Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe - Men's
SalomonSpeedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Fourth time's a charm.

Slush, mud, and snow don't stand a chance when you come tearing up the hill wearing the Salomon Men's Speedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe. Designed specifically to combat wet weather of all kinds, the Speedcross boasts aggressive waterproofing thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane. SensiFit's breathable mesh fabric offers a snug, sock-like feel against your foot, which ultimately discourages hot spots and chafing, while the gusseted tongue keeps sediment and debris at bay. 

Salomon's infamous QuickLace system provides a speedy and secure alternative to the traditional lacing system, and the inconspicuous lace pocket enables you to stash excess cord so you don't trip over your own foot mid run. An Ortholite footbed and dual-density EVA midsole assure shock attenuation and a responsive, energetic feel underfoot. The newly updated, multi-directional Contagrip outsole provides premium traction and stability on all sorts of mucked-up, gnarly terrain.

  • Aggressive trail running shoe for all sorts of conditions
  • Breathable mesh upper with stabilizing overlays and DWR treatment
  • Mud guard and gusseted tongue offer sediment-free protection
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex membrane protects you from wet weather
  • QuickLace features discrete lace pocket
  • Ortholite footbed and dual-density EVA midsole assure support
  • Wet Traction Contagrip provides run-long traction
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

From the trail to town

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 9

I love these shoes! I have owned 3 pairs now. I was more of a fan of the SpeedCross 3's but they are so similar, you couldn't really tell a difference. They are great for dirt, mud, and wet trail conditions. Only thing they don't do well is wet granite slabs, but you won't find slick granite rock very often, anyways. They look so good and are so comfortable I wear them everywhere, around town, climbing approaches, everything. For a trail run example, I wear them when I go run the East trail on Grandeur Peak. It is a 6 mile trail with 2,600 feet of elevation gain, as you can imagine, It is very steep. They perform extremely well both going up and down the trail, I love the traction and with the added advantage of being GORE-TEX these babies are amazing and can handle pretty much anything. I'm between a 9 - 9.5 for my regular fit. I went with a size 9, they were a little tight at first but after two runs they fit really well. Highly recommended.
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Great First Impression

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.5

I've only been running with these a couple times but I am very happy with the initial results. I bought these looking for a lightweight waterproof shoe for winter trail running. I love the tread, it's amazing! Really grippy in almost all directions, this tears through snow, slush, crud, dirt, gravel, and probably sand (don't know yet, but I suspect). I am unsure of how the gore tex liner will breathe once the summer sets in, but for right now they are toasty.
I do wish they had better tread on the far back portion of the heel, as this can make for an interesting descent on a REALLY steep downhill.

Supreme Trail Runners

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

A great product from Salomon. This is a fantastic shoe for the trail, whether you're going for a run, a day hike or thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. They're very reliable and don't break down easily, and the tread is phenomenal. They grip to any surface, including rocks, dirt, mud, or anything else you might encounter. They're definitely more suited to outdoor adventures, but even work well as an everyday athletic shoe as they are very light and comfortable. Although the GoreTex does make them feel a bit stiff out of the box, once they're broken in they feel great, and will keep your feet dry in anything less than a huge rainstorm. The Quicklace system works well and is more convenient than traditional laces. Awesome for someone looking for a light trail/hiking shoe with great tread.

I do wish there were more color options, but that's about the only thing I don't love about these shoes. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a lighter option vs. full hiking boots, but doesn't want to sacrifice performance or comfort.

Great weather resistant running shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

The shoes kept my feet dry and warm, with a thin runner's sock, on cold rainy/snowy days; and, cool and dry on warm rainy days. The shoes also allow enough breathability no matter the wet weather conditions.

Great for trail, not for street

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10.5

I run about 5 miles a day usually. I live in Seattle so i need something waterproof to run in. Doesn't look like there even is such thing as a just a waterproof jogging shoe, the only thing i could find are waterproof trail running shoes. I guess shoe makers think it only rains in the woods? I figured I'd give trail runners a try since half my run is street and the other half trail.

On the street: Aweful, these are not a hybrid shoe. The hard sole adds a big increase in shock, was hard on my knees. On wet streets they can get slippery.
On the trail: Wonderful, decreased the shock impact, good grip, good support on uneven terrain
Waterproof: A true waterproof shoe, I ran in rain and hit a lot of puddles, also just wore around town in the rain. No water touched my feet, excellent waterproofing.
Look and feel: Excellent look, feel comfortable just walking. I don't like the laces, they don't distribute tightness well. These shoes are stiff. They are going to require a lot of breaking in before they are comfortable but i suspect once you do they will be very comfortable. I definitely wouldn't do any long hikes or runs without breaking them in early. I did a 5 mile run right out the box and it killed my feet. It has an elevated heel on it which made me run more on the balls of my feet and hurt my valves and back because i'm not use to it. Spend a good 10-15 miles breaking these in before you try and put them to the test.

I'd recommend these shoes for short wet hikes or runs on trail only, or just for a waterproof shoe to wear in the rain. These were definitely not made for hard surface running.

Thanks for the review!

You might consider trying the Inov8 Roclite 282s. I also live in the Seattle area and I've had a pair of the Roclite 282s for a little over a year now. Overall I've been really impressed with them, though I don't run in them, they've been excellent as every day walking shoes. After a year of daily use there's very little real wear and tear. They've still got plenty of tread and they're still waterproof. I just picked up a pair of Speedcross 4 GTXs and it definitely feels like the Speedcross 4s have less cushion than what I'm used to in my Roclite 282s. So while I think you may still run into the same issues as the Speedcross 4s when it comes to traction on pavement, the Roclite 282s should be a bit better about absorbing the shock. I ended up upgrading to the Speedcross 4s because I've always wanted a pair, not because my Roclites actually needed to be replaced.

Anyway, I appreciate the review. My Speedcross 4 GTXs are a little tighter than I was expecting, so I thought I'd hit the old interwebs and see what people had to say about them stretching as they break in. I'm guessing they won't stretch much, so I may bite the bullet and send them back in for a pair a half size larger.

Brooks makes some road shoes that are GTX. Maybe give them a try. Probably better for a guy with a build and needs like yours.

Unanswered Question

Could you please inform me what country these shoes are manufactured in?