The Salomon Speedcross 4 is a high-performance mountain trail running shoe that eats the trail with its monster grip. This traditional trail runner features a rugged outsole that crushes soft surfaces and technical terrain. Its streamlined fit and protective overlay provide ample protection from trail debris as well. Earning the highest ranking of all shoes tested, this could have been our Editors' Choice, but we felt it was too specialized for sloppy surfaces. As a result, it continues to earn our Top Pick Award for Sloppy Surfaces instead. With its wide-set, deep chevron lug pattern, the Salomon Speedcross 4 continues to provide the best and most reliable traction through sloppy, steep, wet, and technical terrain. The rubber is super sticky and soft, gripping to tough surfaces. With a tread pattern this specialized, it's no surprise that it didn't perform well on pavement. It's a trail runner through and through!
While the Editors' Choice award went to the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX for its versatility and bomber foot protection, there are a few elements that the inov-8 Roclite just doesn't showcase. For example, we love the precise fit and lightweight materials used in the Speedcross that has you feeling protected and race-ready. If you're looking for a bomber, super comfortable traditional shoe with a precise fit that can go over and through anything - except pavement - then take a look at the women's Salomon Speedcross 4.
For an additional $30, Salomon brings us the Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX. You can expect the same great traction and fit as the Speedcross 4 we tested with the added bonus of Gore-Tex. If you're a fan of wet climates or are committed to getting in your miles no matter the weather, the Speedcross 4 GTX may be an excellent choice for you.