I was lucky enough to get hold of a pair of Salomon Speedcross 4‘s to test before they were available to buy online. I have tested them out on a range of terrains and conditions; so here is my review:
I usually favour the Salomon Fellraisers for a mixed terrain running shoe; this is mainly due to the broader fit. I had tried previous versions of the Speedcross and they were always a bit of a narrow fit for my foot shape and never really felt comfortable. I must admit I assumed that the Speedcross 4 would be the same. However, on the first try on of the speedcross I was pleasently surprised with how comfy the fit was. They have that distinctive ‘wrap around’ salomon fit; I was now very much looking forward to putting them through their paces on some fell terrain!
My first test took me around the Fellside Fell Race route. This was a nice drop down into the river valley before crossing the beck and then a relentless climb up to Brae Fell. Once on the top of Brae fell there were a couple of little climbs to the summits of Great & Little Sca Fell before another climb up to the highest point of the route in Knott. There is a nice little technical decent to Potts Gill before the climb onto High Pike. Once on High Pike there was a nice steep descent back down to the start.
I was really impressed with the grip of the the Speedcross 4’s; I felt I could push as hard as I wanted (or was able to) on both the ascents and descents as I was confident the grip would keep me on my feet. The only bits I felt I had to be cautious with were areas of wet rock. Whilst I don’t think there are any running shoes that are brilliant on this surface, I always found Salomon’s pretty bad. Unfortunately I didn’t notice any difference in this new model.
Since this initial trek out I have used the shoes on a variety of terrain; including forest track, out and out fell and farmland trails and I have been really impressed with them. They fit really well, the grip on everything but wet rock is fantastic. All in all a pretty perfect shoe for almost any offroad terrain!