Salomon is known for some of the best outdoor running gear in the world. They have some of the most incredible athletes using their gear, and avid adventurers are heavy repeat buyers. Here, we will take a deep dive into reviewing the Salomon Speedcross 5 trail runners. Previously, we have reviewed the Salomon Speedcross 4. This newer version has replaced the 4 as our go to trail running shoe.
These shoes have been put through thousands (yes thousands) of miles of hikes in all 4 seasons, an ultra marathon, 14,000 foot peaks, mud, rain, snow, dirt, gravel, and even the road. Here is how they felt, looked, and held up.
You can purchase the Salomon SpeedCross 4s at any of the following.
Started in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon has become a brand synonymous with adventure. The have steadily been producing high quality, and highly renowned outdoor products for decades. Some of the best athletes in the world trust Salomon’s gear to hold up to the toughest conditions in the world.
You can read more about Salomon here: https://www.salomon.com/en-us/qui-sommes-nous
Our Testing Scenario
We have been avid Salomon users for quite some time. We are on our 3rd or 4th pair of these trail runners, done most of the, Colorado’s 14ers in this exact trail runner, Utah’s Wasatch range, and even ran an ultramarathon in these trail runners. They have been tested in the heat of summer, down-pouring rain, blizzards, and everything in between. They have been used with microspikes, gaiters, shorts, pants, long socks, short socks and just about everything you’d want to try.
If we fail to cover exactly what you have questions about, just message us, and we can provide that insight for you on these shoes. We haven’t been given a pair of these shoes, we have just consistently purchased them when the tread runs low!
About The Shoes
Trail running, muddy trails, light snow
Low Cut (Under the ankle) – Curious what is right for you? Check here.
|Quick Lacing System (this is an awesome feature)
Not really. They are breathable, and will keep out water for a bit though.
Synthetic / Textile
Rubber – Contagrip TA (incredible traction)
|1 lb. 7.2 oz.
Men’s & Women’s Available
Free Standard Shipping
REI, Amazon, and Salomon all offer free standard shipping.
Salomon, Amazon and REI all have 30 day+ return policies.
Grip & Traction
This is the best feature of these trail runners. By far, these have the best traction of any trail runner we have used. They are incredible for snow, mud, dirt, or gravel.
Weight & Comfort
These are such comfortable trail runners. They have breathability, but fit the foot perfectly. They are snug, which is necessary for this style trail runner, but the breathability is super nice on hot days.
The lace system on these trail runners is awesome. The quick lacing is effective, efficient, and easy to use. Another great feature of these.
These are surprisingly durably, but if you are a heavy trail runner, you will begin to wear them out from the sides and the tread. The lacing system holds up really well. Comparatively to other trail runners, these are about average in durability.
These trail runners are highly recommended by our team. Whether you are a beginner trail runner or expert, this is a fantastic affordable option.
Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about