sole and the responsiveness of the shoes lightweight feel all but make up for this lack of stability.
|Lightweight||Light on insulation|
|Aggressive sole||A little tippy on technical terrain|
The Salomon Supercross is an excellent choice for someone looking to have a shoe that’s ready to take their trail running up a notch.
A very aggressive sole allows for some semi-rugged trail running but does not deter a leisurely run around an urban trail area. The shoe is lightweight for a trail runner, has a responsive feel, and boasts a comfortable fit.
At an MSRP of $110, the Salomon Supercross is a great deal for anyone looking to add a high-quality trail shoe to their arsenal of footwear.
My first impression of the Salomon Supercross when I took them out of the box was, “Wow, these shoes are sharp!” I really enjoyed the look and design of the Supercross, and they felt equally good when I tried them on.
This is my 3rd pair of Salomon trail shoes, and this pair looks and feels the best by far. The blue, black, and white is eye-catching!
I generally go up a size in trail shoes, and these were no different. I wear an 8.5 in regular running shoes and ordered a 9, which was a little roomy in the toe box, but that is what I want.
Details & specs
The Supercross is designed for trail running and rugged trails at that. They have a moderate level of cushioning and a heel-to-toe drop of 10mm.
The heel-to-toe drop was a little much for me and took away from my natural stride. However, it did not affect my overall performance.
The laces are a single pull cord with a loop on the tongue that holds it in place. They come in at around 11 oz for a Men’s size 9 and come standard with an Ortholite insole.
One detail that I really enjoyed is the enlarged back portion of the shoe that goes up the ankle. It helped me get the shoes on and off easier and didn’t bother me while running.
The Supercross was designed as a trail running shoe with enough cushion to go longer distances. I have run in them over 60 miles on various surfaces, including road, gravel, rocks, roots, mud, and sand in both hot and cold conditions.
They performed great on all terrains. Even though they do not have a rock plate, I did not experience any discomfort when stepping on sharp rocky surfaces.
The ruggedness of the sole was enough to dampen the rocky surface. The size of the lugs lend themselves to more rugged terrain but do not hinder the shoe from running on pavement.
I was able to take them out on some 13 plus mile trail runs and found the cushion to hold up to the distance and did not experience any discomfort on my toes, feet, or ankles.
I have always enjoyed the upper on Salomon trail shoes, and these did not disappoint. The Ripstop Nylon textile has become a standard for Salomon and does hold up well to the elements.
I like the one-piece upper because no stitches are running across the foot to create hot spots. I have over 300 miles on one of my previous Salomon trail runners and have not had any issue with the longevity of the upper material.
The overlays on the upper both add detail to the appearance of the shoe and help to reduce any moisture/mud from entering the shoe.
Lastly, my feet did get a little wet during one of my runs in muddy conditions. Therefore, they are not waterproof by any means.
The Midsole of the Supercross is an EnergyCell EVA material that is a high-performance shock absorber. This is an improvement over the previous versions of the Salomon Speedcross that I have worn.
I have also not seen any evidence of wrinkles forming along the sides of the midsole yet. This is an indicator that it does indeed decompress well after running.
I believe the midsole should last longer than previous versions of Salomon trail runners.
The Outsole is where Salomon has made the biggest improvements in its trail runners. Previous versions had similar lug pattern placement, but the new Contagrip TD outsole is way more durable.
The upper photo is how the previous version looked like after about 50 miles. The photo below is what the Supercross look like after 60 miles.
The evidence is there for you to see. There is really no comparison.
Fit & feel
My previous experience with Salomon shoes and other trail runners is that they run narrow in the forefoot. Knowing this, I ordered a half size up. With the extra room at the front of the shoe, it fits perfectly.
Granted, my feet are wide, and I prefer for my toes not to be bunched together too much because that leads to blisters. The Supercross felt great over different terrains previously mentioned.
I did not experience any hot spots on my feet, toes, or ankles. I also did not get any blisters on my toes or feet.
Salomon’s SensiFit technology and Quicklace system really let you dial in the fit better than most traditional lacing systems. I also found the Ortholite insole to add some extra comfort to the shoe.
Performance & cushion
I found the Supercross to perform well on all surfaces I ran in. Primarily, they handled well on rough, rocky, and muddy terrain. This is due to the lug style, placement as well as the outsole material.
There was just enough cushion to provide protection against the elements but not to make them squishy. The cushion on the forefoot was less than the heel.
This can cause issues for mid to forefoot strikers, but the fact that the heel-to-toe drop is 10mm causes most to heel strike anyway. I am not a heel striker, but was able to accommodate my stride to as close to a midfoot strike as possible and felt fine running.
Lacing & stability
The Quicklace system is amazing. It can also save quite a bit of time during a race if something were to get into your shoe or if you had to remove them for some reason.
