You want to continue running through autumn and winter - in any weather and at any time, right? In this case, you need the right shoe.

Our Keller Sports Pro Kati has tried out the Salomon Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX, which we already introduced you to in this post. She really put this shoe through its paces, testing it on wet, slippery terrain in the forest.

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First though, a couple of pointers regarding fit and damping: The Speedcross is a neutral shoe with a normal amount of damping. The sizing is standard but the midfoot area has a relatively wide fit. However, the lacing system allows you to adjust the fit, so you can make it tighter or looser to suit you.

What I think makes this shoe ideal for running on trails and forest paths is the high level of stability it offers, thanks to the mid-cut shaft. Nonetheless, the sole isn’t too stiff, and it enables a good rolling motion. This meant that I benefitted from good support but the shoe didn’t feel too heavy or stiff - it felt flexible enough to move well.

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Thanks to the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® outsole, I enjoyed a really good grip on wet and extremely slippery surfaces in the forest. I didn’t slip or have any problems at all when running on leaves, stones or mud. The special waterproof membrane with Gore Tex® kept my feet dry, but it also provided some very welcome ventilation, so my feet were able to breathe.

Kati1After having trained in this shoe in extreme weather conditions, my final impression of it is that the combination of stability, flexibility and a low weight is particularly good. Apart from that, the Quicklace system allows you to lace up easily and provided me with a very good fit. As for the design of the shoe, I find that it comes with two great benefits: The highly resistant colours still look great even after running in all kinds of conditions, and this also applies to the reflectors, which make you more visible in low-light conditions. The only thing I didn’t really like about this shoe was the hard toecap.

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My conclusion: I would give this shoe a 9 out of 10. It’s the right choice for beginners and experienced runners alike. It’s especially suited to runners looking for a neutral, waterproof training shoe for trails and forest paths. Perfect for anyone who refuses to let the rain, the cold or the dark hold them back!