THEY SAY: The Salomon Speedcross II GTX is a "race-ready, ultra-light trail shoe with an aggressive tread and GORE-TEX® lining membrane". According to the Salomon website, these shoes are retrofitted with a pronation-control dual density EVA midsole, it is designed to provide optimal comfort and stability. Its Mud & Snow non-marking Contagrip® outsole ensures neat traction on all terrains.
WE SAY: The Salomon Speedcross II GTX is, without doubt, an excellent trail shoe. The outsoles don’t look like much, but these shoes were made to keep excellent traction in wintry conditions i.e. snow and ice, so it shouldn’t face any problems on our local paths. Nothing on our local terrain even comes close to offering those kinds of slippery conditions, and the massive lugs on the toe ensure that nothing will stand in your way.
Our weartester tried the Salomon Speedcross II GTX straight out of the box along the Macritchie running trails and he finished 25km with no blisters or discomfort – which is virtually unheard of when it comes to running shoes that have yet to be broken in.
The Speedcross II GTX is lightweight, durable, stable, and breathable and waterproof at the same time (it is a Gore-Tex after all). If we have one complaint, it’s that these shoes are a little over-qualified for anything that the trails here can throw at you.
Fit/Comfort: 7/10 — Not quite plush in the padding department, and the cradle lacing system can tend to end up feeling either too loose or too tight.
Cushioning: 9/10 — It’s so good, you won’t even need to break it in.
Stability: 9/10 — Rock solid.
Design/Aesthetics: 8/10 — Other runners will probably assume you’re a pro if you’re wearing these.
Recommended Retail Price: $249
Availability: All World of Sports outlets and authorised dealers.
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