If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line or any place where it snows, you know what a challenge running consistently in the winter can be. When it gets snowy and cold outside, it doesn’t mean you immediately opt for a treadmill or forgo running entirely. If you have a sturdy, spike-infused shoe like the Salomon Snowcross CS, there’s no excuse for hitting the roads or trails for your daily mileage. The shoe is built on a chassis and sticky rubber outsole similar to Salomon’s Speedcross line of shoes. However, it also has nine small but significant carbide-tipped metal spikes in each outsole and a built-in, weatherproof gaiter to keep snow and moisture at bay and ultimately keep your feet dry—and likely warmer. The traction is uncompromising; no matter how your foot lands, flexes or pushes off, there always seems to be several spikes gripping the surface. Salomon’s one-pull lacing system and the zippered gaiter complete a snug, wrap-like fit that aids the shoe’s already stable and supportive feel. Although it’s technically considered a trail running shoe, it’s a great tool for running on snowy and icy roads, gravel paths and dirt trails, through deep firm snow, powdery snow drifts and sloppy, slushy conditions too. Although the over-the-ankle gaiter system limits ankle mobility a bit, it’s a reasonable tradeoff for the amazing weather protection it affords. It’s surprisingly light and agile, considering it’s a high-top running shoe. While the price ($200) is steep for a pair of shoes you might only use a handful of times every winter (depending on where you live), it’s likely you’ll get 5 to 10 years use out of it.
Weights: 12.9 oz. (men’s size 9.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 11mm; 31mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)