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The Salomon Speedcross line receives updates for increased performance
OGDEN, Utah – January 7, 2016 – Salomon, a leader in technical design and innovation in mountain sports is updating its most iconic footwear line for fall 2016. First introduced in 2006, the Speedcross was built to complete the la Montee De La Tournette in Annecy, France and needed to be light, have rugged grip and protection from the rocky terrain. In 2007 it was refined to assist fell runners who needed a lightweight, aggressive option for inclement weather and harsh terrain. In 2008, Kilian Jornet became the youngest winner of the Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc® at age 20, wearing a pair of Speedcross 2. Outside Magazine honored that specific model with its prestigious Gear of the Year award. Now in its fourth iteration, the new Speedcross line will continue to offer lightweight trail running shoes built for technical trails and will feature key updates to further optimize grip, foothold and lightweight protection for soft, technical trails. Updates to the line include the Speedcross 4, a ClimaShield™ version as well as a GORE-TEX® version for year-round training and racing in both men and women color options.
“Speedcross has been one of the most successful, iconic shoes in trail running worldwide,” explains Pete Cameron Salomon’s global product line manager for trail running footwear. ”So while we are always looking for ways to improve our products, we were careful to maintain the fit, geometry and cushioning that make Speedcross so popular.”
Refinements are made in the tongue, heel and outsole. The heel and tongue have been improved to better retain their shape during long, technical runs for enduring comfort. The outsole has been redesigned so that every lug is a complete chevron, versus half lugs on the previous versions. Full chevrons provide better grip and durability on the sole edges. The surface texture of all the lugs is uniform, while the height and size of the lugs has been optimized to save weight. Overall, the outsole has the same surface area contacting the ground, but is much more efficient.
What the Speedcross 4 line retains from the previous models is the Salomon Cushioning System midsole (SCS), SensiFIT™ with Quicklace™ and the protective toe-cap. Proven at every level of trail running and racing, this combination delivers unsurpassed fit and foothold on technical trails, along with protection where needed.
“We approached the refinements to this shoe with caution,” continues Cameron, “but through extensive testing in the field and in the lab, we’ve made Speedcross a little bit better, once again.”
Speedcross 4 – MSRP $130
Weight: 10.9oz (US men’s 9); Stack Height: 31mm/20mm (11mm drop)
Speedcross 4 GTX® – MSRP $160
Weight: 11.6 oz (US men’s 9); Stack Height 31mm/21mm (10mm drop)
Speedcross 4 CS – MSRP $145
Weight: 10.9oz (US men’s 9); Stack Height: 31mm/21mm (10mm drop)
Salomon’s iconic trail master is now in its fourth generation with updated features. Salomon’s WET Traction Contagrip® compound with 6mm full-lugged outsole features improved traction with refined lug geometry and shapes for better grip on the trail. Improvements to the silhouette include a wider collar and lower ankle height.
Features: Anti-debris mesh, water resistant textile, mud guard, Quicklace™, SensiFIT™, mid feather construction, WET traction Contagrip®, lace pocket, molded EVA, lightweight muscle, injected EVA, EVA shaped footbed, molded EVA and Ortholite® sockliner and Salomon Flex engineered with GORE-TEX® membrane on the GTX version.
About Salomon – Salomon was born in the French Alps in 1947. Our passion for mountain sport progression, product development, quality, and craftsmanship drives us to create progressive gear to enable freedom and help you challenge yourself in the mountains. – www.salomon.com