The Quick Review: The Salomon SpeedCross 2 is a high perfomance low profile trail running shoe. Designed for speed, the Salomon SpeedCross 2 is the perfect go-to shoe for short challenging trail runs. What it lacks in mid-foot cushioning, it makes up for in responsiveness. An aggressive Cotragrip sole sticks to all surfaces and it is surprisingly stable given its narrow sole and meagre 290grams. If your trail running shoes tend to be more like road running shoes take the Salomon SpeedCross 2 for a run you won’t turn back!
The Full Review
If you take a quick look around the web you will hardly find any reviews about the Salomon Speed Cross 2, but dig a little deeper and venture into the forums and you will find nothing but praise for this aggressive trail shoe, and I can see why. Having now lived with (and relied on!) the Salomon Speed Cross 2 for the past three months, through howling winds, torrential rain and 6 inches of snow, I still smile when I set foot on a trail.
Out Of The Box
The colorway of the Salomon SpeedCross 2 is certainly eye catching and not for the faint hearted but I love it. It’s instantly recognisable as a Salomon shoe; with its impressive upper featuring the Sensifit and Quicklace systems, low profile, aggressive contra grip sole and toe-cap. They are exceptionally light (290 grams) but feel overly tight (probably ½ a size too small), especially around the mid-foot so if you have wide feet (like me) you should really try them on before buying. However, the Ortholite footbeds (as ever with Salomon) offer some of the most comfortable and supportive insoles on the market today.
On The Roads!!!
Before getting on the trail I had a week of running around the roads. This is not something that I would recommend in normal conditions since the Salomon SpeedCross 2 are far too aggressive for normal road use. However, the snow and ice prevented me travelling any further and I needed to get my daily running fix. Surprisingly, they coped remarkably well and the Winter Contragrip stuck to the icey floor.
On The Trail
Running in the UK means that I’m never overly concerned with the amount of cushioning that a trail shoe provides because the surface never really gets that hard. I was dubious about the level of stability due to its narrow last and tapered soles however, the Sensifit actively cradles your feet. And the fact that you can feel the ground beneath your feet means that you are responsive and as a consequence more stable.
On the trail, the Contragrip outsole and minimal weight mean that the Salomon SpeedCross 2 flies. They offer offering superior traction in mud, wet turf and across unstable terrain.
Rocky descents can feel a bit painful due to the lack of forefoot cushioning (especially with tired legs) but this is a compromise worth making. The upper is “splash proof” at best but again this is another compromise since it gives greater breathability. I also solved this by wearing some Sealskinz on the colder / wetter days.
In summary: The Salomon Speed Cross 2 is a fantastic trail shoe for those wanting to step-up their trail running or tackle more complex terrain. Previously, I have tended to wear trail shoes that lean more towards being a road shoe than a fell shoe. These shoes have provided more cushioning and support. However, the Salomon SpeedCross 2 were so much fun that for shorter runs (under 40k) I will now be making the switch. For further information about the shoe and the cheapest prices please click here. Alternatively you can visit www.salomonrunning.com
Ransacker Rated: Salomon SpeedCross 2