Try it on once and this shoe will meld with your foot to create a superhuman traction device. Ok, maybe you won't become a Cyborg, but Salomon's S/Lab Cross shoe does feel like an extension of your body thanks to a remarkable performance fit. The built-in gaiter wraps snuggly around the ankle to keep out rocks, dirt, and debris. Similarly, the sock liner style upper is made of Matryx - a borderline inconceivable material that ensures a secure foothold and precise fit for various foot types. It is also equal parts strong, lightweight, and breathable to keep you going when the trail gets rough. Beneath it all is the impressive Contagrip TA outsole. By making use of deep lugs, the tread is able to bite hard on loose, soft, and uneven technical trails. The compound itself emphasizes both durability and adhesion so they’ll keep providing trail grip for the long haul. The Salomon S/Lab Cross is a highly technical trail shoe that provides unparalleled grip and fit in a lightweight package.
- Breathable and durable Matryx upper cradles your foot for a comfortable, exact fit.
- Lightweight construction does not compromise durability so it's never gonna give you up, never gonna slow you down.
- Contagrip TA outsole features long-lasting, grip-inducing deep lugs to easily keep you upright on loose, soft, technical trails.
- Built-in ankle gaiter snugs up against the leg to keep out dirt, rocks, and other debris on loose trails.
- Quicklace makes cinching your laces a cinch.
*For proper fit in the Salomon S/Lab Cross we suggest going down ½ US size.
|Last||Medium / Wide|
|Protection||Medium / High|
|Notes||Gaiter keeps out mud and debris|
|Bottom Line||An absolute crusher in rocky, technical terrain that is also incredibly light|
|Usage||Mountain running, technical terrain|
|Compare to other Mountain Running Shoes|
Questions & Reviews
- at the same time, you wouldn't take your Ferrari into a country dirt road with loose rocks you have to drive over and drive as fast as you can.
To make that make sense - this is a phenomenal wet/'backcountry' and winter trail running shoe. The cleat-like underfoot makes it an excellent combatant for mud and wet conditions off trail, the gaiter really helps with keeping the nasty little rocks, a considerable amount of grime from mud, and goatheads/loose grass/ etc. from getting into your shoe.
That being said, it's a technical running shoe that excels obviously over other shoes in different categories for a reason. I wouldn't take this shoe to run on flat rocks or get grip on shale and scrambles (for that, I'd recommend the Dynafit Alpine or the La Sportiva Cyklone!), this is very much a grassy/winter running shoe, and I cannot give it enough praise for how lightweight it is, and really how much proverbial 'horsepower' you have in this shoe to propel you forward when you can really get the teeth of the shoe to dig into mud without slowing you down!
I'll upload an action shot in the future, but to all my winter/water loving runners who are looking for a shoe that doesn't stick you down into the mud (worse yet - leaves your foot mid stride and gets stuck in the mud), but helps glide you through it, this is a great starting point.
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