All you have to do is pull the tab out and loosen them, then pull it back in to tighten them. This beats untying and retying knots.
The stability was pretty good. I did experience a slight roll of my ankle when landing a couple of uneven surfaces.
This is normal when trail running, but I felt the shoe could have been a little more stable.
I did not experience any other issues related to stability. They held my feet at a proper angle and did not affect my pronation.
I have experienced all sides of this topic with the many trail shoes I have. It is tricky because trail shoes have to keep out moisture and then let your feet breath.
I think Salomon did a fair job of this with the Supercross. They have a lining that makes the shoe more comfortable but does add to the heat retention.
Running in the cold weather was more pleasant than running in the heat with the Supercross. They let my feet breath well compared to other shoes I have worn, but it could be better for hotter conditions.
Flexibility & responsiveness
The Supercross is a little stiff on my first few runs. This is normal for trail shoes, and it did become more flexible as I wore them more.
They did not offer the same flexibility as some minimal trail shoes I have worn, but make up for that with cushioning support, and protection.
I found them to be responsive enough to handle some gnarly sections of trail with rocks, root, and mud. I did not have any issues with slipping or tripping because of the shoe's responsiveness.
Traction & durability
The lug placement and outsole material do provide great traction in muddy, sandy, wet, and mossy areas. I did not have any issues with traction and feel that the supple outsole material is the biggest improvement in Salomon’s trail shoes.
The only area of Salomon’s trail shoes that I have experienced durability issues is with the outsole. Salomon has fixed this with the Supercross, and the rest of the shoe is bulletproof.
The Ripstop upper is more than durable, and I have not experienced any part of the shoe coming apart after almost 70 miles. I even hand washed them after a really muddy experience and did not see any signs of wear on the upper.
Keep them clean, and they will look sharp for some time.
The Supercross is a great trail shoe with enough cushion to do the longer distances. They are made for rugged terrain but will perform well on any surface.
The technology provided gives them an advantage over other trail shoes. If you can handle the 10mm heel-to-toe drop and a little less stability and breathability, then give these a try.
Good to know
- Enthusiasts of trail running and off-road hiking are the target audience of the Salomon Supercross. This neutral running shoe offers aggressive traction and reactive steps on the unpredictable terrains. It features a rubber outsole that has well-spaced lugs for all-encompassing traction and prevention of mud buildup. A full-length ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam is responsible for impact attenuation and bounciness.
- The upper unit uses a ripstop fabric, a material that is flexible yet durable enough to withstand the various elements of the trails. It is supported by the zigzag placement of the SensiFit™ overlay system, as well as a seamless construction and a Quicklace® fit adjustment technology.
The outsole unit of the Salomon Supercross is made of Contagrip® TD. This technology is meant to provide high-tier protection from the abrasive nature of the trails. It is touted to be durable enough to resist wear-and-tear, even after many uses.
Deep gripping lugs pockmark the external pad of this trail running shoe. These protrusions are what clamp the ground and maintain traction and balance. Each node has a slightly curved edge to heighten the adhesion. They’re also evenly spaced from each other to prevent the caking of mud.
Underfoot cushioning is given by the EnergyCell, a foam piece that runs the whole length of the Salomon Supercross. This feature is made from ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) which is an industry-standard component of running shoes. It offers responsive steps, as well as protection from impact shock during the striking phase of the gait cycle. It is not heavy, though it has a relatively generous thickness.
An Ortholite® insole is placed right above the primary cushioning system. This add-on offers a little bit of extra cushioning for the foot. It has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capacities to maintain a clean and dry interior environment for the foot. Also, it can be removed or replaced with a new insole if the runner wishes to do so.
The upper unit of the Salomon Supercross is made of ripstop fabric. This feature has a durable construction which allows it to maintain its structural integrity, even after getting exposed to sharp objects and surfaces on the unpredictable outdoors surroundings. Its close-weave design also prevents trail debris from infiltrating the foot compartment and affecting the performance.
The Sensifit™ is a system of overlays that adorn the silhouette of this product. These layers on the exterior are made of synthetic prints and they’re fashioned in a zigzag pattern. The all-encompassing coverage permits a feeling of being secure and well-supported. Some of them even reinforce the eyelets of the lacing system.
The Supercross has a stitch-free construction to prevent hot-spots from forming or causing irritation to the skin.
A toe cap is a printed barrier that blankets the front end of the shoe. It shields the fabrics of the forefoot section from impact abrasion and exposure to sharp trail debris.
The Quicklace® is a single-pull lacing system that involves stretchy cords and a locking mechanism that maintains the fit preferences. Many of Salomon’s products use this method, including the well-known Speedcross roster.
The lightly padded tongue and collar are tasked with cushioning 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.
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