The place of running for many runners ranges from rugged mountain roads, boulevards to grasslands and even coasts. While perceiving and enjoying the nature, the changing road conditions also require us to adjust to the environment from time to time. Therefore, it is of great importance to have a pair of excellent off-road shoes to protect us. So here I’d recommend one that, on the strength of my experience, can be said to be superior among the many off-road shoes. That is the Salomon Speedcross 4.
Salomon has a very high profile in the cross-country community and has a lot of followers and of course I’m one of them. In fact, Salomon has a wide range of cross-country running shoe series, including the top professional S-Lab series. But for the SPEEDCROSS series, its shoes feature excellent grip on soft terrain, making it a classic off-road shoe series.
As its name suggests, the word “SPEED” means to be fast and “CROSS is to cross the different kinds of roads. So we can see from this that the shoes were initially designed to be a pair of fast off-road running shoes.
As regards the shoes’ appearance, from my personal perspective, it looks quite professional. And with the red vamp and bright gold outsole, the shoes look all the more cool and compelling.
Around the toe part, there is leather-like material and PU coating which effectively protects our toes from being hit by external objects, allowing the us to easily and effectively deal with the very complex off-road environment. Additionally, the vamp has the reflective patch that is specially designed for night running to avoid any possible danger.
Besides, this SPEEDCROSS 4 simply distinguishes itself with the outsole design. The outsole is indeed very different from the ordinary ones. It is patterned with many an arrow protruding designs and it is the design that maintains excellent grip in the muddy and moist roads. Also, thanks to such design , the shoes won’t sink into the mud deeply. But my words have somewhat failed me. I think that only when you go cross country in the shoes will you know the advantages of this design that is particularly prominent in the process of downhill. At the same time, due to the moderate hardness and density of these particles, they absorb shock perfectly and protect us very well while at the mean time ensure comfort to the maximum extent .
So as to bring us more convenience, Salomon has equipped the shoes with a QuickLace system, which allows us to put on and take off the shoes easily.
Some parts of the vamp adopt the mesh cloth that can prevent sands or gravels from entering the shoes.
The insole here is the Ortholite which is bacteriostatic and can serve as deodorant. And it can be divided into the PU and the rubber part. It is also very comfortable and soft and is very breathable and can help keep dry the inside of the shoe.
With the shoes, actually, I feel like a duck to water. The shoes’ excellent wrapping makes me feel like it has integrated with my body.
To summarize, to have a nice off-roads experience, it is necessary to cop a pair of excellent shoes. And the reasons I recommend this to you is that the toe is designed so well that it plays an important role in protecting our feet; the vamp also protect us well and the outsole offers us superior grip; the materials used in the shoes make it much easier for us to clean the shoes; last but not the least, there are reflective patches both in the front and the heel, thus avoiding any possible danger.