Salomon X-Scream fluo M – A CityTrail shoe review

Last weekend as I was doing a check-up on my favorite online running shops, I noticed a 50% sale on Salomon X-Scream fluo M shoes in store. Don’t think that I am loosing a lot of time searching for shoes, I just type-in my shoe size (31cm) and even the biggest stores show just a couple of results… Anyway, after getting additional 10% discount I decided to make the purchase. If you have read my post on buying shoes you know that I buy them long before I really need them and only if I see a good deal. This day I thought that I could give those Salomons a chance for just 225zł (53$) .

On Tuesday evening I got a call from a delivery guy and a few minutes later I saw my new orange shoes 😉

I never had any Salomon shoes before, so my purchase was a bit risky, but I thought it was worth a try for that price (and it was).

The first thing I noticed, apart from the bright orange color that I liked very much, was the lacing system and a protective mesh covering the tongue and preventing any debris or dirt from entering into the shoe.

Both systems originate from Salomon’s “real” trail shoes but even if they don’t add much value to a City Trail shoe,  they are pretty cool and give the shoe a more professional, off-road look. The protective mesh cover is dense enough not to let anything bigger than sand from entering into the shoe. I have run in them in snow and muddy forest paths and had no problems with any unwanted things.

The lacing system is composed of a nylon string without loose ends and a plastic buckle that fastens it. In addition, at the top of the tongue there is a small pocket that fits the plastic parts of the shoe lacing system and the loose parts of the lace itself. Once fastened, it looks very tidy and is well-secured. After getting used to the buckle, the fastening process is very fast and precise too. The only drawback of this system is that it does not allow to apply different tension to various parts of a shoelace. If anyone would like to fasten the front part of a shoe harder, and leave the rest of it loose, it would not be possible without modification of the laces.

My shoes never get unlaced the way I fasten them, but I had few accidents of catching some minor branches and dead leaves with them – such things would never have happened with those shoes, so I give Salomon a credit for this.

The upper looks very sturdy. It looks like it could withstand any terrain that can be found in any city and its surroundings. No part of the upper sticks out and during a trail run, nothing sticks to the shoe.

The outsole is moderately aggressive. I have run in those shoes a couple of times so far, mostly on snow, mud and pavements, and I have to admit that I am pretty impressed with their performance, especially on soft surfaces. Of course, this is not a full trail shoe, so you can’t expect the kind of grip that you would get from such a shoe, but for average conditions Salomon X-Scream is more than capable of providing a good and precise traction.

The grip on snow and mud is far better than of regular road shoes, and on a dry road/pavement the control is still sufficient. Salomons X-Scream behave a bit funny on wet hard surfaces though. I had an impression of a slight wobbly feeling when contacting the ground. It was like an initial phase of a skid, but without a skid – just a fracture of a second of uncertainty… After a few miles of a run I just got used to this and I stopped noticing it.

Salomon X-Scream is as flexible and as dynamic as most of my light trainers, so during the run I had to focus on slowing down, because I was intuitively speeding up especially during the off-road parts of my route. Salomons X-Scream fluo M are capable of running on hard surfaces, but they really stand out on off-road surfaces.

The amount of amortization is on the lower end of moderate and the foam itself is very dense, so the shoes seem to be hard, but for me (a guy running from the mid-foot and weighing 86kg) they are still OK for the hard surfaces and they are close to perfect on soft forest trails, grass, mud or packed snow – the surfaces those shoes were made for.

The sizing of Salomon X-Scream is rather regular in terms of the insole length. If you hesitate about the sizing you can be quite certain that the shoe will be about the same size as other shoes of popular brands (I compared them to my Brooks, Saucony, Adidas and Asics shoes). Salomon X-Scream is rather narrow in the mid-foot area. The arch is also noticeably high, so if you prefer low arch shoes or wider ones, this may me an issue, but then you should visit a stationary store and just check it out yourself. I had some worries myself if those shoes would not chafe my feet, but after my first run of 13 kilometers my feet showed no signs of any chafes or irritations.

According to Salomon the weight of this shoe is 290g in size 42. My size is 48 and the shoe weighs 394g. This is a pretty big difference, and I was a bit disappointed with it, but then I didn’t feel this weight during the run, so I don’t find it to be a big issue.

This is not a light-weight shoe, but for this additional 50g you get protection, a certain level of sturdiness and an outsole that is great for running on forest paths, dirt, mud, snow and that does its job on pavements as well.

The decisive point for me to buy Salomons X-Scream was that I really like to run in trail shoes in winter. Such shoes usually give a better grip on every winter surfaces, they give more protection from ice, snow, mud and low temperature. All in all I find Salomon X-Scream to be the shoe I expected it to be – a very good moderate conditions trail shoe, capable of withstanding hard surfaces – that is very good shoe for the upcoming winter months. If you think of a second pair of shoes for forest or park running, with partly hard surfaces, Salomon X-Scream will be a really good choice. I am really happy with my decision on buying them, especially that they are my first positive step into the world of Salomon shoes.

If you have any questions about those shoes, don’t hesitate to ask – See you on running trails.

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