SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 4 GTX
£140 The Speedcross come from the extreme end of the Salomon spectrum and being tied to their Alpine ski products speaks volumes about the aggressive, almost intimidating, outsole lugs. The upsides are the comfortable seamless inner, superior grip in mud (we’re not convinced on wet rock, however) and protection offered by the waterproof upper and toe box. But the positives come at the expense of feel for the trails; the ride is harsh and – with a 30mm stack height – somewhat numbing, while breathability is compromised. Weight is an average 309g but the lacing is tri-friendly.