Best Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Text by: Cierra Loflin

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For nearly 20 years, Salomon shoes have been renowned for their robust construction, comfort, and fit. Ever since their first Raid Race trail shoe in 2001, they’ve been combining the best features of hiking boots into a running shoe. 

We’ll save you some time—if you’re looking for a plush, cushioned shoe, look elsewhere (like the Hoka One One, for example). Salomons are known for their firm, responsive runners that give your feet a good feel for the ground. Of all the Salomon trail running shoes reviewed, we found the Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX to be the best overall for their versatility and comfort. 

Whether you’re looking for the best Salomon shoes for hiking, winter running, or want to find the most affordable ones—this detailed guide is for you. 

The Top Salomon Trail Running Shoes Reviewed

Best all-around: Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX
Runner up: Salmon Ultra Pro 
Best affordable: Salomon Supercross 
Best waterproof: Salomon S/LAB XA Amphib 2
Best for hiking: Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX
Best for winter running: Salomon Sense Ride 3 GTX Invisib                             Best for overpronation: Salomon XA Pro 3D v8

Best All-Around Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX

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If you need your running shoes to get through wet, muddy trails, the Speedcross 5 GTX shoes are perfect. We rated them the best all-around for their versatility and robust design. They are durable like the Speedcross 5, but the GTX part of the equation ups the ante with a waterproof Gore-Tex upper

Customers also rave about the comfort of these runners. They have more plush cushioning than usual for Salomon shoes thanks to the Energy Cell foam in the midsole. Finally, we were super impressed with the widely-spaced lugs that can power through muddy, dirty terrain.

Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX

Pros 

  • Tight grip Contagrip outsole 
  • Precise fit Quicklace lacing system 
  • Good bounce provided by foam midsole  

Cons 

  • Not as breathable as the regular Speedcross 5 shoes

Runner Up Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Salomon Ultra Pro

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Super comfortable yet still firm, the Ultra Pro trail running shoes are an excellent pick for both elite athletes looking for a little extra bounce and non-elite athletes. The added cushioning comes from a durable polypropylene insert in the midsole—yet they’re still firm enough to get a good feel for the ground. They’re built to accommodate wider feet as well as ensuring a great fit through the Quicklace lacing system. 

We also appreciated the Contagrip outsole and deep lugs that provide excellent traction. Whether you’re going on a steep mountainous trail or taking a run around your local one, these are the perfect go-anywhere trail shoes. 

Salomon Ultra Pro

Pros 

  • Energy-saving midsole 
  • Snug fit Quicklace lacing system 
  • Upper 3D stretch mesh provides added comfort 

Cons 

  • Thin tongue
  • Slightly heavier than other models

Best Affordable Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Salomon Supercross

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As the most affordable Salomon shoes on the list, the Supercross shoes give all of the value of traditional Salomons at a fraction of the cost. Users will enjoy the aggressive grip provided by the outsole lug pattern. The Energy Cell midsole also offers plenty of comfort and bounce out on the trail. 

These versatile runners are great for a daily lap in the park, a great escape to your local trail, or even something more rugged. The combination of SensiFit and Quicklace technologies ensure the shoe will fit like a glove, wherever you run. 

Salomon Supercross

Pros 

  • Superb, comfortable fit 
  • Excellent grip on a variety of surfaces

Cons 

  • Can heat up, average ventilation

Best Waterproof Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Salomon S/Lab XA Amphib 2

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Are you making a habit of running through mud, damp trails, or wet beaches? The S/Lab XA Amphib 2 was built for you. One of the best features of these waterproof sneakers is the Contagrip TA outsole, which protects you from slipping on wet rocks. Another significant protective aspect of these shoes is the single upper layer of mesh injected with Skinguard TPU. 

Not only will your feet be protected, but they’ll feel comfortable as any water on or even in the shoe drains and dries quickly. This is due to the lack of insole, the waterproofing technologies, and the Energy Cell midsole. 

Salomon S/Lab XA Amphib 2

Pros 

  • Forefront can be pulled tight for minimal shift 
  • Comfortable yet firm design 
  • Lightweight 

Cons 

  • A bit of an investment 

Best for Hiking Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

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The epitome of a hiking boot crossed with a running shoe—the X Ultra 3 GTX is lightweight and durable enough for all your hiking adventures. The narrow heel and secure closure mean no more blistered heels or lost toenails. 

Featuring newer technology from Salomon, the lightweight chassis between the midsole and outsole adds stability for rougher terrain. Also, these shoes are water-resistant thanks to the GORE-TEX upper. The sole is flexible and designed for a better grip, reducing fatigue on the trail.

Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

Pros 

  • Very high customer satisfaction
  • Sole composed of two types of rubber for excellent grip 
  • Designed for the hiking trail 

Cons 

  • Shoes are made big 

 

Best for Winter Running Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Salomon Sense Ride 3 GTX Invisb

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If you’re looking for a shoe with high technology that works to reduce fatigue during winter running, check out the Sense Ride 3 GTX Invisb runners. One of the most impressive features is the GORE-TEX lining with Invisible Fit Tech (hence the name). This gives you all of the comforts of a full mesh upper construction with the waterproof protection of a GORE-TEX outer membrane. 

The Optivibe midsole is made of two integrated foams, one that absorbs and another that propels. This reduces the vibrations of your movements and helps prolong your energy levels. These innovative shoes are ideal for long runs in harsh conditions, such as you’d find in winter, running through, well, snow.

