I’m always flittering between favourite outdoor gear companies, as I think they’ve pretty much all really upped their game with design and aesthetics. Of course, the product needs to do the job first, but there’s no harm in feeling proud of your pumps or sneaks, eh? And some of the outdoor gear porn in my local Cotswold Camping store has me breaking out into a sweat every now and then!
But for the meantime, I’m currently swooning over Salomon for their awesome shoe range. My collection of outdoor pumps needs a separate room of their own – I’ve got a pair for every running eventuality, and most of them being snazzy Salomons
Salomon’s very slick and generous social media team served up their latest tasty morsel to me in their Salomon X-Scream shoes (thanks guys (-: ). In Salomon’s own words:-
“Offering a dynamic and cushioned ride, the Salomon X-Scream trainer is an agile CITYTRAIL™ shoe that injects mountain spirit into running in an urban landscape.”
This is a serious attempt to branch out from their success on the trails, with a lightweight road shoe that is fast and responsive and designed for performance in mind, I suspect, rather than being overly cushioned which can lead to a trainer being sluggish and ‘doughy’ in my opinion.
You can’t fail to notice they’re quite an in yer face colour and design and I suspect not for the beginner runner. Still, beginner runners will probably find these a tad minimalistic not offering full cushioning than some of the average running trainers do.
Like them? Of course I like them. Salomon do a very good trainer and this is no exception. I like the Quicklace system which pulls the trainer in snug to your foot and stays nicely in place. It also saves valuable seconds and needs little co-ordination – an important point at 6am run commutes!
They’re lightweight and not as sturdy as the Salomon Sense Mantra trainer which I love. And nor as ‘butch’ as the Salomon Pro 3D Ultras. Still, they’re designed for a different purpose and perfect for my run commute through city ‘trails’. They wouldn’t survive much punishment at British Military Fitness, but they don’t pretend to be that multi task trainer so no complaints there then.
The cushioning is pretty minimal and for the (give or take) 10km run to work in the morning, they’re just the ticket. They encourage a front foot strike and that’s a good thing, promoting a forward running motion without the ‘brakes on experience’ that an overly cushioned shoe with a heel strike action can result in.
Like all my other Salomon trainers, they’re a narrow fit and best to err on the large size when ordering. This is no bad thing, you just get used to a brands particular size point. But the narrowness makes them grip your feet well and work with your running style by almost becoming a second skin.
I like the protective toe cap they have, and the grip on them is bigger than the tread on a normal road runner. Still, Salomon are a died in the wool trail brand, so it might be tough for them to fully lose their roots in trainer design
Overall top marks. A comfortable, lightweight and zippy road shoe with just a bit more about them. Give them a whirl via WIGGLE – just try not to get addicted like me!