There are three weeks remaining till the Big Dance with the Peak, and if you’re still struggling with the question, “But what (shoe) should I wear?” Well, like your fairy god mother, I’m here to help. You’re welcome.
One of Salomon’s most tried, true, and iconic shoes—the Speedcross--has seen an update. For those familiar with this classic model in Salomon’s line, the fourth version sees nothing but improvement.
The outsole remains more terrain specific than many other models, with 5 mm lugs that give outstanding traction on softer surfaces specifically--showing off especially well in mud and snow--but still tackling drier, more hard-packed surfaces equally well.
Fans of the shoe will see improved durability in the newest version, with the outsole being made of a more firm Contagrip compound than has been seen in previous versions. While wearers will note “more shoe" underfoot with this model’s 10 mm heel-to-toe drop versus some of the lower drops of Salomon’s other shoes, the Speedcross 4 still weighs in at 9 ounces for the women and 11 ounces for the men, offering significant cushion and protection; particularly useful for those who will be not just ascending, but descending the Peak.
The shoe offers a surprisingly soft and very flexible ride despite its outward rugged appearance, and still utilizes Salomon’s quick-lace system to lock the foot in place regardless of the grade being tackled.
So if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect training or race day shoe, get to a local running store near you and try out the Speedcross 4, everybody's doing it.