The Salomon Speedcross CS Evaluation

Signing up for a marathon in Dubai in the course of the winter might sound like an ideal thought… till you need to head out and prepare within the snow, ice and chilly.

As my girlfriend and I needed to keep away from the dreadful treadmill, we needed to discover a shoe that may be grippy, snug, waterproof and lightweight sufficient to coach 4-5 occasions every week.

Our assessment of this product
9.0 / 10
The professionals are:

Gentle and Quick

Nice traction

Multi useful

The cons are:

Not completely waterproof

Too stiff for very lengthy runs

After a little bit looking, we selected the 2014 Salomon Speedcross CS. CS stands for Climashield and is barely extra waterproof than the common model but not as a lot because the GTX (Gore Tex) model.

Salomon Speedcross CS

The boys shoe is light-weight at 279g in a measurement 9. whereas the girl shoe weights 250g in a measurement 7. Curiously sufficient, I additionally personal the identical shoe from the 2013 classic and it’s heavier at 314g (after greater than 500kms of operating). A 35g discount is a superb enchancment for a shoe that also offers the identical (quick) operating expertise.

Salomon Quicklace system is straightforward to make use of, quick and doesn’t loosen by itself whereas operating. Nevertheless, I had the tendency to tighten it an excessive amount of and infrequently discovered myself loosening it after just a few clicks. The shoe suits true to measurement as each my girlfriend and I selected our regular sizes.

The shoe offers a whole lot of confidence on slippery surfaces; it’s actually quick and grippy. Contemplating that the only real could be very inflexible and steady, It forces you to have good operating type with both a midfoot strike or forefoot strike. I keep in mind that final yr, as a newbie, I used to be sooner within the Salomon Speedcross on mild snow than in my regular Asics GT2000-2 on pavement! The shoe is nice for speedplay, interval coaching and lengthy runs as much as a half marathon. I discovered that the shoe was a bit too stiff to coach longer than 21kms and stay snug. It’s manageable, however I prefer to be REALLY comfortable on lengthy runs. I nonetheless suppose I wouldn’t thoughts operating a winter marathon or a path race in them as they’re lightning fast.

As proven within the image, we had the chance to check the Salomon Speedcross CS in a many alternative conditions ? The stiffness of the shoe was nice when strolling uphill within the desert because it offered a kind of platform stopping sinking.  The rubber spikes had been additionally our allies when mountaineering within the rocky mountains of Oman. When operating on the St-Lawrence river (with our deer mates), the shoe offered ample traction, nevertheless, when the snow begins to get deep, the Climashield is just not enough to maintain your toes completely dry. In 2-3 inches of recent snow it’s not an issue however maybe the GTX model can be extra applicable in deeper snow.

Total, we’re very glad with the Salomon Speedcross CS, it offered the right winter operating companion and we had been in a position to each cross the end line underneath the nice and cozy Dubai solar!

Backside line

The most effective winter and path racing shoe obtainable.

Purchase it if : You wish to be quick on moist, dry or snowy trails.