Salomon Speedcross 4 review
The much anticipated Salomon Speedcross 4 is weeks away from arriving in-store, which naturally has so many loyal Speedcross 3 fans eager to know what is new and improved.
At a glance, the Speedcross 4 looks like a very similar design to Speedcross 3. The upper is 90% identical with one noticeable change to the height of the heel counter and ankle support area. The height of the Speedcross 4 around the ankle is approx 5mm lower and does make the shoe feel slightly less supportive, however this does make SC4 feel a bit faster and lower profile. The fit around the mid-foot and fore-foot is completely unchanged from the SC3.
Midsole and outsole updates are also very minimal. The type of EVA midsole material is unchanged. The heel and toe heights / thickness are also unchanged. Essentially this provides Speedcross 4 with a very, very similar feel to SC3.
The outsole / tread design is updated and has extended chevron lugs to the very edge of the sole. Previously the lugs closest to the edge of the SC3 were smaller that the rest of the lugs which meant that they wore out considerably faster. Redesigning this feature of the SC4 will improve traction and durability. The rubber compound is also a touch firmer which also improves mileage but has made the SC4 feel marginally less cushioned.
One unsung feature of SC3 was how supportive it was. We have tested Speedcross 4 with our treadmill video analysis and can confirm that the updates have reduced the support capabilities of SC4 somewhat. Given that trail running requires less structured and supportive shoes this isn’t a major issue, just worth noting for runners who look for more pronation control in a trail running shoe.
Generally speaking, the Salomon Speedcross 4 will still suit a majority of SC3 wearers with little time needed to adapt, if any. To be honest, we are slightly disappointed that modern innovations in cushioned midsoles and technical shoe upper materials were not used on the Speedcross 4. We completely respect the “if it ain’t broke” mentality, but with so many shoe manufactures pushing the envelope with innovative shoe designs, the SC4 seems a bit to safe for our liking.
*Still a good shoe – 8/10