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The Salomon Speedcross 4 Nocturne GTX is a waterproof trail running shoe designed for a neutral foot motion, ideal for off-road training or adventure racing.

  • Positive
  • Waterproof Protection
  • Light weight
  • Grip
  • Negative
  • Not good on-road
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

Packed with technology, the Speedcross Nocture is all about tackling challenging conditions comfortably and in control.

A solid, fast feeling shoe that looks like it will cope with some pretty demanding conditions. he Speedcross 4 features an updated outsole pattern for even greater traction and higher durability, to keep you moving forwards no matter what the trail throws at you. This special edition includes a Gore-Tex upper, to keep you dry, and reflective details to keep your visibility high.


The molded EVA midsole provides lighweight cushioning and stability - it’s solid feeling rather than some softer road shoes. That’s no bad thing, but worth noting. It may feel a little unresponsive early on but in reality that means more stability in some pretty tough, demanding conditions. We took them for a spin around the mountains in Annecy, France and were impressed with the way gravel and tougher terrain felt forgiving.


The Gore-Tex membrane does a great job in keeping your feet dry in pretty wet conditions plus Salomon’s Sensifit cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, providing a secure, snug, and virtually customized fit all around the foot. Fit is always good in Salomon’s shoes thanks to the Quick Fit lacing system, although there’s a bit of love it or hate it here as one or two just don’t get on with the system. We suggest they are exceptions but it’s worth noting.


We love the grip and the 10mm drop Salomon uses; to be truthful there’s not much to report here - it’s great, grips in nasty conditions and really should only be used off-road. They aren’t too happy on the road but love it off.


These are very technical shoes and are best suited to some pretty extreme conditions. A trip around the park is not what they’re about - mountains, dirt tracks and mud, however, are.

Technical info

Redesigned Outsole - Featuring a new lug pattern and an increased number of high-traction arrow lugs for greater grip.

Gore-Tex Upper - Grants full waterproof protection and breathability.

Lightweight, Abrasion Resistant Upper - Highly durable to extend your shoes' lifespan.

Durable PVC Toe Box - Provides exceptional impact protection and durability.

Anti-Debris Mesh/Gusseted Tongue - Prevent debris from entering the upper and causing discomfort.

Quicklace System - An easy to use, minimalistic lacing system for a secure fit and easy on/off.

Lace Pocket - For storing your laces to prevent them getting in your way or being damaged on the trail.

Sensifit System - Securely cradles the foot for comfort and support.

Reflective mesh - Increases visibility in darker conditions.

Injected EVA - Provides further shock absorption and underfoot cushioning.

OrthoLite Sockliner - Provides plush underfoot cushioning; treated with anti-microbial protection.

Contagrip Rubber Outsole - Highly durable, non-marking outsole rubber that provides exceptional grip.

Wet Traction Lugs - Measuring 6mm each, the arrow shaped lugs generate extreme purchase, particularly on wet, slippery, and muddy trails.

Mud Guard - Prevents mud from building up on the outsole, thereby ensuring maximum grip and minimum weight.

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