Salomon Sense Ride 3 GTX Invisb

Pros 

  • Increased cushioning for colder weather 
  • Mesh shoe feel with Invisible Fit technology 
  • Contagrip MA outsole grips slippery surfaces

Cons 

  • Slightly heavier than other running shoes

Best for Over Pronation Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Salomon XA Pro 3D v8

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Flat-footed runners, this high-tech shoe is worth checking out. The XA Pro 3D v8 trail running shoes are equipped with 3D chassis, which provides excellent protection and stability. If you’re prone to overpronation, these shoes will keep your feet in optimal alignment. 

They are updated from the XA PPro 3D running shoes but weigh 20 grams lighter and are more flexible. However, they still retain the original stability, cushioning, and grip. 

Salomon XA Pro 3D v8

Pros 

  • Designed to support over pronation 
  • Premium traction with Wet Traction Contagrip 
  • Superior stability and protection

Cons 

  • Slightly bulky 

What to look for when buying Salomon Trail Running Shoes

Trail running shoes are designed for going off the beaten track. If you’re reading this, chances are you love to run on the trail and are looking for trail running shoes to fit your needs. Salomon trail running shoes have profiles for every type of trail runner and trail terrain / weather you might encounter. Let’s get into the details. 

Sizing

One of the most important aspects of running shoes is the fit. Chances are, if you don’t like the fit, you won’t enjoy running in them. If you’re not sure of your size, make sure you measure your foot before guessing. 

Simply place a piece of paper on the floor up against the wall. Then, stand on the paper with your foot perpendicular to the wall and your heel flush against the wall. Then, take a pen and trace around your foot. Once you’ve drawn each foot, measure the distance and choose the size that’s the longer of the two. Admittedly, the most accurate sizing is in centimetres, but there are plenty of conversion tables to help you pinpoint the right size. Plus, Altitude Sports has a very simple, flexible return process, so you can safely order two pairs, try them on, and return the one you don’t want if needs be. 

Weight

When considering the weight of your new shoes, make sure you think about the type of terrain you’ll be running on most. If you’re running on a variety of terrain, you’ll need runners that are lightweight and versatile. 

For short distances (15 km), lighter shoes are best. For middle length runs (25-50 km), all-rounder shoes are ideal. For longer distances (more than 50 km) shoes with more cushioning and protection will suit you better. 

Soles & Traction

The lugs, or cleats on the outside, will largely determine the amount of grip on the shoes. The deeper the lugs, the more suitable for muddy terrains, such as the Speedcross 5 GTX shoes. However, if you’re on drier and harder packed trails, short lugs closer together will be more efficient. Keep in mind that most Salomon trail running shoes will have versatile outsoles that can be used on different terrain. 

GORE-TEX

If you are running on wet surfaces like a sandy beach or damp forest, you’ll want a shoe with waterproofing technology. This is where the gold standard of waterproof fabrics, GORE-TEX comes in—a breathable fabric membrane that repels liquid while allowing excess vapour (read: sweat) to pass through it. 

Cushioning

Again, consider the type of terrain when looking at the level of cushioning. If the ground is rockier or more uneven, more cushioning from a stiffer shoe will provide more stability. Also, longer distances will be more comfortable with extra cushioning. 

All Salomon running shoes are built for a responsive ride where you’ll have a good feel for the ground. These shoes are firmer than others, but that firmness gives you better touch, and in trail running, with the amount of debris and uneven surfaces ahead, it’s important to move with the terrain. 

Lacing Systems

You may have noticed most Solomon shoes feature the Quicklace lacing system. This allows the laces to be tightened or loosened using an adjustable cinch. This innovative system helps runners fine-tune the fit, which is safer and more comfortable in the end. 

Style

Some factors that determine the aesthetics of the Salomon shoes are the laces, the sole, and the upper material. Shoes designed for colder weather like the Sense Ride 3 GTX Invisb will have thicker soles, while other shoes will look more minimalistic. 

Luckily, Salomon trail running shoes come in a variety of colours and styles. They make it easy to find one that you’ll want to wear season after season. And with the fairly recent boom in Salomon’s, like the S/LAB series sported by fashion designers, celebs and models alike (yes, trail runners on the streets), you can be sure the look is very in.

FAQs for Salomon Trail Running Shoes

How do Salomon trail running shoes fit?

When you’re trying on your Salomon shoes, make sure that they don’t rub or pinch your feet. If they do, you should try another size right away. A good tip is to try on your shoes at the end of the day, like 4 PM, to compensate for the natural swelling that occurs in our feet. 

How to tie Salomon trail running shoes.

Many people have questions about the Quicklace system. First, tighten every arm around the foot to ensure a uniform fit. Then, zip up the cinch and tuck it into the lace pocket. It’s simple! 

Can you use Salomon trail running shoes on pavement?

Salomon trail running shoes are designed to provide more traction and stability for the trail. However, they’re generally safe to use on the pavement as well. Keep in mind that running roads in trail runners is not always optimal—but don’t worry, we have plenty of road running shoes for you, as well as guides on how to choose them. Learn more about the differences between road and trail running.

Conclusion

After reading this extensive review on the best Salomon trail running shoes, we sincerely hope you feel more informed. Keep in mind your preferences and needs to find a shoe that fits you best. In our opinion, we have no hesitation recommending the Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX as our top Salomon trail running shoe. Also, check out our range of hydration packs for longer runs or runs in hotter weather. 

Browse our collection of Salomon trail running shoes to find your dream pair, and their road-centred (but lots of prime stuff for trail runners too) Sonic 3 running collection. We offer free shipping in Canada and fast and straightforward returns. 

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