Speedcross 5 Trail Running Shoe
A horse that runs well in the slop is called a "mudder", and a runner who runs well in the mud is called "very dirty". If you're out there on the trails no matter what and don't shy away from unfavorable conditions, then the Salomon Speedcross 5 Trail Running Shoe may just be the shoe you've been dreaming of. Back in its newest iteration, the Speedcross is more equipped than ever for looser trail conditions like mud and snow. It's been updated with a softer and tackier rubber outsole compound, and features deeper, more widely space lugs to ensure a secure foothold even when you're charging through softer dirt, slippery mud, and summit snows. The updated heel unit, which is taller than its predecessors, helps create more stability for descents in soft trail conditions, while the forefoot maintains flex when you're digging into the trail on steep ascents.
Elsewhere, the Speedcross maintains many of the features that have made it such a popular shoe for runners, hikers, and backpackers everywhere, with minor tweaks. The Sensifit upper construction ensures a snug, supportive, and comfortable fit, and boasts a slightly roomier fit to help your feet move around a little easier on the trail. Anti-debris mesh breathes well but doesn't let in dirt and dust, while the Quicklace adjustment system is as easy and effective as ever, and won't slip or slide when faced with wet conditions. A generous amount of midsole cushioning (10mm drop) provides comfortable support for long miles, while also offering some protection from any sharp roots or rocks that may be lurking under all that mud.
- Newest version of a Salomon classic that thrives in the mud
- Deep and widely spaced lugs dig into mud, soft dirt, and snow
- Updated rubber compound is softer for grip on looser surfaces
- Heel unit helps you stay controlled on descents in soft conditions
- Sensifit upper is snug and supportive on technical trails
- Quicklace adjustment system lets you tighten your fit in a flash
- Cushioned midsole and toe bumper help protect your feet on the trail
- Breathable anti-debris mesh keeps out dirt, dust, and small rocks
- Item #SAL01P8
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
My fiance got these in fjord blue. He already had a pair of Speedcross shoes from a few years ago and absolutely loved them. He said they are true to fit, extremely comfortable and easy to adjust. The bottoms of these shoes have impressive grip for anything for steep ascents on trails (or not trails!) and for regular trail runs. He's used these in the Cirque Series races and is very happy.
The only con (not really a con) is that these really shouldn't be worn much on pavement. The grips/spikes on the bottoms will wear down faster if you are on pavement with these.